If Act One of the Five Act Structure is essentially the exposition, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” nails it. This brings us to Act Two, or, “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald”. Often referred to as the “Rising Action”, Act Two is where the stakes are raised. With the audience now thoroughly immersed in this period of history within the Wizarding World, the plot begins to build up some momentum.Read More
Directed by Paul Greengrass (“Captain Phillips”, “United 93”), “22 July” recounts the 2011 terror attacks in Norway which left 77 dead, hundreds injured, and an entire nation devastated.
I have watched it half a dozen times.
Let’s get this straight: this film is by no means easy to watch. It is heartbreaking, to say the least, and will undoubtedly anger a number of viewers given the true story subject matter and the current political climate of the world. But that’s exactly why you should watch it.Read More
I was slightly aback was a question asked by a friend of mine asked me over the phone: “Did you like ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ because it was a good movie, or did you like it because you’re Asian?” Wait. What?
What does being Asian have to do with whether I enjoyed watching the film?Read More
To say I was excited about “Crazy Rich Asians” would be putting it mildly. For evidence, see my Twitter feed. However, it is in instances such as these when great anticipation risks being met with greater dissatisfaction. Especially when you consider enough time has passed for an entire generation to be born and raised for an entirely Asian cast after "Joy Luck Club" in 1993. Talk about pressure. But after catching an early screening this week, I am happy to say that this is not one of those times.Read More
Marvel and Disney have invested more money into this ambitious endeavor than most of us will ever see in our lifetimes but it is the investment executives and creatives have made in the stories themselves and therefore in their audience that has made the MCU the tremendous success that it is today. If you have not seen Infinity War or do not care to read about my theory for fear of potential spoilers for both part one and part two, I will not be offended if you decide to read no further than this paragraph. For the rest of you, if it turns out that I am right, you were warned.Read More
What drew me to "A Quiet Place" was the movie’s premise which couldn’t be any simpler than its logline: A family is forced to live in silence while hiding from creatures that hunt by sound. Now, I can understand limiting verbal communication and the use sign language instead, but day to day life is not easy to do in silence. If you’ve ever tried to be quiet at home while others are sleeping, you know exactly what I mean. Suddenly attempting to be courteous turns into a huge mission because for some reason or another, everything you do is somehow louder than usual. Mix in the idea of monsters with an acute sense of hearing, I’m curious how that could be a feasible existence. On top of that, I did see some of the press for the film including an article by the Hollywood Reporter talking about the filmmakers’ push for a deaf actress to play the teenage daughter, Reagan (Millicent Simmonds) and an interview with Emily Blunt on The Late Late Show with James Corden where she confesses she asked her husband, writer/director/actor John Krasinski, to fire her friend from the lead female role because of how much she loved the script. She’s excited, I’m excited. Sold. Going.Read More