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All posts by Dennis Buckly

Quarter-life. German-Fil. UST. Literature. Cinephile. Minimalist. Existentialist. Dance. Food. Arts. Fun.

‘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 the ...

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 their ...

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, who ...

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 eerie ...

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 (Oscar ...

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’s ...

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, dominated ...

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