JOKER (2019), A Lesson in Storytelling

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For a moment, let's set aside all manufactured controversy and outdated views of art, and examine the spectacle that is Todd Phillips' JOKER from its strongest point: its storytelling. Fundamentally, we are the main character…

The Tao of Forrest Gump

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"Stop thinking, and end your problems.What difference between yes and no?What difference between success and failure?Must you value what others value,avoid what others avoid?How ridiculous! "Other people are excited,as though they were at a parade.I…

The Deeper Meaning of “You Were Never Really Here”

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I’ll give you a hint: the key is in the title. Major Spoilers ahead. In this reviewer’s opinion, You Were Never Really Here is undoubtedly the masterpiece of 2018 so far, so much so that it’s hard…

Review: You Were Never Really Here

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Title: You Were Never Really Here Rating: R Director: Lynne Ramsay Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Ekaterina Samsonov, Judith Anna Roberts Runtime: 1 hr 29 mins (more…)

The Failure of Scott Cooper’s “Hostiles” (2017)

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Hostiles tells the story of a legendary army captain (Christian Bale) who is known for the hundreds of Native Americans he has killed. He is tasked with escorting a dying war chief (Wes Studi) and…

The Brilliant Existentialism of The Grey

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The Brilliant Existentialism of The Grey: An Analysis of an Overlooked Film When The Grey (2011, directed by Joe Carnahan) was first released, it was marketed—very wrongly, might I add—as another Liam Neeson action vehicle,…

Why the “Three Billboards” Backlash is Getting it Wrong

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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, directed by Martin McDonagh (2017) (Minor spoilers regarding the film’s themes) It’s interesting and usually nothing more than annoying when “Oscar Backlash” strikes a film. And the controversy usually comes…

Review: Lady Bird

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Title: Lady Bird MPAA Rating: R Director:  Greta Gerwig Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Lucas Hedges, Laurie Metcalf Runtime: 93 Minutes (more…)

Review: Blade Runner 2049

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Title: Blade Runner 2049 Rating: R Director: Denis Villeneuve Starring: Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Robin Wright, Ana De Armas Runtime: 164 Minutes (more…)