Category Fantasy

King Arthur (2017)

In a studio climate where most of the output is polished and pressed for inoffensive and familiar, King Arthur feels like, at times, a breath of fresh air. I say, “at times” because much of the film is still mired in studio meddling and warring with its director, Guy Ritchie, whose knack for blue collar, cockney cool finds […]

Rogue One (2016)

Iconic Hoth Battle set piece notwithstanding, the Star Wars saga has often given less thought to its title than one might expect. Gareth Edwards (director of 2014’s Godzilla) has arrived to remedy that with Rogue One, the latest installment in the ever expanding franchise and the first to find its way in between existing entries. It exists solely […]

Cronos (1993)

This is where it all began: Guillermo del Toro’s fascination with the macabre and familial relationships and finding true, resonating empathy in the darkest corners of the horror genre. Cronos is, at the very least, intriguing for the imaginative ways in which it pairs two unlikely horror tropes: vulnerability and monstrosity. An aging antique salesman comes […]

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)

J.J. Abrams is like the chameleon auteur, and with Star Wars: The Force Awakens he does what he does best: channels his own personal adoration and fanaticism into a well crafted love letter to the series. In other words, he gave us fans what we wanted. It might be far from the most imaginative entry […]

Top 5: Tim Burton

When I think of the words “whimsical” and “macabre,” I think of Tim Burton. When I think of “whimsically macabre,” I think of Tim Burton. While the cooky director (just take a look at that featured image) hasn’t made anything I’ve loved in recent years, there are a handful of his films that I love, […]

Tomorrowland (2015)

“often amusing, often humorous, and yet devoid of any real gravitas or wonder.”

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)

“Who would have guessed that one of the greatest adventure films of the last few decades would be based on a ride in an amusement park?”