December 15

Christopher Alan Broadstone’s “A Catch in Time: Chapter One”

A Catch in Time: Chapter One is an intriguing teaser for a work of potential greatness.

Clip from AMITYVILLE: THE AWAKENING (2017) November 22

AMITYVILLE: THE AWAKENING (2017): Better as a Stand-Alone than a Sequel?

AMITYVILLE: THE AWAKENING falls into the category of films that really didn’t need to be a sequel. Certain movies seem as if they would have been better received if released on their own.

November 14

“The Killing of a Sacred Deer” (2017): Loss & Sacrifice

Difficult art doesn’t exist to be accepted and loved. It exists to exist.

November 08

The Questionable Resurrection of “Jigsaw” (2017)

I’m not sure what circumstances prompted the Twisted Pictures folks to revive their mascot…but I can’t say Jigsaw’s return isn’t timely.

Still from SHEITAN (2006) November 03

SHEITAN (2006): Multicultural French Hillbilly Horror

SHEITAN (Kim Chapiron, 2006) is a French take on the classic American hillbilly horror film, seasoned with themes and tropes from the New French Extremity.

DVD cover art work for THE BAD BATCH (2016) October 16

Day-Glo Apocalypse: Ana Lily Amirpour’s THE BAD BATCH (2016)

Ana Lily Amirpour weaves universes out of pop culture. Her second film, THE BAD BATCH (2016), is her fantasy of America in the 80’s: a post-apocalyptic, skater culture soaked in drugs and glam. It’s lecherous and carnivorous, lonely and outcast from the promised Eden of the 60’s. But with a touch of John Hughes.

October 13

“Flatliners” (2017): Death Takes a Holiday

As horror premises go, Flatliners is as classical as Frankenstein.

Detail from theatrical poster for BLADE RUNNER 2049 - Fair Use asserted October 06

“Blade Runner 2049” (2017): To the Wonder

You don’t need a PhD to follow the story. You just have to pay attention.

September 26

mother! (2017): god help the girl (Part II)

Aronofsky has created a film that posits the female as The Other – the source of all inspiration and frustration.

September 25

mother! (2017): men behaving badly (Part I)

In the end, mother! clings to convention in a story that’s couched in a guise of aesthetic edginess.