Best films of 2017

Alright movie lovers 🙂 Here we are again. Honestly, it feels like last week that I did my best of 2016 movies list. I guess time really does fly when we look back. How have you guys been? I’ve been quite caught up with University and haven’t written as many reviews as I would’ve liked…

First Reformed review; The limits of faith

Paul Schrader is well known for writing the screenplay for Taxi Driver, a universally well-known depiction of isolation, self-destruction and the dichotomy between egos and heroes in the new age. Taxi Driver characterized the feeling of loneliness in the swamp of big cities and the descent of normal people into madness. Society moves so fast…

Mission Impossible Fallout review; An escapist thrill-ride

Mission Impossible’s great feat is that each film that follows manages to be its own, somewhat self-contained vessel of pure thrill, action and awe. It’s a franchise that understands it’s own identity and does not pretend or try too hard to be anything more than death-defying entertainment fueled with explosions, espionage and pure electricity. Rinse…

Tully review; A raw depiction of motherhood and depression.

I’m not sure I’ve seen a film touch on the topic of post-partum depression with such grace and empathy. Being a male myself, I doubt I can ever fully appreciate the joy and pains of motherhood and all that it entails from nurturing life inside the womb to the  process of raising a child in…

Sicario: Day Of The Soldado review

Sicario: Day Of The Soldado is a defiant sequel that takes a swipe at the ruthlessless of counter-terrorist operations and the destruction of innocent lives caught in collateral damage. While Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro feature again in this largely masculine world, it is the female fringe characters whose presence are the most striking…

Isle Of Dogs; Adorable animation and dogged satire.

Wes Anderson’s Isle Of Dogs comes right off the heels of the colourful noir of Grand Budapest Hotel, the frenzied adolescence in Moonrise Kingdom and the surprising realism in the wacky Fantastic Mr.Fox. Isle Of Dogs mixes multiple levels of satire to create social commentary on the festering of fear and hatred, authoritarianism, segregation and…

Hereditary review; The tragic nature of human frailty

Some spoilers ahead so read at your own risk. If you have not seen the film, I suggest you read the review after you’ve seen the movie. Hereditary was one of my most anticipated movies of 2018. After hearing critics rave about it at Sundance for being one of the scariest films they’ve ever seen,…

Thoroughbreds review; Teenage horror, angst and emptiness.

Thoroughbreds is a tingling, chilling and extremely interesting film of great provocation and irony. Stunning visuals, sound design and terrific acting from Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch) and Olivia Cooke (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl) make for a unique film. Taylor-Joy plays Lily who feels suffocated by the presence of her step-father and Cooke plays…

Avengers Infinity War review; Contrived and awkward

(Spoilers ahead) I believe I’m ‘non-partisan’ when it comes to DC and Marvel. Because both of them are plagued by the pastiche of the mainstream superhero trope. They are characterized by cheesy dialogue, plot contrivance and dull characterization. The visual flamboyance of most superhero movies may wow on the surface but are honestly quick fixes…

You Were Never Really Here review; Trauma, depravity and brokenness.

Adapted from Joanathan Ames’ novel of the same name, Lynne Ramsay’s bleak thriller unfurls a phatasmagoria of urban hell, clinging trauma and the depravity and desolation of broken characters. You Were Never Really Here is uncompromising to say the least. Flashbacks give Joaquin Phoenix’s hitman character layers upon layers of tragic characterization (abusive father, PTSD…

Best of 2017; My picks for all film categories

What’s good people?! I’ve been real busy for the past couple of weeks so this post is kinda late but here it is guys…my picks for all the categories of film in 2017. I just saw Annihilation and Game Night a couple of days ago and hope to post reviews of them soon! Cya soon…

Get Out is good but not great; Microaggression in America

Get Out’s been stealing the hearts and minds of audiences all across the board from casual moviegoers to esteemed critics. It’s been hailed as groundbreaking, shocking and a great satire. Many think it’s a deep and provocative representation of prevailing systemic racism in America today. (I would have voted for Obama for a third time!)….