Throwback Review: Bad Boys and the Art of Blowing Shit Up

When Michael Bay’s 6 Underground came out a few weeks back, I had two main takeaways. The first: 6 Underground is the most audacious, mind exploding composition of action filmmaking I had ever seen. The second: 6 Underground is an idiotic piece of trash with a fetishistic take on militant violence and a child’s understanding of diplomacy. ItContinue reading “Throwback Review: Bad Boys and the Art of Blowing Shit Up”

Remembering Midsommar, 2019’s Strangest Masterpiece

Sometimes the scariest thing in the world is an unanswered email. In a world of constant communication, response is expected and normal, so when we can’t find that affirmation, the fear of possibility sets in. Midsommar understands, as well if not better than any movie in recent memory, that mesh point between culturally accepted practices andContinue reading “Remembering Midsommar, 2019’s Strangest Masterpiece”

My Best of the 2010s

With the decade drawing to a close, it’s time to look back on a transformative 10 years in film. This decade has been marked by the dominance of franchise tent poles, while new voices have emerged in more independent mediums. With the addition of new streaming services and changes in the way films are madeContinue reading “My Best of the 2010s”

Breeze Reviews: Uncut Gems

For a four-minute sequence in the new film “Uncut Gems,” Howard Ratner (Adam Sandler) can’t open a door. He tries pressing buttons, using hammers and pouring metal shavings into a lock until he finally manages to pry it open and allow his customers entry to his jewelry store.  Throughout the sequence, characters shout over eachContinue reading “Breeze Reviews: Uncut Gems”

Breeze Reviews: Marriage Story

During a scene in Noah Baumbach’s newest film, “Marriage Story,” an attorney tells Adam Driver’s character, Charlie Barber, “Criminal lawyers see bad people at their best; divorce lawyers see good people at their worst.” Over his career, Baumbach has made a living off portraying film characters at their worst, most dysfunctional or most insecure. ThisContinue reading “Breeze Reviews: Marriage Story”

Breeze Reviews: Knives Out

One of the most overused phrases in film commentary is, “They don’t make movies like this anymore.” It’s become shorthand in a time where Disney and Marvel control the box office and intellectual property is king. Usually, this disclaimer feels a bit exaggerated, yearning for a nostalgic past that never quite existed. But in theContinue reading “Breeze Reviews: Knives Out”

Breeze Reviews: The Irishman

Martin Scorsese’s American crime epic, “The Irishman,” won’t be available to stream on Netflix until Nov. 27. Yet in order to qualify for Academy Awards consideration, the film must screen in theaters for a minimum of 14 days. As a result, Netflix has put the film in as many theaters as possible, although most theaterContinue reading “Breeze Reviews: The Irishman”

Breeze Reviews: Ford vs. Ferrari

In “Ford v. Ferrari,” famed sports car designer Carroll Shelby takes his boss, Henry Ford II, for a drive in his newly built race car. As the drive begins, Ford II attempts to lean into the macho image that made his grandfather an American icon. He mumbles reassurances to himself. He shifts in his seat.Continue reading “Breeze Reviews: Ford vs. Ferrari”

Breeze Reviews: El Camino

During the series finale of “Breaking Bad,” a trailer ran for a widely forgotten movie based on a video game. That movie was “Need for Speed,” starring none other than Jesse Pinkman himself, Aaron Paul. The trailer’s placement and Paul’s career future looked bright as ever, yet, as happens far too often with iconic televisionContinue reading “Breeze Reviews: El Camino”

Breeze Reviews: Joker

After one of the most controversial prerelease press receptions in modern movie history, Todd Phillips’ “Joker” has finally premiered. “Joker” follows the story of Arthur Fleck, a clown living in New York City who has from severe mental illness. As he struggles to cope with a society that he finds cold and wealth-obsessed, while alsoContinue reading “Breeze Reviews: Joker”