Wednesday, November 22, 2023

Wish - Review


100 years ago, one of Hollywood’s titan studios was created, and since then, audiences have been gifted with decades upon decades of classic animated features and magical storytelling. To celebrate such an occasion, Disney has brought us their 62nd feature length animated film, Wish, a film meant to celebrate the magic of their animated catalogue. Now if only the film could measure up to even those good entries in the canon, let alone reach the heights of the greatness that Disney once stood on. 

Tuesday, November 21, 2023

Maestro - Review

 With 2018’s A Star Is Born, director Bradley Cooper confidently announced his arrival as a promising filmmaker. And with 2023’s Maestro, Cooper has shifted from that moniker to one with a little more notoriety: auteur. The film’s homages to the great cinema of the 50s, 60s and 70s are excellently realized, the sweeping orchestral score is a beautiful bow on top, and the performances from top to bottom are some of the year’s best. If Cooper wasn’t a director to watch before, he most certainly is now. 

Thursday, November 9, 2023

The Marvels - Review (NO SPOILERS)


To say that the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been sputtering in the post-Endgame world might be an understatement. The quality is mostly still there, with some notable exceptions in the past calendar year, but the financial side of things have certainly taken a hit. For The Marvels, the box office looks to not be too friendly once again, but it’s short, sweet, and ripped from a comic book visuals look to prove to one and all that Marvel isn’t quite done yet, just finding their footing once more.

Wednesday, November 8, 2023

The Holdovers - Review


It would be very easy to oversimplify and emotionally manipulate an audience with the premise of The Holdovers. Thankfully, director Alexander Payne has no interesting in that version. What we get instead is a heartwarming holiday treat that never once feels forced, yet maintains an emotional resonance that most films reach for but never accomplish. With a stellar trio at the center and sharp script backing it, The Holdovers might just be the must-see of the season.