I thought ‘Eternals’ was pretty good! And I’m a little bit baffled by all the harsh critiques it’s getting. Evidently, it’s one of the worst-rated MCU films ever made. In this video review, I explain why I enjoyed the film and I speculate a bit on why I think it’s being received the way it is.
It’s a busy month! October is the first month in a long time that feels packed with major, blockbuster movie releases.
In the midst of that, A24 is releasing Lamb, a new film from first-time director Valdimar Jóhannsson. In the film, a childless couple in rural Iceland make a shocking discovery in their sheep barn one day. How they navigate it will have huge implications for their relationship and their relationship with the nature around them.
Noomi Rapace (Prometheus, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) plays Maria and she’s incredible in this film. She brings so much intensity and vulnerability to her role and makes the entire thing worth watching on her own.
For Culturally Relevant and on YouTube (above), Noomi chatted with me about her role in the movie, how she got inspired to act in the first place, and what the hardest scene in the movie was to film.
A few thoughts on the Dear Evan Hansen movie, which is sadly just as tragic and misguided as you may have heard it is.
The Paper Tigers is a delightful martial arts comedy. I was delighted to be able to chat with writer/director Bao Tran and editor Kris Kristensen about how they put together the cool, stylish opening credits to the film. Check it out in the video above and watch The Paper Tigers on Netflix and Blu-ray/VOD.
The new Fast and Furious movie is out this week and in this video, I explain what the “Justice for Han” fan campaign is and why it’s such a big deal that this movie honors it.
Note: This video does not spoil anything beyond what’s in the poster/trailer for F9: The Fast Saga.
Just a few thoughts on the very weird and wonderful year of movies we had in 2020.
I hope everyone is having an okay weekend dealing with the sheer tonnage of news that’s occurred the past week (most of it bad).
Since I hate myself, I spent some time this week watching Antonio Campos’ new film, The Devil All The Time. This film’s cast is incredible, but do not watch this movie if you are looking for something to pick you up and make you feel better!
That said, it’s one of the top 10 movies on Netflix so most of you probably watched it. What did you think? Did you find it illuminating about the nature of evil and humanity? Or a bit too over the top, as I thought it was in my video review above?
Charlie Kaufman’s latest film I’m Thinking of Ending Things is arguably his most inaccessible work yet. I’ve spent quite a bit of time thinking about it, reading about it, and dissecting it. Here’s the best explanation I’ve been able to come up with (Note: Spoilers, obviously).
It’s been a long time since I’ve made a video essay as researched as this one, and it’ll probably be a long time until I do one again. It’s just too much work to do on top of my full time job to become a regular thing, but this movie was so compelling (plus I had a brief opening with the holiday weekend) that I pushed through to make it happen. I hope enjoy it.