Film Review: The Immigrant

The Immigrant

The Immigrant written and directed by James Gray (Keep Your Head, Kingsgate Films, Worldview Entertainment, R, 120 min) Starring Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix, and Jeremy Renner. The American Dream What’s your American Dream? A big house? Five cars? Do you have a plan to get there? For many Millennials, the American Dream is more of an American Expectation. The grand ideals of success represent life as it should be, and every day without achievement feels like failure. But isn’t the American Dream about hope? Unparalleled success by definition can’t be for everyone. Were it received by all, it would no longer be unparalleled. What if the American Dream operates as the carrot dangling in front of the rabbit? Hard work… Read More →

Film Review: Her

Her by Spike Jonze

Her written and directed by Spike Jonze (Annapurna Pictures, Warner Bros., R, 126 min) Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Scarlett Johansson, Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, and Olivia Wilde. Newspaper Trains There’s a photo that’s been making the social media rounds. It shows a black-and-white image of a commuter train with passengers reading newspapers. The inference of the image being: times haven’t changed human nature much. The only difference between then and now is the medium of information. Now our eyes are glued to the iPhone. This image struck me because it made me think deeper about the relationship between technology and human interaction. No matter what innovations occur, we all have the same desire and anger, the same hopes and fears. If… Read More →

Film Review: The Master

The Master written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson (The Weinstein Company, Ghoulardi Film Company, Annapurna Pictures, R, 144 minutes) Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Amy Adams. The Boat and Its Prop Wash Praise be to a boat. Its ability to move from point A to point B. Its revolutionary ability to float despite comprised of non-floating materials. Praise be to the captain. A sailor with capable hands. A firm direction. A destination and a plan to get there. But what about the water? It has no say in the matter. In fact, one might even consider it an obstacle. Without it, there’d be no need to develop a boat. Water is the passive substance gliding beneath the… Read More →