“It’s nice to have a friend again,” Violet Markey (Elle Fanning) says to Theodore Finch (Justice Smith) as they drive over to their next project. Violet, who's recovering from a car accident that took her sister’s life, holds Finch’s hand across the driver’s seat. They smile at each other. Brett Haley’s adaptation of Jennifer Niven’s… Continue reading ‘All The Bright Places’: Sincere But Too Shallow For Its Own Good
Right off the bat, I still think To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is better than P.S. I Still Love You. To All the Boys has the capacity to be re-watched multiple times. It’s one of my go-to feel-good films whenever I’m down. The sequel, however, pales in comparison. Lara Jean’s (Lana Condor) life… Continue reading ‘To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You’: P.P.S. Do I Still Love This?
When does love end? We’re taught that one’s ultimate goal in life is to find the one, get married, and live the happily-ever-after described in storybooks. We are taught that love is a sacred entity that exists between two people destined to be together (‘til death do they part). But we are not characters written… Continue reading ‘Marriage Story’: Love, Loss, and Everything in Between
Movies should be judged on its own merits, but sometimes discourse around it seeps into the film well before one’s first viewing. As I pressed play on Dead Kids a week after its release, I was already (painfully) aware of its stellar social media reception and, subsequently, the arguments being made on the state of… Continue reading ‘Dead Kids’: Being Neon-Lit Does Not Make a Movie Good
Eli first got onto my radar when people kept talking about how scary it was. As someone who basks in horror films and strangely enjoys getting scared, I got excited. Horror movies haven’t really been terrifying as of late as the genre has evolved into a more direct reflection of the human experience. While the… Continue reading ‘Eli’ really isn’t scary, I’m sorry
With Steven Soderbergh directing and powerhouses like Meryl Streep, Gary Oldman, and Antonio Banderas headlining, I genuinely believed that The Laundromat would be a diamond in the rough in the land of Netflix originals. Inspired by the 2017 book Secrecy World: Inside the Panama Papers by Jake Bernstein, The Laundromat supposedly follows the story of… Continue reading ‘The Laundromat’: A shell of a movie
Netflix’s newest original film dives nose-deep into the real life story of Rudy Ray Moore, commonly known as the iconic “Dolemite”, chronicling the journey he paved for himself to see his name in lights. It is a showcase of the 70s black community scene, with Moore in the thick of it and, dare I say,… Continue reading ‘Dolemite Is My Name’: Capturing Rudy Ray Moore in All His Glory
It’s hard not to be suspicious of a Mother’s Day movie not released on Mother’s Day—is it good enough on its own that it doesn’t need a holiday to bolster its success, or is it that bad that it can’t possibly compete with other Mother’s Day blockbuster offerings? Otherhood, at its surface, seems like your… Continue reading ‘Otherhood’: What’s So Funny About Toxic Mothers?