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To Defend or Not to Defend The Matrix Sequels?

One of the more divisive, underwhelming followups to a landmark Hollywood trendsetter was the 2003 two-part sequel to the original Matrix (1999). The first Matrix remains one of the defining science-fiction action films of new millennium cinema, holding up to this day as a thinking-man’s high-concept, big-budget genre film, and arguably the most original mainstream … Continue reading

‘Solo’ (2018): Review

Directed by: Ron Howard || Produced by: Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur, Simon Emanuel Screenplay by: Jonathan Kasdan, Lawrence Kasdan || Starring: Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Joonas Suotamo, Paul Bettany Music by: John Powell, John Williams || Cinematography: Bradford Young || Edited by: Pietro Scalia || Country: United … Continue reading

10 Film Genres, Ranked by Cinematic Merit

What is cinematic merit? I am searching for a word or phrase that indicates how readily something is to be cinematic. Perhaps a more precise term would be “cinematic inclination,” or the likelihood of an entity possessing attributes of or carrying out actions that are cinematic. The term, cinematic, itself means “relating to” or “having … Continue reading

The Great American Stereotypes

Given how my occasional tangents into politics are often dark and brooding, I’m going to discuss something more positive and upbeat today, all while still taking underhanded jabs at people I don’t know and offending most viewers. I like to find the middle-ground in my writing. Then again, today’s topic isn’t so much “political” as … Continue reading