Sound of Metal

Release Date: November 20, 2020 Director: Darius Marder | MPAA Rating: R | LeavittLens Rating: 9.5/10 We live in a Western world overrun by noise. Our ears and our eyes are bombarded by voices, by images, by information, often leaving us with a spirit of stated or unstated discontent. We allow these voices to defineContinue reading “Sound of Metal”

COVID Chronicle: Day 3

Symptoms: My fever has come down over the course of the last two days, never even remotely approaching the 104.3 of Wednesday this week. Chest congestion has persisted, as have fatigue and a small sore throat. I continue to drink regular fluids and have stayed off of any other medication. Thus far I have beenContinue reading “COVID Chronicle: Day 3”


Release Date: December 25th, 2020 Director: Pete Docter | MPAA Rating: PG | LeavittLens Rating: 9.5/10 (If you haven’t seen Soul yet, you may want to wait to read this until you have watched it in full). When I first heard the news that Pete Docter–writer of perhaps the most emotional, existential, and thought-provoking filmsContinue reading “Soul”

The Devil All The Time

We have seen elements of this southern thriller style wow us, even in recent Hollywood history (No Country for Old Men and There Will Be Blood both come to mind), and so the problem certainly isn’t the content in this adaptation. It seems instead that the lack of narrative drive found within the violence itself makes it more appalling than drawing, more puzzling than thought-provoking. The result is a film that has impressive moments elevated by a terrific cast that get lost in a bloody and murderous attempt at commentary on the southeastern United States. Just as one character mentions that “Some men were born just so they could be buried,” it turns out the same is true for some movies.

Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World: A Restoration of Myth-Making

In SPVTW, a modernistic audience is forced to admit the presence of the supernatural as an assumption going into the story, allowing the characters to embody dramatic flaws and successes that serve as greater vehicles for commentary on the human condition. The result is a refreshing take on our modern storytelling, a myth that is messy and magical, at once otherworldly and strikingly human.


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