Review: ONCE UPON A TIME… IN HOLLYWOOD Is An Out Of Control Epic Poem About LA’s Golden Age

Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood is a sprawling ode to a version of Southern California that no longer exists. Comprised of humor, heart, and half-true history, Hollywood is another wildly entertaining addition to the Tarantino lexicon. With a meandering opening and extended second act, the film is in no rush to get to where it… Continue reading Review: ONCE UPON A TIME… IN HOLLYWOOD Is An Out Of Control Epic Poem About LA’s Golden Age

Review: BIG LITTLE LIES S2 E6 Sets Itself Up For A Wild Conclusion

For weeks I have been writing about how Big Little Lies has been building itself towards a big pay off, and its penultimate episode did everything in its power to prove me right. From intense drama, perfect narrative weaving, and some character development for the ages, the second to last installment of an up and… Continue reading Review: BIG LITTLE LIES S2 E6 Sets Itself Up For A Wild Conclusion

Review: BIG LITTLE LIES S2 E5 Features A Big Final Five Minutes And Not Much Else

Big Little Lies Season 2 Episode 5 is gripping and intense, but sadly only for about the last five minutes. For a show that has done so much right in the past two years, it is disheartening to have to point out its flaws. While it has come to be known for its clever writing,… Continue reading Review: BIG LITTLE LIES S2 E5 Features A Big Final Five Minutes And Not Much Else

Review: ANIMA Is A Surrealist Treat for Fans of Auteur Cinema

Anima, a collaboration between Paul Thomas Anderson and Radiohead’s Thom Yorke, is an unapologetically unique musical short with enough clever direction and surreal imagery to satisfy cinephiles and music fans alike. With only a fifteen-minute run time, Anima is advertised on Netflix as “Auteur Cinema.” This is a good jumping-off point for an in-depth discussion… Continue reading Review: ANIMA Is A Surrealist Treat for Fans of Auteur Cinema

Review: BIG LITTLE LIES S2 E4 Disco And Existential Guilt Are Back

With four episodes down and three to go, Big Little Lies looks to be heading towards a scintillating and conflict-driven finale. With this weeks installment spending most of its time drawing clear battle lines, the show looks geared up to deliver on its final three episodes. In true Big Little Lies fashion, episode 4 starts… Continue reading Review: BIG LITTLE LIES S2 E4 Disco And Existential Guilt Are Back

Review: BIG LITTLE LIES S2 E3 An Awesome Addition To A Strong Second Season

Big Little Lies season two episode three continues to deliver a gripping narrative, incredible performances, and some of the best writing you are bound to see on the small screen as it logs another close to perfect hour of television.  If this episode serves as an example of anything, it is the power of a… Continue reading Review: BIG LITTLE LIES S2 E3 An Awesome Addition To A Strong Second Season

Review: ROLLING THUNDER REVUE: A BOB DYLAN STORY BY MARTIN SCORSESE is a Gloriously Inventive Investigation of the 1970’s

Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story By Martin Scorsese tells you everything you need to know about in its title. Nowhere do we see the word documentary and no where does Martin Scorsese advertise it as one. Rolling Thunder can be described in a plethora of different ways. One could call it an experimental story… Continue reading Review: ROLLING THUNDER REVUE: A BOB DYLAN STORY BY MARTIN SCORSESE is a Gloriously Inventive Investigation of the 1970’s

Review: BIG LITTLE LIES S2 E2 Creates Connections Only To Tear Them Down

In the second episode of its second season, Big Little Lies continues to play on family dynamics as it takes its story in a different, more human direction. Just when we thought we were in for a who-done-it style snoop fest led by the incomparable Meryl Streep in her brilliant turn as Mary Louise, the… Continue reading Review: BIG LITTLE LIES S2 E2 Creates Connections Only To Tear Them Down

Review: I AM MOTHER is Daring but Flawed

I Am Mother is an inventive and well thought out sci-fi thriller that suffers from a trudging pace and inconsistent structure. It can never quite make up its mind about whether it wants you to piece the clues together yourself, or if it just wants to explain the plot through long, drawn-out expositional dialogue. Spoiler… Continue reading Review: I AM MOTHER is Daring but Flawed

Review: BIG LITTLE LIES Season 2 Episode 1 – No Sophomore Slump With Meryl Streep

Between HBO’s masterful handling of Barry’s second season and a strong start to Big Little Lies’ sophomore effort, it may be time to retire the old tv cliche of “Sophomore Slumps.” The first episode of season two of the adaptation of Liane Moriarty’s novel returns with the same brooding mysterious tone as season one and… Continue reading Review: BIG LITTLE LIES Season 2 Episode 1 – No Sophomore Slump With Meryl Streep