Nightcrawler – Blu-ray Review

Employing an outstanding performance from lead actor Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler explores themes of desperation and spiraling desire to craft an effective commentary on not just the leaning unethicality of the news and journalism industry, but the entire concept of fabricating truth to meet the wants of others. The Movie (5/5) It wasn’t until the very Read more about Nightcrawler – Blu-ray Review[…]

Skiptrace – Blu-ray Review

The Movie (2/5) It’s very possible that I just don’t like over-the-top action-comedy; I’ll admit to have never seen the entirety of a Jackie Chan film before this one, but frankly I just found Skiptrace to be bland, lacking in engaging action sequences, and overall poor in writing and plot. Nothing necessarily stood out to Read more about Skiptrace – Blu-ray Review[…]

The Place Beyond the Pines – Blu-ray Review

I’ll admit to having soft spot for anything related to small forest towns (I was raised in such areas surrounding Seattle) and Ryan Gosling, but I think the brilliance I find in The Place Beyond the Pines is a bit more than just subjective awe. With a unique narrative and terrific performances, the film does Read more about The Place Beyond the Pines – Blu-ray Review[…]

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (Criterion Collection) – Blu-ray Review

Plagued with controversy even when only a novel, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas has seen its fair share of negative reviews and critic dismissals. Initially published in 1971, author Hunter S. Thompson was recognized for his competent literary technique, but the story itself was considered loose and overly explicit. However, over time, more and Read more about Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (Criterion Collection) – Blu-ray Review[…]

The Nice Guys – Blu-ray Review

When I think of objectively competent actors, Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling are two names that quickly spring to mind. With films such as A Beautiful Mind, LA Confidential, Drive, and Blue Valentine under their belts, these two men have proven themselves as extremely capable actors in their own right. When I first heard of The Read more about The Nice Guys – Blu-ray Review[…]

Drug Use and Portrayal In Film

With a growing national acceptance for currently-illegal psychoactive substances, such as cannabis, as well as an overall decrease in stigma surrounding the use of psychotropic material, I thought it worthwhile to discuss a few instances of how drugs have affected films, both from an industry standpoint and a more artistic point of view. Destructive and inventive, drugs Read more about Drug Use and Portrayal In Film[…]

Drive – Blu-ray Review

I have a crippling weakness for 80s inspired soundtracks, and that paired with brilliantly acted crime drama is a recipe for pure gratification. Drive drips with style and charm, and is contender for one of my favorite films of all time. My own bias aside, director Nicolas Winding Refn combines powerful performances (creating interesting characters), Read more about Drive – Blu-ray Review[…]