• Garden State

    Garden State

    ★★

    Garden State (2004) is a combination of drama, comedy and romance about Andrew Largeman (Zach Braff) returning home to New Jersey due to the death of his mother after an accident.

    I can understand why it has a cult following; however, ultimately, it just wasn't for me. It does have some redeeming elements to it (the cast and the themes), but I can also understand the mixed reviews here.

    The cinematography and the soundtrack are fantastic, so I like those…

  • Reality Bites

    Reality Bites

    ★★★★★

    Directed by Ben Stiller and written by Helen Childress, Reality Bites (1994) is a combination of romance, drama and comedy set among Generation X in the nineteen-nineties.

    Graduates: Lalaina Pierce (Winona Ryder), Troy Dyer (Ethan Hawke), Vickie Miner (Janeane Garofalo) and Sammy Gray (Steve Zahn) are trying to adjust to life after college in Houstan, Texas.

    I have always adored Winona Ryder (ever since I was a teenager), but I had never seen Reality Bites until now. I also thought…

  • Books of Blood

    Books of Blood

    ★★

    Directed by Brannon Braga with a screenplay by Adam Simon and Brannon Braga, Books of Blood (2020) is an eerie and disturbing horror anthology.

    Going into Books of Blood, I didn't know about the anthology series by Clive Barker, so I didn't know if it would be for me. However, I have since done some research into the source material.

    The film did make me uncomfortable (each story is sinister in its own way), so maybe that's why it just…

  • The Mauritanian

    The Mauritanian

    ★★★

    Filled with outstanding moments, The Mauritanian (2021) is an important true story looking at Mohamedou Ould Slahi (Tahar Rahim) in Guantanamo Bay.

    Incredibly well-written and acted, The Mauritanian is a film that you won't want to miss. The acting; especially, from Tahar Rahim and Jodie Foster, is unbelievable. I also like the cinematography.

    True stories like these are important. They must be told. I highly recommend The Mauritanian. Watched via Amazon Prime Video.

  • At Middleton

    At Middleton

    ★★★★★

    At Middleton (2013), also referred to as Just One Day (on DVD), is a romantic-comedy directed by Adam Rodgers. Sweet and hilarious, we see love form as a meet-cute between two strangers.

    Father, George Hartman (Andy Garcia), and his son, Conrad Hartman (Spencer Lofranco), attend a tour of a college in South Dakota. Mother, Edith Martin (Vera Farmiga), and her daughter, Audrey Martin (Taissa Farmiga), are attending the same tour. Separated from the college tour; eventually, George and Edith realise…

  • Panic Room

    Panic Room

    ★★★★★

    Filled with tension and unease, David Fincher's Panic Room (2002) is everything that I love about this genre. It's one of my favourite films of all-time.

    Recent divorcée, Meg Altman (Jodie Foster), moves into a large house with her daughter, Sarah (Kristen Stewart). When three intruders: Burnham (Forest Whitaker), Junior (Jared Leto) and Raoul (Dwight Yoakam) break into their new home, Meg and Sarah hide in the safe room.

    I can still remember the first time that I watched Panic…

  • Black Bear

    Black Bear

    ★★★★★

    I've been lying since the second I got here.

    This is my second viewing of Lawrence Michael Levine's Black Bear (2020), and I'm entranced by it.

    We are introduced to filmmaker, Allison (Aubrey Plaza), as she arrives at a log cabin to find inspiration for her film. We are also introduced to the two owners of the log cabin: Gabe (Christopher Abbott) and Blair (Sarah Gadon). Which we see turns into a suspense-filled drama.

    While I did find it somewhat…