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.

September 08

Stephen King’s “It” and the Persistence of Memory (Part II)

King builds a rich interior world for even the most peripheral characters, and creates perhaps his most fully realized, richly satisfying work ever.

September 07

Stephen King’s “It” and the Persistence of Memory (Part I)

Reading this novel always rekindles a connection with my own childhood naïveté (something I haven’t necessarily shaken).

August 28

“Burial Ground” (1981): Don’t Disturb the Dead

In a low-down and perverse way, it’s still fun to watch.

Created from footage from THE WOMAN (2011) August 24

Lucky McKee’s THE WOMAN (2011)

As the title character in THE WOMAN (2011), Pollyanna McIntosh is a finger-chomping, scowling badass, and, in my opinion, one of the most interesting characters in modern horror.

August 18

When There’s No More Room in Stockholm: “Berlin Syndrome” (2017)

When contrasted against last year’s similarly-themed (but far more original) Pet, Berlin Syndrome seems especially disappointing.