There was a cloud of self-doubt in my initial opinion of Damien Chazelle’s La La Land, as the film entered into a wider release, and the adoration and hype began to flood in. Proving itself to be the cinematic powerhouse of 2016 and paving the way as the top contender in this year’s awards race. […]Read more "A Personal Disappointment: La La Land"
Since the dawn of cinema, the concept of the biographical genre has conceived this expectation of a historical figure’s life and exploits to be depicted upon screen as a play by play. There is a desire to witness the critical events of this person’s life in a manner that we can personally sink our minds […]Read more "An Intimate Process of Grief: Jackie"
East of Eden, a beautiful portrait of a young man, Cal Trask (James Dean), who for all of his life have been perceived as the rejected and disappointed son, contrasted by the righteousness and purity of his older brother, Aron (Richard Davalos), whose presence models after their father, Adam (Raymond Massey). It is this isolation […]Read more "A Legend’s Emergence: East of Eden"
Demolition finds its director returning to the penetrating character focus of his last film, Wild, now turning to the successful company man in a metropolitan law firm who has recently suffered the loss of his wife whilst enduring the same car accident. While Wild was a trek to reanalyse and cleanse the corrupted soul, Demolition […]Read more "A Need To Grieve: Demolition"
I have seen the tragic conditions of my country, to see mothers desperately slaving themselves for their children to ensure them a better life, but many of these cases remain homebound in the harsh climate of Philippines and thus they endure through a life that is worse than what their own parents had endured. Those […]Read more "The Better Life: Rosita"
There are many that live their lives with deep precision, meticulous planning along the way that ensures that it leads to a desired result. These individuals seem to disregard the concept of destiny as the concept of an unforeseeable force that aligns their lives into place is baffling and uncomfortably confronting. Rebecca Miller is a […]Read more "A Quirky Misfire: Maggie’s Plan"
In the wake of Mommy’s success, the young prodigy, Xavier Dolan has allowed himself an ambitious French cast, taking yet another crack in the recent Cannes Film Festival for the primary competition. It was a film that was supposedly poorly received upon its premiere, with boos being thrown left and right, claiming it to be […]Read more "Dolan’s Loose Grip: It’s Only The End of the World"