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  • The Other Side of the Wind

    The Other Side of the Wind


    I’ve read it’s as experimental and genre defying as Citizen Kane, but while the later used new techniques to craft a magnificent story, The Other Side of the Wind was an incoherent mess of a film from start to finish. A movie about a director making a movie, I can see the fun in trying to pick the movie apart to understand the director better, but that kind of film analysis isn’t for me. At face value, this is a…

  • Utøya: July 22

    Utøya: July 22


    I love Paul Greengrass, but I haven’t heard enough positives about his latest film, July: 22. Instead, I watched the Norwegian film based on the same tragedy. Utøya: July 22 tackled the subject matter quite differently from what I understand, focusing squarely on the terrorist attack instead of the surrounding aftermath. Directed by Eric Poppe, he films the incident completely opposite to typical Greengrass style of shaky-cam and quick cuts. In fact, the film cuts only a handful of times,…

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  • A Ghost Story

    A Ghost Story



    I feel ashamed, because A Ghost Story was trying to tell this sobering tale about life, loss, and legacy. The whole movie was designed to get the viewer emotionally charged and in a contemplatively sad state. Yet, how could I be sad when I had this giant grin across my face? I was witnessing greatness and couldn't properly handle the dual emotional I was feeling.

    Written and directed by David Lowery, I wish I hadn't waited to watch this…

  • Risen


    My mom loved it.

    I had semi-high hopes for Risen. As a Christian, I am always longing for a good faith-based film to come along. I believe the winning formula is in a Ben-Hur-esque drama that coincides with biblical principles.

    Maybe its just been to long since I've seen a truly bad Christian film to compare, but this was honestly terrible. I finished and desperately searched for elements I could praise, but left entirely empty. Even the premise is squandered,…