Review: Black Mirror: Bandersnatch

By Michael Smith *Warning: Major Spoilers For Black Mirror: Bandersnatch* Black Mirror. Charlie Brooker’s sci-fi thriller series has taken Netflix and the world by storm and the latest installment is no different. Black Mirror: Bandersnatch released December 28th last year and has sent many people down the rabbit hole. Bandersnatch focuses on a young programmer, Stefan, pitching and then creating a video game based off … Continue reading Review: Black Mirror: Bandersnatch

Review: ‘Palace’

By Michael Smith When I try to place Palace into a genre, drama is one of the first to mind, but this does not fully encapsulate this film. Rather, this film is best categorized within a type more associated with anime. I’m talking about the “slice of life” genre. “Slice of life” refers to a storytelling structure that presents a seemingly arbitrary sample of a character’s life. … Continue reading Review: ‘Palace’

Review: ‘Miss Arizona’

By Michael Smith This year at the Heartland Film Festival, everything I saw fulfilled the festival’s mission to inspire filmmakers and audiences through the transformative power of film. However, no film that I saw was as relevant to the current climate as Miss Arizona. Miss Arizona follows Rose Raynes, former Miss Arizona, now a housewife who has a troubled marriage to a successful Hollywood agent and … Continue reading Review: ‘Miss Arizona’

Review: ‘Dealt’

By Michael Smith I’ve always loved watching documentaries. I’ve always felt like it is a great way to expand your knowledge in one place using film, a medium I thoroughly enjoy. Ever since I became a telecommunications student at Ball State, I’ve found myself being inadvertently pulled out of a film by a jarring editing decision or an off shot. For me, the only exception … Continue reading Review: ‘Dealt’

Review: ‘The S Word’

By Michael Smith For this review, I will start it off a bit differently. I will say right away that everyone should absolutely see this movie. It is about a subject that is so seldom talked about in a serious manner: many believe they are alone in having suicidal thoughts. I believe that it is important to allow people without such thoughts or mental illnesses … Continue reading Review: ‘The S Word’