Downsizing (2017) Review — A Satirical Comedy Daring To Aim High

A lot of American films over the past 12-18 months can be read as an indictment of Donald Trump’s presidency and the cultural climate it has created stateside. None, however, goes as straight for the jugular of Trumpian ideology as Alexander Payne’s Downsizing. The premise, cinematically, is nothing new and can be found in many…

I, Tonya (2017) Review – A Factual Comedy Of Inaccurate Facts

  I, Tonya is a movie based on the life of the world famous (read: infamous) American skater Tonya Harding. Her struggle to fame and her quick downfall is the subject of this dark comedy. The movie stars Margot Robbie as Tonya and Allison Janney as LoVona Golden (Tonya’s mother). Sebastian Stan stars as Jeff…

The Shape Of Water (2017) Review — Poetry On Celluloid

Guillermo Del Toro’s personal masterpiece, The Shape Of Water, is a monumental achievement in creative filmmaking. As he himself says, it is “a fairy tale for troubled times”. Set during the Cold War, this fiercely imaginative, gorgeously outlandish tale of an amphibian man bonding with a mute woman also proves to be surprisingly universal in…

Black Panther (2018) Spoiler-Free Review: Rise of a new kind of Marvel hero

The newest addition to the ever-growing Marvel roster is the brilliant Black Panther. With drop-dead gorgeous locations and powerful character-driven plot, this origin story may arguably be one of the best Marvel movies.     Black Panther had a lot on its shoulders. The stellar ensemble cast comprising of people of color and the historical…

Counterpart S01E04 “Both Sides Now” Review — Switching Things Up

I wrote last week as to how S01E03 showed languish in narrative development almost all through the episode, slowly but surely knitting together pieces, only to turn up the heat towards the very end with a quick succession of events that get things back on track and promise exciting days ahead. Well, Counterpart seems to be…

Self-Criticism of a Bourgeois Dog (2017) Review ― Radlmaier’s Astounding Debut

Julian Radlmaier is a fascinating filmmaker indeed. Effortlessly unique and with a taste for the satirical, this new age avant-garde director knows how to take on weighty issues and present them in a manner that’s surprisingly entertaining. Despite being a sympathizer of communism himself, Radlmaier never shies away from commenting upon its inefficacy or the…