• Natural Selection

    Natural Selection

    Natural Selection directed by Robbie Pickering (2011), is a film about a woman who finds out her religious husband is donating his specimen to a sperm bank when she believes she cannot conceive after he is rushed to the hospital. It's a bit of a wild story with the background, the ongoing, and the result of everything that happened. However, it was not executed as well as it could have been which may have been the reason why it had limited…

  • The Farewell

    The Farewell

    The Farewell directed by Lulu Wang (2019), is a film about coming together in China to spend time with and prematurely grieve a loved one who is dying but doesn't know it. It's a touch story and a great film to watch as it was beautifully composed. I thought I'd be fully taken by the performances but it was still very good. I had high expectations for this film and it met most of them. However, it's not one I'd probably go back to often since I did not feel a connection but one to watch for how well it was done.

  • Little Fugitive

    Little Fugitive

    Little Fugitive directed by Joanna Lipper (2006), is a film about two brothers who are practically raising themselves (mother is always working and father is in prision) and end up in a bit of trouble with the law at a young age, so they run away to float off into a mythical land. It's an interesting concept and shows how independent older siblings have to become, even when they're fairly young, in order to survive and thrive within this world for…

  • The Runaways

    The Runaways

    The Runaways directed by Floria Sigismondi (2010), is a film about the band The Runaways, the band members, and snippets of their lives before, during, and after the bands run. It was a fun film to watch from beginning to end. It provided some insight into the construction of the band and the lives of the members. With fame bands and the members lives tend to be immortalized into a sort of legend. The film felt very much like that. However,…

  • Into the Storm

    Into the Storm

    Into the Storm directed by Steven Quale (2014), is a film about two separate groups of people weathering a storm together. The film definitely feels like a less emotional but higher stakes twister. The story is basic at best while relying on the elements within the scenes to create any tension rather than the relying on the acting and characters to create tension. The acting was ok overall when you average out all of the acting. The effects weren't as bad…

  • Flags of Our Fathers

    Flags of Our Fathers

    Flags of Our Fathers directed by Clint Eastwood (2006), is a film about the raising of the American flag in WW2 in the Pacific and those who had a part in it (even those who were falsely assumed). It shows the arrival and horrors of war without explicit vison of it, the heaving of the flag, and the aftermath including the legacy. The one part that I liked more than any other was the way it leafed back and forth through…

  • Brokeback Mountain

    Brokeback Mountain

    Brokeback Mountain directed by Ang Lee (2005), is a film about two cowboys where one job contract changes the course of their lives. It seem like a very unlikely story that two men who are working together out in the country fall in love with one another. However, it's not that uncommon for a person to fall in love with a co-worker. Especially one they are always around. With a quick google search, gay cowboys have always been a thing in…

  • Seven Psychopaths

    Seven Psychopaths

    Seven Psychopaths directed by Martin McDonagh (2012), is a film about a writer who unknowingly has a friend who is less inhibited than most and then knowingly seeks out others who are not that much different than his friend. Everything in this film is fairly well done. The story even mixes itself with real life events to "explain" what else had happened. Which is interesting in itself. Then another layer is added with the stories that are presented to us as…

  • One Day

    One Day

    One Day directed by Lone Scherfig (2011), is a film about how two strangers become friends and then eventually more. This film is one of the more well done friends to lovers stories. A more accurate simplistic timeline would be: strangers ➞ failed lovers ➞ friends ➞ acquaintances ➞ friends ➞ lovers ➞ married couple. The story spans a long period of time that is not necessarily typical of most stories but allows these character to have some added depth without…

  • Dead Poets Society

    Dead Poets Society

    Dead Poets Society directed by Peter Weir (1989), is a film about a group of kids that area few in their class that have rallied and somewhat rebelled against societies expectations of them through the inspiration of their English teacher who was once a student at the school. This film was not like anything I had expected. I thought there would be higher stakes upfront but the story wasn't set up that way. It was mainly a slice of life of…

  • Stage Beauty

    Stage Beauty

    Stage Beauty directed by Richard Eyre (2004), is a film about the height and then transition of male portrayal of females to females themselves, all in dramatic fashion. I cannot tell what tone they were going for in this film entirely. Most of it seems very serious but then there are odd comments and comedic situations based on the male characters acting. It could have been better with it just being a serious drama. However, it probably was just a victim…

  • Downfalls High

    Downfalls High

    Downfalls High directed by Machine Gun Kelly and Mod Sun (2021), is a music based film about the story of a boy through his romance with a girl from his school. It felt rushed in spots but was fairly enjoyable. All of the music was ok. Nothing that I would go back to but not outright horrible. The story itself was super basic but fun. The acting overall could have been better but it wasn't too bad. I guess that's the whole…