The Rise of Skywalker and the Year of the Finale

For better or for worse, this has certainly been a year for endings. Game of Thrones, Marvel’s Infinity Saga and the Star Wars franchise’s core Skywalker saga all reached their conclusions in 2019, after years of build-up, speculation, and sheer anticipation. But these weren’t just mere episodes of a television show or installments in a movie franchise, they were events all to themselves, with massive … Continue reading The Rise of Skywalker and the Year of the Finale

Knives Out: Hollywood’s Apology for Murder on the Orient Express

Everyone loves a good murder-mystery. That much is obvious. All you need to do is turn on your TV at any given moment, and you’d be immediately bombarded with an entire library of detective shows, programs on homicide, unsolved cold-cases, or any number of other nefarious and gruesome crimes. CSI, NCIS, Sherlock, hell, even House all spring from the same simple kernel of truth in … Continue reading Knives Out: Hollywood’s Apology for Murder on the Orient Express

The Inexplicable and Guilty Allure of Joker

Joker is a frustratingly enigmatic movie, to the point where I’m having an incredibly difficult time deciding what exactly I think of it. It is, undoubtedly, a well-made film, by all technical standards. It’s brilliantly acted, has beautiful cinematography, stunning camerawork, and an incredible score. It has a methodical, captivating story, with complex, grounded characters. Based solely on the sum of its parts, Joker is … Continue reading The Inexplicable and Guilty Allure of Joker

The Unfortunate Soullessness of Live Action Adaptions

I have extremely mixed opinions when it comes to live-action adaptations of material that was originally intended for another medium. Be it of cartoons, animated films, or video games, the transition from traditional or computer animation always tends to be a particularly rocky one, at least when compared to comic book adaptions or film adaptions of literature. And it’s a trend that’s becoming more and … Continue reading The Unfortunate Soullessness of Live Action Adaptions

Alita: or How I Discovered that I May Finally Be Tired of Watching Robots Fight

Alita: Battle Angel is a cult-classic Japanese Manga series from the early 1990s that, for some reason or another, James Cameron has been absolutely obsessed with for the past twenty years or so. It’s the story of a young cyborg girl, salvaged and repaired by a caring scientist, who discovers she’s actually some sort of ancient robot super-soldier, and decides to use her abilities to … Continue reading Alita: or How I Discovered that I May Finally Be Tired of Watching Robots Fight

A Highly Subjective”Best and Worst of 2018″ List

Despite lasting what seemed like a decade, 2018 has finally come to an end. And although most of the year was pretty much pure garbage in terms of what actually happened in the world, we can at least take solace in the fact that there were some pretty amazing movies that were released in the meantime. Granted, there were also quite a few absolute train-wrecks … Continue reading A Highly Subjective”Best and Worst of 2018″ List

The Rise of the True Comic Book Movie

Comic Book movies are, undoubtedly, the current reigning champions of the film industry, at least in terms of sheer popularity and, by extension, profitability. Superheroes are in, and they don’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. Despite countless critics claiming, for what seems like a decade now, that we’d eventually hit “Superhero Fatigue” and grow bored of the genre, time and time again they’ve … Continue reading The Rise of the True Comic Book Movie

The “Surprise Villain” Twist: A Rant

This summer, I’ve seen five massive blockbuster films, each with varying degrees of quality: Solo, Jurassic World: The Fallen Kingdom, Incredibles 2, Ant-Man and the Wasp, and Mission Impossible: Fallout. And while all five are action films, they could not be any more different in terms of story, with plot’s ranging from intergalactic crime syndicates to dinosaur islands to superhero family dramas (alright, fine, there’s … Continue reading The “Surprise Villain” Twist: A Rant