The crime drama often struggles to find equilibrium. On one end, there are crime stories that can often romanticize or glamorize the crime world. On the other end, crime dramas can often be exploitative and grimy for the sake of being sensational. Criminal: Coward is one of those rare crime stories that finds the perfect equilibrium between the two, thrilling without ever feeling adventurous and grimy without ever being exploitative. Continue reading Criminal: Coward
As has been chronicled, I’ve had a rough time watching Lars von Trier films. Yet for some reason, I wanted to go back for more. It’s with delight I can report back that my persistence paid off with Breaking the Waves. I can still see the cynical tones that will only become more oppressive in von Trier’s later films, but this film is much more palatable to my cinematic tastes. Continue reading Breaking the Waves (1996)
As the Hellraiser films continue, the rising fascination with mythology became the series downfall. By Hellraiser III, the films end up contradicting each other and by Hellraiser: Bloodlines the film boggs itself down in an entire origin story subplot. Fortunately, Hellraiser: Inferno decides to break away from the lore and do its own thing. Its own thing might make it not much of a Hellraiser film, but it might be the best entry in the series since the original film. Continue reading Hellraiser: Inferno (2000)
SPOILER WARNING: The entire film, including the ending, is discussed at length.
Gone Girl starts as a straightforward mystery with a dash of ambiguity. Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck), comes home on his fifth anniversary to discover that his wife Amy (Rosamund Pike) is gone. As the cops investigate, clues point to the notion that Nick might have killed his wife, accentuated by his uncharacteristically friendly demeanor. As the cops dig into the case, it’s clear the marriage was in trouble. Continue reading Gone Girl (2014)