“Macbeth” retold as an insubstantial war film

As someone who’s always been a Shakespeare enthusiast, I was excited to see a new telling of “Macbeth” and had been following the making of this film for some time. I would like to clarify that while I am an enthusiast, I am in no way a purist. The idea of modern storytellers bringing Shakespeare’s works to a modern audience always excites me and if they can re-interpret the stories in such a way that encourages new interest, that’s even better.

“Spotlight” review: The Work of Journalism is at the Centre of Tom McCarthy’s Moving & Necessary Film

Access is a recurring theme in modern journalism discourse—direct access to source, access to content and access to the abilities to churn out journalistic content at an alarming rate—where it is no longer a matter of if but when we reach peak content. The argument against this mass of mass media follows the thinking that the ease of access—the ease in which we can consume and create journalistic content—means the work of journalism is easier than before and it’s output is more lightweight.

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Review: The full J.J. Abrams experience

A galaxy far, far away still has plenty of cinematic thrills to deliver if the audience expectation and early reactions to the new Star Wars film have been any indication. Directed by J.J. Abrams and written by Abrams with the help of “The Empire Strikes Back” writer Lawrence Kasdan and Michael Arndt, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is an attempt to put greater distance between the George Lucas prequels and realign the franchise with the original trilogy—films that are now contained within their own cinematic mythology.

“Creed” Review: A cinematic marvel, Ryan Coogler’s greatest wonder with “Creed” is the black lives he puts on screen

Ryan Coogler’s “Creed” is a rhapsodic exploration of life imbued with the filmmaker’s own social conscience and intelligence. His previous film, “Fruitvale Station”, was a commanding work, both angry and vital without ever being truly inventive. Building on the confident storytelling in that film, Coogler has taken his muse, Michael B. Jordan, and created a work that is completely attuned to the time of its making—a film infused with social awareness and understanding of the need for a diverse representation of American lives.

Random screens in the final episode of “The Knick”

Screenshots taken after randomly clicking along the timeline in chronological order. The final episode of season 02 of the “The Knick” finds Thackery requiring intestinal resection, a procedure he eventually sees fit to perform himself to a horrified gallery. Cornelia finds out that she didn’t know her brother as well she thought. Barrow makes use of his new privileges as a member of the Metropolitan Club. And Cleary and former-nun Harriett continue their burgeoning business partnership into their personal life.

A few words on Rodney Ascher’s “The Nightmare”, a risible piece of documentary filmmaking

Rodney Ascher’s infamous “Room 237” explored the possible hidden meanings within Stanley Kubrick’s treatment of “The Shining”. While each theory examined in the film became crazier and crazier, there was at least a commitment to analyse the ideas via extended footage from the film. Although never pushing back against the testimony, its documentation of its subjects was worthy of a documentary. With “The Nightmare”, Rodney Ascher interviews eight sufferers of sleep paralysis.