The Generational Appeal of Home Alone

The generational appeal of Home Alone

Some movies are like one-night stands. They’re good for just that single occasion and nothing after that. You could try watching them a second time but the magic just isn’t there. But not Home Alone. After well over a decade, I took the time to rewatch Macaulay Culkin’s 1990 classic while experiencing the Christmas blues. […]

Joker is a cautionary tale for us all

Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker in 2019

Critics Score: 69% Audience Score: 88%, IMDb: 8.7 Is a great movie one that is universally liked or one that is highly polarizing, spawning various opinions and critiques? It could be one or the other, but most people would easily deride a film that doesn’t form a consensus, one like Joker that creates a mixed […]

Jon Hamm in Bad Times at the El Royale: the most crucial supporting character

Jon Hamm in Bad Times at the El Royale

Star Wars without Obi-Wan. The Matrix without Morpheus. Supporting characters are the true unsung heroes of most films throughout the decades, driving the plot forward while facilitating the character development of the leads. There are some movies, however, where the significance of a role might go unnoticed, especially when it comes to films with large […]

Ocean’s 8: Living in the Shadow of Ocean’s 11

ocean's 8 cast with sandra bullock and cate blanchett

Ocean’s 8 is an abundantly entertaining heist movie, drawing on the unique personalities of each actress and celebrity to fit into a group of oddballs qualified in their own way to accomplish the theft of a $150mn necklace. A spinoff by nature is derived from an original source material, which in this case is Steven […]

Thoroughbreds – Maturity Through Homicide

thoroughbreds with olivia cooke and anya taylor-joy

Disclaimer: Maybe this is bullshit. Or maybe not. Thoroughbreds has sufficiently good reviews across the board. I’m still choosing to look at it given its limited mass appeal. SPOILERS FOLLOW Tomatometer: 86% Audience Score: 69% IMDb: 6.8 Plot Thoroughbreds is a highly unusual film in the drama and mystery category. It’s theatrical poster prominently displays […]