10 anticipated movies for 2020

The Academy Awards on Feb 9. marked the end of the 2019 movie season, closing one of the most incredible years in recent film history. But, as one year of films ends, another begins, hoping to reach the same level of excellence as the previous year. Even though 2019 was exceptional, the question still remainsContinue reading “10 anticipated movies for 2020”

Downhill is a comic relationship nightmare

Throughout “Downhill,” Pete Stanton (Will Ferrell) screams his newfound mantra, “Evey day is all we have.” On the surface, the phrase appears meaningful, emphasizing the fleeting nature of life. Screenwriter Jesse Armstrong, however, recognizes the inherent ineptitude of the phrase. Rather than serving as actual wisdom, the statement is noticeably empty, acting more as aContinue reading “Downhill is a comic relationship nightmare”

Parasite entertains and makes history

In one of the biggest upsets in Oscar history, writer-director Bong Joon-Ho’s film Parasite became the first foreign language film ever to win Best Picture. In reflecting on Parasite’s victory, and viewing it as a victory for foreign language film notoriety in the United States, the most surprising aspect of Parasite’s success is how revolutionaryContinue reading “Parasite entertains and makes history”

Why Jojo Rabbit is the Worst Best Picture Nominee

An anti-hate satire. That is the description that Fox Searchlight and Taika Waititi have decided to give to the 2019 Best Picture nominee Jojo Rabbit, and the reason Jojo Rabbit doesn’t work. Of all the politically charged, powerful films of the year, the academy has decided to back Taika Waititi in his stance against hateContinue reading “Why Jojo Rabbit is the Worst Best Picture Nominee”

Breeze Reviews: The Gentlemen

At the start of Guy Ritchie’s new film, “The Gentlemen,” Matthew McConaughey walks across a bar and orders a pint of beer. As he does this, “Cumberland Gap” by Dave Rawlings begins to play over a jukebox while he conveys his status as the leader of an illicit criminal kingdom, and, just like that, theContinue reading “Breeze Reviews: The Gentlemen”

A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood and the Problem With Movie Journalists

When Oscar nominations were announced, those who had not seen A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood were likely surprised to find Tom Hanks in the best supporting actor category. In the tradition of regular biopics, Hanks would feel like an awards favorite: a famed American actor playing a famed American figure, chewing up the sceneryContinue reading “A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood and the Problem With Movie Journalists”

Snatch and the Ballad of Guy Ritchie

There is a moment in Guy Ritchie’s 2000 crime film Snatch that ends with a disheveled, bearded Brad Pitt, staring at a flaming caravan with a look of broken shock on his face. Maybe the most beautiful image Ritchie has ever captured, the moment serves as a somber an example of how Snatch can transcendContinue reading “Snatch and the Ballad of Guy Ritchie”

Bombshell Comes Up Short

How do you make a movie with Donald Trump as a character? With all of the divisiveness and conflicting emotions his presence creates in American society, how can a movie find a way to incorporate his presence without seeming overbearing or ridiculous? Bombshell, the recently released docudrama telling the tales of sexual harassment at Fox News,Continue reading “Bombshell Comes Up Short”

Breeze Reviews: Bad Boys For Life

For a brief 10-second-long clip in Bad Boys For Life, an unnamed character steps to the center of a wedding reception to introduce famed Miami detective Mike Lowery (Will Smith).  That character, listed on IMDB as “Wedding MC,” is none other than the explosive, juvenile mastermind and vulgar auteur himself, Michael Bay.  The original 1995Continue reading “Breeze Reviews: Bad Boys For Life”

Little Women Moves and Astonishes Audiences

“I can’t afford to starve on praise.” – Jo March In the first scene of Greta Gerwig’s new adaptation of Little Women, famed literary protagonist and icon of independence, Jo March (Saoirse Ronan) sells out. As she pleads with her publisher, Mr. Dashwood (Tracy Letts) for her own interpretation, Dashwood shoots back, “Morals don’t sell nowadays.”Continue reading “Little Women Moves and Astonishes Audiences”