REVIEW: Arrival (2016)

Theatrical Release Poster - Paramount Pictures

Theatrical Release Poster – Paramount Pictures

The following is a review of Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival – based on a short story by Ted Chiang.

The very best directors can do anything. They aren’t just locked in on a single genre, they master multiple essential ones. They also aren’t ‘filmmaking slaves’ to a single franchise. While they may operate within a franchise from time to time – like Alfonso Cuarón did with Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – they don’t dedicate their careers to them. (more…)

Top Ten Movie Villains of 2013

'The Great Gatsby,' Warner Bros.

‘The Great Gatsby,’ Warner Bros.

The following list contains spoilers for films from 2013.

It’s week four of the Heroes and Villains period of Top Ten Tuesday, and that brings us to 2013. Do note that these characters aren’t solely ranked on how evil their actions are. Without further ado, here are the top ten movie villains of 2013. (more…)

REVIEW: The Commune (2016)

International Release Poster - Nordisk Film

International Release Poster – Nordisk Film

The following is a quick review of Thomas Vinterberg’s The Commune (Danish Title: Kollektivet).

The Commune takes place in Denmark in the 1970s and it follows Erik (played by Ulrich Thomsen) – a lecturer who teaches architecture – and Anna (played by Trine Dyrholm) – a television newsreader – who are married to each other and have a young daughter named Freja (played by Martha Sofie Wallstrøm Hansen).

When Erik inherits a large family house, Anna suggests that they could invite friends in to live with them, as that would be the only way for them to afford to live there. Erik somewhat reluctantly accepts, but soon he feels like he has lost his connection to his wife. Soon their relationship takes a turn for the worse.  (more…)

REVIEW: Westworld – “The Well-Tempered Clavier”

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The following is a spoiler recap/review of the ninth episode of Westworld – Developed by Jonathan Nolan & Lisa Joy

In the ninth episode of Westworld, Ashley Stubbs (played by Luke Hemsworth) tries to find Elsie Hughes (played by Shannon Woodward), Bernard’s (played by Jeffrey Wright) earliest memory is revealed, and two central characters reach the city once swallowed by sand. (more…)

16 Things Film and TV Fans Should Be Thankful For In 2016

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Happy Turkey Day! Since the year is coming to an end – and it is already Thanksgiving – I thought I’d post a list of things from the world of film and television that I’m thankful for this year. (more…)

Top Ten Movie Villains of 2012

'Wreck-It Ralph,' Buena Vista.

‘Wreck-It Ralph,’ Buena Vista.

The following list contains spoilers for films from 2012.

It’s week three of the Heroes and Villains period of Top Ten Tuesday, and that brings us to 2012. Do note that these characters aren’t solely ranked on how evil their actions are. Without further ado, here are the top ten movie villains of 2012.

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Best of the Year-Lists and IJR Awards 2016

Awards Talk

The end is near! – We’re getting closer and closer to the end of 2016, and I almost don’t believe we’re already in Thanksgiving week. That also means that you might be looking for my best of the year lists for films and television shows.

Of course, I’ve also got my little awards presentation thing again this year. So, let me tell you how I’m going to be doing it this year, and how that way differs from last year’s schedule. (more…)