The Thin Red Line

Rating In 1998, Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan and Terrance Malick’s The Thin Red Line were both released, treating audiences to big budget World War II movies full of big stars. I was fourteen at the time and to my teenage self, Saving Private...

The Northman

The revenge story is one of the oldest tales known to man. The simplicity of the genre lends itself to action as even the Bard himself struggled to create drama around Hamlet’s quest for vengeance. Much has been written about how the fairly straightforward...

Don’t Worry Darling

Rating There may be no greater sin in film than setting up a great mystery only to provide an unsatisfactory solution. Who didn’t feel crushing disappointment at the end of Shutter Island? Or how about Cabin in the Woods? Unfortunately for Don’t Worry...

The Nice Guys

Rating Shane Black’s The Nice Guys is an exercise in comic timing. In many ways, it follows the conventions of the comic buddy action flick that Black himself helped pioneer with screenplays such as Lethal Weapon and The Last Boy Scout. While those films are...

Lucky

Rating John Carroll Lynch’s Lucky is a film for character actors. Longtime character actor Harry Dean Stanton plays the titular character, and various character actors populate the rest of the cast. Even the director himself has a background as a character...