Sweeping romantic epics usually do not run less than 90 minutes and are typically not filmed in black and white, but Oscar-winning Polish director Paweł Pawlikowski’s latest film, the elegiac Cold War is just that. Loosely based on the romantic story of his own parents, the film condenses more than a decade of time into… Read More Paweł Pawlikowski’s ‘Cold War’ Review: Bad Romance
Peak TV has made a profound influence on period movies, especially those tracking British history. In an era when British television production has covered just about every aspect of the U.K.’s history, it is hard to make a movie that can climb above that fray. Unfortunately, Josie Rourke’s Mary Queen of Scots, the respected theater… Read More Josie Rourke’s ‘Mary Queen of Scots’
I take a quick look at the Oscar-nominated I, Tonya.… Read More Craig Gillespie’s ‘I, Tonya’ Quick Thoughts
Phantom Thread is the new masterpiece from Paul Thomas Anderson.… Read More Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘Phantom Thread’ Review
In any other year, Three Billboards Outside Ebbings, Missouri would be considered an acclaimed indie with little shot at awards success. Playwright Martin McDonagh’s film is an exercise in pitch-black comedy, a film that tests the limits of what audiences will laugh at. Its macabre sense of humor isn’t something that usually clicks with a wide… Read More Martin McDonagh’s ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ Quick Thoughts
Guillermo Del Toro’s newest film, The Shape of Water, is a truly astonishing visual marvel. It’s mostly set inside dank, dark rooms and when the camera travels outside, it’s night or it’s pouring. So the film’s beauty truly comes from within the hearts of its main characters. Del Toro appears to be on a personal quest… Read More Guillermo Del Toro’s ‘The Shape of Water’ Review: The Shape of Love
Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight creeps up on the audience with its nuanced performances, unique direction and beautiful photography. It doesn’t peddle in flashy sequences to force its way into your memories. Chiron will be one of the 21st century’s great film characters because Moonlight will not go away as long as there are souls searching for an… Read More At The Middle of the World: Barry Jenkins’ ‘Moonlight’
As 2016 comes to a close, so many of us are thankful that it is over. But 2016 gave us at least 127 minutes of pure joy in the form of Damien Chazelle’s La La Land. It’s a musical that belongs in the 1960s and begs its audience to accept the rules of the genre… Read More This Is The Dream: Damien Chazelle’s ‘La La Land’
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice tries to do everything and amounts to almost nothing. No, it’s not the complete disaster clickbait headlines want you to think it is, but it’s still not a great movie. All it really confirms is that we have had enough of Zack Snyder’s darker-than-dark depiction of superheroes. Starting off… Read More ‘Batman v Superman’ review: Get Zack Snyder away from my heroes!
Gone Girl was simply amazing. I know there’s some critics who weren’t as impressed, but I really found it to be one of David Fincher’s best. Please check out my full review of the film at TheCelebrityCafe.com.