Looking at the missteps of ‘THE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS’ through its music

November 2nd, 2018 | Opinion, Reviews | 0 Comment

Connor Bynum // Film Critic While not officially our review for the new Disney holiday film THE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS (read that here), this article will go into how the latest adaptation of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s similarly titled holiday ballet handles its source material - primarily the music. Eight-time Oscar-nominated composer James Newton Howard is credited for the music of the film; however, this score is certainly not his most original ...


Critic’s Notebook: ‘FREE SOLO’ and ‘FIRST MAN’ show a monumental test of the human spirit

October 11th, 2018 | Film Stories, Opinion, Reviews | 0 Comment

James Cole Clay//Film Critic There’s an innate desire in humans to be the first to conquer an extravagant task. It’s a warrior’s mentality that requires solitude and focus in order to look down the mouth of the impossible. Damien Chazelle’s highly-anticipated Neil Armstrong biopic starring Ryan Gosling, FIRST MAN, chronicles the astronaut being crippled by grief and his nine-year trek to get to the moon. Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi’s ...


How Bradley Cooper’s ‘A STAR IS BORN’ gives a time-honored classic new things to say

September 21st, 2018 | Movie News, Opinion | 0 Comment

Courtney Howard // Film Critic It doesn’t come as much of a surprise when an actor segues into writing and directing. However, it bears further inspection when they choose a film that’s been made before – specifically three times prior in the case of multi-hyphenate Bradley Cooper’s iteration of A STAR IS BORN. Though the song remains the same, the way it’s sung and arranged puts a new spin on an enduring chart-topper. Cooper has managed to ...