View Post

Brooding, PTSD-Fueled Brutality in ‘You Were Never Really Here’

In Featured, Movie Reviews, Renard Bansale, Reviews by Impact AdminLeave a Comment

(2018—Director: Lynne Ramsay) — by Renard N. Bansale — High ★★★★ (out of 5 stars)  “McCleary said you were brutal.” (beat) “I can be.” — Sen. Albert Votto (Alex Manette) and Joe (Joaquin Phoenix) Potential spoilers below In the opening for my review for The Beguiled last summer, I described writer-director Sofia Coppola as one …

View Post

10 Foreign Animation Studios That Want To Compete With Disney-Pixar

In Featured, Industry Insights, Katherine Sanderson by Amanda ValdovinosLeave a Comment

– By Katherine Sanderson – Since the 1990s, major animation companies like Disney have been outsourcing (meaning they have the animation done by other smaller companies) portions of their films and tv series, and in recent years, the entirety of their projects, to foreign animation companies. But as with the entire global film industry, that is …

View Post

Why Do Movie Trailers Spoil So Much?

In Featured, Industry Insights, Tyler Carlos by Amanda ValdovinosLeave a Comment

– By Tyler Carlos – (Spoilers Below) Living in today’s culture, people are constantly bombarded with advertisements for the latest trends, gadgets, and experiences available. With the non-stop onslaught of advertisements, it seems like one group will always get the short end of the stick – moviegoers. In order to leave an impression, trailers have …

View Post

‘A Quiet Place’ and Making Hollywood Accessible to the Blind + Deaf

In Featured, Industry Insights, Katherine Sanderson by Amanda ValdovinosLeave a Comment

– By Katherine Sanderson – John Krasinski’s directorial debut, the horror film A Quiet Place, premiered over a week ago, and since its release, has been at the top of the box office. While many audiences are drawn in by the real-life husband and wife team of John Krasinski and Emily Blunt in the film, the standout …

View Post

Convoluted and Unengaging Stakes Inhabit a Watered-Down Middle Eastern Hive in ‘Beirut’

In Featured, Movie Reviews, Renard Bansale, Reviews by Impact AdminLeave a Comment

(2018—Director: Brad Anderson) — by Renard N. Bansale — Low ★★1/2 (out of 5 stars)  “Right now, we’re not ruling out anyone. Everything’s in play.” “What is it you want me to do?” “You’re an experienced negotiator. Negotiate.” — Gary Ruzak (Shea Whigham) and Mason Skiles (Jon Hamm)  Potential spoilers below One would think, in …

View Post

Just Another Day in Paradise: ‘The Good Place’ Review

In Carly Twehous, Featured, Reviews, TV Reviews by Impact AdminLeave a Comment

– By Carly Twehous – Some spoilers below Welcome! Everything is fine! This is the Good Place: A generalized, metaphysical “paradise” run exclusively on the arbitrary negative and positive energy put out into the universe. (Very Woodstock, I know.) Every action you do has a pre-assigned negative or positive value to it and your ultimate …

View Post

A Fortunate Review for an Unfortunate Show

In Featured, TV Reviews, Tyler Carlos by Amanda ValdovinosLeave a Comment

Review of ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’, Season 2 – By Tyler Carlos – Spoilers Below Last year, Netflix blessed humanity with a live action series adaptation of the popular children’s books “A Series of Unfortunate Events” by Lemony Snicket. This gloomy story follows the highly intelligent Baudelaire children and the unfortunate events following the …

View Post

On ‘A Quiet Place’ and What It Truly Means to Be Pro-Life

In Featured, Reviews, Sam Hendrian by Samuel HendrianLeave a Comment

–By Sam Hendrian– Spoilers Below The label “pro-life” is thrown around constantly in America’s ongoing abortion debate. Many people interpret this label to mean pro the life of an unborn child and any life that society deems unworthy of the utmost protection. While this interpretation is not wrong, it is incomplete. After all, the word …

View Post

Succumbing to a Family Legacy’s Shadow in ‘Chappaquiddick’

In Featured, Movie Reviews, Renard Bansale, Reviews by Impact AdminLeave a Comment

(2018—Director: John Curran) — by Renard N. Bansale — High ★★★1/2 (out of 5 stars)  “President Kennedy cast a very long shadow, and he still does. I’m walking in it every day.” “What’s it like walking in that shadow?” — Sen. Edward “Ted” Kennedy (Jason Clarke) and ABC Reporter (Gary Tanguay), Interview recorded July 17, …