Birds of Passage

Rapayet (José Acosta) is poor and desires to marry Zaida (Natalia Reyes), and thus endeavors to trade marijuana with the Americans. This begins the loss of the Wayúu culture and tradition in a bloody tale that spans twenty years. The HighsBirds of Passage is a very beautiful film. The desolate desert contrasted with the vibrant colors of…

We Have Always Lived in the Castle

Three remaining members of the Blackwood family reside in near isolation until a distant relative arrives, threatening the family fortune and the family secrets. The HighsSome of the cinematography is nice. Most of the outdoor scenes are beautiful, and the space of the mansion is captured well. The performances here are good in the sense that there…

A Serious Man

In 1967, Larry Gopnik (Michael Stuhlbarg) learns that his wife is leaving him. His kids are rebellious and don’t listen, he may or may not receive tenure, and his life is more or less falling apart. As he futilely tries to find meaning in what is happening to him, Larry discovers a greater truth of…

The Big Lebowski

Jeff Lebowski, better known as “The Dude” (Jeff Bridges), is confused for another man of the same name that happens to be a millionaire. A series of ridiculous events ensue, but The Dude just wants restitution for his ruined rug, man. It goes without saying that The Big Lebowski is hilarious. The cinematography is incredible and the soundtrack…

Lord of War

It’s hard to say that I liked or enjoyed Lord of War because, at the end of the day, it’s one of the most realistic and poignant examinations of violence and indifference that I’ve ever seen. That said, it is a fantastic film. Nicholas Cage delivers one of his best performances, accompanied by an incredible effort…

Bumblebee

What a waste. I had a glimmer of hope at the beginning of this film. I got excited when I saw the Autobots and Decepticons doing battle for their planet of Cybertron. I gleefully believed I was in for an enthralling story of these two warring factions… A hope that was short-lived. Literally the only good thing about…

Blue Ruin

Blue like revenge. The color blue has many connotations. According to some sources it represents loyalty, freedom, and sincerity. The use of this color throughout the film is not only aesthetically pleasing, but also applies to the themes of the film itself. The plot of Blue Ruin is pretty straightforward, but not without a few twists. The…

Bad Times at the El Royale

Bad Times at the El Royale is like having all the ingredients for a fantastic meal but, due to laziness and a lack of imagination, resorting to a microwave dinner instead. The film sets up an interesting premise of a shadowy government organization that spies on hotel patrons, and an undercover agent sent to terminate said…

Mid90s

Well. Mid90’s is a (cautionary) tale of growing up and struggling to fit in. The performances were fine and the cinematography was different but it fit the style of the film. There is very little plot here, and almost no character development. Mid90’s is a film about a group of people that the viewer doesn’t care about….

The Nice Guys

On the surface, The Nice Guys looks like an instant hit. A buddy cop film set in the 1970’s with Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe as the lead characters? What isn’t to like? Unfortunately, there is a lot that is unlikable about this film. Many of the jokes and attempts at humorous situations fell flat. Don’t…