Oscar Nominated Shorts Rankings and Reviews

The Academy always nominates a wide variety of shorts each year. Some are more impactful than others. This year there seems to be a few frontrunners in each shorts category. After watching them all, that is definitely the case. There was a handful that just didn’t seem that worthy of the nominations. My reviews andContinue reading “Oscar Nominated Shorts Rankings and Reviews”

The Lost Daughter Review

The Lost Daughter is another film in a long line directed by an actor. This time it’s Maggie Gyllenhaal’s turn in the director’s chair. This film has a definitive style and feel to it like no other this year. It proves there are still new visions out in the ether that haven’t been uncovered until now.Continue reading “The Lost Daughter Review”

The Summit of the Gods Review

In recent years there have been a few films about mountain climbing, especially rock climbing, most notably Free Solo in 2018, about Alex Honnold. It won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 2019. It was a very good documentary. Earlier this year, another documentary came out called The Alpinist, about Marc AndrĂ© Leclerc. The Summit of theContinue reading “The Summit of the Gods Review”

The Power of the Dog Review

Based on the 1967 novel of the same name from Thomas Savage is acclaimed director Jane Campion’s newest film. She has already won an Academy Award for writing the screenplay for The Piano back in 1993 and was nominated for Best Director. She’s been nominated for the Primetime Emmys for her television mini-series Top of the LakeContinue reading “The Power of the Dog Review”

Tick Tick… Boom! Review

The year 2021 has been the year of the musical with three already having been released this year. And tick tick… BOOM! isn’t even the last. This film may be the most original of them all, though. It’s not a cookie-cutter musical. That’s a good thing because being original is setting it apart from the other musicalsContinue reading “Tick Tick… Boom! Review”

The Harder They Fall Review

The Best Western In Years I am a huge fan of westerns. Unforgiven is one of my favorite films of all time. Clint Eastwood, John Wayne, Sergio Leone, John Ford, and so many others have kept me entertained for years. When I heard of a Western with an entirely Black cast of both young and established actors,Continue reading “The Harder They Fall Review”

Oxygen Review

There have been a good number of films in the past that focus on claustrophobic environments or one location such as a car, crawl space, elevator, or casket. Buried, Locke, Devil, and Crawl (also directed by Alexander Aja, the director of Oxygen) are some examples of this in films to date. Oxygen is the latest film to tackle a one-set location and claustrophobicContinue reading “Oxygen Review”

Army of the Dead Review

Zack Snyder has had a rough couple of years surrounding his last film Justice League and the death of his daughter. In the meantime, he was making another movie. Army of the Dead is another addition to the zombie genre. It’s an original movie, but it’s not his only foray into this genre in his career. He previously directedContinue reading “Army of the Dead Review”

Stowaway Review

Joe Penna is coming off of a mild success with his last film the Arctic starring Mads Mikkelsen about a man who gets stranded in the middle of the Arctic wastelands. His sophomore outing Stowaway is set in space. He likes quiet places to set his films in obviously. He hopes to garner more of the success he gotContinue reading “Stowaway Review”

Monster (2021) Review

Courtroom dramas can be a bit of a mixed bag. Some can turn out to be cinematic masterpieces, such as 12 Angry Men, A Time to Kill, or this past year’s The Trial of the Chicago 7. Others can have a little too much schmaltz and play too much to the camera. The fact remains courtroom dramas haveContinue reading “Monster (2021) Review”