Baby Driver vs Drive: Celluloid Clash

Celluloid ClashTwo films, two usually silent main characters, two British-born actresses as love interests, and two super awesome jackets. Both Drive and Baby Driver are among my favorite films of all time, with their immense style, amazing direction, top-notch editing, and truly thrilling action.

However, the debate rages on about which of the two films is better, the 2011 Ryan Gosling vehicle or the 2017 Ansel Elgort film. Now, while I do have a preference, I decided to see examine them in five key categories to see what was truly the best. Those five categories are storytelling, acting, characters, visuals, and overall enjoyability. All there is left to do is compare the two, and now it’s time for our first ever Celluloid Clash. Continue reading

Shazam! review “Someone saw Jumanji 2”

Shazam movie posterAh, the DCEU, probably one of the most inconsistent franchises there is. They started off with the so-so Man of Steel, then the incredibly dull Batman V. Superman, then one of my least favorite films ever Suicide Squad, the overall decent Wonder Woman, the mediocre Justice League, and my personal favorite, Aquaman. Now they come to us with Shazam, which had a fantastic trailer.

They made a trailer which looked like it was bringing wonder back to the superhero genre. I was super excited, and when I learned of advance screenings, I bought my tickets immediately. When I actually saw it, I sat there for two hours and twelve minutes, and when it ended, I was thoroughly feeling like I was brought back… to a superhero movie from 2013, but I’ll get into that. Let’s just get into the movie as a whole. Continue reading

Greta review “Embrace the lunacy”

Greta poster“I don’t want asparagus water shot up my butt under any circumstances” – a line in this film written by the Oscar Winning writer and director of The Crying Game. That’s really the best way to describe Greta. You can either hate how awful it is, or laugh about how at just how bad it can be. Greta, the story of a young women’s fight against a widowed stalker  is certainly an interesting idea for a movie, especially with some surprisingly high quality actors.

Isabelle Huppert of Elle, Chloë Grace Moretz of Let Me In, Stephen Rea of The Crying Game, and the massively underrated Colm Feore of Chicago, all names I saw flash by during the opening sequence, so what went so wrong to turn this from a promising idea to a laughably bad thriller? Let’s get into that. Continue reading

Isn’t it Romantic review “I’m not crying, you’re crying”

Isn't it Romantic posterThe romantic comedy, one of my favorite genres, having given us such fantastic films like 10 Things I Hate About You, Bridget Jones Diary, and so many others. Well, in a move that has never been attempted before, a new film is attempting to parody and make fun of the rom-com. Isn’t it Romantic is the latest of that incredibly niche genre of poking out all the flaws in rom-coms, and after seeing the trailer, I was pretty pumped for it. 80s music, some good jokes, and Lucifer himself, Tom Ellis in a cameo?

I was anticipating this one pretty heavily, so when I saw it on Valentine’s day in a sold out auditorium, I took that as a good sign. 88 minutes later, I walked out of that auditorium with a giant smile on my face. Isn’t it Romantic is definitely my favorite movie of the year so far, and let me tell you why. Continue reading

Velvet Buzzsaw review “Death as an art form”

Velvet Buzzsaw posterHere I thought we had seen the final Final Destination. Evidently, that was not true as Velvet Buzzsaw has made its way to Netflix, with a surprisingly huge amount of talent both in front of and behind the camera including the acting talents of Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Toni Collette, and Daveed Diggs, as well as the directorial and writing strengths of Dan Gilroy, who most people know of his Nightcrawler fame

When I stumbled upon the trailer for this film mere days ago, I immediately got super excited. Not only are Nightcrawler and Roman J. Israel Esq. two of my favorite movies, but as a legitimate fan of the Final Destination franchise, I was quite excited for it. February 1st, I sat down and watched it, and I was… disappointing. Let’s not wait any longer though and just get into Velvet Buzzsaw. Continue reading