• “SMILE”


    THE STORY – After witnessing a bizarre, traumatic incident involving a patient, Dr. Rose Cotter starts experiencing frightening occurrences that she can’t explain. As an overwhelming terror begins taking over her life, Rose must confront her troubling past in order to survive and escape her horrifying new reality. THE CAST – Sosie Bacon, Jessie T. Usher, Kyle Gallner, […]

  • Nine Impressionistic Biopics That Push The Genre Forward

    Nine Impressionistic Biopics That Push The Genre Forward

    From shifts between color and black and white to an amorphous aspect ratio, Andrew Dominik’s adaptation of Joyce Carol Oates’ unabashedly fictionalized Marilyn Monroe biography, “Blonde,” is just as stylistically daring as you’ve heard. Beds transform into waterfalls, paparazzi and adoring fans become animatedly slack-jawed, and an invasive surgery is framed in utero. Dominik’s non-linear, […]

  • The Subgenre Of LGBTQ+ Romantic Comedies

    The Subgenre Of LGBTQ+ Romantic Comedies

    When it comes to queer representation in cinema, those of us in the community have often found that we can’t be too picky with what we’ve got. For the past half-century or so, LGBTQ+-centered films have mostly either been grandly accomplished but highly dramatic (“Philadelphia,” “Brokeback Mountain,” “Moonlight,” etc.) or, frankly, bad. For instance, those […]

  • The Next Best Picture Podcast – “Blonde”

    The Next Best Picture Podcast – “Blonde”

    For this week’s second podcast review, I am joined by Sara Clements, Josh Parham, Eve O’Dea & Dan Bayer. Together we’re reviewing the latest film from director Andrew Dominik Wilde, “Blonde,” starring Ana de Armas, Adrien Brody, Bobby Cannavale, Xavier Samuel & Julianne Nicholson. The much-anticipated (or, in some cases, dreaded) fictional biopic film on Marilyn Monroe is finally streaming […]

  • The Complicated, Enduring Legacy Of Marilyn Monroe

    The Complicated, Enduring Legacy Of Marilyn Monroe

    I cannot remember a time when I didn’t know who Marilyn Monroe was. I could say the same about Elvis Presley, another American icon whose life is the subject of another much-talked-about 2022 film. “Blonde,” directed by Andrew Dominik and based on the novel by Joyce Carol Oates, is far from a typical biopic detailing […]



    THE STORY – Nurse Amy Loughren is shocked when Charlie Cullen, one of her colleagues, is found responsible for the murder of dozens of patients over a period of sixteen years, across two states and nine hospitals, without being charged. THE CAST – Jessica Chastain, Eddie Redmayne, Nnamdi Asomugha, Kim Dickens, Noah Emmerich THE TEAM – Tobias Lindholm […]

  • “PLAN 75”

    “PLAN 75”

    THE STORY – Government program Plan 75 encourages senior citizens to be euthanized to remedy an aged society. An elderly woman whose means of survival are vanishing, a pragmatic Plan 75 salesman, and a Filipino laborer face choices of life and death. THE CAST – Chieko Baishō, Hayato Isomura, Yuumi Kawai, Taka Takao & Stefanie Arianne THE TEAM […]

  • Talking About The Women In The Best Supporting Actress Race

    Talking About The Women In The Best Supporting Actress Race

    The initial shockwaves of former Best Supporting Actress lock Michelle Williams moving into Best Actress focused on the acting races instead of Best Picture. Yet there is not only a chance “The Fabelmans” cost itself both Best Picture and an acting win with this move, but that “Women Talking” is a step away from Best […]