Category: Review

The Assistant

Kitty Green’s new film The Assistant is a searing and confrontational work that offers a stark look at a system that allows for continued abuse, told from the perspective of a ground-level employee. Though he’s never named, the high-level film executive at the film’s center is clearly intended to be an analog of Harvey Weinstein,…

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Fantasy Island

In 2018, Jeff Wadlow released Truth or Dare, which seemed like his attempt to join in on the massive hype train of Blumhouse at the time. Despite the almost unanimous trashing by critics and people in the film community alike, I still went to see it, hoping I’d find some enjoyment. Truth or Dare was…

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Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Portrait of a Lady on Fire left one of the biggest impacts on me that a film ever has. It has so much going for it; great cinematography, meticulous direction and screenwriting, and dedicated performances. The director, Céline Sciamma, broke away from her typical coming of age narratives and graduated to a different kind of…

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The Photograph

There’s something so comforting about walking into a theater and walking out of it two hours later with the exact same head on your shoulders. These films that deliberately avoid the destruction and reconstruction of the soul that comes from great art, instead focusing on a simple reiteration of what one comes to expect from…

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And Then We Danced

Dance is an art form that was originally meant to communicate a story and its message to the audience. But more than that, the beauty of dance actually lies in how it can convey human emotions through physical language that waltz between predefined choreography and freeform movement. Movies like Footloose and Dirty Dancing have long…

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Ema

Fire distilled on film, Chilean director Pablo Larraín‘s Ema is sharp and stylized. A blend of erotic drama and dance movie, it is an ode to movement and the body. It’s a film that wears its symbolism on its sleeve; gorgeously shot sequences are included for metaphor even when they don’t further the story. It…

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