35 years ago, director Ridley Scott released Blade Runner, a philosophical sci-fi noir story about humans and replicants. In its initial release, the film was met with a mixed reception, though now, it is looked at as one of the greatest films of all time. When they announced the sequel, Blade Runner 2049, I was […]Read more "Movie Review: Blade Runner 2049 by Brian Wallinger"
Making its North American debut at the Toronto International Film Festival recently, first-time director Nic Gorman sets out to explore how isolationism affects the human condition when an ecological disaster strikes a husband-wife research team in Human Traces. The remote island of Perseverance is home to the husband-wife scientific research team of Glenn (Mark Mitchinson) […]Read more "“Human Traces” Movie Review by Brian Wallinger"
We all struggle to find our own place in the world. Life gets interesting as we discover ourselves and we form relationships with others. It gets more complicated when we struggle with our sexual identity. It’s not something most of us think about, let alone question. The beautiful thing about humanity is that we are […]Read more "Score one for Team Equality with ‘F(l)ag Football’ Doc"
As a child, my older brother would get Lego kits. He would build them as I played with my Duplo sets and as we got older, his Lego sets became disjointed; pieces everywhere, allowing our imagination to soar as we created anything out of the pieces. The latest 3D Lego animated film, The Lego Ninjago […]Read more "Fun ‘The Lego Ninjago Movie’ suffers from flat characters"
As the events of David Gordon Green’s Stronger unfolded, I was reminded of my own life. We all struggle everyday of our lives, but no greater test of courage exists then what befalls us when tragedy strikes. For Jeff Bauman, a native of Chelmsford, Massachusetts, tragedy struck on April 15, 2013 as he waited for his ex […]Read more "Gyllenhaal gives Oscar-worthy performance in inspired ‘Stronger’"
History is replete with the spoils of cinematic spies; resources and gadgets are ready at an instant; beautiful locales, venomous villains and gorgeous ladies on tap. James Bond was fashionable, Steve Rogers was symbolic, Austin Powers was hip, Derek Flint was cool, Ethan Hunt is grace under pressure. And then there was Eggsy Unwin, the […]Read more "There’s nothing Golden about ‘Kingsman’ sequel"
The studio, A24 has produced some amazing films over the years. Their latest offering, the Safdie brothers’ crime-drama Good Time is no exception. A tale of one man’s desperation and his ultimate downward spiral is the central thesis for this flawed, yet effective product. Connie Nikas (Robert Pattinson) executes a poorly planned bank heist and […]Read more "‘Good Time’ Review by Brian Wallinger"