‘Rough Night’ Wastes a Talented Cast through a Lazy Script and Cheap, Edgy Humour

It’s hard to find an R-rated comedy these days that doesn’t get compared to the likes of The Hangover, or anything produced by Judd Apatow. Like them or not, these films truly paved the way for contemporary, mainstream comedy, and it doesn’t look like their influence is waning, as seen in Lucia Aniello’s Rough Night. Continue reading ‘Rough Night’ Wastes a Talented Cast through a Lazy Script and Cheap, Edgy Humour

‘T2 Trainspotting’: A Wonderful Piece of Closure That Uses Nostalgia as a Theme, Not a Crutch

*DISCLAIMER: This review reveals major spoilers for Trainspotting and minor spoilers for T2 Trainspotting.* 20 years after Danny Boyle’s Trainspotting hit theatres and broke new ground, he and the original cast have returned for another round in T2 Trainspotting, which takes elements from both Irvine Welsh’s original novel, Trainspotting, and its sequel, Porno. After betraying his friends and running off with £16000, Mark Renton (Ewan … Continue reading ‘T2 Trainspotting’: A Wonderful Piece of Closure That Uses Nostalgia as a Theme, Not a Crutch

‘The Belko Experiment’ Lacks in Subversive Smarts, but Compensates With Gory, Twisted Fun

The premise of Greg McLean’s The Belko Experiment is nothing new or unique. The typical “people trapped in a certain environment (in this case, the workplace) playing a game of kill or be killed to reveal their true primitive nature” has been around for decades. With that said, this film feels different from other films that follow that premise, such as the Hunger Games and Saw franchises, to name something more recent. Continue reading ‘The Belko Experiment’ Lacks in Subversive Smarts, but Compensates With Gory, Twisted Fun

‘Twin Peaks: The Return’ Episodes 1-4: The Place Both Wonderful and Strange is Back and Better than Ever

It would be incredibly redundant to quote Laura Palmer’s famous words, “I’ll see you again in twenty-five years,” when referring to this long awaited revival of Twin Peaks, but it sure feels fitting. Continue reading ‘Twin Peaks: The Return’ Episodes 1-4: The Place Both Wonderful and Strange is Back and Better than Ever

‘War Machine’ is Decent Modern Warfare Satire that Misses Opportunities for Greatness

Satire is generally a difficult thing to pull off in film. The best are ones that unapologetically go all in with the mocking of their subjects, while successfully walking a fine line regarding tone, still clearly making their point, and creating emotional resonance with the audience. Continue reading ‘War Machine’ is Decent Modern Warfare Satire that Misses Opportunities for Greatness

“I’ll See You Again in Twenty-Five Years”: Looking Back at ‘Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me’ 25 Years Later

In May of 1992, nearly a year after the insane and highly ambiguous bombshell of a series finale, David Lynch came to Cannes with a follow-up to his and Mark Frost’s acclaimed Twin Peaks. Written with Robert Engels, and directed by Lynch, Fire Walk With Me wasn’t what fans and critics were expecting. Continue reading “I’ll See You Again in Twenty-Five Years”: Looking Back at ‘Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me’ 25 Years Later

The State of Superhero Cinema: An Introduction

Earlier this year, James Mangold’s Logan was finally released to nearly unanimous praise, with many calling it the best superhero film since Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight. Upon reflecting on the comic book films released since 2008, after Nolan’s movie changed the face of the genre, it was difficult to think of many films which have lived up to it. Continue reading The State of Superhero Cinema: An Introduction