Hereditary

Film Title

Hereditary

Synopsis

A grieving family is haunted by some very disturbing events

Director

Ari Aster

Cast

Toni Collette
Milly Shapiro
Gabriel Byrne
Christy Summerhayx
Alex Wolff
Jake Brown

Approaching Hereditary, one was confronted with one of two realizations, seldom avoiding both: the hype and applause hurled first-time director Ari Aster’s way and Toni Collette’s defining performance. The first time I saw it, I knew I could be making a mistake watching it alongside two philistine family members, and I wasn’t wrong. For them, […]

The Shawshank Redemption

Film Title

The Shawshank Redemption

Synopsis

Being in Shawshank was not always loads and loads of fun

Director

Frank Darabont

Cast

Tim Robbins
Morgan Freeman
Bob Gunton
Clancey Brown
James Whitmore
William Satler

For a movie that featured busting a load in another man’s mouth as repeated punishment for (and get a load of this) resisting the idea of taking the load to begin with, The Shawshank Redemption struck me as surprisingly tame during its first hour. Though never shown, this was twice insinuated to the victimized protagonist […]

Hold The Dark

Film Title

Hold The Dark

Synopsis

Russell Core is hired to investigate the death of children in Alaska

Director

Jeremy Saulnier

Cast

Jeffrey Wright
Alexander Skarsgard
James Badge Dale
Riley Keough
Beckam Crawford
Michael Tayles

With Hold the Dark, Jeremy Saulnier’s third such endeavor and fourth feature, the director’s reputation as a state-hopping connoisseur of America’s backwoods is well and truly confirmed. A reputation not so much for achievement as inclination; mainly an infatuation with subcultures situated at the peripheries of mainstream society. His penchant for uncompromising and violent depictions […]

House of Gucci

Film Title

House Of Gucci

Synopsis

Patrizia Reggiani marries into the Gucci Family and immediately starts to destroy it

Director

Ridley Scott

Cast

Lady Gaga
Adam Driver
Al Pacino
Jeremy Irons
Jared Leto
Jack Huston

If one were to pen a tale championing the proper way to end a relationship, and forge toward greener pastures, House of Gucci puts forth an exemplary illustration of what calamities to avoid. That is, were it not for the combination of a biopic-period piece serving as the conceit for achieving so. What else can […]

The Woman in The Window

Film Title

The Woman In The Window

Synopsis

An agoraphobic New York woman spies on her neighbors

Director

Joe Wright

Cast

Amy Adams
Gary Oldman
Fred Hechinger
Julianne Moore
Anthony Mackie
Jennifer Jason Leigh

A copycat of Copycat. And Hitchcock.

Psycho

Film Title

Psycho

Synopsis

Never be taking a shower during a knife fight

Director

Alfred Hitchcock

Cast

Anthony Perkins
Janet Leigh
John Gavin
Vera Miles
Martin Balsam

An early—perhaps, only—highlight in Resident Evil: Code Veronica features a palace sitting below a private residence atop a hill on a southern ocean island facility overrun by the bioengineered monstrosities it helped create. That gothic castle looms in the background, and as you, the player, forge an eventual path toward the perched building, the eerie […]

Goodfellas

Film Title

Goodfellas

Synopsis

The Godfather of all gangster movies

Director

Martin Scorsese

Cast

Ray Liotta
Joe Pesci
Robert De Niro
Lorraine Bracco
Paul Sorvino
Frank Vincent
Frank Sivero

I recently watched Goodfellas for the third…and final time, not because I intend to retire to eremitism, join a cult or end my life soon, but—to see how it held up. Seeing it first in 2004 while a twenty-year-old, English-as-a-second language twit enamored with mob flicks centered around New Yawk, big-city, third-world, streetwise culture; and, […]

Tenet (2020)

Film Title

Tenet

Synopsis

The word “tenet” must save the world

Director

Christopher Nolan

Cast

Robert Pattinson
John David Washington
Kenneth Branagh
Elizabeth Debicki

As has become customary of late, the sound mixing in Nolan’s much anticipated, much delayed film was a topic of contention, and though intentional, it seriously interfered with desired immersion. Decrypting whose desire it was optimized for—the audience’s or Nolan’s—just may yield the most succinct review possible. I could go one further and declare it […]

Raising Arizona

Film Title

Raising Arizona

Synopsis

An ex-con and an ex-cop decide to end their childlessness and kidnap a quintuplet that will never be missed. Hilarity ensues.

Director

Joel & Ethan Coen

Cast

Nicholas Cage
Holly Hunter
Trey Wilson
John Goodman
Francis McDormand
Randall 'Tex' Cobb
Sam McMurray

In just a third of their output, the tapestry of locales and personas from vast walks of life in the Coen brothers’ cinematic universe reads more like an illustrated road atlas of the US than disparate stories. After just six films—Blood Simple, Fargo, The Big Lebowski, No Country for Old Men, Burn After Reading, and […]

Velvet Buzzsaw

Film Title

Velvet Buzzsaw

Synopsis

A satire set in the contemporary art world scene of Los Angeles, where big money artists and mega-collectors pay a high price when art collides with commerce.

Director

Dan Gilroy

Cast

Jake Gyllenhaal
Rene Russo
Zawe Ashton
John Malkovich
Tom Sturridge
Natalia Dyer

When not engaged in auto-fellatio, one can imagine high brow, hoity-toity circles—art, fashion, and I shudder to think cinema is a third possibility—to instead partake in a close alternative; self-fucking. Sure, many a casting couch allegation attests to the coercive Weinstein Way, but I speak of complementary players being in bed with one another for […]