Category Archives: Film and Video

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.

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.

Still of "Calvin" from LIFE (2017) August 14

LIFE (2017): A Competent but Not Too Lively Sci-Fi / Horror Thriller

Billed as a sci-fi/horror film, Life (2017, dir. Daniel Espinosa) is more accurately a semi-lame thriller based on the familiar sci-fi trope of contamination by an alien species.

Still from FUNNY GAMES (2007) August 10

“Post-Horror” or Just More “FUNNY GAMES”? (Part 2 of 2)

In this second part of a two-part article, I focus on the film(s) that I introduced at the end of the first part: Michael Haneke’s FUNNY GAMES (1997 / 2007).