The Top 10 Movies of 2018

*Updated 3/8/19 for posterity to account for new films seen after initial publishing* It felt wrong crafting a Top 10 list last year before everything had reached the Richmond, Virginia area or even the usual online renting platforms, and in as many respects it feels wrong now. Last year, my retrospective of its best pictures…

The Best Movies of 2018 (So Far)

Half the year gone once more, and in comparison to last year, it’s been… kind of strange. Specifically 2018, cinematically speaking, has been a tough reminder that wherever you go, whether it be a movie theater, VOD or streaming subscription service platform, bad movies will always find you. Last year, I went out to the…

In ‘Revenge,’ Cathartic Feminism Revives New French Extremity With an Intense, Extra Bloody Roar

John Berger’s Ways of Seeing, though especially the man himself, has irrevocably influenced how we consume media and the inherent politics of that consumption, though in the context of feature-length writer-director debutant Coralie Fargeat’s Revenge, referencing his work is a most unfortunate double-edged sword – why it’s unfortunate will come later. Berger elaborated on the…

‘Tragedy Girls’ Is a Gonzo Millennial Satire Worth Smashing Your ‘Like’ Button

Some of the best high school movies have been specifically about the archetypal ‘popular girls’ and the inner workings of their squad, but very few have willfully explored these characters beyond the one-dimensional traits that make them either background antagonists or slasher flick fodder. From Heathers’s viciously ‘dog eat dog’ depiction of high school cliques,…

‘Valerian’: A Discussion About Finances and the Language We Use

Originally published on July 25th, 2017 Alright, first of all, I acknowledge that perhaps some of you may be asking yourself why I’m talking about Luc Besson’s Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, a big summer tentpole, on a day reserved for international releases. Well, at the end of the day, what makes…