Nicolas Winding Refn Falls Deeper Into Himself with the Unsettling and Uneven ‘Neon Demon’

Odds are, Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn isn’t going to make another Drive (2011). For all the critical acclaim and accolades the film and director were justly given, it should be clear after The Neon Demon that 2013’s widely divisive Only God Forgives isn’t going to be the outlier in Refn’s English language filmography. His newest film is the type of ambitious, overabundant and hyper-stylized show that will … Continue reading Nicolas Winding Refn Falls Deeper Into Himself with the Unsettling and Uneven ‘Neon Demon’

College Is For Partying And Reinvention In Richard Linklater’s “Everybody Wants Some!!”

After making true crime story / dark comedy Bernie in 2011, the third installment in American cinema’s best ongoing relationship story Before Midnight in 2013 and Boyhood, the famed 12 years in the making familial epic, in 2014, arguably no other director is enjoying a better decade than Richard Linklater. Marketed as a sort of, kinda, spiritual sequel to his 1993 cultural touchstone Dazed and Confused, Everybody Wants Some!! finds the … Continue reading College Is For Partying And Reinvention In Richard Linklater’s “Everybody Wants Some!!”

Which Ones to Watch: The Films of Terrence Malick

With his seventh feature, Knight of Cups, expanding into more theaters, now seems the time to take a look into the career of American cinema’s most poetic filmmakers – the abstract and emotional work of Terrence Malick. Characterized by their gorgeous visuals and preference of mood over plot (especially in later movies), Malick’s films are among the most acclaimed in film criticism, but if you’re not … Continue reading Which Ones to Watch: The Films of Terrence Malick

Spectre Is A Fun But Slight Follow-Up To Its Bar Setting Predecessor

After the enormous critical praise Skyfall received as the best film of Daniel Craig’s run in the tuxedo (and some calling it the best of the whole franchise), Spectre has quite a lot of expectations on it to deliver something memorable. Director Sam Mendes is back on board as well and while the newer film lacks the strong emotional current that Skyfall, or say Casino Royale had, it’s still quite … Continue reading Spectre Is A Fun But Slight Follow-Up To Its Bar Setting Predecessor

Sicario Makes A Tight Thriller Out Of A Complex Drug War

Holding an audience’s interest while keeping them in the dark is an extremely difficult feat to pull off. Yet after setting the stakes high from shot one, Sicario plunges its protagonist Kate Macer (a superb Emily Blunt), an FBI field agent, into the dark murkiness that is the U.S. – Mexico drug war, only giving out answers and half-truths when absolutely vital. The world and war … Continue reading Sicario Makes A Tight Thriller Out Of A Complex Drug War

Johnny Depp and Joel Edgerton Carry Black Mass Through the Gangster Tropes

Like most well-worn genres, if making an epic gangster movie, there had better be a great spin on which to tell it. Black Mass, directed by Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart, Out of the Furnace), has a fantastic hook in telling the story of infamous Boston mobster Whitey Bulger (Johnny Depp) and his deal with FBI Agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton) and great performances from its two leads, … Continue reading Johnny Depp and Joel Edgerton Carry Black Mass Through the Gangster Tropes