Lady Bird: Indie Gem or Not?

Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird is your run-of-the-mill coming of age story disguised as an indie darling. Saoirse Ronan plays Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson, a senior in high school who is desperate to get out of her hometown in Sacramento. Gerwig was also raised in Sacramento and while Lady Bird is not autobiographical, the personal subject seems a good fit for the actress’s first solo-directed film. Lady Bird joins the drama club at her catholic school as a means of finding a place where she fits, she struggles with love, but her biggest issue is the turbulent relationship she shares with her mother. All of this is familiar coming-of age territory and unfortunately, Lady Bird doesn’t do much to set itself apart.

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Amazon’s The Report: A Dark Chapter of History Following 9/11

The Report is an American docu-drama that follows Senate Staffer Daniel J. Jones (Adam Driver) and his small team as they investigate the CIA’s use of “enhanced interrogation techniques” (EIT) on detainees after the 9/11 attacks and the struggles and hurdles to get their findings released. As the title suggests, Director Scott Z. Burns based the film on 500-page summary of the Senate’s classified report on the use of torture in the “War on Terror.” Focusing on the actual report not only allows the film to reflect it’s opposing views, but also the nature that sometimes truth is what you decide it to be – a central theme throughout the film.

Unlike other reviews that cover how truthful the film is to the actual events, the main focus of this review will be on the film itself.

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Oldboy: The Daredevil of Vengeance

Fans of Daredevil may find that Oldboy is just as stylish, although far more intense. More realistic and unforgiving in his storytelling, director Park Chan-wook delivers a graphic hard-hitting action-thriller.

The second installment in The Vengeance Trilogy, Oldboy primarily focuses on revenge, with elements of romance. Park occasionally presents moments of black humor, although these moments lessen as the film fully embraces its serious tone. Combined with neo-noir style cinematography and thrilling fight scenes, Oldboy becomes a daunting tale of vengeance and atonement. Continue reading Oldboy: The Daredevil of Vengeance