American Valhalla

American Valhalla | Directors: Josh Homme & Andreas Neumann | Rating: 9/11 It’s hard work being a living legend: expectations – those of others and those self-imposed – can be burdensome on the soul, but that pedestal is somewhat easier to rest upon when you A) are harshly and humorously self-aware, B) are given the emotional space to mine some […]

The Hero

The Hero | Director: Brett Haley | Rating: 8/10 | The theme and plot of The Hero isn’t exactly a new one – numerous films have focused on actors coming to terms with their age and morality – but director Brett Haley’s take on the subject is a bit different due to how Sam Elliott carries the film with a […]

The Lost City of Z

The Lost City of Z | Director: James Gray | Rating: 10/11 Set in both Europe and South America in the early 1900s, The Lost City of Z is a magnificent film that speaks to Gray’s genius as a director. Often forgotten, Gray has made numerous brilliant films (a stand out includes The Immigrant), but he truly outdoes himself with The Lost City of Z, an adventure, war, and […]

Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast | Director: Bill Condon | Rating: 11/11| When you’re a Disney fan for life it’s rather hard, and yet also rather easy, to find fault in their films. However, claiming that a new Disney film may beat out a lifetime favorite as your new number one is a bold claim… and one I’m willing to make when it […]

The Neon Demon

The Neon Demon| Director: Nicolas Winding Refn| Rating: 4/11| Director Nicolas Winding Refn’s films have always been a bit over the top, to say the least. Drive and Only God Forgives are enticing looks at humanity (or rather, what happens when morals are tossed to the wind), as well as visually appealing feasts for the eye. Unfortunately The Neon Demon (his horror film set in the modeling world […]


Tickled | Directors: David Farrier & Dylan Reeve | Rating: 10/11 | The premise of Tickled sounds completely absurd: New Zealand-based TV journalist and personality David Farrier (who specializes in covering the bizarre side of life) is sent a strange video (from a friend) regarding “competitive tickling.” The idea of this intrigues Farrier who decides to investigate the company that offers all-expense paid trips to Los […]

The Finest Hours

The Finest Hours | Directed By: Craig Gillespie | Rating: 8.4 / 11 | With so many film releases every year (and the constant release of every TV network’s original programming), not every movie gets the attention it deserves. Disney’s The Finest Hours is based on the true story of the U.S. Coast Guard’s most daring sea rescue to date. […]