Kayla Stanziano

Kayla Stanziano

22, film student, especially interested in cinematography

Favorite films

  • Where the Wild Things Are
  • Atonement
  • Donnie Darko
  • The Fall

Recent activity

  • The Return of Sherlock Holmes

  • Mockingbird

  • Locke

  • Black Mass

Recent reviews

  • Locke


    Masterful writing, excellent acting (and voice acting), decent camera work, strong editing. I'm still not sure how exactly the cast and crew managed to make an hour and a half of the same visuals even mildly interesting, let alone gripping, but they really did.

    The use of soft focus as a means of communicating Ivan's state of mind worked wonderfully, while the score kept the film from feeling too heavy, even as the tension ratchets higher and higher.

  • Jurassic World

    Jurassic World

    Disappointing. I expected a fun, nostalgic blockbuster and got a poorly written, poorly made monster movie instead. Seeing four writers in the credits was not a surprise at all, considering how disconnected the different story lines were. No one in the entire film made a decision that made any sense whatsoever, with the exception of Chris Pratt's character who occasionally did some dino-wrangling stuff but mostly just looked really hot. The other actors were all right for the most part,…

Popular reviews

  • Jupiter Ascending

    Jupiter Ascending

    This was easily the most fun I've had watching a movie in years. The only issue I had was the pacing. A few scenes at the beginning were a little slow, the rest of the most was entirely too fast. There could have been another hour in the middle/end and I wouldn't have noticed. There was so much going on the whole time, and so much to look at, that the extra time would be helpful just in processing the…

  • Shame


    Fassbender's performance manages to be intriguing despite his character having very few lines. He's sympathetic and frightening by turns, and the downward spiral that Brandon takes is conveyed perfectly. McQueen's directing is harsh but beautiful, not at all shying away from scenes that can be hard to watch. Not for the faint of heart.