View Post

‘The Apartment’: A Poignant Commentary on Virtuous Romance

In Classic Film Throwback Series, Featured, Reviews, Sam Hendrian by Sam HendrianLeave a Comment

This article is part of our Classic Film Throwback series – By Sam Hendrian – “Some people take, some people get took. And they know they’re getting took and there’s nothing they can do about it.” These piercing words said by Fran Kubelik to C.C. “Bud” Baxter in 1960’s The Apartment summarize the film’s rather bleak outlook on the modern business …

View Post

‘Fantastic Beasts’ and the Inconsistent Canon of the Wizarding World

In Featured, Movie Reviews, Reviews, Tyler Carlos by Impact AdminLeave a Comment

– By Tyler Carlos – Spoilers Below for both Fantastic Beasts movies and the Harry Potter series The Wizarding World just got a little bit bigger. After 2 years of waiting, the second installment of JK Rowling’s newest expansion of the Wizarding World has finally hit the big screen. Released on November 16, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald continues …

View Post

Disney Overload Distracts from Recycled Wonder in ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’

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

(2018—Director: Phil Johnston & Rich Moore) — by Renard N. Bansale — Low ★★★½ (out of 5 stars)  “There’s no law saying best friends have to have the same dreams.” — Shank (Gal Gadot) to Vanellope Von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman) “What would Ralph say / If it turns out I stay / In this place called Slaughter Race?” — Vanellope …

View Post

‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs’ – A Timely Exploration of Human Dignity and the Futility of Violence

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

 –By Sam Hendrian– This article contains Spoilers “We all have it coming, kid.” These legendary words from Clint Eastwood’s classic film Unforgiven also form the thematic core of The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, a feature-length anthology of Western short films from directors Joel and Ethan Coen. Recently released to Netflix, it masterfully employs both dark humor and haunting imagery to …

View Post

A Narrative Fog Weighs Down a Franchise Baby Step With ‘The Crimes of Grindelwald’

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

(2018—Director: David Yates) — by Renard N. Bansale — ★★½ (out of 5 stars)  “You’re too good, Newt. You never met a monster you couldn’t love.” — Leta Lestrange (Zoë Kravitz) to Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) Potential spoilers below When pinpointing a defining pop culture staple for many kids born between the mid-1980s and the dawn of the new millennium, …

View Post

Rosamund Pike Fearlessly Clings to the Battlefield in ‘A Private War’

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

(2018—Director: Matthew Heineman) — by Renard N. Bansale — ★★★½ (out of 5 stars)  “I hate being in a warzone, but I also feel compelled…compelled to see it for myself.” … “Because you’re addicted to it.” — Marie Colvin (Rosamund Pike) and Paul Conroy (Jamie Dornan) “Of all the women in the world, I love spending time with you most. …

View Post

Struggling Outcasts Turn to Sophisticated Crime in ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me’

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

(2018—Director: Marielle Heller) — by Renard N. Bansale — ★★★½ (out of 5 stars)  “I’ll have you know, I’m a better Dorothy Parker than Dorothy Parker!” — Lee Israel (Melissa McCarthy) to Jack Hock (Richard E. Grant) Potential spoilers below Money—or, more specifically, the lack of it—tends to twist the lives of many. It is common to observe this phenomenon …

View Post

An Uncommon Veteran: What Mr. Rogers Teaches Us About Winning the War Against Worrying

In Culture, Featured, Movie Reviews, Reviews, Sam Hendrian by Sam HendrianLeave a Comment

–By Sam Hendrian– It’s you I like/It’s not the things you wear/It’s not the way you do your hair/But it’s you I like. These simple yet profound song lyrics help summarize the heroic mission of Fred Rogers, the legendary children’s television host who is profiled in the acclaimed 2018 documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor? A quiet man with a …

View Post

‘Mid90s’: Teen Spirit Thrives in Jonah Hill’s Directorial Debut

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

(2018—Director: Jonah Hill) — by Renard N. Bansale — ★★★½ (out of 5 stars)  “You literally take the hardest hits out of anybody I’ve ever seen in my life. You know you don’t have to do that, right?” — Ray (Na-kel Smith) to Stevie (Sunny Suljic) Potential spoilers below A common adage heard in every writing class is “Write what …

View Post

On ‘Big’ and Preserving Our Inner Child

In Classic Film Throwback Series, Featured, Reviews, Sam Hendrian by Sam HendrianLeave a Comment

This article is part of our Classic Film Throwback series – By Sam Hendrian – Human beings seem born with an innate dissatisfaction about the age that they are. Kids wish they were adults so that they can do adult things, and adults wish they were kids so that they can be free of mature responsibilities. This dissatisfaction is hilariously explored …