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

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

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

A Quiet Place Proves that Silence is Golden

I’m a fan of the horror genre. Really, I am. However, as a fan of the horror genre, I’m willing to admit that the genre is always hit-or-miss. Whenever I spot a trailer for an upcoming horror movie, I typically roll my eyes and think, “is this going to be another cheap, jump-scare based cash grab?” When I saw the trailer for John Krasinski’s new movie … Continue reading A Quiet Place Proves that Silence is Golden

Ready Player One Boasts an Inimitable Replay Value

Man, let me just preface this post by saying that I never thought I’d live to see the day that a commercialized book-to-movie adaptation of a video game based story would end up being widely popular and successful. I had low expectations of Ready Player One as it opened, but word of mouth and reviews were surprisingly positive, which compelled me to see it as soon … Continue reading Ready Player One Boasts an Inimitable Replay Value

I, Tonya: The Chameleonic Biopic

When I first saw the trailer for I, Tonya, I was sitting in a theater waiting to watch Murder on the Orient Express. Marked by fast-paced, explosive music and a series of rapid-fire cuts and comedic sequences, the trailer had me hooked almost instantly. On one fateful night several months later, when I had all but forgotten about the movie, my friend Kevin convinced me to switch … Continue reading I, Tonya: The Chameleonic Biopic