The Tiger: The Danger of Obsession

The Tiger is a film set in 1925 Korea while it is under Japanese occupation. The Government official in charge of this particular area orders that the last remaining tiger is killed. The film uses tigers as a representation of the degeneration of humanity, and the corruption and greed that follows its absence. Simply put:Continue reading “The Tiger: The Danger of Obsession”

Keeping a Cat’s Eye on the Film Industry

Cats have always been an intriguing presence in films around the world. They often accompany elements of mystery, morbid curiosity, and death. Cats can be great mediums for darkness as we as a species have spent little time in their presence, and aren’t fully domesticated, unlike dogs. Films like Cat People, Leopard Man, The Voices,Continue reading “Keeping a Cat’s Eye on the Film Industry”

A Monster Calls: Chaos in Acceptance

A Monster Calls is a 2016 film about a boy named Connor, who’s mother is slowly dying of cancer. To cope with this tragedy, he imagines a monster made from a tree who tells him three stories. Each of these stories teaches him about the uncertainty and unpredictability of life and teaches him how toContinue reading “A Monster Calls: Chaos in Acceptance”

The Grey: Optimizing Opportunity

The Grey is a 2011 film about a group of plane crash survivors that soon find themselves as stalking victims of a group of ravenous, aggressive wolves. On the surface, it looks nothing more than a typical Liam Neeson movie. On my revisited viewing of this film, I absolutely fell in love with this film.Continue reading “The Grey: Optimizing Opportunity”

Planet of the Apes: Lesson in Character Development – War

War for the Planet of the Apes is the third and final film in the Planet of the Apes reboot trilogy, released in 2017. After Koba forced apes into a war with humans, Caesar is forced to lead his tribe against a fight he didn’t start, because he has to protect his kind, and noContinue reading “Planet of the Apes: Lesson in Character Development – War”

Planet of the Apes: Lesson in Character Development – Dawn

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is the second installment in the Planet of the Apes trilogy. Picking up in the future after the events of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, we see the aftermath of the simian flu. The same drug that increased ape intelligence was incredibly lethal for humans. TheContinue reading “Planet of the Apes: Lesson in Character Development – Dawn”

Planet of the Apes: Lesson in Character Development – Rise

The Planet of the Apes trilogy started with Rise of the Planet of the Apes in 2011 and ended with War for the Planet of the Apes in 2017. It starts with the human race testing a drug on apes that can supposedly cure Alzheimer’s disease, going horribly wrong when humans start to kill overContinue reading “Planet of the Apes: Lesson in Character Development – Rise”

Life of Pi: The Gift of Nothingness

Life of Pi is a 2012 movie about a young Indian boy stranded in a boat at sea with none only than a Bengal Tiger as his companion on his journey. The film tackles several different philosophical ideas, but they are all interwoven to the film’s one core message: How to love yourself just asContinue reading “Life of Pi: The Gift of Nothingness”

Candyman: The Fear of the Unknown

Candyman is a 1992 gothic-horror film set in the crowded streets of Chicago. The film is about an urban “legend” named Candyman who blurs the line between myth and reality when he starts stalking our main character Hellen, and people all around her start to die in a brutal and gruesome fashion. As the filmContinue reading “Candyman: The Fear of the Unknown”

The Dark Valley: The Gift of Free Will

The Dark Valley is a 2014 Western set in the unforgiving terrain of the Alps, specifically in Austria. Unlike other westerns that are dripping with action and tall men with sandpaper for vocal chords, this one is vastly different. So what makes this film so special? The Dark Valley features Sam Riley as Greider, aContinue reading “The Dark Valley: The Gift of Free Will”