What could have paid tribute to the Hitchcock classic, Rear Window, is instead messy, disjointed, a little dull, and ultimately a letdown to the voyeur-genre film.

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For as anticipated a release as this was, pushed back several times due to the pandemic, The Woman in the Window was pretty underwhelming and ineffective. If you’re looking for a Friday night popcorn movie, it’s not a waste of time, but because there are significant departures from its source material (the novel by A.J. Finn aka Dan Mallory), it really doesn’t work as well as a film. …


When one person’s existence jeopardizes the lives of all on-board, issues of ethics take the wheel in Joe Penna’s stunning sophomoric feat.

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For a film about space that never explicitly explains the goal of the mission, there was hardly a moment I wasn’t engaged with the action, or lack thereof, on screen. It was quickly evident that this film was not about the mission (something about algae samples?) or even space, really. It was about people, dire situations, and difficult choices.

Stowaway, directed by Joe Penna, felt very much like a play, in that it takes place in…


It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…

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There are always a handful of films nominated for Oscars that I just don’t get around to seeing before the awards are handed out. Of those this year, was Another Round. This was one from the International Feature category, from Denmark, which I’d heard about pre-nomination due to the great Mads Mikkelson, who is truly someone I will watch in anything. This film was a hard sit at times due to its subject matter, and I’m still endlessly confused that it's been categorized as a comedy/drama…


How do our expectations of reality translate to rape-revenge stories in film?

Warning: Spoilers + Trigger Warning (sexual assault)

The trailer for Promising Young Woman is misleading. If, like me, you were expecting a movie about a woman who targets scummy men at nightclubs by posing as helplessly drunk, goes home with them, and then murders them for their transgressions, you’d be wrong. That is, however, what it implies, and so when I didn’t see that play out in the opening scene, I was a little confused about where we were headed. …


A Korean family moves to the Ozarks to build their dream and steal our hearts.

As Oscar season approaches, I always find myself trying to catch up with nominated titles I may have missed or haven’t yet had a chance to see. Minari was the latter of these two. I’d heard about it long before I was actually able to stream it anywhere, and when critics began singing its praises, I was pretty sure my suspicions about it were right. …


When nomadic wanderlust becomes a way of life, what does it mean to maintain one’s independence?

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After hearing widespread acclaim from critics on the various film podcasts I listen to, and being careful to avoid any in-depth discussions, spoilers, or reviews, I was curiously anticipating the wide release of Chloé Zhao’s Nomadland. Hulu released it late last month, and I was quick to pull the trigger, settling in for what, I didn’t quite know. What I came away with was something understated, moving, and quietly beautiful. I didn’t expect to connect with this film the way I did…


The Midnight Library by Matt Haig shows us that while ‘the perfect life’ might not exist, it may still be worth living.

Over the late summer, I listened to delightful little audiobook by Matt Haig called The Midnight Library. It was buoyant, witty, and full of whimsy, which I found rather impressive for a novel whose protagonist’s primary concern is ending her life. Normally I prefer to read physical books given the choice, but I’m a big fan of audiobooks for long car rides or when I’m out for a walk with my dog. If read by an engaging narrator…


“In & Of Itself” Explores the Impact of Identity, Perception, and Magic

For this month’s last post on the theme of love, I wanted to discuss and recommend the film, In & Of Itself, on Hulu. It’s described as “an intimate and powerful exploration of what it means to be and be seen,” which I would argue is at the core of love, in this case, self-love. Derek DelGaudio, the creator of this unique one-man show, seeks to find an answer to the question, “Who am I?” and manages to do so through a series of vignettes in which he recounts portions of his own life interspersed with segments of audience participation.


I have two recommendations for you this week, both fitting into this month’s love theme, and I could not be more stoked to talk about them. It seems that lately, I’ve really been digging on Steve McQueen. And just to clarify, I’m talking about the black, British director, not to be confused with the white American actor of the same name. …


Keeping with the theme of love this month, I bring you, Malcolm & Marie. This volatile drama shot beautifully in black and white by director, Sam Levinson, stars Zendaya as Marie and John David Washington, as her partner, Malcolm. It would be a stretch to say that I’m recommending this film because I’m pretty mixed on it at the moment. Beyond that, there were more than a few things that I didn’t quite think worked, but what I will say is that it was an experience I won’t soon forget. Dialog heavy, full of firey social commentary and gender politics…

Jamie Garcia

Just another movie-obsessed writer with a lot of opinions.

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