The Proposition (Review)

To my father, Clint Eastwood is a cinematic god, and the Western genre is his sermon. I grew up watching all the greats, from High Plains Drifter to the Dollars trilogy and The Outlaw Josie Wales, though obviously I wasn’t limited to Eastwood either, as the likes of Once Upon a Time in the West […]

Lawless (Review)

Unbeknownst to many, even those who are somewhat familiar with the music legend, Nick Cave is a screenwriter as well as a musician. Cave has written exclusively for Australian-born Canadian director John Hillcoat, and while both are undeniably talented individuals in their respective roles, their latest collaboration, 2012’s Lawless, feels like an uncharacteristic compromise for […]

Why Blade Runner 2049 is One of the Greatest Sequels of All Time, but Not a Masterpiece

Warning: Spoilers ahead for Blade Runner and Blade Runner 2049 Last year fans were treated to the release of Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049, the long-awaited sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 sci-fi classic Blade Runner. Despite expectations being simultaneously high and tentative, as is the case with any major cinematic property prior to release, the […]

Ghostbusters (Review)

If there’s a strange screenplay in Hollywood, who you gonna call? Ivan Reitman. Apparently. Following my review of Juno, arguably the greatest cinematic achievement by Jason Reitman (though there is a very strong case to be made for Up in the Air), it seems only right I offer my take on 1984’s Ghostbusters, a film […]

Juno (Review)

When reviewing a film, I normally single out the achievements (or lack thereof) of the director, as this person is perhaps the single most important figure in bringing a screenplay to life. While a similar argument could be made instead for the producer, I believe creative genesis nonetheless of any film lies with the screenwriter. […]

The Crescent (Review)

The horror genre possesses an inescapable and misleading reputation for being all murder and jump scares with little substance to offer, which I find leads to a culture of dismissiveness from many a movie-goer. This is certainly the case for numerous horror flicks, yet it is no different from the ups and downs of any […]