Greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos came into the spotlight only a year ago with the release of The Lobster. The acclaimed film was set against a quirky premise: single people must find a mate within 45 days or be turned into animals and sent to the wild – sounds disastrous, but Lanthimos’s film-making skills coupled with… Read More Yorgos Lanthimos makes stunning psycho-thriller debut with ‘The Killing of a Sacred Deer’
A notebook with the ability to kill people falls from the skies and into the hands of 17 year-old Light Yagami, an arrogant, power-obsessed high school genius seeking a utopian world free from crime and corruption. When Death Note premiered in 2006, the anime adaption of the popular Tsugumi Ohba-penned manga series of the same… Read More On the art of adapting anime: why Netflix’s ‘Death Note’ is an unsurprising flop
Luc Besson returned to theaters last week with his first English-language film since 2014’s Lucy. After being away for three years, the Leon: the Professional director finally graced our screens with his long-awaited, visual powerhouse of a blockbuster, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (poster to the left: teaser-trailer.com). Starring Cara Delevingne and Dane… Read More Luc Besson’s ‘Valerian’ is a visually stunning disappointment
A hero is defined as someone who performs an act of bravery that is for the good of a greater mass, even if that means sacrificing parts of oneself — or oneself entirely — in the process. Of course, this is just one definition of it. There are and will always be different interpretations of… Read More The misfortunes of heroism: an “American Sniper” review
In a nutshell? Yes. When a movie is put on a pedestal and raved about, I’m iffy about how that’ll affect my personal viewing experience. I worry that I’ll go in with the planted idea that what I’m about to see is a great film. And while some films have failed to live up to… Read More Is ‘Birdman’ worth all the hype?