Author: Sawyer Jackson


Top 10 movies of 2017

2017. What a unique and surprising year for film. As I write this, it’s New Year’s Eve, and this year alone I saw 51 movies at the multiplex. That’s more than any previous year and almost one film a week. More than any year in recent memory, 2017 was when […]


The Disaster Artist

Nobody ever sets out to make a bad movie. Films themselves are incredibly challenging to produce, requiring the combined efforts of hundreds, if not thousands of people creatively coming together to make a work of art. It’s a miracle whenever a good movie releases. Whatever Tommy Wiseau’s intentions with his […]


No Losers Here

Growing up isn’t easy. At a time in your life, you come to realize that your parents and other adult figures aren’t always going to be able to protect you from the larger world, which feels especially intimidating during adolescence. When you’re on the cusp of adulthood, you find that […]


The Film Shelf

The Film Shelf The Film Shelf is a blog centered around all things cinema authored by  me, Sawyer Jackson, The Agora's unofficial film critic and cinephile. This spot is reserved for reviewing films released during the intervening time between semesters (such as summer, for example) or reviews to lengthy to […]


Soulless corporate drones

No matter what movie you see this year, you’ll at least be able to say, “Well, it was more pleasant than ‘The Belko Experiment’.” A shockingly dull and cheap-looking film, “The Belko Experiment” is a horrific endeavor wrapped up in disgusting nihilism that is nowhere near as clever as […]


The mutant condition

Superhero movies are at their peak now, and in this age of sprawling, interconnected movie universes is missing something: the end. Free from the constraints of setting up the next film in the franchise or worrying if an actor doesn’t want to return to the role, “Logan” is allowed […]


Beauty and the Beast remake tackles classic

ldquo;The Jungle Book” and “Cinderella” were successful remixes of their animated counterparts, but the task of reimagining those films doesn’t compare to that of “Beauty and the Beast.” The original 1991 film is as perfect as the Disney formula could ever achieve. While “The Lion King” may have it beat […]