FILM REVIEW

A film review series that examines how cinema expands our understanding of city identity and how reemerging cityscapes in the post-industrial age have influenced cinema.

The Good, the Bad and the City

Mountain Dew and the American Dream: A Review of “Minari” (2020)

Stirring and gentle, “Minari” is an ode to director Lee Isaac Chung’s childhood. The 2020 film tells the story of a Korean-American family who...

“Every Town Has an Elm Street”: Ohio On-screen in the ‘80s

Ohio’s no stranger to acting. Ohio’s urban-rural landscapes make it an incredibly diverse place to film, and the refundable tax credit of 30 percent...

Wrestling With the Status Quo: A Review of The Peanut Butter Falcon

More often than not, challenging the status quo is seen as a threat to stability or “creating division” rather than an attempt at meaningful...

Of Sitcoms and Superheroes: A Review of WandaVision

As Marvel Cinematic Universe’s film characters’ first foray onto the small screen, the nine-part series WandaVision was a brief cultural phenomenon when it was...

Bollywood, Hollywood and the Globalization of Socially-conscious Film: A Review of 3 Idiots

Amidst ever-increasing globalization, American audiences are slowly beginning to recognize international film industries, as evidenced by South Korea’s Parasite (2019) being the first non-English-language...