Revisiting Carol: Color in Film

Amidst the bustling department store, promises of heartfelt holiday gifts and warm mugs of hot chocolate by the fire begin to surface through the incessant chatter of scurrying parents hoping to bring home the right gifts to their children. However, these notions of holiday cheer and spectacles of secular joy aren’t what draws the attention of Rooney Mara’s Therese, a worker at the department store. … Continue reading Revisiting Carol: Color in Film

Actor Profile: Christian Bale, The Shapeshifter

Enter 2008’s The Dark Knight: The dark silhouette of an obtuse motorcycle is jetting underneath the darkened Gotham City skyline. Upon the motorcycle is the hunched figure of Christian Bale’s Batman, who then dismounts his motorcycle in a hurried fashion, only to take on several of the Joker’s scattered mask-wearing henchmen at once. It’s no secret that Christopher Nolan wanted his Dark Knight trilogy to be the perfect … Continue reading Actor Profile: Christian Bale, The Shapeshifter

The Shenandoah Papers Chapter Three: Pamunkey and Peace Pipes

Crack! You whirl your head around in a sudden surprise as your fellow tribesman accidentally steps on a twig. “Sorry,” he says thoughtlessly, as he shrugs in indifference. You let out an exasperated sigh as you continue through the forest. Just two days ago, your chief had sent you and one other member of the Lakota tribe to scout for food, as a deadly famine … Continue reading The Shenandoah Papers Chapter Three: Pamunkey and Peace Pipes

Why the Horror Genre is the Most Underrated Film Genre

Intro As mentioned in my review of A Quiet Place, I consider myself a huge fan of the horror genre. There’s a lot of work that goes into the genre, and quite frankly, I believe that a lot of the modern horror movies that come out today are cheap cash grabs coasting off of the momentum of successful horror films. Why are horror films so bad? … Continue reading Why the Horror Genre is the Most Underrated Film Genre

Bad Times at the El Royale is a Narrative Masterpiece

Welcome to the El Royale. In case the vacant parking lot in between the deserts of California and Nevada or the incessant flickering of the neon sign above the ornate wooden doors weren’t clear enough indicators, not very many people stay at the Royale anymore. “This place used to be hustlin’ and bustlin’,” says Laramie Seymour Sullivan, a vacuum salesman played by the charismatic Jon … Continue reading Bad Times at the El Royale is a Narrative Masterpiece

The Shenandoah Papers Chapter Two: Manifest Destiny and Selective Education

Enter Wichita, Kansas — Kansas’ biggest city, and yet unimposing all the same, practically centered in a state that is primarily composed of plains and endless seas of wheat. Although Wichita lacks extravagant sights such as the breathtaking mountains of its neighbor Colorado, it does have a more poignant landmark on its Riverside: The Keeper of the Plains. The obscure structure towers over the bustling … Continue reading The Shenandoah Papers Chapter Two: Manifest Destiny and Selective Education

Isle of Dogs is Another Wes Anderson Masterpiece

When The Grand Budapest Hotel came out in 2014, I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect of the movie. The trailer for the movie was lighthearted in an almost satirical way, certainly intending to poke fun at overdone movie tropes and cliches. As a result of Anderson’s genius writing and directing skills, a satisfyingly awkward and hilariously off-beat humored masterpiece was found in The Grand Budapest Hotel. Backed … Continue reading Isle of Dogs is Another Wes Anderson Masterpiece