‘Magnolia’ Film Review

It's a rare thing when a movie is able to sneak up on me, suddenly tearing its way into my brain for, well, ever. But then Magnolia is a rare film. The first time I watched this treasure I was sure I hated it. I wasn't even fully in, only a few key players had … Continue reading ‘Magnolia’ Film Review

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‘Scream’ and the Art of Mocking the Horror Genre While Also Excelling at It

If you plan on watching Scream because you love Drew Barrymore then I'm very, very sorry. Because it's almost spooky season -- well it is in my mind at least -- I'm picking back up on my Film Appreciation series to talk about 1996's Scream. What's your favorite scary movie? The plot centers around a … Continue reading ‘Scream’ and the Art of Mocking the Horror Genre While Also Excelling at It

‘Little Miss Sunshine’: The Surprisingly Unhappy Feel-Good Movie

"Do what you love, and fuck the rest." - Dwayne, Little Miss Sunshine Categorically, this is not what one would call the “feel-good movie of the summer.” After all, themes like failed marriage, attempted suicide, heroin-addiction, and imminent financial ruin don’t really fit the bill of a feel-good film. Yet Little Miss Sunshine works double-time … Continue reading ‘Little Miss Sunshine’: The Surprisingly Unhappy Feel-Good Movie

Film Appreciation: ‘The Matrix’

Notice how in almost every action movie there will be a slo-mo fight sequence where the protagonist is dodging bullets left and right? You can thank 1999’s The Matrix for that. Though, admittedly, later films may not exactly do the technique (known more familiarly as “bullet time”) justice. The fact remains that it was made … Continue reading Film Appreciation: ‘The Matrix’