Crafting its grit in relation to the perceived silliness of other superhero films, Logan wants to be taken seriously. With a cool sense of nihilism, the film dismisses both the comic book origins and cinematic ancestors that helped birth it: “This is ice-cream for bed-wetters,” Logan says of an X-Men comic. With some heavy borrowing… Continue reading Logan


A tale of morals and personal responsibility wrapped up in superhero splendor, Colossal tells the story of Gloria (Anne Hathaway), an alcoholic. Tired of Gloria’s irresponsibility, her boyfriend Tim (Dan Stevens) kicks her out. Hoping to get her life under control, Gloria returns to her hometown and upon arriving runs into her childhood friend Oscar… Continue reading COLOSSAL

Film of the Week: Unguided Tour

In Susan Sontag’s Unguided Tour (1983), the past subsumes the present. Sontag emphasizes the stories permeating underneath the camera’s frame; the essence and memory of things. An unnamed couple walk through Venice. The woman (Lucinda Childs) ruminates on the parallels between the city and her relationship, both faltering. Sontag directs and edits Unguided Tour as… Continue reading Film of the Week: Unguided Tour

Film of the Week: WINTER’s BONE

Debra Grenik’s “Winter’s Bone” is a film where Grenik certainly employs a show and don’t tell method of filmmaking.  The story is about Ree Dolly (Jennifer Lawrence), a 17-year old girl on the hunt for her father wanted by the law. Should she fail to find him, her family will be evicted from their home… Continue reading Film of the Week: WINTER’s BONE


I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to participate in the Critics Academy for the 54th New York Film Festival. This means I’ll be watching three-to-four films a day as well as working on writing that I can hopefully submit to online publications. I’ll be taking a short break in order to focus on that, but I… Continue reading Hiatus

Film of the Week: “Ratcatcher”

Directed by Lynne Ramsay, Ratcatcher is a film about a twelve years old boy named James (William Eadie), who one day accidentally drowns his friend after the two begin to wrestle in a canal. From thereon, Ramsay focuses on James’ guilt and shame of having run away from the scene, consequently keeping his presence there… Continue reading Film of the Week: “Ratcatcher”