Posts By: Evan Kern

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 »

It Comes At Night (2017) – Film Review

Follow @theREELevankern A24 is the new gold standard for independent horror-thrillers, hands down. Like their critically-acclaimed 2015 film, The Witch (stylized, The VVitch), this film is beautifully-shot. The filmmakers chose to focus on chiaroscuro (low-key lighting that causes a lot of a shot to be engulfed in shadow and darkness), and use slow-tracks and long-shot… Read more »

The Mummy (2017) – Film Review

Follow @theREELevankern Properties based on properties based on properties. This is the future of Hollywood, folks—the endless recycling of once-popular titles for a new generation, because we’ve (for the most part) run out of new and creative ideas. Within our lifetime, both Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings may fall victim to this… Read more »

Baywatch (2017) – Film Review

Follow @theREELevankern Paramount just loves to throw their cash around. Sure, they can afford it; with such flagship franchises as my beloved Transformers—and their celluloid juggernaut director, Michael Bay—the studio couldn’t care less if a film they put out is a critical canner or not. As long as people flock to see their movies, it’s… Read more »

Special Event Review – Samurai Jack (2017)

Follow @theREELevankern **WARNING: Some spoilers to follow! Catch the season five recap marathon this Saturday, May 27th, at 11/10c, on Cartoon Network.** Series reboots—like movie sequels—are hard, especially for beloved series or ones that’ve been absent for a period of years. Sometimes, they hits their mark; other times, they’re just trying to capitalize on a… Read more »