RSS feed for Bernard

Favorite films

Recent activity


Pinned reviews

  • Abominable



    As a crazed film lover and father, one of the hardest things to do is figure out how best to integrate the theater going experience into your parenting. I’m the sort of dad who showed his son, Logan, the first few minutes of the film Logan while he laid on my chest in the NICU in his first days of life. My son’s first theatrical experience was Avengers: Infinity War. It was the film’s 13th weekend in release. We sat…

  • Jojo Rabbit

    Jojo Rabbit


    It seems like a staggering amount of the discussion surrounding this movie is less about what actually occurs in the film itself and more about what each critic thinks the tone of a Hitler Youth comedy should be. Some decry it as too light or funny for such “heavy“ subject matter. Others complain that it’s not a searing enough indictment of fascist ideology. If you want to talk about how it should be done, make a movie yourself. I’d rather talk about…

Recent reviews

  • Waves



    One of the more interesting ways the film's title is applicable to the work is in the film's sound mixing and design. It is almost overpoweringly unique and aggressive. What director Trey Edward Shults attempts to achieve here is perhaps best described as a Terrence Malick paean inspired by audio, rather than visual, poetry.

    The narrative here is - on paper - pretty simple. The film's first half focuses on the senior year of an African American high school wrestler…

  • Marvel Studios: Expanding the Universe

    Marvel Studios: Expanding the Universe


    I am over-the-moon excited for each and every upcoming Disney+ MCU show but this is nothing more than a series of snippets from the D23 conference with minimal actual footage (all from What If...). Nothing to see here if you’ve followed the MCU news cycle.

    2019: First to Worst (Documentary Shorts)

Popular reviews

  • The King

    The King


    It is handsomely filmed and well acted, so why does it feel so goddamn lifeless?

    For starters, the premise is sort of a derp. One could adapt Shakespeare’s Henriad or one could try to make a serious biopic of Henry V. Evidently, one can not do both at the same time. It reminds of something like the Clive Owen King Arthur movie - all the fun is squashed out of the source material by “realism” and much of the realism…

  • Lady and the Tramp

    Lady and the Tramp


    So let me start with a quibble that distracted me the entire movie, how the film addresses race. While it's not set with the same specificity as the original film's 1909, the prevalence of Model T's, the aesthetic and the clothing allow us to ballpark the film's setting to, at the latest, the early 1920s. It's just so bizarre to have an interracial couple lead the movie and for African American characters to be prominently featured as they are throughout…