Posts By: Evan Kern

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 »

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 »