Posts By: Evan Kern

The Post (2018) – Film Review

Follow @bltdsports There are some times when you walk into a movie, and you know exactly what to expect, and yet, you’re still blown away, despite all that. Steven Spielberg—whom looks to have a pretty handsome slate, this coming year—doesn’t disappoint with The Post. A film both political and personal, and never a more pertinent time… Read more »

The Greatest Showman (2017) – Film Review

“Don’t quit your daydream.” That’s what’s printed in large, friendly letters on the front of my reviews journal, and—probably—what would’ve been P.T. Barnum’s life motto, if he had one. The Greatest Showman is a celebration of life, all walks, and what makes show business so magical. Even from the outset—a little pre-show greeting from Hugh… Read more »

Netflix’s Bright (2017) – Film Review

Follow @theREELevankern A cross between Fantastic Beasts, Men in Black, and Training Day? Sign me up. This movie blended the real world—and its present-day problems—with more fantastical elements really well. The opening montage of mostly graffiti images brings us up to speed on the politics of the world, and the looming dangers of the story:… Read more »

Star Wars, Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (2017) – Film Review

Follow @theREELevankern This feels like a movie made for the fans. I mean, I know it is—it’s Star Wars, after all—but there’s so much in here to appreciate, coming from a fan standpoint. Easter eggs, call-backs to the orig trig, series nuances… Be prepared: You’ll need multiple viewings to catch everything and grasp the scope… Read more »

Justice League (2017) – Film Review

Follow @theREELevankern I’m just going to come right out and say it: I’ve always been more of a sucker for Marvel than DC. That said, I know Marvel has had their flukes, but (more attributable to Disney’s bottomless wallet, I’d wager) they’ve always had their formula down; when Iron Man came out in 2009—you could… Read more »

Stranger Things – Season Two Review

Follow @theREELevankern No television premiere has had me this excited. Ever. The return of Stranger Things on Netflix has been all anyone’s talked about for the last six months, and it’s finally here! It’s clear that the Duffer Brothers haven’t lost the vision that they set out with, during season one; a lot of the… Read more »

Murder on the Orient Express (2017) – Film Review

Follow @theREELevankern When a movie kicks off with visuals that blur the line between naturally-shot and digitally-enhanced, you know you’re in for something special. The Harry Potter franchise was the first to do this, in my recorded memory, and continues to do so with its Fantastic Beasts spin-off films (yes, multiple; Warner Bros. is definitely… Read more »

HallowRewind Review – Tales of Halloween (2015)

Follow @theREELevankern The vignette (anthology) style is quickly becoming a favorite of mine. Relegated mostly to the horror-slasher satire genre, this mode of storytelling has given us such jewels as 2016’s Holidays (which is still on Netflix), Michael Dougherty’s Trick ‘r Treat from 2007, The ABCs of Death—along with its sequel—as well as ones I’ve… Read more »

Suburbicon (2017) – Film Review

Follow @theREELevankern All the good things about this movie are in the trailer. If you’ve seen the trailer, you’ll know what I mean. From that trailer, I gathered this movie would be a typical Brothers Coen film—a dark comedy, with a little social commentary, maybe an obnoxiously-contrived sub-plot. This movie had all that…but not in… Read more »