Category Archives: Review

Outlaw King Reeks of Netflix

As Netflix tries to climb its way into the world of film legitimacy through theatrically-released Netflix originals, fans rush to defend the quality of the company’s works as on-par with other production companies. While Netflix has produced a handful of great shows and movies, like any new production company, they have a hefty number of unwatchable disappointments, and still have to prove themselves to go toe to toe with their larger competitors. In releasing David Mackenzie’s Outlaw King (2018), though this film is more watchable than most Netflix originals, the experience isn’t worth getting off the couch and buying a ticket at the theater.

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Suspiria Remake Gives New Twists to a Cult Classic

The members of Markos Dance Academy perform

Whenever a remake of a classic film is announced, fans have reason to be skeptical. Though there’s been great remakes in the past, it’s hard to trust a film one loves in the hands of someone new. Having previously reviewed Dario Argento’s Suspiria (1977), I can say that though Luca Guadagnino’s Suspiria (2018) literally drains the color that made Argento’s original film iconic, this remake provides an interesting and different experience from its source material which is produced well enough to warrant intrigue.

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Blumhouse’s Halloween: Best Sequel Still Misfires

The return of The Shape, Michael Myers

When it was announced we’d receive a new entry in the Halloween franchise on behalf of Blumhouse Productions, I was highly skeptical. While many were excited, knowing that Blumhouse is responsible for the phenomenal films Split (2016) and Get Out (2017), I was too aware they were equally responsible for movies of pitiful quality such as Sinister (2012), Unfriended (2015), and Truth or Dare (2018). Being a massive fan of John Carpenter’s Halloween (1978), I entered the screening of the latest Halloween film with low expectations. Leaving the theater, I was both impressed by the quality of the latest in a long line of sequels, and equally feeling the sting of knowing how close Blumhouse’s Halloween (2018) came to matching if not surpassing the quality of the original film.

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Kanopy Classic Reviews: Bicycle Thieves

Vintage 1948 still from Bicycle Thieves from the the Miami Beach Cinematheque Archive.

Part of a series reviewing films on the Kanopy streaming service, available to all FIU students, faculty, and staff.

As we close in on the 70thanniversary of the release of Vittorio De Seca’s Academy-Award winning film Bicycle Thieves (Ladri de Biciclette),a newly digitally restored version of the Italian Neorealist film will make its Miami premier at the Miami Beach Cinematheque this Thursday, October 18th,  at 7:00 p.m., as part of the World Cinema theme of their Interactive Archives Project. This simply constructed classic, widely regarded as one of the greatest films of all time, follows Antonio Ricci (Lamberto Maggiorani), a poverty-stricken man who’s desperate for a job that will enable him to support his inquisitive son Bruno (Enzo Staiola), wife Maria (Lianella Carell), and their newborn child.

After two years of unemployment, Antonio is finally offered a job plastering movie posters around Rome, but the gig requires him to have a bike, which he can’t afford. Out of desperation, him and his wife begrudgingly pawn off their linen bed sheets in exchange for a bicycle. But, in a heart-wrenching sequence, the bike is stolen on his very first day of work.

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David Fincher’s Zodiac Still Thrills

In the spirit of Halloween, our film club, Film Initiative Underground, and the English Honor Society, Sigma Tau Delta, are teaming up to bring a free screening of David Fincher’s heart pumping crime-thriller, Zodiac (2007), to FIU’s MMC Campus. Based on the real-life murders of the Zodiac Killer, Zodiac is a brilliant and meticulously assembled story about obsession, and features great performances by a talented cast.

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A Night At Bohemian Rhapsody

(left to right): Gwylim Lee, Joseph Mazzello, and Rami Malek attending the early screening of Bohemian Rhapsody at the Cosford Cinema

Thanks to the crew at the Bill Cosford Cinema, I was able to watch the first Miami screening of Brian Singer’s Freddie Mercury biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) a month before release, with a huge, enthusiastic crowd. We were additionally treated to a brief word introducing the film from stars Rami Malek, Gwilym Lee, and Joseph Mazello, who championed Queen as the band who makes outcasts feel at home. As for the film itself, Bohemian Rhapsody tells the story of Queen and their front man, Freddie Mercury, with great accuracy, delivering moving performances and the energy fitting of a performer like Freddie.

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