Promising Young Woman: A Movie That Kills

Cassie is frustrated. She lives in a world where she must constantly confront the realities of a suffocating patriarchy. Everyone she encounters is playing their part: the men at the bar spot a drunk woman, minding her own business, and remark that she's "just asking for it;" the dean of a university refuses to back … Continue reading Promising Young Woman: A Movie That Kills

Rewind: Fish Tank (2009)

In a successful movie, the filmmaker must tell the story of its characters in a way that remains honest and truthful to the events as they unfold--to the actions and reactions of the characters, and to their state of existence. Andrea Arnold's Fish Tank does exactly this, and in doing so achieves something elegant, yet … Continue reading Rewind: Fish Tank (2009)

Rewind: The Only Living Boy in New York (2017)

Marc Webb's The Only Living Boy in New York has been on my list for a while, though I've been hesitant to watch it--mainly because I was pretty sure I wouldn't like it. Ultimately, I wound up disliking it for essentially the same reasons I anticipated. After I got past the fact the main family … Continue reading Rewind: The Only Living Boy in New York (2017)

Tenet: An Imperfect Distraction in an Imperfect World

Christopher Nolan wastes no time in thrusting us directly into the action of his movie. In fact, the movie as a whole feels packed to the brim--very few transitional shots and b roll footage to distract or weigh things down; whether as a conscious editing choice, or a matter of keeping this two-and-a-half hour film … Continue reading Tenet: An Imperfect Distraction in an Imperfect World

Rewind: Nights and Weekends (2008)

One of the exciting things about looking back at the early work of a director who has only in recent years become fully recognized in her field, is noticing the small things that were always there--the sensibilities of storytelling, the filmmaking choices, the sympathetic approach to portraying intimate relationships that has been at work since … Continue reading Rewind: Nights and Weekends (2008)

Rewind: The Graduate (1967)

Here's to you, Mrs. Robinson. And I'd also like to offer my deepest apologies on behalf of the endearingly na├»ve yet equally cruel and oblivious twenty-year-old Ben Braddock--the hero of the movie who unwittingly serves as the antagonist to a much bleaker tale of fear and regret. As Ben announces multiple times near the start … Continue reading Rewind: The Graduate (1967)