The following is a review of The Cloverfield Paradox — Directed by Julius Onah.
There is nothing quite like Cloverfield. The production and release of Matt Reeves’ found footage monster movie was kept under wraps for a long time. The existence of Dan Trachtenberg’s 10 Cloverfield Lane — the spiritual sequel — was only revealed one or two months before it was set to be released in theaters. And, now, The Cloverfield Paradox is released on Netflix just a few hours after the first trailer for it was released during Super Bowl LII. There is nothing quite like Cloverfield, and yet there are so many things like the immensely disappointing The Cloverfield Paradox. (more…)
The following is a review of mother! – Directed by Darren Aronofsky
In a couple of days, the internet is going to be ablaze with criticism and controversy following the opening weekend of Darren Aronofsky’s mother! In fact, some may say that it already is. I wouldn’t know. I’ve tried to stay away from the hype surrounding this movie, mostly because I was hooked from the first trailer. The first trailer showed me everything I thought I needed to know about the movie, and I think most people were intrigued to see an Aronofsky film that certainly looked like a creepy thriller. But let me tell you this much, it may not be the movie you think it is. (more…)
The following is a quick review of Baywatch – Directed by Seth Gordon.
Baywatch is a comedy film based on the series of the same name. It takes place in Emerald Bay, Florida, where Lt. Mitch Bucannon (played by Dwayne Johnson) is the head of the team of lifeguards known as the ‘Baywatch’ division. (more…)
The following is a review of Ghost in the Shell – Directed by Rupert Sanders
Rupert Sanders’ Ghost in the Shell is a science fiction action film based on a Japanese science fiction franchise created by Masamune Shirow. The film is set in the near future, and it tells the story of Mira Killian (played by Scarlett Johansson) whose brain is implanted in a complete cyborg body following a terrorist attack. One year after being inserted into her new body, Major Mira Killian starts questioning her memories and her past when she constantly experiences these vision glitches during missions. (more…)
It’s time for the second – and final – half of the nominations for the 2016 IJR Awards. This time it’s all about movies and documentaries. I’ll announce the winners of all categories on February 20th, before announcing my top ten films of 2016 on February 22nd. (more…)
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…)
The following is a review of 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, a Michael Bay film.
Michael Bay gets a lot of hate from the online film community. A lot of people hate his films, and some of his films, namely the Transformers movie franchise, represents what many see as the worst aspects of film today. Michael Bay once said, that he makes movies for teenage boys, but, with 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, he has made a surprisingly mature film that I think is his best film since Armageddon, which I still really like. (more…)