The Neon Demon 

Nicolas Winding Refen’s modern day fairy tale, The Neon Demon is truly one of this year’s most ambitious and most beautifully shot films. The cinematography is stunning. The shots he achieves are gorgeous and horrifyingly all wrapped up in this two hour drama. The film is at its core about how innocence and beauty are consumed by ambition and narcissism. 4/5 

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Pre Oscars top films of 2016

These are some of my top films of 2016 before the Oscars come out in February. I typically wait until that week to post my final beat if list. 

Hidden Figures review

3.5/5 

Hidden Figures is a film that does everything a film needs to do right, except innovate or revolutionize film. These are not bad or even nessasary with these type of films. Hidden Figures cast and great moments hold up this film. I love films where I learn something new or see a story I had never heard, and Hidden Figures did just that ! Solid film go check it out if you have a chance. 

La La Land review 

“You say romantic like it is a bad thing.” One of the most beautiful and best sensory experiences I have ever felt. Damian Chazelle provides us with this year’s best made film. The sheer amount of joy and pleasure I felt was unbelievable while watching La La Land. My foot tapped throughout and a smile almost never left my face. The performances were raw and felt real, while the callbacks to classic cinema and old school Hollywood were the exact nostalgia trip I needed to remind me why I and many others love film. 5/5

Fences review 

Fences by Denzel Washington is one of the better flicks you can watch this year. His performance as Troy Maxson is invigorating. It’s Denzel in his prime again delivering that fire and passion that he does best. He has some absolutely incredible monologues that remind me of why I love Washington as an actor. This film has some of the best performances of the year. Check it out while it’s still in theaters if you have the chance. It should be up for multiple Oscars this year ! 4/5

Cabin Fever 2003

Eli Roth’s first big picture, that got him into the game of horror is a fun little flick.  All the classic genre tropes of horror are there teens, drugs, sex, and lots of killing! Basic premise of Cabin Fever is a group of young people go camping and find themselves attacked by unknown forces. Check this one out foe some good effects, laughs, and some genuinely great scenes by Eli Roth! 3/5

The nice guys 

The Nice Guys by Shane Black, staring Ruan Goslingg and Russel Crowe is hilarious. It’s the best of all buddy cop movies. The nice guys has action, comedy, and drama all blended well. The retro feel was a nice touch and with all of Shane Black’s film the script is the strongest part of the film. Definitely check this one out ! 4/5