4 out of 5 (one of the best of the year) I have seen few films this year as resonant as 1982. The directorial debut of Qualid Mouaness, the film takes place over one initially normal school day in 1982 Lebanon that slowly turns to one of panic, fear, and uncertainty as a war between… Continue Reading
After College Years: 2017-Present
Reviews posted here were written after I graduated from college in 2017. They are the most analytical of my reviews, but still have my sprinkles of humor. I feel that I have finally hit my stride here, but, as any good writer, am always looking for ways to improve. Enjoy!
5 out of 5 stars (a classic) Hollywood loves making sequels. Whether the original film is 2 years old or 52, if there’s love and nostalgia for it, a studio will greenlight a follow-up. Top Gun Maverick is that exceedingly rare sequel that comes to us decades after the original that’s actually great, building upon… Continue Reading
3 out of 5 stars (average) Take Me to the River New Orleans is going to be the Avengers: Endgame for jazz fans. Over the course of its runtime, we get candid, informative interviews with many of the great jazz legends who have helped make the genre what it is and see recording sessions where… Continue Reading
3.5 out of 5 stars (above average) The Amazing Adventures of Awesome is a short everyone should see. Using a simple but charming animation style, the film shows us the world through the eyes of a young girl on the Autism spectrum. As someone on the spectrum myself, I found this short quite impactful with… Continue Reading
3.5 out of 5 stars (above average) Much like an awkward teenager, Pixar’s latest outing Turning Red makes an odd first impression, but if you give it time, you’ll see the good it has to offer. It’s a film about embracing all parts of yourself with a nifty fantasy element thrown in. The characters are… Continue Reading
3.5 out of 5 stars (above average) I’ve always seen romantic comedies as the comfort food genre of film. While some are certainly better than others, the good ones can be the answer to a bad day or long work week to sit down and enjoy either alone or with your significant other. Jennifer Lopez… Continue Reading