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The #HauntLife Film Awards — 2022 Edition

With the Oscars coming up this weekend, I thought it would be fun to write up my choices for each of the award-winning categories. The Music City Film Critics’ Association, of which I am a member, conducted their award nods… Continue Reading →

Are the Academy Awards Still Relevant in the 21st Century?

Per Matt This is a topic that has bothered me for years, now. As a life-long cinema aficionado (and sometimes insider, as a member of the Nashville Film Critics’ Association), I have always enjoyed the movie-theater experience. I have enveloped… Continue Reading →

Andrew Garfield Shows Off His Singing Skills in Tick, Tick…BOOM!

It’s no secret that I have a small infatuation with musicals. I don’t watch many. In fact, even though the 2020s have been filled with several major musical hits, I have mostly avoided watching them. But with the awards season… Continue Reading →

Move Over, Jay Leno. Titane Brings New Meaning to Car Lover.

Those who are around my age might remember stories about Jay Leno’s passion for cars. The king of late-night comedy was known to have a penchant for Porsche. A love for Lamborghini. A craving for Chrysler. I remember watching a… Continue Reading →

The Power of the Dog Attacks Psychological Torture, Trauma

Per Matt Jane Campion’s eighth feature film, The Power of the Dog, takes a bite out of love, grief and jealousy, as the multi-hyphenate filmmaker brings psychological torture to the American wild, wild West in this big-screen adaptation of Thomas… Continue Reading →

Drive My Car Detours with Dialogue

Per Matt Guilt, grief, redemption and a haunting sense of loss is great in Drive My Car, the official Japanese entry for Best International Feature at the 94th Academy Awards, but action movie this is not. In fact, this nearly… Continue Reading →

Affleck Shines Despite Tender Bar’s Recycled Storyline

In the lead-up to awards season, there has been much buzz surrounding several films that, honestly, I had never heard of. We have contenders like C’mon C’mon, Flee and Tick, Tick BOOM! While many people would probably shun me for not… Continue Reading →

Belfast is Kenneth Branagh’s Best Movie, Yet

Kenneth Branagh is not the biggest name in Hollywood, by far. When I bring up his name, not many of my friends and family have a clue who he is. I have to basically go through his whole resume before… Continue Reading →

Animated Summit of the Gods Translates Into a Peak Adventure

Per Matt Originally titled Le Sommet des Dieux, The Summit of the Gods is a French animated film adapted from the Jirô Taniguchi manga (which was, in turn, adapted from the Baku Yumemakura novel). There’s a whole lot of translation going… Continue Reading →

The Harder They Fall Aims to Revive the Western Genre

Per Matt Western movies tend to follow tried-but-true tropes. I’ve enjoyed watching them throughout the years, but their storylines are often predictable. The good guys are often officers upholding the law, chasing down criminals or even Native Americans. Dances with… Continue Reading →

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