REVIEW: MALCOLM AND MARIE (2021)

“You know what, Malcolm, if you’re gonna treat me like an insane person and call me fucking crazy, the least you could do is do it without casually eating macaroni and cheese.” Director Sam Levinson comes back after his successful HBO drama, Euphoria. In an effort to create something during the lockdown, and the inability…

REVIEW: PIECES OF A WOMAN (2020)

“We need —we need some justice here!” “No, you need. That is what you want. That is what you need. That is your way!” It’s incredibly hard when someone loses a loved one. But anytime a mother loses her baby, it hits even harder. Pieces of a Woman, tells the tale of a young couple,…

REVIEW: THE PROM (2020)

“We have come to show this community that gay people, and gay positive icons such as myself, are made of the same flesh and blood as they are.” It’s getting to be that time again, or it would be if we weren’t in the middle of a pandemic. The boys in their tuxes and the…

REVIEW: THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 (2020)

“We carried certain ideas across state lines. Not machine guns or drugs or little girls. Ideas. When we crossed from New York to New Jersey to Pennsylvania to Ohio to Illinois, we had certain ideas. And for that, we were gassed, beaten, arrested, and put on trial.” The Trial of the Chicago 7 is a…

REVIEW: MANK (2020)

“You cannot capture a man’s entire life in two hours. All you can hope is to leave the impression of one.” They call Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane the best film ever made — often taking the top spot on most “Best of” lists while trying to fight off Alfred Hitchcock’s, Vertigo, a film Welles vehemently…

SERIES REVIEW: SELENA – THE SERIES PT. 1

“When I think about being on stage — you on the base, and Suzette on the drums, nothing else matters.” “Como La Flor…” “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom…” There’s an immediate association that comes to mind when you hear these songs. No matter how small your knowledge is within the Tejano genre, there’s a good chance…

REVIEW: HILLBILLY ELEGY (2020)

“I don’t care if you hate me. I ain’t in it for popularity.” Everyone has a story to tell — some stories more impactful than others. The autobiography, Hillbilly Elegy, based on the upbringing of JD Vance, is a mediocre adaptation that fails to impact its audiences. J.D. (Gabriel Basso) is a college man trying…

REVIEW: I’M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS (2020)

“It’s tragic how few people possess their souls before they die… ‘Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.’ That’s an Oscar Wilde quote.” The elements of ambiguity within films are no stranger to director Charlie Kaufman. The fluid intricacies of the quirky romance…

REVIEW: DA 5 BLOODS (2020)

“You got me?” “We got you, Blood.” Pictures begin to appear onscreen, while footage of famous boxer, Muhammad Ali, asks why should he shoot these Vietnamese people? “They never set dogs on me, or lynched me.” It’s a history lesson, centered on the constant war that many black Americans face to this day. It’s no…