Reel Talk: 2019 Oscar Predictions 

We’ve reached the end of January, which means it’s time for my annual Oscar nomination predictions. Assuming my thoughts are correct, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences are poised to announce some interesting nominations — especially for films which may not have received attention in previous years. Without further ado, these are my … More Reel Talk: 2019 Oscar Predictions 

Film Review: M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Glass’ is an unconventional response to the superhero genre

Why are audiences drawn to superhero movies? What is it about these stories in particular that inspire, provoke or challenge us? With Glass, writer/director M. Night Shyamalan attempts to answer such questions while providing his own spin on the genre. After the surprise reveal at the end of Shyamalan’s Split (2017) that the film exists … More Film Review: M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Glass’ is an unconventional response to the superhero genre

The Year Ahead: Most Anticipated Films of 2019

2018 was a great year for film, featuring a solid combination of trailblazing blockbusters and indie gems. Now that 2019 is here, it’s time to look at what’s coming to a theater near you this year, from the franchise tentpoles to potential Oscar contenders. These are my most anticipated films, ordered by release date: Glass … More The Year Ahead: Most Anticipated Films of 2019

The Year in Review: Top 10 Films of 2018

With 2018 officially at a close, it’s time to share my personal ranking of the best films of the year. Perhaps more so than past years, 2018 saw the release of many films with diverse representation, inclusive stories, record-breaking blockbusters and a general movement towards improvement within the classical Hollywood system. These films, whether shown … More The Year in Review: Top 10 Films of 2018

Film Review: How ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ reinvigorates the character

In the past two decades, Spider-Man has swung across our screens more times than one could count. From the Tobey Maguire era to Andrew Garfield and Tom Holland, there have been many faces underneath the famous web-slinger’s mask. That’s not to say that each one lacks their own spin on the character, but such frequent … More Film Review: How ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ reinvigorates the character

Film Review: ‘Aquaman’ marks a refreshing start for the DCEU with dazzling visuals and plain old fun

Since its inception, the DCEU (or Worlds of DC — whatever they’re calling it these days) has had a somewhat tumultuous track record. Films like Wonder Woman garnered critical acclaim, while Justice League failed to meet the expectations of many. The question on my mind heading into the theater was: Which camp will Aquaman fall … More Film Review: ‘Aquaman’ marks a refreshing start for the DCEU with dazzling visuals and plain old fun

Film Review: ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ maintains the magic but muddles the plot

“You’re a magizoologist, Newt.” “I’m a what?” “A magizoologist, and a thumpin’ good one, I’d wager.” That’s what Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) said to Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) to butter him up for his mission in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald — more or less. All magic tricks and jokes aside, this film — … More Film Review: ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ maintains the magic but muddles the plot

Film Review: Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga dive all the way in for Oscar contender, ‘A Star is Born’

“I’M OFF THE DEEP END, WATCH AS I DIVE IN, I’LL NEVER MEET THE GROOUUUUNND!” ~ live recording of me scream-singing along to your future Oscar winner for Best Original Song, “Shallow.” But this isn’t a song review (all though, if I’m being honest, it partly is), it’s a review of A Star is Born. … More Film Review: Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga dive all the way in for Oscar contender, ‘A Star is Born’

Film Review: ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ takes bold steps toward inclusive representation

Film is arguably the single most impactful medium when it comes to representation. Seeing one’s likeness displayed on the big screen combined with the inherent communal experience associated with movie-going can be both emotionally and socially resonant. Unfortunately, Hollywood has been sorely behind the curve here, but the release of director/writer John M. Chu’s Crazy … More Film Review: ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ takes bold steps toward inclusive representation