The Young Victoria, a 2008 film directed by Jean-Marc Valle and starring Emily Blunt, Rupert Friend, and Paul Bettany, tells the story of Victoria’s ascent to the throne. The movie gives a brief depiction of Victoria’s early life and her hatred of the Kensington system, a strict set of rules placed on her by her mother and her mother’s advisor, Sir John Conroy, but the movie primarily focuses on the events that take place between 1836 and 1840, chronicling Victoria’s rise to the throne, early re
Denzel Washington plays captain William Whitaker, an airline pilot with an addiction problem. Did his addiction get in the way of him doing his job? How irresponsible was his behavior and does he see it himself?
Ryan Goslin plays an inner-city high school teacher with a drug problem. The story evolves when one of his students discovers his addiction and they form a friendship.
Another attempt at converting Erich Maria Remarque classic war novel to cinema. Although in color and more recent, it doesn't live up to our expectations.
New to the Netflix line-up and hotter than a sinner in church is teenybopper film To All The Boys I've Loved Before. Certainly not anything new or exciting but its relatability has people lined up around the block to watch it. So why is it so appealing?
This is a non-spoiler review of “Molly’s Game” starring Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner, and more!
I know we're not supposed to talk about this film but dammit, Benjamin Cox can at least tell you just how good it is! Hopefully, without giving too much away...
Once upon a time... there was an evil S.O.B. of the 1970s that savagely mutilated and murdered several women. Could it have been this seemingly innocent and charming young Ted Bundy fella? Nah! Probably not. Never even heard that name before. Sounds like a cool guy to me.
Like Me is a divisive film. Just read the reviews on IMBd and see that some really didn't appreciate this one. I found it tense and multi-layered. I also came up with some theories of each character. Mockler hates the internet so the clues were hard to find.
The movie, A Room With a View (James Ivory, 1986) is a narrative of tensions between opposing forces; masculine and feminine, fixity and freedom, indoors and outdoors, looking and being observed. In spite of its happy ending, I detect a current of darkness underneath an otherwise sparkling narrative
To call Yorgos Lanthimos an acquired taste would be an insult to understatements; his movies run the gamut from squirm-inducing to downright impossible to watch. In 2015, his English-language debut The Lobster won critics’ raves and more than a handful of awards, but there were plenty of people ...
Drugs are bad!: the musical. This film has style, a great score, excellent flow and dramatic plot. Watch Requiem for a Dream if you want to see the exaggerated downside of the drug story with hectic visuals.
At long last, the time has come! HBO's Deadwood: The Movie has finally arrived. And here are the best parts that really blew us away.
Given how massively popular this film has become on Netflix since the global lockdown, one would assume that it's a quality product. Of course, Benjamin Cox knows all too well that that's not the way things work...
This is an analysis of the short 1994 film 'Emilie Muller'. It is a mystery drama that has a brilliant twist at the end. Watch the film before you read this! There is a link to the film below!
Analysis of the 2016 musical "La La Land" through the critical lenses of ideology, Marxism, and feminism, focusing largely on the film's economic and gendered messages relative to professional ambition, the arts, and the entertainment industry.
Barry Jenkins directs an ensemble cast in one of the most heartfelt, important films of 2016. Will Moonlight shine brightly for many years to come, or be eclipsed by its awards competition?
Are you looking for movies like The Fault in Our Stars? You've landed on a perfect spot. Let's take a look at some similar films.
Candy is decent movie about a poett with a 'creative lifestyle' that includes love for heroin. In the mix is a love story or maybe more precise a relationship filled with despair, addiction and romance.
It is a Sicilian message that means “Seth Tomko is comparing how Vito and Michael conduct themselves as Dons in The Godfather movies.”
The unbelievable but true story of four young men who brazenly attempt to execute one of the most audacious art heists in US history.
Once upon a time... there was a thing that happened in Hollywood with a not so happy ending. Several years later, a director named Quentin Tarantino imagined a funny little way to change history.
I’m not gonna lie—it takes a good ten or fifteen minutes to stop comparing Christopher Plummer’s performance as J. Paul Getty in All the Money in the World to what you imagine Kevin Spacey ...
Saving Private Ryan is in my top 5 for all-time classic war movies. It offers a great cast, gritty battle scenes with scope and a top story about courage and sacrifice.
A recently widowed wife raising her daughter alone has come to a crisis of faith when she hits a financial struggle to keep her home. She also meets a race car driver that tries to date her.
Alexander Payne's comedic drama starring Matt Damon, Christoph Waltz, Hong Chau, Udo Kier, and Kristen Wiig will be released December 22, 2017.
An in-depth film review of 'Waves', starring Kelvin Harrison Jr, Taylor Russel, Alexa Demie, Sterling K. Brown and Renée Elise Goldsberry.
Do you need a good pep talk? Sports movies have been giving us some of the best motivational speeches since the beginning of time. Here are 10 pep talks that encourage you to fight, persevere and always, always remain true to yourself.
James Mangold directs Hugh Jackman for the last time, along with Patrick Stewart and Dafne Keen in a unique entry in the X-Men universe. Will it claw its way to success, or is its healing factor lost?
Searching for movies like Friends With Benefits? Check out this list and watch more romantic comedy movies!
The Silent Child is a short film released in 2017, which won an Academy Award for it's excellent and moving portrayal of a young deaf child who is affected greatly by sign language. This film raises awareness for the importance of sign language in schools - very important film!
What could have been a very basic film about love and fortitude is an unusually timid story that embraces subtlety and makes louder statements with what’s not being said rather than what actually is.
The early gangster movies set the standard for all the great gangster movies that have followed. Several gangster related films were produced during the silent era of cinema.
Alexandre Franchi explores the meaning of beauty and that disfigurement isn't always just a physical deformity in his deep cutting drama, "Happy Face."
Tom Hanks may be America’s favorite actor, but there’s a strong case to be made that Rudd is his heir apparent.
I review the Queen biopic film, "Bohemian Rhapsody", which was released in theaters on November 2, 2018. It stars Rami Malek and features the rise of one of the most popular rock bands of all time.
The 25 best romantic movies are films about love, loss, and forgiveness. Watch one with your sweetheart or best friend.
The film adaptation of Jane Eyre by Cary Fukunaga devotes as much attention to the gothic aspects of the novel as it does the romance. Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender deliver passionate and tender performances as Jane and Edward Rochester.
My analysis after looking at this film again as an adult, like most people my age with nothing better to do.
This is a non-spoiler review of “Marriage Story” starring Adam Driver, Scarlett Johansson, Laura Dern, and more!
No, stop it! I know what you're thinking! This is just a film for the Dirty Mac brigade, isn't it? Well, as it turns out, Benjamin Cox thinks its ideal audience is actually another demographic - insomniacs.
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One woman whose faith guided her footsteps to a lifetime of service far from home. This is the story of Gladys Aylward, a missionary to China.
Twenty-five years after its initial release, this film still remains one of the most beloved movies of its generation. Why is that? Benjamin Cox digs deep to uncover Shawshank's secrets.
Huang Bo's comedy-drama is probably about 60% of what you're expecting and 40% unique. Humanity is capable of sinister things when faced with desperation. Survival instincts kick in as morality is replaced with sheer desire and greed.
All seems to be going well for Adonis Creed after his fight with 'Pretty' Ricky Conlan; his boxing career is flourishing and his makeshift family seems closer together than ever. Until Ivan Drago and his son Viktor come to America to challenge Adonis, causing a whirlwind of conflict for everyone.
Assuming you haven't already, this innovative and inventive crime drama remains one of modern cinema's very best films. It also happens to be one of Benjamin Cox's absolute favourites...
When an unknown entity creates a global epidemic that drives people insane and forces most to commit suicide, the survivors must fend for themselves. The only way to stay alive is by not looking at the beings that are causing this apocalyptic event to occur, essentially making the whole world blind.
Come with me as I look back at Madonna's most controversial film, the infamous sex thriller known as Body Of Evidence...
A review of how the unconventional film hides convention in it's structure, as well as a protagonist and a moral.
Francis Ford Coppola has struggled to escape the legacy of 'The Godfather' but is it really as good as they say it is? Benjamin Cox is gonna write you a review you can't refuse.
The Oscar-winning film, American Beauty (1999), brought the philosophical idea of existentialism to mainstream audiences. The film explores key components such as death and isolation.
The film that launched Orson Welles' career and instantly become a classic, this is frequently cited as one of the greatest movies ever. Benjamin Cox is certainly impressed.
A case study of the postmodern romantic comedy '(500) Days of Summer' and its peculiar narrative that subverts the conventions of the genre.
Here's a list of movies like The Perks of Being a Wallflower that reflect the struggles and adventures of young adolescence.
Long before she became a parody of herself, Gwyneth Paltrow had established herself as the American to portray a British woman. Benjamin Cox sticks his foot in the door to examine this gimmicky rom-com.
Only when you're driving! Otherwise, you might think twice about dipping your toes into this downbeat, bleak offering about the apocalypse. Benjamin Cox tries to look on the bright side.
Casablanca is considered by some experts as Hollywood's greatest movie. The Casablanca cast excelled in their parts and the Warner Brothers movie won the Best Picture Academy Award in 1944. Here are some fun bits and pieces of trivia and behind-the-scene shenanigans from the filming of the movie.
This year one of the greatest romantic dramas of all time, The Notebook, will be celebrating its 15th anniversary. The film that had moviegoers dreaming of a love like Allie and Noah's has since become an iconic romance staple. Here is a list of 20 captivating facts about the beloved film.
This is a non-spoiler review of "Tulip Fever" starring Alicia Vikander, Dane DeHaan, Christoph Waltz, and more!
The sensual decadence of a millenial yuppie. Man's materialist desire is probably at or near its peak now. Addiction is rampant in today's society. Here we have an intimate look at sexual desire going to extremes.
An exploration of the 2010 film about John Lennon's life, adapted from a memoir written by Lennon's sister. This movie takes a deep look at familial relationships that shaped Lennon and has an interesting take on the relationship between Lennon and his mother.
The newest adaptation of one of the most beloved stories of all time. Here my thoughts on Greta Gerwig's "Little Women."
The year 2020 marks the fifty-fifth anniversary of the timeless classic, The Sound of Music. This article explores the values embodied in this beloved film that contribute to its epic popularity.
After ten years as public enemy number one in Hollywood (and well-deserved...but we’ll just leave it at that) Mel Gibson is back. And let’s not think for a second it’s a coincidence the film that ...
This is a non-spoiler review of "Denial" starring Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson, Timothy Spall, and more!
A movie about the Edinburgh drug scene directed by Danny Boyle with a soundtrack of a generation. Memorable characters played by actors at the start of their careers. Quoteable, funny, sad, what is not to love?
How the movie "Titanic" empowers women. Women's empowerment. Titanic meaning and analysis. Psychological analysis of Titanic movie. Feminist analysis of Titanic movie. Rose deWittbukater.
This is an analysis of the movie "Never Let Me Go." Meaning in the movie "Never Let Me Go." "Never Let Me Go" movie analysis. "Never Let Me Go" movie meaning.
One of the challenges of moving Shakespeare's tragedy Othello to a high school setting is that modern audiences cannot ignore the horrors of school shootings like Columbine. By "teening down" Othello, Tim Blake Nelson explores the sensitive topics of youth violence, sex, and drug use.
Peter Fonda cemented his place in cinema history with his career-defining performance in a film which depicted America at a cultural crossroads. Benjamin Cox gets his motor running and heads out on a highway.
After years (heck, decades) of being a “Where have I seen her before?” actor on this side of the Atlantic, Rosamund Pike may now (finally) be getting some of the recognition that she’s long enjoyed in her native England. Perhaps best known Stateside for her Oscar-nominated role in 2014’s Gone...
Set in the summer of 1983 in the marvelous, sun-dappled northern Italian countryside, Call Me by Your Name is as beautiful to look at as it is to just simply sit back and experience. Anchored by ...
Angela Robinson writes and directs this intimate and open-minded interpretation of the Wonder Woman creator, containing a rare approach to love, as well as a standout performance from Rebecca Hall.
Elijah Bynum's writing and directorial debut is part Scarface, part Saved by the Bell, and part The Social Network but it does little to establish any sort of identity of its own. At least Timothée Chalamet got to raid Steve from Blue's Clues closet before filming began.
This is a short review of the underrated film The Door in the Floor. It is an absolute rarity that the film is seen or discussed. The story tells the story of the destruction of the Crane marriage.
The sad, sincere ballad of James Fogle. Matt Dillon plays the leader of a gang of drug addicts. This movie broke necessary ground for later drug addiction movies like Requiem for a Dream and Trainspotting.
I love movies that touch on realistic depictions of Paganism and Witchcraft, and was thrilled to stumble on this somewhat obscure film with a brilliant cast. Here's my review of the Last Keepers.
Arguably the most famous film in history, "Gone With The Wind" is a challenging movie in length and subject matter. Benjamin Cox looks back at the original blockbuster and feels a bit uncomfortable.
Twenty-five years ago, we first heard of the Farrelly Brothers when they gifted us with Dumb and Dumber, which, in turn, launched a string of raunchy, juvenile comedies from the siblings, including Kingpin, There’s Something About Mary, and Me, Myself & Irene. While their movies generally involve...
This is a non-spoiler review of “Tolkien” starring Nicholas Hoult, Lily Collins, Harry Gilby, and more!
TNT's dramatization of the birth of Microsoft and Apple follows the lives of Jobs and Gates as they set to change the world forever while trying to "destroy" each other.
Just a couple of years after its publication, Harper Lee's classic novel was adapted into a timeless film, one which would captivate audiences for generations. Benjamin Cox takes a fond look back.
This classic legal drama still stands the test of time as well as it breaks with conventions with regards to how criminal cases are depicted on screen. Benjamin Cox delivers his verdict.
This is a non-spoiler review of "1917" starring Dean-Charles Chapman, George MacKay, Daniel Mays, and more!
Orson Welles' 1941 masterpiece Citizen Kane is often credited by film scholars, historians, and reviewers as the best film ever made.
The film Amadeus went on to win the Best Picture Oscar for 1984. But is it historically accurate? This article examines the historical inaccuracies and creative license taken in the film.
This is a non-spoiler review of “Welcome to Marwen” starring Steve Carell, Leslie Mann, Merritt Wever, and more!
A psychological interpretation of The Godfather Waltz. The trumpet is The Godfather. Analysing why The Godfather Waltz is the most dangerous of dances.
This is a non-spoiler review of “Megan Leavey” starring Kate Mara, Ramon Rodriguez, Tom Felton, and more!
Barry Jenkins employs a subtle device to reflect what is happening on the screen; the use of color. He tells the story of Chiron visually, as well as through dialogue.
A review of the 2019 film Little Women directed by Greta Gerwig, the latest adaptation of the Louisa May Alcott novel.
A wonderful and rousing movie adaption of Shakespeare's play Henry V, the 1989 film Henry V is also a good symbol of emergent English nationalism as shown by Shakespeare.
Getting a movie theater gift card will do wonders for your daring to watch offensively awful bullshit.
As divisive a film as he's ever come across, Benjamin Cox looks at a film that you either get or you don't. Is there more to this film than Murray's comedy and Johansson's pink wig?
Another day, another interpretation of the Joker projected onto the big screen. Is Joaquin Phoenix one of the best since the best? Or is he another name to add to the long list of Clown Princes of Crime?
Are you looking for movies like Dear John? You've landed on a perfect spot. Let's take a look at some of the similar movies.
Traffic tells a serious story about people and drugs at the start of the new millenium. Multiple dramatic storylines converging to a mix between despair and hope. Hope for people and the overall feeling that the war on drugs is indeed a lost cause.
Not to be confused with the 2014 documentary about Roger Ebert. This is the story of life itself with all the twists and turns that occurs within it, as well as the effects it holds on loved ones from one generation onto the next. Life... uhh uhh... finds a way. Que the Jurassic Park theme!
Agatha Christie's "Murder on the Orient Express" has been made and remade several times since it was written. This latest version, directed by Kenneth Branagh, may find a new experience for the Agatha Christie fan.
A look at Michael Corleone, the main protagonist in Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola's classics. Michael's downfall is examined psychologically, as well as why Kay was so important to him.
The ultimate chick-flick, Dirty Dancing has plenty going for it - even for male viewers! Benjamin Cox takes to the floor and peeks underneath its skirt...
If you've seen Colin Trevorrow's previous films and you've thought that you desired more of a giant sweaty bowl of dog turds, then look no further than The Book of Henry.
Leaving Las Vegas is about damaged characters with substance abuse issues. The movie is carried by Nicolas Cage and Elizabeth Shue. It deserves to be watched, even if you just want to see Cage during his prime.
Described by one critic as the Citizen Kane of bad movies, can this film really live up to its wretched reputation or is it much, much worse? Benjamin Cox suddenly regrets being a critic himself.
The film Twelve Angry Men (1957) is full of conflict. Let's examine how each conflict is managed, which conflicts are resolved and how, along with the effects each confrontation causes in the film.
At a surprisingly brief 74 minutes, writer-director Galt Niederhoffer’s 10 Things We Should Do Before We Break Up feels like it ends just as it gets going, but, as with the quirky relationship at its core, it turns out there’s the right amount of magic to sustain itself for the perfect amount of ...
Henri 'Papillon' Charriere is framed for murder and sentenced to life within a penal colony in French Guiana on an island named Devil's Island. Forming an uneasy alliance with convicted counterfeiter Louis Dega in exchange for protection, Dega assists Papillon in his attempts for escape.
Luca Guadagnino directs this light and dreamy countryside love story, starring Timothée Chalamet in a breakout performance alongside Armie Hammer's strong supporting role.
This is a non-spoiler review of "Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood" starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, and more!
Are you heartbroken? Are you stressed to the max? Here are 10 films that were designed to make you bawl your eyes out!
Set in early 18th century England, Abigail enters the Queen's domain to become a servant in assistance to her cousin, Sarah, who is governing the country as the Queen has fallen ill. During Abigail's stay, things between the three grow to be complicated as trust, loyalty and love are in question.
One of Stanley Kubrick's masterpieces. Just watch this violent cinematic experience, there is nothing I can say that does it justice.
This analysis of Frank Darabont's film 'The Green Mile' taken from Stephen King's book explores the symbols that pertain to the allegorical meaning of the Christian tradition.
More often than not, grief is presented in movies as something to overcome, a painful thing family members join together to fight or that individuals successfully struggle to beat. But sometimes ...
Transforming Baltassat's book Le Divan de Staline into a movie did nothing to improve the mediocre novel, and added on a whole host of problems of its own to the movie.
Below I discuss my 28-year-old take on the book and movie, "The Fault in Our Stars" and try to explain why it is different from other stories for teens.
Shug Avery, a character in Steven Spielberg's 1985 American drama The Color Purple, is perceived as a woman of the world who loves to dress, party, and sport men. After hearing God speak through a song, she changes.
This is the first film adaptation I've seen of Agatha Christie's famous book! Here are my thoughts on the movie!
Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet was controversial for its depiction of teen violence in a modern world rife with gang warfare and school shootings. The film does not trivialize or sensationalize violence, but rather shows the tragic consequences of such behavior.
There have been many films about Vietnam and the war, but only a few are truly great films. Here's a list of the absolute best.
Jim Jarmusch’s Dead Man is a commentary on the dualities of living-life and death, Christian and pagan, and technology and nature-while deconstructing the preconceived notions of them.
1997's mega blockbuster hit Titanic took audiences and critics by storm, achieving both major critical and commercial success. It helped launched the careers of its star-crossed lovers leads, Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio. Let's take a look at some fascinating facts about the beloved hit film.
This is a non-spoiler review of “A Star Is Born” starring Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper, Sam Elliott, and more!
Abby Johnson realizes the true horrors of Planned Parenthood. What she sees... changes everything. Supposedly. *WARNING* There is some graphic imagery displayed within this article pertaining to certain scenes that occur in the movie involving abortions. You have been warned.
Locke, 30 phone calls of modern empiricism. Limitations can enrich your story when done well. Add to that a performance that sucks you in and you have Locke.
Are you looking for some movies like The Imitation Game? It was a great movie, so it's only fitting that you're looking for some more. You've landed on the right place.
One of the most legendary and iconic movies in history, "Casablanca" remains one of the best after all this time. Benjamin Cox takes a look at what makes this unforgettable film so good.
Detroit is an excruciating two and a half hours, but John Boyega, Will Poulter, and Algee Smith make the experience worthwhile.
Martin Scorsese's pricey $160 million epic crime-drama starring Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Al Pacino, and Harvey Keitel is among Netflix's most watched originals.
Teaching movies inspire us because they are about bringing out the best in people. Teachers watch and are inspired to keep going. Others watch and think of their favourite educator.
Bound, gagged, and thank the almighty French tickler in the sky this franchise is finally over. Fifty Shades Freed ruins your romantic escapades this Valentine's Day.
“I hate anyone that isn’t white Protestant,” begins Danny Vinyard, his words permeating into the humid VeniceBeach air, drawing explicit amens from his overweight Nazi friend whose mitt of a hand captures his speech with a recorder....
The Godfather and its sequel The Godfather II has become a part of American culture. The Godfather quotes enrich our language and travel from film to film as an homage to the original screenplays. This articles reviews some of the greatest Godfather quotes along with the movie clips.
Besides the British film adaption of 'Pride and Prejudice,' there have been many movies over the years that have had similar stories. You may not have heard of them all, here are seven to consider.
Being stuck between sharing the apocalypse or suffering it alone. A slow burning end of the world family drama or is it just a case of mental instability?
Hundreds of actresses were considered for the role of Scarlett O'Hara as producers wanted a believable Gone With The Wind movie cast. Here are eight actresses from Hollywood's golden years who tried.
This is a non-spoiler review of “All the Money in the World” starring Michelle Williams, Christopher Plummer, Mark Wahlberg, and more!
Spun is another movie about meth addiction. It tries to have an even more flashy aesthetic than Requiem for a Dream, which combined with its more comic moments also makes it lighter to swallow. It's still much about lowlife, high speed drug addiction, but less of the horrible drama.
Emotionally devastating and unashamedly indulgent, Michael Camino's controversial Vietnam war film is as essential a watch as it ever was. Benjamin Cox is simply blown away by the film's brilliance.