The Neon Demon

Film Title

The Neon Demon

Synopsis

Jess is an aspiring actress who makes her move on Los Angeles

Director

Nicholas Winding Refn

Cast

Elle Fanning
Carl Glusman
Jena Malone
Bella Heathcote
Abbey Lee
Desmond Harrington

Coming from the position of not knowing his earlier output, this take might be limited but better to have tried and failed, right? Nicolas Winding Refn occupies a unique place among active filmmakers, but also a precarious one. Revered without being critic-proof, his films decidedly garner polarizing sentiment. As a whole his later filmography forms […]

Can Valve Bring a New Level of Trust to One of eSports Biggest Games?

Can Valve Bring a New Level of Trust to One of eSports Biggest Games? To a casual gamer, the name Counter-Strike: Global Offensive probably does not mean too much. After all, why should it when major promotional campaigns are always pushing them more in the direction of new entries in blockbusting franchises like Destiny, Call […]

The value of reviews, and when to trust them

In todays digital world everybody has an opinion. And when it comes to selling a product, the opinion and coverage from people online now a days ways much heavier than brand exposure and reputation management, or attracting potential consumers via any other marketing form, be it a banner on a website, TV or radio commercials […]

The Witch (2015)

Film Title

The Witch

Synopsis

A family in 1630s New England is torn apart by the forces of witchcraft, black magic and possession.

Director

Robert Eggers

Cast

Anya Taylor-Joy
Ralph Eneson
Kate Dickle
Harvey Scrimshaw
Julian Richings
Sarah Stephens

Sitting through The Witch, and long after it finished, I grappled with my reaction hoping to articulate it into a verdict, weeding out customary knee-jerk biases only for resignation to eventually set in. A second viewing was in order. Although it was one more borne out of pure enjoyment, rather than a needy reassurance, for […]

Under the Skin (2013)

Film Title

Under the Skin (2013)

Synopsis

Mysterious woman seduces lonely men.

Director

Johnathan Glazer

Cast

Scarlett Johannsson
Paul Brannigan
Lots of other dudes

While accurate, to dismiss Jonathan Glazer’s unorthodox alien sci-fi as enigmatic is a simplistic exercise in reductionism, but it is also the easiest to do. Though tangential, comparisons to 2001: A Space Odyssey were inevitable, they would prove only insofar as creative intent. What Kubrick sought to ask would ultimately eclipse what his epic attempted […]

Nightcrawler

Film Title

Nightcrawler

Synopsis

When planning your work is not enough

Director

Dan Gilroy

Cast

Jake Gyllenhaal
Michael Papajohn
Marco Rodriguez
Bill Paxton
James Huang
Rene Russo
Riz Ahmed

Despite being categorically different in tone, Nightcrawler is similar to Carancho in featuring cottage industries named in generic, often pejorative fashion. Except an honest assessment of Nightcrawler would do well without two things, to be fair: heaping plaudits on the performance by Jake Gyllenhaal, and; partaking in fanboy fuckery extended to a character that no […]