First Reformed is Paul Schrader’s masterpiece, and its story feels, in a away, close to my own.Read more "Political Faith: First Reformed and Contemporary American Evangelicalism"
It was one of the best years in film in a long time, with dozens of great movies on offer, but only ten could make the list.Read more "Top 10 Films of 2017"
Rian Johnson has succeeded in elevating Star Wars into something beyond itself.Read more "“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” (B+)"
Martin McDonagh proves again that he’s one of the most exciting contemporary screenwriters with another rude, crude, and moving masterpiece.Read more "“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” (A-)"
The Chicago International Film Festival has come and gone for yet another year, and it was a whirlwind for me this time around. Twenty-three films in ten days ended up being pretty ambitious when I’m also working a full-time job, and my fatigue showed when I ended up missing a film when I passed out […]Read more "Recap: 2017 Chicago International Film Festival"
Perfectly paced and aesthetically riveting on all accounts, “Blade Runner 2049” is unfortunately caught in its predecessor’s lofty shadow.Read more "“Blade Runner 2049” (B+)"
Christopher Nolan fixes many of the mistakes that ruined “Interstellar,” but ultimately is still hamstrung by his own design.Read more "“Dunkirk” (B)"
Directed by: Bill Condon Written by: Stephen Chbosky & Evan Spiliotopoulos Starring: Emma Watson, Luke Evans, Josh Gad, & Dan Stevens Grade: C+ Disney set a monumental task for themselves when they decided to produce a live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast, one of the greatest animated films of all-time and arguably Disney’s own […]Read more "“Beauty and the Beast” (C+)"
So I was going to wait until I saw The Revenant before doing my 2015 write-up, but I got impatient. I’m sure it’s good, and I’ll share my thoughts once I have seen it. All things considered, 2015 was a solid year for film. I don’t think there was anything particularly groundbreaking per se, unlike […]Read more "Top Ten Films of 2015"