• Medium Cool

    Medium Cool

    ★★★★½

    Stylistically captivating, thematically relevant, and socially reflective, Medium Cool is a fascinating feature from Haskell Wexler. Among the most essential films that any aspiring filmmaker should study is of course, Medium Cool, an impressively respectable blend of fictional and non-fictional content. If you haven't seen or heard about this film yet, then now's the perfect time to jump on board. Medium Cool is as important of a film today as it was at the time of its release. It's an…

  • Top Gun: Maverick

    Top Gun: Maverick

    ★★★★½

    Propelled by exceedingly thrilling action sequences, a thematically resonating screenplay, an incredibly stirring soundtrack, and another mind-blowingly death-defying performance from Tom Cruise, Top Gun: Maverick is a more than satisfying sequel that honors the original with pure heart. The legacy of Top Gun speaks for itself. In the pantheon of classic 80s movies, it would be hard to miss out on a film like Top Gun, especially with such a terrifically badass soundtrack and iconic catchphrases that have forever stayed…

  • Youth of the Beast

    Youth of the Beast

    ★★★★½

    Exceedingly entertaining, stylistically stunning, and dynamically thrilling, Youth of the Beast is a masterful Yakuza film from the legendary Seijun Suzuki. If there's any director who absolutely mastered the art of Yakuza films, that man would easily be Seijun Suzuki. To call him a filmmaker with such a distinctly extraordinary style would be a huge understatement. With such a striking visual style and rapidly fast-paced editing, Suzuki truly made some of the most beautifully unconventional action Arthouse films in the…

  • Men

    Men

    ★★★★½

    Beautifully disturbing, visually enthralling, and thematically unnerving, Men is yet another excellent film from Alex Garland. Alas, Alex Garland's latest project has finally hit theaters in all of its uniquely twisted glory. Garland has continued to rise and rise as one of my favorite filmmakers working today, giving us two science-fiction masterpieces already. However with Men, Garland leans more towards horror and less cerebral than his previous works. So, how are the results? Thankfully, Men wasn't a disappointment at all.…

  • A Scanner Darkly

    A Scanner Darkly

    ★★★★½

    Visually trippy, thematically engrossing, and all-around well-directed, A Scanner Darkly is an impressive animated psychological science-fiction film from Richard Linklater. There's no questioning that Richard Linklater is among my most favorite directors of all-time. I've been studying his films the longest out of any filmmaker since I was probably in middle school. Linklater has undoubtedly had an impact on me and I have constantly learned so many things about filmmaking through his films, especially independent filmmaking. His filmography is quite…

  • Children of Paradise

    Children of Paradise

    ★★★★★

    Ambitiously written, vividly striking, and immensely engrossing, Les Enfants du Paradis is a stunning cinematic achievement and forever an important piece of French cinema. When it comes to romantic epics/classics, most of the time we always refer to films such as Gone with the Wind or Casablanca, but alongside those two is of course Marcel Carné's highly acclaimed masterwork of art, Children of Paradise. It's one of those beloved films that fully lives up to its reputation and more. Les…

  • To Live and Die in L.A.

    To Live and Die in L.A.

    ★★★★½

    Exceedingly intense, masterfully directed, and unpredictably thrilling, To Live and Die in L.A. is a remarkable gritty cop thriller from William Friedkin. It goes without saying that William Friedkin is one of the most accomplished filmmakers out there. From The Exorcist to Sorcerer to The French Connection to this gem right here, the man has given us an abundance of beloved classics to study. As someone who's a diehard fan of crime action-thrillers, To Live and Die in L.A. is…

  • Ghost World

    Ghost World

    ★★★★★

    Led by exceptionally believable performances, a humorously offbeat screenplay, and terrifically unique direction all-around, Ghost World is a superb comedy from Terry Zwigoff. If I had to make a list of my favorite comedies from the early 2000s, Ghost World would definitely be on there. You ever had one of those movies that you can relate to very much? Ghost World, for me, is a movie that just absolutely speaks to my soul. It's a wonderful little movie about social…

  • Leave Her to Heaven

    Leave Her to Heaven

    ★★★★½

    Visually enthralling, emotionally gripping, and powerfully-directed, Leave Her to Heaven is a masterful piece of film noir that's anchored by a tremendously stunning performance from Gene Tierney. There's never been a more unnerving blend of the psychological thriller genre and film noir than this film right here. Leave Her to Heaven is completely unlike any traditional noir film that was made at the time. It does so many unconventional things that you wouldn't expect from your usual noir movie. It's…

  • Old

    Old

    ★★★★½

    Chillingly suspenseful, consistently engrossing, and thoroughly unpredictable, Old is another fascinating psychological horror thriller from M. Night Shyamalan. Ever since his comeback with Split, my love for M. Night Shyamalan has slowly returned. There's no questioning the fact that this man made some of the most ambitious psychological films back in his heyday. So, I had strong expectations going into Old, hoping for M. Night to prove himself once again. Thankfully, I can gladly say that this movie didn't disappoint…

  • The Matrix Resurrections

    The Matrix Resurrections

    ★★★★

    Alas, I've finally watched what is perhaps one of the most divisive films of 2021, The Matrix Resurrections. I've heard extreme reactions from both sides outright hating this movie and others praising it. Naturally, of course a fourth Matrix film was definitely not something I wasn't expecting, especially in regards to how the previous two sequels were received. The first Matrix will always be a sci-fi action masterpiece and one of my absolute favorite movies. As someone who personally didn't…

  • Summer Interlude

    Summer Interlude

    ★★★★½

    Thematically riveting, emotionally harrowing, and visually entrancing, Summer Interlude is yet another highly essential film from the master Ingmar Bergman. Ingmar Bergman never ceases to amaze me with each and every film of his I watch. My admiration and love for him as a filmmaker continues to grow, but at the same time, it naturally reshapes also as I dig deeper into more of his earlier works. With Summer Interlude, you can tell this is where Bergman's signature creativity was…