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If you saw Alex Garland‘s sci-fi mind-bender “Annihilation” back in February, chances are you’re still trying to unpack everything you experienced (here’s our review). Honestly, trying to understand the full scope of the h…

We’re in the clear from last years awards season, but one snub that still rankles us is Sean Baker‘s incredible “The Florida Project,” a moving portrait about the marginalized, economically-distressed people living on the fringe…

Since her evocative “Ratcatcher” in 1999, director Lynne Ramsay has delivered nothing short of oblique masterpieces each time up at bat. Ramsay’s recent film, the visceral and gripping, “You Were Never Really Here” with Jo…

The arrival of a new Terrence Malick film used to feel like a blessing it was so rare. The reclusive director vanished for twenty years, only to resurface as if no time went by and then slowly, but surely started to jog and then run. Malick films are n…

Imbuing a film’s frame is color. Chaotic, controlled, purposefully placed with meaning, it is a focal point and a visual resonator for the eyes. Stretching beyond the constraints of a frame, some films explode with color, releasing moving images …

When we look at cinema and television narratives set in the future, things don’t look very bright literally or figuratively. The color palette is dark, the land is barren, and the social constructs are totally warped. Sometimes, though, we do get…

Now that Cannes 2018 has officially wrapped, let us revisit this year’s Jury President Cate Blanchett. The actress has had a staggering career. She’s critically acclaimed, commercially successful, and respected throughout the film industry….

Denis Villeneuve’s “Blade Runner 2049” is an extreme technical achievement. With stunning cinematography provided by Roger Deakins, we revisit the world Ridley Scott built with 1982’s “Blade Runner.” Beyond the visual elements, …

Wong Kar-Wai is probably one of the most abstract directors you will find. Director Barry Jenkins has often stated that Kar-Wai’s work has been a huge influence on his filmography. Honestly, it’s easy to see why. So much of Kar-Wai’s …

Ridley Scott’s creation of the original “Alien” rocketed the standards for the suspense and horror genres into intergalactic territory. What made the original film and its sequel “Aliens” so alluring to audiences and beloved by …