Drama

La Brea

2021  Eoin Macken  Natalie zea Zyra Gorecki  Nicholas Gonzalez  rohan mirchandaney  jack martin  john seda  chikè okonkwo For those looking to get, or for the next Lost…I think we’ve found it. It has the Feel of lost… And the logo reminds me of stranger things upside down . While the ‘above’ world tries to figure out […]

La Brea
Drama

MIDNIGHT MASS

When it comes to masterpieces of modern horror, Mike Flanagan’s track record is like no other. From films like Gerald’s Game (2017) and Doctor Sleep (2019) to shows such as The Haunting of Hill House (2018) and The Haunting of Bly Manor (2020), the man has proven time and time again that he’s one of […]

MIDNIGHT MASS is a thought-provoking, harrowing and ambitious religious horror spectacle!

Movie Reviews

Reminiscence

Why are sci-fi/private detectives are such a common breed? Sure, Blade Runner and its sequel made a nice job of updating Hammett and Chandler to the 21st century but both films flopped hard on release. Their cult status, however, seems to ensure that there’s a steady stream of mob bosses presiding over augmented realities, film […]

Reminiscence
Crime

Le Samouraï

I remember seeing a quote from one of my favourite directors, Jim Jarmusch. He is an inspiration of mine and there was an article with him released back in 2004. The article was about his golden rules of filmmaking. They included: Rule #1: There are no rules. There are as many ways to make a […]

Le Samouraï
Fantasy

The Isle is a stale melodrama

The Isle has wonderful scenery but a boring, unimaginative plot. The Isle is a 2018 movie about some shipwrecked sailors who get stranded on a strange island, filled with curious supernatural elements. These elements have divided the inhabitants of the island and made them afraid of a Strange Haunting ™. It’s marketed as a mythological […]

The Isle is a stale melodrama
Horror

Fear Street Trilogy

With the release of this horror trilogy (directed by Leigh Janiak) and with the release of Nia DaCosta’s Candyman, Halloween Kills and Scream 5 on the horizon, it’s pretty fair to say slasher horror films are making a comeback. Back in the late 70s and 80s in the wake of the success films like Halloween […]

Fear Street Trilogy
Movie Reviews

Memento: The Thriller That’s Impossible To Forget

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Rating: 8.5 out of 10. SPOILERS! As I write these reviews, I (mostly…) attempt to tentatively link each film to similar ones in a sort of theme, I guess, over a longer period of time. I went through a Danish/Thomas Vinterberg phase for a time; any of my more pious readers will know paranoid […]

Memento: The Thriller That’s Impossible To Forget
Drama

The Conversation: The Dangers Of Playing God

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Rating: 8.5 out of 10. Sometimes, it’s simply just hard to put things into words. Which, I know, is silly, as I clack-clackity-clack away here at my computer. But sometimes, things are really too brilliant to try and justify – it feels disrespectful to do so to the Sistine Chapel ceiling, say. So forgive […]

The Conversation: The Dangers Of Playing God
Drama

Review: Old

Old is a thriller from M. Night Shyamalan, the mind that brought us The Sixth Sense. Because it is Shyamalan, Old follows his formula – a a simple story + a twist = good film. The simple story in Old – a family on vacation ends up on the secluded beach with a group of […]

Review: Old
Drama

Chinatown

”Forget it Jake. It’s Chinatown.” Those immortal words have been parodied to death over the years and if you haven’t seen Chinatown, you would have heard those lines spoofed in another film or TV show. Once you see what has just occurred and those five words are uttered by Joe Mantell who played Jake Gittes’s […]

Chinatown
Documentary

“The Sleepless Unrest”

It doesn’t look like much. The Harrisville, Rhode Island home might not get a lot of second or third looks on Zillow. “Needs paint” translates as “rustic” and “historic.” “Low ceilings” just means its out of date. But “historic” is right on the mark. This 300 year-old wood frame/clapboard house is where the events depicted […]

Documentary Review: The “Conjuring” house goes AirBnB — “The Sleepless Unrest”
Horror

The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

The year is 1981 and Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga, of course!) have just screwed up another exorcism.  Only Ed hears as Arne Johnson (Ruairi O’Connor) begs the demon that has possessed 8 year-old David Glatzel (Julian Hilliard) to enter him instead.  Unfortunately, Ed also has a heart attack and passes […]

Film Review: The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (dir by Michael Chaves)
Crime

Klute: Character Study Or Detective Thriller?

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Rating: 8 out of 10. Klute was the first of the Pakula paranoid trilogy – The Parallax View came three years later, and All The Presidents Men five. So why have I done it in this perverse order? I’ll be asking the questions, young padawan! Really, it should be called Bree (Jane Fonda), because […]

Klute: Character Study Or Detective Thriller?
Crime

Moreish Mare of Easttown Proves You Can Have Too Much Of A Good Thing

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Rating: 7 out of 10. Well, this show has been all the rave recently, and in my typical fashion, I went into this one hoping that I’d be able to go against the tide and rip Mare of Easttown to pieces. Unfortunately, I won’t be doing that, but it’s not exactly a laudation either… […]

Moreish Mare of Easttown Proves You Can Have Too Much Of A Good Thing
Crime

Prisoners

Keller’s daughter goes missing and when he soon realises that the police are taking longer than he thought, he decides to take things into his own hands by going out to find his daughter’s kidnapper himself. However, his mental health begins to decline and so he starts doing things he will soon regret leading him […]

Prisoners – MOVIE REVIEW
Comedy

Palm Springs

It’s worth remembering that the script for Groundhog Day was, like, way darker than the final movie; the idea of a day endlessly repeating, and how that might feel for those trapped within it, has got legs. Remakes and sequels haven’t followed, and that’s a good thing, but the potential mileage is obvious, and it […]

Palm Springs
Drama

REVIEW: “Undine” (2021)

Needless to say my expectations for the new Christian Petzold film were through the roof. The German filmmaker’s last two movies, 2014’s “Phoenix” and 2018’s “Transit”, are both snugly among my favorites from the last decade. His latest “Undine” has finally come to the States courtesy of IFC Films. And while it might not pack […]

REVIEW: “Undine” (2021)

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