Review: Men

What is Alex Garland’s “Men” all about? It’s perhaps one of this year’s most intriguing and most haunting horror films, but its actual meaning is wrapped in a cocoon of mystery and enigma. Is it a modern retelling of the legend of the Green Man? Is it a home invasion film for the #MeToo era? It’s hard to find the words to describe “Men” to you. How do I give a brief synopsis of the film without revealing too much? With a film like “Men” it’s best to go into the theater knowing as little as possible in order to gain the most impact from the film’s content.  Continue reading Review: Men

The Souvenir: Part II: NYFF Review

Year: 2021 Runtime: 106 minutes Director: Joanna Hogg Writers: Joanna Hogg Actors: Honor Swinton Byrne, Tom Burke, Charlie Heaton, Tilda Swinton, Richard Ayoade By Tom Moore Joanna Hogg’s follow-up to her 2019 breakout film “The Souvenir” is a major milestone on multiple levels. Sequels are pretty rare in the indie film scene, so it’s pretty impactful that “The Souvenir: Part II” sees Hogg creating her … Continue reading The Souvenir: Part II: NYFF Review

Film Review: Zola

Runtime: 87 minutes Director: Janicza Brown Writers: Janicza Brown, Jeremy O. Harris, A’Ziah King (based on the Tweets by), David Kushner (based on the story by) Stars: Taylour Paige, Riley Keough, Nicholas Braun, Colman Domingo By Tom Moore The second its trailer dropped, the latest film from A24 and writer/director Janicza Bravo, “Zola”, showed a lot of promise in delivering something truly one of a kind … Continue reading Film Review: Zola

Tribeca Film Festival 2021 Review: False Positive

Year: 2021 Runtime: 92 minutes Director: John Lee Writers: Ilana Glazer, John Lee Actors: Ilana Glazer, Justin Theroux, Pierce Brosnan, Gretchen Mol By Tom Moore A24 has offered plenty of intriguing slow-burn horror stories, but “False Positive” is one of its most inquisitive in recent time with its thematic perspective on pregnancy and disturbing realizations. The film is meant to be a contemporary take on … Continue reading Tribeca Film Festival 2021 Review: False Positive

Social Isolation Review: “Obvious Child”

Year: 2014 Runtime: 84 Minutes Director: Gillian Robespierre Writer: Gillian Robespierre (screenplay by), Karen Maine (story) Stars: Jenny Slate, Jake Lacy, Gaby Hoffmann By Morgan Roberts Is there such a thing as a perfect film?  No.  But there are many films that come close.  Gillian Robespierre’s feature film debut, “Obvious Child” (2014), is one of those films.  With a runtime of 84 minutes, Robespierre ensures … Continue reading Social Isolation Review: “Obvious Child”

Review: First Cow

Writer/director Kelly Reichardt has gained quite some notoriety over her career, so much so that Bong Joon-Ho even denotes her as one of his heroes, and her latest film, “First Cow”, gives audiences a unique Western adventure filled with friendship, character, and a cow.

Set in Oregon during the 19th Century, the film follows two scavengers – a skilled but secluded cook named Cookie (John Magaro) and an opportunistic Chinese man named King Lu (Orion Lee). Although they meet on strange terms, the two grow a special friendship as they look to make a name for themselves. However, when an incredibly wealthy man named Chief Factor (Toby Jones) purchases and brings the first cow to the area, the two see an opportunity to gain a wealth of their own. So, as they sneakily steal milk from under Factor’s nose, Cookie and Lu make a name for themselves by cooking baked goods that eventually gets them unwanted attention. Continue reading Review: First Cow

The Most Anticipated Movies of 2020

Last year was probably one of the best years for film in quite some time. Throughout the entire fall, week after week, it felt like the phrase “oh, this is going to be in my top ten for sure” became incredibly common. From Bong-Ho Joon’s enthralling and mind-blowing depiction of class with “Parasite” to the box-office smashing end of the Infinity Saga with the Russo Brothers’ “Avengers: Endgame”, there were so many new kinds of stories and visions that constantly pushed genre boundaries. 2019 was especially a great year for female filmmakers as there was an onslaught of incredible films from both new and already established women in film. Continue reading The Most Anticipated Movies of 2020