Alex Arabian is a film critic, journalist, and freelance filmmaker. His work has been featured in the San Francisco Examiner, AwardsCircuit.com, and PopMatters.com. His favorite film is Edward Scissorhands. It goes without saying that not all films are good, per se, but he believes that he owes the artists contributing to the medium film analyses that are insightful, well-informed, and respectful to craft. Check out more of his work on makingacinephile.com!
Midnighters doesn't ask too much from the audience. Respectfully, it knows what it is: a popcorn thriller with style and a bit of substance,
With potent acting by Whitaker and Bana, relevant social commentary, adept writing and direction, The Forgiven succeeds as a biopic, albeit not Joffé's finest
Despite strong leads and commendable technique, The Lullaby falls short of being a solid horror film due to its dull setting, convoluted story, and
The Cured is a fantastic zombie film with intelligent writing, precision direction, top-tier acting, and sincere sociopolitical themes and parallels that are essential in
"[It] should be the norm that we’re just casting across the board all kinds of different people, because that’s how our world looks" -
Half Magic succeeds with the help of Graham's stellar writing and direction, the cast's adherence to Graham's comedic and dramatic vision, and three central