I recently saw Logan twice within a twenty-four hour period. The first time I saw it, I was unfortunate enough to be in the same theater as a family with no real film-manners to speak of. For the entirety of the picture’s run time, they made all manner of noise. The children whined (as a side […]

The Magnificent Seven

Famed Japanese director Akira Kurosawa’s 1954 masterpiece Seven Samurai was a landmark film for a wide variety of reasons. Perhaps its most notable legacy was that its plot of humble villagers hiring a small team of elite warriors to defend their town against a horde of bandits has proven to be both very appealing and easily adaptable to other settings. And […]

The Revenant

I must confess that, prior to seeing trailers for acclaimed director Alejandro Iñárritu’s* The Revenant, I’m fairly sure that I had never seen the word “revenant” before in my life. According to the poster above, “revenant” refers to someone who has come back from the dead. And, well, obscurity of the title aside, it’s actually fairly fitting given what this […]

The Hateful Eight

While watching The Hateful Eight–advertised as the eighth film by Quentin Tarantino for added symbolism–it occurred to me that, while no one else makes films quite like Tarantino, the man himself has become somewhat predictable. This movie contains many of the attributes I’ve come to expect from Tarantino’s work: dividing the picture into chapters; lengthy (and somewhat bloated) […]