Damien Chazelle’s “Babylon” is a confounding and bombastic reimagining of the decadence, horror, mystique, and myth at a major turning point in the history of film. From the zenith of silent pictures to the messy beginning of talkies. But “Babylon” isn’t about the abstract wonder of picture-making. It’s an attentive interpretation of the history of the period, refined and emboldened by the deeply personal human reasons that people are drawn both to the cinema and to the environs of cinema-making.…
The New World 2005
"There's something I know when I'm with you that I forget when I'm away. Tell me, my love. Did you wish for me to come back and live with you again?" -Captain Smith
Almost 15 years ago this was my first Malick film. I must have been in my last year of middle school or thereabouts when this picture floored me and wracked my young mind with feeling I was unequipped to fully collate. I didn't know how…
Big George Foreman 2023
Director George Tillman Jr. who audiences may know best from his Cuba Gooding Jr. picture “Men of Honor” helms this Affirm Films production (Sony’s Christian film distribution arm) that bears an uncanny resemblance to a biopic without any of the heart or blood that’s made the genre into a perennial mainstay for over a hundred years with entries like 2022’s “Elvis” and 1906’s “The Story of the Kelly Gang.” The film is like a speed round of paint-by-numbers that drags…
Da 5 Bloods 2020
No substance to content. One of the most droll and uninteresting high profile pictures in a long time. Everything felt mashed together without cohesion, the socio-economic and political points made were undercut by it's very narrative. The basic premise of Triple Frontier watered down with moments that are poorly stylized and seem to belong to entirely different films. I don't know what movie everyone else is seeing because this was as close to awful as I've seen from…
What a killer way to teach someone how to cope with death.
I was wrapped up in Midsommar the entire time. It felt like an unflinching and uncompromising bit of autership that rubbed me in all the right ways, regarding death, paranoia, loneliness, fear, desire, and unspoken truth. As of now I like it more than Hereditary. We'll see if that's true on rewatch.
Super rich world, very tapestral and nuanced. The attention to detail with a particular side character suffering injuries made the world feel incredibly real. Ari Aster is out here making movies that will transcend generations.