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  • The Tale

    The Tale


    Not unlike Dear Zachary, my mind and heart couldn't decide whether to scream out in rage or turn into a puddle of tears. The Tale unnerves and upsets its audience by telling the story of lost innocence through the fairytale lens of an fabricated past. I saw the film at Sundance (I’ll eventually stop bragging) with some friends and the different reactions we had to the film really highlights how traumatic an experience it was. Ryan was revolted, nearly hating…

  • Summer in the Forest

    Summer in the Forest

    The reason so many people think they don't like documentaries is because of films like this. I'll be the first to admit I'm not the audience for this. Its so overtly intended for a generation quite older than myself. The film moves at such a gruelingly slow pace, dwelling on these old folks as they casually remark on their past. No interesting footage or insight is ever given, just reflection.

    The concept sounds admirable. An officer saved the lives of…

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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,…