Animation, Film Reviews, Z - 2018

REVIEW: Flavors of Youth (2018)

After devoting two films to the emotional agony of young love — specifically, an enrapturing story of how time changes people but not love — the tragic series continues with Haoling Li and Yoshitaka Takeuch’s directorial debut Flavors of Youth after Takeuch operated as chief…

Film Reviews, Thriller, Z - 2018

REVIEW: Calibre (2018)

In the ‘Making of Shadow of a Doubt’ (1943), one of Hitchcock’s colleagues discussed Hitch’s fascination with bringing a sense of menace to a small, everyday American town.  The wholesomeness of urban neighborhoods is juxtaposed by the dangers of being in the deep city. 75…

Film Reviews, Z - 2018

REVIEW: Tau (2018)

A familiar A.I. thinkpiece told with optimistic conviction, Federico D’Alessandro’s ‘Tau‘ depicts the complicated relationship between technology and humanity. Julia (Maika Monroe) has just returned to her home, having spent the past few hours stealing in seedy nightclubs; her life is lonely and unpredictable. It’s…

Film Reviews, Z - 2018

REVIEW: Distorted (2018)

In 2018, it’s only fitting that a couple’s search for “security and serenity” is roadblocked. ‘Distorted’ demonstrates that best out of all of its failures. Lauren Curran (Christina Ricci) with her boyfriend, Russell Curran (Brendan Fletcher), move into a technologically advanced high-rise in the promise…

Drama, Film Reviews, Mystery, Thriller, Z - 2018

REVIEW: Dark River (2018)

Following this year’s ‘Lean On Pete‘, ‘God’s Own Country‘ and ‘The Levelling‘, the withering farmlands are a dramatic staple of 2018’s arthouse cinema. Clio Bernard’s ‘Dark River’ is a standout among this particular niche. Inspired by Rose Tremain’s novel ‘Trespass’, Ruth Wilson’s Alice returns to…

Film Reviews, Z - 2018

REVIEW: Wonder Wheel (2018)

“Men can’t be trusted”, says Kate Winslet, in one of her best performances in more than a decade. Under a different director, reading that wouldn’t be as uncomfortable, but only prolific writer-director Woody Allen could mistakenly emphasize such a line within these circumstances and still…

Film Reviews, Z - 2018

REVIEW: Roman J, Israel, Esq. (2018)

Dan Gilroy’s 2014 debut ‘Nightcrawler’ was a bold and bloody portrayal of modern-day media and consumer culture, exploring the shocking dangers of L.A crime journalism. It struck a chord with critics and audiences alike, making it one of the most memorable films of the whole…

Crime, Drama, Film Reviews, Thriller

REVIEW: Good Time (2017)

The Safdie brothers promise very little with a modest title of only being a ‘Good Time’, when it is, in fact, the best adrenaline rush of 2017. After their previous success with Heaven Knows What, the Safdie’s received an unexpected email from Robert Pattinson. The…