Film is the best medium to explore the human experience.
Engrossing to the highest level, The Irishman is Scorsese at his best.
It really is unfortunate how underappreciated this work is compared to the rest of the director's filmography because this project has all the markings of a mature filmmaker perfectly in control of their craft. It is best understood in the context of his previous gangster flicks, where all of the flaws present have been supplanted by a tighter vision and more well-realized harmony between each facet of this…
An experience that grips you by the throat and and sticks your face in the dirt and grime of war, Come and See is quite possibly the greatest war movie of all time.
Most war films seek to truly immerse the viewer in the grittiness of war by making thing as realistic and objective as possible, yet this film brings the nature of war much closer to the viewers psyche. The movie is not just told through the perspective of…
Figuratively and literally a blast. A high-octane thriller that hams it up and allows its excess to spill over the sides and create a wonderful ride. The B-tier acting is drowned out in the fast-paced action and exhilarating set pieces that use a remarkable number of practical effects, placing you squarely in the chaos. Event after event happens without ever letting up, tightening the tension and constantly making you wonder how the hero is going to make it. Need more films like this nowadays.
A definite mixture of good and bad that results in a confused product. Glorious set design, action sequences, and cast coordination make the era pop and the battle sequences feel grand and alive. Cinematography of an aged director, coupled with other technical qualities that certainly provide a glossy finish. But beneath the sheen are multiple deficits that bring the project down, first and foremost a muddled script that was only worsened in the editing room, making the nearly 3-hour result…
A Disney classic with a feminist twist, Mulan brings the best from the studio, even if the songs don't always hit.
One of the most visually stunning films to come from the company, the art style and animations really bring this world and the characters to life. Epic visuals such as when the Huns attack really create an awesome spectacle to look at. Disney also provides an excellently fleshed-out protagonist in a difficult conundrum as she has to pretend to…
Top-tier Christmas film. It's easy to call this emotionally manipulated and tried, but it's so damn effective you're soulless if you're not swept up by it.
Spearheaded by the curmudgeonly yet charismatic Paul Giamatti who absolutely annihilates this role, his Scrooge character goes through a charming, heartwarming arc as he takes care of boarding school boys over holiday break. His adolescent counterpart, played by Dominic Sessa in his debut performance, creates a wonderful dynamic with Giamatti as they both learn…