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 […]
Film TitleUnder the Skin (2013)
Mysterious woman seduces lonely men.
Lots of other dudes
Film TitleThe Nice Guys
At least Russell Crowe did not sing.
The Nice Guys was a highly rated (7.9 on IMDB and 70 with Metacritic) movie starring Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling. I was expecting an entertaining movie in the spirit of Lethal Weapon or 48 Hours , but what I saw was more to the tune of Dumb and Dumber. Dumb was a fat, […]
A radical in winter.
When planning your work is not enough
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 […]
Film TitleMommie Dearest
Just in time for Mother’s Day
Howard Da Silva
She’s not mad at you, she’s mad at the dirt.
Film TitleGreen Room
After witnessing a murder, a punk rock band is forced into a vicious fight for survival against a group of maniacal skinheads.
Is this film worth my time? Green Room is an instant classic of exploitation cinema, a taut and frantic siege movie that is evocative of Straw Dogs and Assault on Precinct 13. Who is this film perfect for? People who want to see punks fighting neo-nazis with whatever weapon they can scrounge, and people who […]
Film Title10 Cloverfield Lane
10 Cloverfield Lane is a movie that should never end.
Mary Elizabeth Winstead
John Gallagher Jr.
I’m sitting here with my sore, demolished foot when I should be writing a movie review. Well, I am writing one, or trying to write one. How does one go about ranking, rating or writing a review of a movie? For one thing, for your opinion to have any credibility, you must watch the entire […]
The evil of a powerful and corrupt institution is exposed
Brian d'Arcy James
As everyone is now aware, Spotlight was the surprise winner for Best Picture according to The Academy. I was as shocked as most others who thought that The Revenant would be a slam dunk. I was wrong, so I was compelled to see what this movie was all about. Scratch that, I was more than […]
Film TitleBatman v. Superman
Bathole v. Superjerk, a movie.
The epiphany of the corporate era of Hollywood, the genius of Zack Snyder, is the recognition of this truth: if you condition the audience to expect mediocrity, then you can never disappoint them.
This is a thing they’re actually doing. You’re aware they’re doing it. Let’s just skip the background and jump right into it. (You can watch the thing here.) Ghostbusters trailer review and analysis, here we go: (0:00 – 0:30) We begin by reminding people, in BIG WHITE TEXT, that the original film exists. And really, […]