Release Date: October 5th, 2019 Director: Bong Joon-Ho | MPAA Rating: R | LeavittLens Rating: 9.5/10 There are few films whose title is able to reference not only important themes within the context of the story, but also turn into a reflexive commentary on the audience experience itself. Not only does Bong Joon-Ho’s Best PictureContinue reading “Parasite”

LeavittLens Ranking System

When attempting to summarize, categorize, and rank films, it is important to identify a set of criteria by which one ranks. This is likely to change for each individual; no one watches from a neutral plane, and each person has their own tastes. This is a short overview of my attempt to create a workableContinue reading “LeavittLens Ranking System”

LeavittLens’ Top 10 Films of 2019

After a slow start to the year, 2019 rattled off a hot streak of excellent films in the final few months. The following is a list of my top picks from 2019, in order of their LeavittLens rankings. Reviews will continue to pour in for each of them, so be sure to subscribe to hearContinue reading “LeavittLens’ Top 10 Films of 2019”

Ad Astra

Release Date: September 20th, 2019 Director: James Gray | MPAA Rating: PG-13 | LeavittLens Rating: 8/10 In watching a film adorned with the Latin maxim “to the stars,” one mightexpect to drift into transcendent spectacle, to encounter an endeavor akin to theimmensity of space itself. Yet in James Gray’s Ad Astra, there remains a contrarianContinue reading “Ad Astra”

Knives Out

Release Date: November 27th, 2019 Director: Rian Johnson | MPAA Rating: PG-13 | LeavittLens Rating: 8.5/10 It seems clear in the opening minutes of Knives Out that the audience will receive exactly the mystery they expect. A seemingly premature death of anoteworthy millionaire. An eccentric cast of characters , many with their ownmotives for murderContinue reading “Knives Out”

The Last Black Man In San Fransisco

Release Date: June 7th, 2019 Director: Joe Talbot | MPAA Rating: R | LeavittLens Rating: 7.5/10 “Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood” -T.S. Eliot Eliot penned these words in 1929, referencing how contextual knowledge of an artist or poet can sometimes limit the richness of his experience in reading. The more you knowContinue reading “The Last Black Man In San Fransisco”