The Good, The Bad, The Weird

In 1930’s Manchuria, three Korean gunslingers cross paths in a bloody vendetta over a treasure map containing the location of a lost fortune. The HighsThis film is fun in every sense of the word. The beginning sequence on the train is perhaps one of the most exciting, enthralling openings to any film I’ve ever seen. I…

Prospect

I absolutely love the worldbuilding in Prospect. I love the lush forest, the cobbled-together junk technology, and the lingo that makes this world feel so much different than our own. I love that the viewer is dropped into this universe without preamble, that there is very little exposition and that the audience is required to pay…

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…

Mad Max: Fury Road

“Where must we go, we who wander this wasteland, in search of our better selves.” Mad Max: Fury Road is, on the surface, a two-hour nonstop action film. There are insane elements, such as a man playing guitar atop a monstrous vehicle as the war party rides out in search of violence. There are intense sequences,…

No Country for Old Men

You can’t stop what’s coming. No Country for Old Men is not just a modern Western. Sure, on the surface it’s a tense story of unrepentant violence. Even in that respect, it is fantastic. The performances and the cinematography alone would make this film incredible. But there is more. No Country for Old Men depicts a changing world….

Hostiles

Hostiles is a film, at its core, about change. People change, for better or worse. The world changes, and nothing is ever the same. This film is also beautiful in many ways. The cinematography is gorgeous and stunning, bringing a sense of wonder and awe to the American landscape. The shots of rolling plains and endless…

Bone Tomahawk

This film is so preposterous I hardly know where to begin. First of all, we’re shown that the town of Hope Springs has a population of a couple hundred. More like a handful, from what we’re shown. The town seems completely empty. The sheriff wrangles up a posse of precisely four people to go chase down…

Hell or High Water

I am a sucker for a good, modern-day western. Hell or High Water, however, is simply mediocre. The plot is excruciatingly dull. Tanner (Ben Foster) and Toby (Chris Pine) need to rob banks to steal money to pay off the old farmhouse so that Toby can give it to his family… or something? And I…