JUMPCUT’S Favourites Review- 500 Days of Summer (2009)

  Jumpcut Online publishes another one of our staff favourites, and this time, a look at one of mine, (500) Days of Summer. Click through the link to read it. Year: 2009 Directed by: Marc Webb Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Zooey Deschanel, Geoffrey Arend, Chloe Grace Moretz, Matthew Grey Gubler. WRITTEN BY JESSICA PEÑA When I... Continue Reading →


Film Review- Raw (2017)

Julia Ducournau's Raw will not cater to your expectations of a moral compass. This French-Belgian horror drama is a delicious plate of obscurity and tantalized adolescence. It lives up to its ambiguity through a grisly coming-of-age tale. Raised as a strict vegetarian all her life, Justine (Garance Marillier) undergoes intense hazing as a first year... Continue Reading →

Film Review- While We’re Young (2014)

Noah Baumbach takes a colorful and tender approach to generational ambition in his film, While We're Young. It explores the themes of rejuvenation, jealousy, skeptical admiration, and unrelenting youth. In their forties, Josh and Cornelia (Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts) grapple with the inescapable quirks of aging. Along the way, they meet a young, hip couple... Continue Reading →

Film Review- Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

While I'm not a die-hard superhero/comics enthusiast, I do enjoy the experience of watching a robust and fun superhero film. Taika Waititi directs the latest in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Thor: Ragnarok. Many critics and peers of mine agree; it is Thor's best stand-alone film in the MCU and quite possibly the best Marvel film of... Continue Reading →

World Market Haul

A pause from film reviews today to muse over some foreign delicacies I've found! Who doesn't love rummaging through world markets and finding amazing food products to try out? It's been a while since I've done one of these posts (I've done some damage at the world market since, don't get me wrong), but here... Continue Reading →

Film Review- The Killing of A Sacred Deer (2017)

My review of THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER over at Jumpcut Online.


Year: 2017
Directed by: Yorgos Lanthimos
Cast: Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Barry Keoghan, Alicia Silverstone, Raffey Cassidy, Sunny Suljic

Written by Jessica Peña

It’s not often enough a film will come around that will leave you in awe, laughing, cringing, and downright terrified. Yorgos Lanthimos’ ‘The Killing of A Sacred Deer’ will find you in these states and will claw at your psyche well after its ending credits. It carries very dark comedic tones and chilling subjects. The film examines the absence of any virtue and becomes one of the most unsettling and gratifying cinematic experiences of the year.

Dr. Stephen Murphy (Colin Farrell) is a renowned cardiovascular surgeon who lives a comfortable and pristine suburban life with his wife (Nicole Kidman), son (Sunny Suljic), and teenage daughter (Raffey Cassidy). It becomes known that he’s struggled with an alcohol problem in the past, leading to the death of a man on…

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Film Review- Frances Ha (2012)

Shot blissfully in black and white, Noah Baumbach brings Frances Ha to life in a coming-of-age story for the young adult. I found myself resonating with it when it was all said and done. It's a film that sort of tugs at your youth and what it feels like to struggle and let go. Frances (Greta... Continue Reading →

Film Review- Before We Go (2014)

Chris Evans finds comfort in the quiet of the city in his directorial debut, Before We Go. It premiered at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival and then to limited release in the United States. You could dub it a modern take on the Before trilogy from Richard Linklater, but you can also find traits that set it apart... Continue Reading →

Film Review- Only The Brave (2017)

My review of Only The Brave over at JUMPCUT ONLINE. Year: 2017 Directed by: Joseph Kosinski Cast: Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, Jeff Bridges, Taylor Kitsch, Jennifer Connelly, James Badge Dale Written by Jessica Peña ‘Only the Brave’ is the biographical drama that tells the fateful true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, a unit of... Continue Reading →

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