Posts By: Evan Kern

The Snowman (2017) – Film Review

Follow @theREELevankern A slow-paced, formulaic whodunit crime-thriller, Tomas Alfredson’s The Snowman is…exactly what I thought it would be. Straight-faced and “by-the-book” (pun intended), this movie doesn’t bring anything new to the table, and loses points because of it; the 23% MetaCritic score on IMDb is no accident. We open with some exposition—a troubled youth, and… Read more »

Blade Runner 2049 (2017) – Film Review

Follow @theREELevankern Take note, future filmmakers: This is how you make a proper sequel. So much in Hollywood relies on “bigger and better than the first” nowadays, but the best material to the classicist is always the original. In some rare cases, though, follow-up films can eclipse—even outshine—their predecessors. Terminator 2: Judgment Day… The Dark… Read more »

Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) – Film Review

Follow @theREELevankern I couldn’t stop grinning throughout this whole film. God, how I love a cold-opener to just dump me right into the middle of the action! The fights are bigger and better than the first. There’s one scene, in particular, towards the end, which blew the whole church massacre from the first film away…. Read more »

Mother! (2017) – Film Review

Follow @theREELevankern The TV spot for this movie said I’ll “never forget” where I was when I first saw Mother!…but, oh, how I want to forget the whole thing. With few redeeming qualities—long-takes, invisible/smooth cuts, contained setting—Darren Aronofsky’s latest outing had to have been a trip, during the pitch meeting. Let’s explore why that meeting… Read more »

Stephen King’s IT (2017) – Film Review

Follow @theREELevankern Hello, horror, it’s been a while. You clean up real nice, I see. A departure from the genre’s usual hum-drum, barely-eye-raising antics, Andy Muschietti’s re-adaptation of Stephen King’s benchmark novel is an absolute joy. While not perfect—no film is—this largely-faithful page-to-screen is equally terrifying and charming. Let’s get into it… First of all,… Read more »

Evan’s Top 10 Favorite Films of All Time

Evan’s Top 10 Favorite Films of All-Time Follow @theREELevankern Believe it or not, but, for the longest time, I didn’t have a favorite film. It seemed like such a subjective thing: “Choose, out of all the cinematic masterpieces ever made, which is your favorite.” A worse follow-up question, I always felt, was, “Why?” Choosing one… Read more »

Valerian (2017) – Film Review

Follow @theREELevankern This is the caliber of sci-fi I aspire to write. Imaginative, vibrant, and brimming with lore and cultural depth, Luc Besson’s Valerian is a visual masterpiece, rivaling even Pandora from James Cameron’s acclaimed Avatar (2009). Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne as protagonists Valerian and Laureline are great together. When not confronting (awkwardly) their… Read more »

Dunkirk (2017) – Film Review

Follow @theREELevankern A war film that isn’t a war film, but more a story of comradery and amazing survival against impossible odds, Dunkirk—though only rated PG-13—is not for the faint of heart, nor for the average movie-goer expecting large action set-pieces and battles. One has to remember, this story takes place at the end of… Read more »

Rough Night (2017) – Film Review

Follow @theREELevankern I didn’t laugh out loud once during this movie. A few chuckles, but nothing serious. Walking in, I expected—as was advertised in the trailer—a Weekend At Bernie’s-style comedy. Walking out…well, that’s a different story. I’ll include a link to the trailer below, and also to a video uploaded by heavy-weight YouTube reviewer and… Read more »