Stoker begins by telling us exactly what it’s about and exactly what kind of film it’s going to be, both thematically and stylistically. “It’s only when we realize who we are do we become adults,” India Stoker (Mia Wasikowska) whispers over the opening credits sequence filled with curious close-ups, unsettling compositions, and jagged edits. Stoker […]
The film stays true to the campy atmosphere, with plenty of humorous subplots that the original television series embraced.
The latest film in the action franchise provides thrills, but doesn’t differentiate itself from the pack, relying on formulaic plot twists.
Teenagers, an independent French film directed by Paul Verhoeven, has earned impressive awards from film festivals all over the world while also drawing harsh criticism from others. It would be easy to envision where the criticisms come from but extremely unclear how a film of this quality earned any award anywhere. Paul Verhoeven is an […]
Though Movie 43 flaunts a large cast of well-known stars, it falls flat because of tired, over-the-top humor and too many sketches.
Though unintended humor dominates the final Twilight film, Breaking Dawn Part 2 surprises with an entertaining climax.
Though Joe Wright’s interpretation of Leo Tolstoy’s novel isn’t the most faithful, it captivates audiences with an innovative style.
Lincoln stands as an Oscar contender with an incredible script and a groundbreaking performance from Daniel Day-Lewis.
I should be writing about horror movies today, but there’s something more pressing going on in the film world than ghouls and ghosts and paranormal activity. The role of race and identity in Cloud Atlas takes precedence. Stay with me — I know this sounds like a communication/film term paper, but race has long been a […]
Last year I reviewed Breaking Dawn — Part 1 for the Daily Trojan, and I took a lot of flak for it. Twi-hards can be pretty vicious when they’re hiding behind an anonymous comment system. I won’t deny that my words were harsh, but I have — embarrassingly enough — read all the books and […]