Parasite (2019)

Film Title

Parasite (2019)

Synopsis

The Haves and the Have Nots

Director

Bong Joon-Ho

Cast

Kang ho-Song
Yeo-jeong Jo
So dam-Park
Woo-sik Choi
Sun-kyun Lee

Until the night I saw Parasite, I had been struggling to decide what my favorite movie so far this year has been. There have been many contenders, from highly anticipated sequels like John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum and Avengers: Endgame to wild, weird arthouse flicks like Midsommar and Relaxer, not to mention the feature film […]

The Human Centipede III (2015)

Film Title

The Human Centipede III

Synopsis

Just one more reason to try to stay out of prison

Director

Tom Six

Cast

Dieter Laser
Laurence R. Harvey
Eric Roberts
Robert LaSardo
Tommy 'Tiny' Lister!
Bree Olson
Clayton Rohner
Akihiro Kitamura

As both of my readers might know, I work at an indie/art-house movie theater in New York City. What you might not know, and might even find surprising, is that that is the type of venue at which the pretty much universally reviled Human Centipede movies get their theatrical exhibitions. The first one was kind […]

Toning Down the Terror: Another look at Stephen King at the Movies

Few authors in the 20th century (or any time, for that matter) have been more frequently adapted for the movies than the favorite son of Maine, Stephen King. This Halloween season, I wanted to offer a look at some (not nearly all) of those movie adaptations and the ways in which certain elements were changed […]

Midsommar (2019)

Film Title

Midsommar (2019)

Synopsis

A trip to Sweden turns into a nightmare

Director

Ari Aster

Cast

Florence Pugh
Jack Reynor
Vilhelm Blomgren
William Jackson Harper
Will Poulter
Archie Madekwe
Gunnel Fred
Isabell Grill
Mats Blomgren

Ari Aster’s first film, Hereditary, had a trailer that was impossible to avoid for about six months leading up to its release. I must have seen it at least two dozen times. With every claim that it was the scariest movie to come along in decades, anticipation grew, and some degree of disappointment became more […]

Yesterday (2019)

Film Title

Yesterday (2019)

Synopsis

In an alternate universe, everyone has forgotten The Beatles. Everyone needs to forget this movie instead.

Director

Danny Boyle

Cast

Himesh Patel
Lily James
Joel Fry
Ed Sheeran
Sophia Di Martino
Ellise Chappell

Near the end of Hot Tub Time Machine (spoiler alert for a movie that is nearly ten years old and way better than the one I am currently reviewing), there was this plot device. The Craig Robinson character, Nick, used his knowledge of the pop music of his revisited youth to reinvent himself as a […]