Knives Out

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Many movie fans have decided that Rian Johnson sucks, that he ruined Star Wars. I disagree, I’m not one of those people. In my opinion, Johnson’s The Last Jedi wasn’t nearly as bad as numerous super-nerds have made it out to be. I actually kind of like it. Johnson also wrote and directed Looper (2012), a pretty damn good… Continue reading Knives Out

The Shape of Water

According to director Jack Arnold, his film The Creature From the Black Lagoon was about the fear that lurks beneath. Much the same could be said about Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water, only what lurks beneath its surface is liberal hysteria. Designed to embolden the idea that mankind, specifically male-dominated society, has no… Continue reading The Shape of Water

Nocturnal Animals

To cover a story that is by no means simple or clear requires a simple narrative centered on a single individual, yet designer-turned-director Tom Ford’s second film is an adaptation of Austin Wright’s story Tom and Susan, which was originally intended to be a two-part series but emerged instead as the film Nocturnal Animals, a… Continue reading Nocturnal Animals

Complete Unknown

What do potato famine, gemology, leeches that regulate salt levels in the Tasmanian marsh, the song of frogs, cattle grazing cycles and the name Tony have in common? They all come up in conversation in director Joshua Marston’s film, starring Rachel Weisz as a living shadow called Alice who accompanies a co-worker to Tom (Michael Shannon)’s… Continue reading Complete Unknown

Elvis & Nixon

Without evidence, the legendary 1970 meeting between the King of rock ‘n’ roll and the President of the United States is based solely on a photograph that was not revealed until ’72 showing a smiling Nixon, hands clasped around the hand of a caped Elvis in the Oval Office. Director Liza Johnson’s film of historical speculation… Continue reading Elvis & Nixon