Lyvie explores the triumph and the bittersweet in Gina Prince-Bythewood's The Woman King.
Of Bears, Wolves, and Other Beasts: Chilean Animation and the Art of Healing | Film Cred
Chile's newfound interest towards animation is only natural. Because it primarily prioritizes visuals above all else, this storytelling medium lends itself to aesthetic poetry without the hurdle of excessive verbiage.
“It’s Okay With Me” — Altman’s Revisionist Noir 'The Long Goodbye'
When Robert Altman’s The Long Goodbye was first released in 1973, its limited opening in Los Angeles was met with a plethora of negative reviews, stymying the film’s appeal to the general public. In short, it wasn’t received well. The notable defenders of Altman’s adaptation of Raymond Chandler’s novel of …
The Broken Image of 'Dirty Harry'
“The broken image of Man moves in minute by minute and cell by cell,” wrote William S. Burroughs. “Poverty, hatred, war, police-criminals, bureaucracy, insanity, all symptoms of The Human Virus.” Few images feel more malignant today than Hollywood’s potent, illusory image of the American policeman.
I want to be a sex boy: Gay Shame and Showbiz in ‘The Other Two’
'The Other Two' doesn’t reductively equate coming-out with liberation, but rather, shows a remarkable amount of compassion for gays who are unsure of their place in the world.
'Trainspotting' - 25 Years On and as Relevant as Ever
Bursting onto the scene with thunderous aplomb, Danny Boyle’s Trainspotting made huge cultural waves over here in the U.K, depicting the lives of Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor) and his gang of heroin-addicted friends in all their ecstasy and agony. From the very opening, the explosive drumbeats of Iggy Pop’s “Lust …
The Rest is Confetti: Mike Flanagan and Familial Trauma
While most people only began noticing Mike Flanagan recently with some of his bigger releases, it was Oculus that first grabbed my attention. Most filmmakers typically learn and build a style as they get older and make more films, but with Flanagan’s Oculus, it’s easy to see the foundation of …
Review: 'In the Heights'
I was obsessed with Hamilton before I heard In the Heights for the first time. I didn’t think it would match, but it was very surprising when I realized it could match – and pass it. In the Heights sang about a life that I knew, not necessarily my life, …
‘In Bruges’ — Negotiating Catholic Guilt in Belgium’s Purgatory
Martin McDonagh’s black comedy In Bruges was one of the first films that made me feel Irish, which is ironic considering it’s helmed by a British director (albeit with Irish roots), set in Belgium, and on the surface is about two hitmen sheltering from the fallout of a botched job. …
Is 1981 the Most Underrated Movie Year Ever?
1981: it’s the witching hour in America. A recession is in full bloom and Ronald Reagan’s promise to “make America great again” remains, for good or ill, unfulfilled. Strung out between the aching, post-’60s come-down nihilism of the late ’70s and the neoconservative free-market mass-consumption orgy of the Reagan era, …
Review: 'Namaste Wahala'
If there is any genre synonymous with Nollywood filmmaking, it is the romantic comedy. From EbonyLife’s The Wedding Party, and its poorly executed sequel, to the relatively progressive Isoken, Nollywood has churned out film after film about romance in a society that is fixated on marriage as a status symbol …