The game’s in the name! I love movies and television, and I always try to look for the good in everything while also respecting the amount of work that goes into creating a piece of content. After years of reviewing for the Cape Cod Chronicle, I decided to start my own self-published review website where I can continue to build my skills and experience as a critic while also chronicling my love and appreciation for new and older films alike.
February 28, 2022
Taika Waititi’s “Our Flag Means Death” Takes No Prisoners (Review)
February 26, 2022
The Lenient Critic Podcast Episode 14: Death on the Nile, Uncharted, Marry Me, Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Does Death on the Nile guarantee continued success with Kenneth Branagh’s Poirot fixation? Rowan seems to think so, and so does this week’s returning guest Heath Lynch! Together, they will discuss Death on the Nile, Uncharted (desperately vying for the title of BEST VIDEO GAME MOVIE), Marry Me (one of the most paint-by-numbers romcoms you will see in the 21st century), and Netflix’s new Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Plus, their top five straight-to-streaming films, and more of what they’ve been watching lately.
February 23, 2022
With Romance and Music, “Cyrano” is Optimistically Transformative (Review)
“...a situation when a nerdy guy helps a handsome guy date the girl that he loves by telling him what to say and what to do.”
“Our boss asked us to meet him here and he is not here yet, he just tried to put us together, he cyrano’d us. Let’s make him win, kiss me.”
The Urban Dictionary definition is surprisingly accurate. Commonly taunted soldier Cyrano (Peter Dinklage) is in love with his childhood friend Roxanne (Haley Bennett), and uses the man that Roxanne loves, Christian (Kelvin Harrison Jr.) to communicate his own love with her through letters. Christian himself is not very romantic, and seeks Cyrano’s help, and as events become more complicated, Cyrano must decide whether to reveal his own feelings for Roxanne.
February 21, 2022
“Family Squares” Confronts the Reality of Virtual Living (Review)
Written and directed by Stephanie Laing (director of HBO Max’s Made for Love), Family Squares is set almost entirely over various Zoom and FaceTime calls, chronicling a family’s process of grief and acceptance after their nearest and dearest, Grandma Mabel (June Squibb) passes away live on a video call, leaving behind a series of clues that could reveal one of the family members is not who they claim to be.
February 19, 2022
Review: Scarily Effective “The Cursed” Brings Back Werewolf Horror
February 18, 2022
Review: Violent, Gory and Exciting “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” is a Legacy Sequel Done Right
February 17, 2022
Review: “Uncharted” Fails to Break the Video Game Movie Curse
It’s not for a lack of trying. There are some decent enough set pieces, and the action is well-shot by director Reuben Fleischer (Zombieland, Venom), but there’s just not enough that I haven’t seen before to make me invested.
February 10, 2022
Review: “Death on the Nile” Continues Branagh’s Streak
February 9, 2022
The Lenient Critic Podcast Episode 12: Moonfall, The Worst Person in the World, The Fallout
Is Moonfall any good? Roland Emmerich’s recent track record may say otherwise, but Foster Harlfinger is here to help give the definitive Lenient Critic review and rating! Foster and Rowan also discuss The Worst Person in the World, a strong contender for Best International Feature Film, and The Fallout, an under-the-radar streaming original about tragedy and emotional trauma. Plus, their top five alliteratively-titled films, and more of the films they’ve been watching.
February 8, 2022
2022 Oscar Nominations Breakdown
The time is upon us again! Film Twitter has been engaged in some civil (and some uncouth) discourse throughout the day, as the nominations for the 94th Academy Awards were announced today!
The ceremony is being held later than usual this year so as to avoid attention conflicts with the Olympics, which end February 20. The Oscars ceremony will be held March 27, which will make it one of the latest Oscars shows (behind last year’s, held April 25). I will be watching live, but we have a little under two months before the actual show — so let’s make our predictions now, shall we! In this article, I’ll also discuss what I believe should have been nominated that wasn’t (and vice versa), with some commentary in between!
Review: “Moonfall” Misses Every Mark
Moonfall is the latest from Independence Day director Roland Emmerich, and if his recent track record was any indication, we were in for a wild ride. Maybe not a fun ride, or a rewarding ride, but a crazy one nonetheless.
John Bradley (Game of Thrones) stars as K.C. Houseman, a conspiracy theorist who discovers that the moon is slowly edging out of its orbit, bound for a collision course with planet Earth. Former NASA astronauts Jo Fowler (Halle Berry) and Brian Harper (Patrick Wilson) team up with Houseman to figure out exactly what is wrong with the moon as disasters on Earth get worse and worse (and more Emmerich-friendly).
February 3, 2022
Review: “The Worst Person in the World” Examines Life, Love and Everything Else
Occasionally a film comes along that is so simple in its premise, yet so intelligent in its execution that it manages to stand by itself in the pantheon of genre films. The Worst Person in the World, a Norwegian film directed by Joachim Trier, is one of those movies that has broken through and made itself notable among the countless romantic comedy-dramas out there.
Divided into twelve chapters (bookended by a prologue and an epilogue), Worst Person follows Julie (Renate Reinsve), a medical student-turned-writer who is finding her own way in the complex world of relationships, conflicting feelings, and the brutality of the real world. It’s more a series of interconnected vignettes, further punctuated by the use of chapter titles, showing us what may be the most important four years of Julie’s life.
I’ll just say it right out of the gate — if I had seen this last year, my rankings for 2021 would definitely be different. Reinsve is giving one of the year’s best performances, and the film is genius in its depiction of the feeling of being in love, side-by-side with the practicality of reality, which can sometimes be unfortunate and disappointing.
February 1, 2022
The Lenient Critic Podcast Episode 10: The Most Anticipated in Film and Television of 2022
2022 is shaping up to be one of the biggest years EVER for film and television. Alice-Ginevra Micheli is here to discuss with Rowan what we’re looking forward to this year!