Crime

Marathon Man

As I continue revisiting my favorite movies of the past, the next one up is Marathon Man, from 1976. This isn’t one of the small number of films that I’ve seen countless times, but I have seen it several times. I’d guess this most recent time was the fourth or fifth time I’ve watched it […]

Marathon Man
Action

No Time to Die

No Time to Die is the 25th Bond movie and Daniel Craig’s final film as the suave superspy. Craig’s films started in 2006 with Casino Royal and the seeds planted in that film grew over Bond’s next three films and are at the center of his emotional/internal conflict in No Time to Die. The film […]

Review: No Time to Die
Drama

Turkish Thriller Only Gives Up its “Grudge” at the End

The Turkish police procedural “Grudge” toys with the idea of really saying something blunt and chilling about Turkish justice, Turkish policing and the powerlessness of The People, and only loses its nerve in the third act. The ending is the final “cop out” of this decently-plotted Around the World with Netflix thriller, titled “Kin” in […]

Netflixable? Turkish Thriller Only Gives Up its “Grudge” at the End
Drama

TITANE

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Titane is a complex film, one that doesn’t hold back in its portrayal of unconditional love. The bold and sometimes intense imagery of the human body put on display in the film is an unwavering/uncompromising vision. That is the vision of the director, Julia Ducournau. Released to critical acclaim and even winning the palm’d’or at the […]

‘Titane’ and the Politics of Dancing
Drama

Cry Macho

The titular “Macho” in Clint Eastwood’s latest, Cry Macho, refers to the name of prize fighting rooster owned by a thirteen-year-old Mexican boy, as well as the machismo the rooster represents. It’s all set in 1980, and the boy, Rafa (Eduardo Minett), is traveling north to meet the American father he barely knows at the […]

Cry Macho – Movie Review
Crime

The Guilty

Well damn. Jake Gyllenhaal plays Joe, a disgraced cop who’s been busted down to dispatch duty, manning the 911 desk until he can clear his name. On his last shift before he’ll get his day in court, he takes a call that will change his life. On the other end of the phone, Emily whispers […]

The Guilty
Movie Reviews

Encounter

Well that was unexpected. Director Michael Pearce takes a sci-fi action thriller road trip movie and subverts your every expectation, giving us panicky thrills of another kind. Malik Khan (Riz Ahmed) is a Marine who’s been working back to back top-secret missions, too busy saving the world to see his sons, who live with their […]

Encounter
Horror

“Candyman” (2021)

Sometime last year, in the early throes of quarantine, I watched the 1992 film “Candyman” for the first time, in preparation for Nia DaCosta’s new take on the story, which was delayed multiple times from its original June 2020 release date due to the pandemic. I pressed play sometime after midnight, which was a mistake—something […]

Review: “Candyman” (2021)
Horror

Candyman

I think one of the horror films that has really stuck with me the most has been Candyman which was released in 1992. It was directed by Bernard Rose and was based on a Clive Barker short story called The Forbidden. Clive Barker of course made Hellraiser, which I have not fully gotten into yet. […]

Candyman
Drama

Glasshouse

I am a fan of a post-apocalyptic/dystopian nightmare done well, and I wasn’t sure that’s what Glasshouse promised, but boy did it deliver. Glasshouse is an official selection of the Fantasia Film Festival 2021. The Premise: Living in a glasshouse in total isolation, a matriarch helps her family survive The Shred, a dementia-like virus that […]

Glasshouse
Horror

Review: Candyman (2021)

In 1992, Candyman struck fear in moviegoers across the world. It was like nothing horror fans had seen – one part slasher film, one part supernatural horror, and one part urban legend.  For decades, people have been afraid to say his name in the mirror. Director Nia DaCosta has brought the iconic character back to […]

Review: Candyman (2021)
Action

Blood Red Sky

2021 Foreign (German?) horror This starts with a boy getting out of the ‘back’ of the plane (or was that a cargo hold?), while someone climbs into the pilot seat. Once the boy is in custody we get to see the what transpired. The mom Nadia is sick in someway, at first look you think […]

Blood Red Sky
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
Action

Jolt

The Premise: Lindy (Kate Beckinsale) suffers from Intermittent Explosive Disorder, which causes her anger, and indeed even mild annoyance, to turn into deadly violence. When provoked, she snaps, and good luck surviving her wrath as the extra cortisol makes her stronger and faster than any mere human. After a childhood spent as a lab rat, […]

Jolt
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

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