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Journey To The Line

Terrence Malick’s 1998 film, The Thin Red Line, is one of the most notable convergences between blockbuster and art house sensibilities. It failed to find the success that Saving Private Ryan (also 1998) did, on, and after release. To this... Continue Reading →

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Review: Phantom Thread

Paul Thomas Anderson has never made a bad film. He's directed eight features since 1996, each one embodying an entirely unique identity. Phantom Thread is one of his most complex and doesn't disappoint in the slightest. My gut reaction tells me that Phantom... Continue Reading →

Manhunter and Red Dragon

Michael Mann's 1986 film, Manhunter, and Brett Ratner's 2002 film, Red Dragon, are based off of the same source material. This presents a rare opportunity for method comparison, looking at how different creators bring the same story to life on the screen.... Continue Reading →

Review: All the Money in the World

I don't agree with calling All the Money in the World a thriller. It's not. Perhaps it ventures into that territory occasionally, but this film is primarily a drama. Its most compelling aspects are when it borders into a character... Continue Reading →

Review: The Post

I don't think anyone needs an introduction to Steven Spielberg as he returns to movie screens once again with The Post, a film about the decision for a newspaper to publish government secrets dealing with US involvement in the Vietnam war.... Continue Reading →

Review: Thor: Ragnarok

Taika Waititi carries an undeniable charm in his filmmaking. Last years Hunt for the Wilderpeople was one of the most enjoyable experiences and definitely one of the biggest surprises. It's such a refreshing feeling to walk out of a film feeling... Continue Reading →

Review: The Devil’s Rejects

The Devil's Rejects feels like a film made to be the subject of bold headlines with vivid descriptors. Disturbing, dumb, sleazy, exploitative, sickening, gross, offensive, etc, etc. Yet it's hard to get around how mindlessly entertaining it is. It's a... Continue Reading →

Review: Suburbicon

I've never been very impressed with George Clooney's talents behind the camera, and his weaknesses have never been more apparent than in Suburbicon. This film interested me because of the Coen Brother's contributions to the script, but it ended up... Continue Reading →

Review: The Killing of a Sacred Deer

Yorgos Lanthimos is one of the most interesting filmmakers of recent times. His style is undoubtedly his own and it's entirely abrasive. Some people find his films cold and empty and I can't say I blame them. I'm personally in... Continue Reading →

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