The following is a review of First Reformed — Directed by Paul Schrader.
There aren’t many screenwriters as iconic as Paul Schrader, who has written such classics as Taxi Driver and Raging Bull. With his latest directorial effort, First Reformed, he has joined forces with Ethan Hawke, the critical favorite in the film’s leading role, to dissect despair and religious responsibilities with another trademark-Schrader ‘man in a room’ film. (more…)
During an interview with the Film Stage, actor Ethan Hawke discussed the quality of superhero movies and went on to disagree with the notion that Logan is a great film. In this Special Features-article, I want to discuss his quotes and give my own opinion about the Hawke quote and quotes like them. (more…)
Theatrical Release Poster – Sony Pictures Classics
The following is a spoiler-filled review of Before Midnight — Directed by Richard Linklater.
When I started writing this review, I had watched all of these films twice. In what probably amounts to the course of 72 hours, I have seen all three films twice, and each time the series has managed to warm my heart, break it, and pick up the pieces in its last moments. (more…)
Theatrical Release Poster – Warner Independent Pictures
The following is a retro review of Before Sunset — Directed by Richard Linklater.
There is a quote in this movie that sort of explains very well the differences between the outlook of Before Sunrise and the worldview of Before Sunset. Very late in the film, Celine tells Jesse that “reality and love are almost contradictory to me.” In Before Sunset, one character has absorbed the romance that another had previously exuded but now is almost absent of. (more…)
The following is a retro review of Before Sunrise — Directed by Richard Linklater.
For the longest time, I had wanted to finally watch Richard Linklater’s critically acclaimed Before Trilogy, but I somehow never found the time — until now. This week, I watched the trilogy from start to finish over the course of maybe 30 hours. One of the greatest surprises about this Before Trilogy marathon was how hard I fell in love with the elegant young love story that Linklater presented in the first film about the unlikely lovers, Celine and Jesse. (more…)
Focus Features and Blumhouse Productions Poster for Sinister 2
The following is a review of Sinister 2 (2015), directed by Ciaran Foy.
The original Sinister film was, without a doubt, one of the scariest films of 2012. I absolutely loved that film, and that is huge for me for I’m not a big fan of horror in general. So, as you can imagine, I was really excited about its sequel, Sinister 2. Here’s the thing though, Sinister 2 just isn’t good. (more…)
For the uninitiated: This is a new weekly feature on the blog wherein I, I’m Jeffrey Rex, discuss all things DC. This is a test-run, however. Meaning that if this goes well, it’ll be a permanent fixture on I’m Jeffrey Rex in 2015, like Marvelous Monday is right now.
A couple of days ago I decided to jot down my thoughts on the casting of the new Joker, as well as talk about which actors I really wanted for the role. I’d like to preface this discussion by stating that Jared Leto was one of the actors I’d like for the role, but I never thought he’d do it, seeing as he loves touring with his band. (more…)