‘A Star is Born’ review [2 of 2]: The musical era is officially back!

Bradley Cooper brings back a contemporary remake of a beloved Hollywood classic in ‘A Star is Born,’ with less glitter and more realistic textures, showcasing the dark pits of dreams and stardom. Led by his raw and poetic direction, Cooper shows the movie from the artist’s perspective — camera angles from the back of theContinue reading “‘A Star is Born’ review [2 of 2]: The musical era is officially back!”

MOVIE REVIEW: Avengers: Infinity War (2018) [2 of 2]

Avengers: Infinity War soars through a galaxy of big stars that the world has fallen in love with over the last 10 years. A decade-long of brewing momentum that spews generosity on its loud visual effects, and unprecedented humor injects, are only but a couple of reasons why Marvel is at the top of theirContinue reading “MOVIE REVIEW: Avengers: Infinity War (2018) [2 of 2]”

Are horror movies never scary enough?

If you’re watching a horror movie just for you to be scared, you’re watching it with your eyes half closed. I’ve been reading a lot of blogs and other social media posts (mostly reviews) about how horror movies nowadays aren’t as terrifying as they used to be. Yes, these blogs are mostly by millennials, whoContinue reading “Are horror movies never scary enough?”

MOVIE REVIEW: A Quiet Place (2018)

Anchored by exponentially gripping performances, and a direction that navigates the audience to untouched paradigms of horror, A Quiet Place is a cathartic genre-film that welcomes John Krasinski to a lineup of masterful contemporary directors. The film uses its chilling silence to draw the audience in, and it grips you so tightly with its eerieContinue reading “MOVIE REVIEW: A Quiet Place (2018)”

MOVIE REVIEW: Annihilation

A visceral thriller proving that Ex Machina was not a one hit wonder, Annihilation is a continuation of that commentary to Alex Garland’s universe of unapologetic, contemporary sci-fi machine that kept on spewing unorthodox flares to the world of cinema. Natalie Portman plays Lena, a cellular biologist and former Army soldier whose husband Kane (OscarContinue reading “MOVIE REVIEW: Annihilation”

LIST: Top 40 best films of 2017

There are no rules in filmmaking. Only sins. And the cardinal sin is dullness. – Frank Capra Welcome to my annual year-ender list of cinema! I’ve been a fan of the cinema since 1998, and I’ve been an official cinephile since 2005. I’ve been doing this year after year because why not?  It’s fun, it’sContinue reading “LIST: Top 40 best films of 2017”

LIST: Top 15 best male film performances of 2017

Considering the socio-political climate of Hollywood over the last six months, male actors seem to be in boiling water, even more so when people start to confuse politics and social statements with art as a form. Needless to say, a handful of actors have proven their worth, giving female actors (who, in my opinion, dominatedContinue reading “LIST: Top 15 best male film performances of 2017”

LIST: Top 15 best female film performances of 2017

The end of the Oscars marks another cinematic year of film excellence. Perhaps, more than ever, we could all agree that 2017 was a dynamite year for women in the biz. I initially wanted to make a gender-neutral list, but there are just so many female performances, both leading and supporting combined, that need dueContinue reading “LIST: Top 15 best female film performances of 2017”

Oscar Prediction 2018: Who should win at the 90th Academy Awards?

My annual tradition. Since Oscar season will always be my Super Bowl, I take this prediction game quite seriously. No, it’s not necessarily evaluating what’s and who’s the best (but I’ll also be giving my personal favorites though) — it’s about knowing how Oscars work. I’ve been an avid follower and spectator of the Oscars sinceContinue reading “Oscar Prediction 2018: Who should win at the 90th Academy Awards?”

MOVIE REVIEW: Call Me By Your Name (2017)

Combining elements of an independent film’s rawness and the influence of European cinema’s laid back tone, Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me By Your Name is a melancholic vision of a coming of age/coming out/first love/forbidden love narrative, all together, wrapped in an excellent storytelling, powered by perfectly tuned performances by Timothée Chalamet, Armie Hammer and MichaelContinue reading “MOVIE REVIEW: Call Me By Your Name (2017)”