First Man Is A Step Backwards

First Man is a prototype of intense POV filmmaking. Director Damien Chazelle puts the audience in the cockpit, command module, and spacesuit in his portrayal of Neil Armstrong’s career. Despite this adrenalized proximity, First Man has a plodding pace and misuses opportunities for the character exploration necessary for a successful biopic.

AHK-toong BAY-bi, The Killer U2 Cover Album

Cover albums are often anti-climatic. Ten-ish artists are randomly thrown onto a record honoring a classic achievement or artist. Usually only one or two songs are worth the cost or time. One cover album that defies this norm is AHK-toong BAY-bi.

BlacKkKlansman: Spike Lee’s Retro Modern Double Feature

This review contains spoilers about BlacKkKlansman (2018) BlacKkKlansman is based on an incredible feat. African-American police officer Ron Stallworth became a Ku Klux Klan member in 1979 to gain intelligence on the organization. The film details these events, but also goes a step further. Director Spike Lee used Stallworth’s story to squeeze two different movies... Continue Reading →

Smart TV: HBO Shows Insecure, Ballers, Deadwood

It is no secret that HBO is synonymous with compelling characters. Two of the premium channel’s mid-year shows just aired their finales in consecutive weeks. Both series, Insecure and Ballers, induced major character shifts this year. Only Insecure succeeded in stretching its plot well, but both changes are examples of HBO’s unique storytelling.

A Star Is Born Shows How Talent Elevates A Film

A Star Is Born is the third remake of a premise that first made its way into movie theaters in 1937. Even though the film has already been tweaked for Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand, the latest iteration proves how talent elevates a story. Stunning acting by Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga keeps the 2018 cut of A Star Is Born relevant.

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