I am a screenwriter and film critic, looking to utilize horror film elements to explore the tortured nature of the human psyche
Spider-man 3 (2007)
I got to see this movie in theatres. I remember being overjoyed to see Venom on the big screen and watch Spider-man fight crime in the Black Suit. Even though I had started my journey into film only a year or so previously, when the movie was finished, I knew that there was something off about it. I hated it. So much so that I haven’t actually seen it in about five years or so. Rewatching it, I’m astounded to learn that, not only are there some amazing moments in the film, but overall, it’s not nearly as bad as I remember.
Spider-man 2 (2004)
Despite Into the Spider-verse now taking the place of “Best Spider-man Film,” I still LOVE this movie. Even as a child, I preferred this one over the first one and much more than Spider-man 3. At the time, it was just because I loved Alfred Molina as Doc Ock and the entirety of his character (especially the mechanical arms). Now that I’m older and more cinematically experienced, I have a deeper appreciation for this movie than I did before.
Is this movie lame? Yep. Does that diminish how awesome it is? Not a chance. Spider-man was one of my childhood heroes. In fact, he was one of the only characters I idolized who was actually a hero. With the trailer for No Way Home having finally come out, I decided it was time to explore these childhood favourites and see how well they held up.
The Amazing Spider-man (2012)
After the success of Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight, both audiences and filmmakers were suddenly aware of how popular a serious superhero movie could be. The main takeaway seemed to be muted colours, angst, and gritty storylines would equal more serious, and thus more money. However, that same year, the MCU began with the widely popular Iron Man, which was bright, colourful, and funny, but still dealt with some harsh ideas, such as PTSD, survivor’s guilt, and corporate corruption. Though this would be the main way in which the DCEU and the MCU would differentiate from each other, The Dark Knight did open the door for darker and more adult comic-book movies such as Kick-Ass and Super. So, when Sony was looking to reboot the Spider-man franchise after the dismal reviews for Spider-man 3, they decided to try something a little grittier and more realistic, resulting in The Amazing Spider-man.
The Tomorrow War (2021)
The cinematography and lighting in this film are par for the course as far as Sci-Fi movies go. There weren’t any shots that I thought stood out, but there weren’t any that were poorly framed. You can see all the characters in their environments, and there is an interesting palette change between the present and the future. The future is more saturated, carrying shades of orange and red, likely reflecting the dystopian and fire nature of the setting. The present is desaturated, coloured with shades of gray and blue. After the climax has concluded the present starts having warmer hues and brighter colours, likely referring to the future now seeming brighter.
Secret Window (2004)
This film was one of my high-school favourites, having seen it for the first time in early 2006. I love Johnny Depp, I love mystery about killers, and I think (even though I hadn’t quite realized it yet) I also found the lead character very relatable because he was a writer and I was a writer. Unfortunately, I haven’t seen this movie for close to a decade. While delving more into the film world and becoming a screenwriter and film critic, I heard a few other critics say that they don’t like this movie, particularly the ending, which I found odd considering I had read the novella and preferred the film’s ending to it. Having been so in love with it since High School, but having come so far as an artist since then, I wanted to re-visit this film and see if it held up since the time I had last seen it.
The Artist (2012)
For years, I’ve been making references to the majestic quality of this homage to the films of yore. I’ve often thought that it was as perfect a movie as could be made and even consider it one of my favourite films of all time. Technically, even though it was a project for my Film Studies class, it was the first movie that I ever reviewed from a critical perspective. This movie means so much to me that I consider it odd that I haven’t watched the film in about seven years or so. Since I’ve grown as a screenwriter, critic, and filmmaker since then, I figured it was time to revisit this film and see if I still enjoyed it now as much as I did then.
South Park: Bigger, Longer, & Uncut
The series has grown into one of the greatest critical satires and parodies of all aspects of modern life: from political to socio-political issues, as well as media and technology, usually using offensive humour and common sense to get their point across. Their first (and only) theatrically released feature film, South Park: Insert Phallic Joke Here, does all of this wonderfully while parodying and satirizing many things, including Return of the Jedi, Les Miserables, ER (including a cameo from George Clooney),Windows 98, War, USO shows, just to name a few things.