Official Competition (2021) – A Clash of Cinematic Egos

The world of film and its makers is a mysterious and strange one, filled with equal parts glamor and hard labor. In fact, I’d go so far as to say the glamourous aspect of the job is mostly the side the public is still familiar with, whereas the hard and laborious side is more mysteriousContinue reading “Official Competition (2021) – A Clash of Cinematic Egos”

Elvis (2022) – Movie Spectacular Spectacular A La Baz Luhrmann

There are few people of the twentieth century as iconic and well-known as Elvis Presley. Still to this day young audiences keep getting introduced to him, be it via a piece of iconography, the numerous pop culture references or the continual replay-value of many of his most iconic songs like Hound Dog, Can’t Help FallingContinue reading “Elvis (2022) – Movie Spectacular Spectacular A La Baz Luhrmann”

Secret Honor (1984) – Remembering Philip Baker Hall

The year 2022 is beginning to feel reminiscent of 2016. Not just for looming political turns towards the right and therefore bad, but also for a staggering amount of beloved celebrities and artists leaving us this year, particularly in the world of movies. Since January we’ve lost the following: Peter Bogdanovich, Sidney Poitier, Monica VittiContinue reading “Secret Honor (1984) – Remembering Philip Baker Hall”

Spencer (2021) – A Modern Woman Trapped in an Ancient Institution

Ever since her premature death in 1997, Princess Diana has remained one of the most beloved and iconic figures in recent history. She remains a major part of pop culture to this day, joining the ranks of Marilyn Monroe and James Dean as young deaths that captured the imagination of an entire world and theContinue reading “Spencer (2021) – A Modern Woman Trapped in an Ancient Institution”

Duck, You Sucker! (1971) – The False Facades of Heroism and Revolution

“When I was young I believed in three things: Marxism, the redemptive power of cinema and dynamite. Now I just believe in dynamite.” – Sergio Leone The great Italian director Sergio Leone was and remains one of the titans of international cinema. Despite such a meager output of only seven films (eight if one wereContinue reading “Duck, You Sucker! (1971) – The False Facades of Heroism and Revolution”

Dear Evan Hansen (2021) – A Touch of Evil

What is truly evil, and how do we define evil as a concept? It’s a question many philosophers, psychologists, historians, leaders and people in general have tried to define for centuries with many different answers and theories raised. Art has also tried to explore this question of evil in various different forms, including films. FilmsContinue reading “Dear Evan Hansen (2021) – A Touch of Evil”

The Last Duel (2021) – A Question of Honor, Chivalry, Hairpieces and Justice

After four years of silence, the iconic and insanely prolific Sir Ridley Scott has finally returned in the year of our lord 2021 with not one but two films, both historical films based on real events featuring Adam Driver: The Last Duel and House of Gucci. Of course if anyone is at all familiar withContinue reading “The Last Duel (2021) – A Question of Honor, Chivalry, Hairpieces and Justice”

License to Review: No Time to Die (2021)

Upon Pierce Brosnan’s departure from the James Bond franchise in 2002 with the dismal Die Another Day, the world was in desperate need of a new iteration of the iconic British agent. But it wasn’t just the portrayal of the character that needed updating, the whole franchise needed a fresh start. The series had almostContinue reading “License to Review: No Time to Die (2021)”

Dune (2021) – A World Beyond Our Experience, Beyond Our Imagination

When it was announced that Denis Villeneuve was going to direct a new adaptation of Frank Herbert’s classic and foundational science fiction opus Dune, I remember jumping in excitement, if not physically in spirit. I couldn’t dream of a better or more perfect match between filmmaker and source material. Even if I hadn’t read theContinue reading “Dune (2021) – A World Beyond Our Experience, Beyond Our Imagination”