Film Reviews, LFF 2021, Netflix, Western

REVIEW: The Harder They Fall (LFF 2021)

When the opening credits appear with all the cool swagger, its sharp, stylistic editing and curated music choices, you would think you were watching a Quentin Tarantino movie. After all, his trademarks and isms have dominated popular movie culture since his introduction with Reservoir Dogs. But The…

Film Reviews, Venice 2021, Western

REVIEW: Old Henry (Venice 2021)

The classic western is back. Old Henry marks an unassuming return for Tim Blake Nelson, who clearly impressed during his turn in The Ballad of Buster Scruggs. This time, he plays Henry – the eponymous farmer, scratching out a living with his son and his…

Film Reviews, Latest, Western

REVIEW: Tyger Tyger (2021)

Set during a pandemic but shot before COVID, Kerry Mondragon’s feature debut Tyger Tyger is an ambitious fantasy drama that tries to explore how powerfully liberating connection can be in times of hardship, but choppy filmmaking undercuts its intended emotional impact. Mondragon wants to investigate…

Film Reviews, Latest, Netflix, Western

REVIEW: News of the World (2020)

Though it’s nowhere near as popular as it used to be, the Western genre is typically responsible for at least one great film per year, give or take. In 2019, that film came in the form of Jennifer Kent’s harrowing but essential The Nightingale; in…