18. The General (1926)

After being rejected by the Confederate military, not realizing it was due to his crucial civilian role, an engineer must single-handedly recapture his beloved locomotive after it is seized by Union spies and return it through enemy lines. You know what’s funny? Every single synopsis that I’ve read for Buster Keaton’s 1926 film The General has put emphasis on the civil war aspect of the film. And, … Continue reading 18. The General (1926)

19. On the Waterfront (1954)

An ex-prize fighter turned New Jersey longshoreman struggles to stand up to his corrupt union bosses, including his older brother, as he starts to connect with the grieving sister of one of the syndicate’s victims. I tell you what, we just don’t get the same cattiness from filmmakers like we did in the 50s and 60s. Elia Kazan made On the Waterfront as a direct response … Continue reading 19. On the Waterfront (1954)

The Lost Daughter (2021)

Maggie Gyllenhaal’s directorial debut The Lost Daughter was a film that hit me unexpectedly. I went in knowing very little about it. All I knew is that the film was adapted and directed by Gyllenhaal, and starred Olivia Colman, Dakota Johnson and Jessie Buckley, and was categorized by Netflix as “cerebral, understated, intimate”. And that’s it. That’s all I had to go off of. I had no … Continue reading The Lost Daughter (2021)

Don’t Look Up (2021): So Close to Home That it’s Almost Hard to Watch

You know, I don’t know that I would classify Adam McKay’s new film Don’t Look Up a comedy, only because it emphasized that already hopeless feeling that I have for the state that our world is in today. Did I find it funny, though? Oh, of course I did. If I can’t laugh at the state we are in, then I’ll just end up crying … Continue reading Don’t Look Up (2021): So Close to Home That it’s Almost Hard to Watch

21. Chinatown (1974)

A private detective hired to expose an adulterer in 1930s Los Angeles finds himself caught up in a web of deceit, corruption, and murder. This is a film that has, unfortunately, stood the test of time. I say “unfortunately” because the subject matter of a film released in 1974 that takes place in the 1930s is still relevant today. Unfortunately, Chinatown was also directed by Roman … Continue reading 21. Chinatown (1974)

Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021): Fan Service At It’s Finest

If you’ve been with me for a while you’ll know that I’m not always keen on fan service when it comes to comic book films. Mainly because the fan base, at times, can be toxic and giving them what they want to see can kind of be like rewarding bad behavior. However, in the case of Spider-Man: No Way Home, I am all for playing into … Continue reading Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021): Fan Service At It’s Finest