Posts By: Evan Kern

The Shack (2017) – Film Review

Follow @theREELevankern // This is shaping up to be the year of the character. Many of the films I’ve reviewed are concerned more with crafting likeable characters, rather than the instances that befall them. Character-driven stories appeal to writers like myself, especially, as we know that well-established characters that the audience can relate to are… Read more »

A Cure for Wellness (2017) – Film Review

Follow @theREELevankern I’ll come right out and say that I had really high hopes for this movie. Usually, I go into a show with low or even moderately-low expectations, and I’m (usually) surprised, if even only a little. Perhaps it was the promise of another enthralling psychological thriller (as I’m still coming off my Split… Read more »

The LEGO Batman Movie (2017) – Film Review

Follow @theREELevankern// A spin-off of The LEGO Movie (2014), this film stands on its own, singular in its mission. With everyone knowing who Batman is—at least, the character; don’t tell anyone his secret identity—there’s no need for a sloggy origin story. That said, I must warn straight out of the gate that this is not… Read more »

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) – Film Review

Follow @theREELevankern// Rarely does a franchise sequel out-perform its predecessor. I enjoyed the first John Wick film—when I finally sat down to watch it, a couple weeks ago (see my Rewind Review on that…)—and with the same cast and crew returning for the sequel, I had an inkling I’d enjoy it, as well. Chapter 2… Read more »

The Space Between Us (2017) – Film Review

Follow @theREELevankern “Courage is fear that has said its prayers.” ~ Sarah Elliot (Janet Montgomery) These recent, low Metascore ratings are…surprising. Even though it’s an aggregate number from all different sites and publications, it’s still an average number. I’ve been anticipating The Space Between Us since last fall, after its first delay pushed it back… Read more »

The Comedian (2017) – Film Review

Follow @theREELevankern I love stand-up. Whenever there’s a new Netflix special starring one of my favorite comics, I’m on it immediately. Robert De Niro has been a long-time favorite of mine, as well—being completely honest, the two work beautifully together on-screen. Odd to hear that he never actually did stand-up…seems he has the wit for… Read more »

Rewind Review – John Wick (2014)

Follow @theREELevankern When it comes to action movies, it takes a lot to disappoint me. It’s like making ramen—really hard to screw up. However, that doesn’t speak to the directors or the players; in order to make an excellent piece of cinema, the cinematographer, choreographer, director, and all the visual effects guys and actors have… Read more »

Arrival (2016) – Reissue Review

Follow @theREELevankern **WARNING: MAJOR SPOILERS TO FOLLOW!!** If you could see your whole life from start to finish, would you change things? This is the main question of Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi masterpiece, Arrival. It asks far more questions about what it means to be human than why the Heptapods are here—how we react, or would… Read more »

The Founder (2017) – Film Review

Follow @theREELevankern My boss told me that this film suffered a sub-par turn-out its opening weekend. Can’t quite put my finger on why, I was thoroughly-entertained. This streak of “untold stories”—The Infiltrator, Sully, Patriots Day, Hidden Figures, and now The Founder—we’ve had recently is…intriguing, to say the least. Of course, it’s something that has to… Read more »

Detour (2017) – Film Review

Follow @theREELevankern Are you a fan of Quentin Tarantino? Is your favorite film Pulp Fiction? It’s a popular choice, when people are asked the question—its winding, out-of-sequence story is both captivating and classic, something that’s rarely done in the bare-bones Hollywood of today. There’s something about Tarantino’s style that’s very hard for other directors to… Read more »