Movie Review: Bridge of Spies (2015)

It doesn’t matter what type of reflection you’re attempting to create within the vise of a Cold War thriller there will always be comparisons to the bard of espionage himself, John le Carré. His unflinching and cynical perspective—a quality that made his name synonymous with all spy novelizations—represented a poetic extension of the ugly political … Continue reading

Movie Review: Steve Jobs (2015)

Steve Jobs—mythological computer pioneer,  tech savvy guru, and unpleasant rationalist who kept his life relentlessly private—remains to this day a complex enigma. No matter how extensively he is psychoanalyzed through news articles, biographies (most notably Walter Isaacson’s 2013 acclaimed best seller Steve Jobs), or even documentaries, the man remains a mystery to those who idolize … Continue reading

Movie Review: Still Alice (2014)

An unfortunate part of the human condition is the deterioration of our mortal bodies where the development of maladies—some more debilitating and horrifying than others—erode our known sense of self that eventually leaves behind an empty shell of our former being. The cruelest of illnesses might be Alzheimer’s; an unstoppable attack of mental attrition that … Continue reading

Movie Review: Foxcatcher (2014)- Bennett Miller’s Atmospheric and Understated Thriller Showcases Refined Performances but Misses the Mark in Thematic Relevance

The elusive concept of the American Dream has become a sort of repetitive target for the realm of cinema mostly because, like all ideals, there are cracks to be exposed and tragedies that showcase its failures either in focusing on the inability to achieve its benefits or focusing on those who abuse its possibilities. Ever … Continue reading

Movie Review: Nightcrawler (2014)- Dan Gilroy’s Directorial Debut is an Entertaining and Unsettling Look into Exploitative Journalism

It takes a special kind of cynic to practice the modern news slant towards local violence because in a world where crime is going down and the reporting of it is going drastically up one can only see the tactic as the packaging of fear as a product to be consumed. And what is Fear? … Continue reading

Movie Review: Whiplash (2014)- A Stylish and Gripping Dark Metaphor for the Extremes of Artistic Ambition

A quote often attributed to Voltaire in loose translation is “the perfect is the enemy of the good,” which in its easily understood intention means that sometimes seeking out perfection can blind our own sensible selves to recognizing the feats of accomplishment that have already been made instead of on the shimmering myth of flawlessness. … Continue reading

Movie Review: The Judge (2014)- A Hackneyed Narrative Bloated with Distraction and Forced Sentimentality is Slightly Lifted from its Credible Cast

Even the most biblically ignorant of sorts would immediately recognize the parable of the Prodigal Son because even though it maintains a relatable core message of redemption for a lost soul it’s become a rather hackneyed narrative for family centered dramas for years in the Hollywood crowd-pleasing machine. What makes the idea of familial rejuvenation … Continue reading