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  • Bottle Rocket

    Bottle Rocket

    ★★★

    Wes Anderson’s debut feature, Bottle Rocket, provides audiences with flashes of Anderson’s now iconic style and motifs such as characters suffering from arrested development, language serving as an information barrier, and whimsical cinematography. As a viewer watching the film in 2020, most of the pleasure of watching Bottle Rocket comes from the delightful performances of the young Wilson brothers and from seeing a future master of visual storytelling play and experiment with some of the filmmaking techniques that would one…

  • Snowpiercer

    Snowpiercer

    ★★★

    Snowpiercer is the third Bong Joon-ho film I have seen after Okja and Parasite. While I am a huge fan of Parasite and what Bong was able to accomplish with the film, Okja was not a film that I connected to, and I was left with similar feelings after watching Snowpiercer. These feelings, as I have come to understand them, are a mix of appreciation for Bong’s visual style and a disappointment in the film’s lack of subtly and thematic…

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  • The Lion King

    The Lion King

    ★★

    A technical achievement that relies too much on its visual effects innovations over every other facet of filmmaking.

  • Gangs of New York

    Gangs of New York

    ★★★★

    From the prologue there is not any uncertainty to what type of film Gangs of New York is going to be. As the camera tracks Priest Vallon (Liam Neeson) through the catacombs of his church to meet Bill ‘The Butcher’ Cutting (Daniel Day-Lewis) on the battle field, it is evident that this is going to be a historical epic propped up by jaw dropping production design that harkens back to a time when these types of films were made more…