In brief, I’m a Renaissance Geek. I currently operate my own film review site Elements of Madness, serve as a senior contributor for Charlotte-based arts and culture blog CLTure, and film critic for website Pretty Vacant One.
As of June 2016, NC Film Critics Association member. As of October 2018, Rotten Tomatoes approved critic.
It's exactly what you expect it to be.The "Fifty Shades" book series by E.L. James never personally struck a chord despite its global appeal. So when I got the opportunity to review "Fifty Shades Freed", the climactic chapter of the noteworthy ser... Read the full review »
Writer/director Liu Jian’s first film since 2010, 'Have a Nice Day (2018) (Hao ji le)', is a hard film to quantify. On one hand, it’s a meditative piece exploring corruption and greed. On the other, it's a violent non sequitur whose narrative... Read the full review »
An odd, animated film, Liu Jian’s 'Have a Nice Day' is a mixture of meditative imagery, thoughtful dialogue, and creative characters resulting in an unique cinematic experience when a driver who decides to rob the money courier sets off a series... Read the full blog post »
A little dodgy in parts (the more pulpy aspects), but it finds clever ways to ratchet the tension all the way to the end. The best parts are watching Jackie Chan - in increasingly clever (even simple) ways - target, approach, and disable those who... Read the full review »
As much an indictment of the current conflict between those governing and those doing reporting as it is a retelling of the past. A country without a free, unrestrained press cannot be free. A significant reminder presented by a talented director... Read the full review »
Writer/director Marin McDonagh is no stranger to tackling difficult or challenging material. His first feature, "In Bruges", centered on a hitman having an existential crisis, while his second, "Seven Psychopaths", focused on a screenwriter sucked... Read the full review »
Written by Michael Green and, one of the original "Blade Runner" screenwriters, Hampton Fancher, and directed by Denis Villeneuve, "Blade Runner 2049" wonderfully captures the essence of the original, then builds upon it with something utterly new... Read the full review »
Strong directorial debut from Sorkin, but it's his words that shine. He needs a certain kind of talent to be able to flow with the rhythm and finds it in leads Chastain and Elba whose verbal sparring are a highlight of the film. Fans of his work w... Read the full review »
The quasi-musical "Saturday Church", written and directed by Damon Cardasis tells the story of Ulysses (Luka Kain), a young boy yet to fully accept his gender/sexual identity and his journey of acceptance. Though largely a positive-focused narrati... Read the full review »
Inspired by the declassified story and based on the book by Doug Stanton, originally titled “Horse Soldiers,” "12 Strong" recalls the mission dubbed Task Force Dagger wherein Captain Mitch Nelson (Chris Hemsworth) leads a dozen military men (w... Read the full review »
"The Strange Ones" is daring and creepy; a strong first feature from writer/directors Christopher Radcliff and Lauren Wolkstein.
A bizarre coming-of-age tale, "The Strange Ones"s is the tale of two travelers as they make their way to a cabin in t... Read the full review »