The Legacy Of Silent Film

When Louis and Auguste Lumiere first showed their short film The Arrival of a Train in 1895, they certainly had no inkling that, almost a hundred years later, it would be the film-within-a-film in Francis Ford Coppola’s 1992 adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Nor could Carl Theodor Dreyer have suspected that his 1928 feature The […]

Diary Of A Serial Killer-aka Rough Draft (1998)

Film Title

Diary Of A Serial Killer

Synopsis

Transvestites and serial killers

Director

Joshua Wallace

Cast

Gary Busey
Michael Madsen
Arnold Vosloo
Reno Wilson
Julia Campbell

Right from the opening frame of the 1998 straight-to-video thriller Diary of a Serial Killer (aka Rough Draft), it is obviously a cheesy affair. The score, with its heavy saxophone wailing and bombastic drum-machine track, feels more like something from the 80s than the late 90s, and the rest of the movie feels the same way. Our protagonist, […]

Dragged Across Concrete

Film Title

Dragged Across Concrete

Synopsis

Two suspended cops must go bad to make a living

Director

S. Craig Zahler

Cast

Mel Gibson
Vince Vaughn
Tory Kittles
Michael Jai White
Don Johnson
Fred Melamed
Jennifer Carpenter
Laurie Holden

S. Craig Zahler has been accused, even by those who (rightly) praised his first two features, of harboring a reactionary worldview, and Dragged Across Concrete feels like his response to this criticism in much the same way that The House That Jack Built felt like Lars Von Trier’s response to critics who see his work […]

My Year in Movies – 2020 Edition – Worst. Year. Ever

Here are some quotes that have not aged well, due to 2020 being a rotten asshole of a year. “Luckily, we haven’t gone so far down the rabbit hole that we all can’t sit in a theater and enjoy a film together.” “As usual, and despite the continued predictions that a fill-in-the-blank-enemy will force theaters […]

My Spy: Pet Peeves Edition

Film Title

My Spy

Synopsis

9 year olds, dude

Director

Peter Segal

Cast

David Batista
Chloe Coleman
Parisa Fitz-Henley
Kristen Skaal
Ken Jeong
Greg Bryk

One of my wife’s biggest movie pet peeves is when kids are smarter than adults. While some kids are most definitely smarter than some adults, this theme almost always goes way too far when asking you to suspend your disbelief. Home Alone, Rookie of the Year, The Goonies, Spy Kids, Holes, any of the Harry […]

Wonder Woman 1984: Gloves Off

Film Title

Wonder Woman 1984

Synopsis

Easily the worst movie of the year

Director

Patty Jenkins

Cast

Gal Gadot
Kristen Wilg
Chris Pine
Pedro Pascal
Robin Wright

“Wonder Woman 1984” – Dick move (or, just fast forward to the good part). Wretched. I tried to think of the most appropriate adjective to describe Wonder Woman 1984 and…wretched. And I was looking forward to this film. Yes, I know – this is a DCEU movie we are talking about; I should know better. […]

Wonder Woman 1984

Film Title

Wonder Woman 1984

Synopsis

Wonder Woman in 1984 is a film that is underwhelming

Director

Patty Jenkins

Cast

Gal Gadot
Kristen Wilg
Chris Pine
Pedro Pascal
Robin Wright

Life is good but it can be better Maxwell Lord(played by Pedro Pascal), says the above line multiple times in the film and this can be easily used to describe the film “WW84 was decent but it could have been so much more“ Wonder Woman 1984 was a highly anticipated sequel to the first Wonder […]

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 […]

Dogtooth (2009)

Film Title

Dogtooth

Synopsis

One of the most ruthless movies made this century

Director

Yorgos Lanthimos

Cast

Christos Stergioglou
Michelle Valley
Angeliki Papoulia
Hristos Passalis
Mary Tsoni
Anna Kalaitdizou

The best way to see the breakthrough feature from Greek filmmaker Giorgos Lanthimos (The Lobster, The Favourite) is to go in without knowing anything about its storyline. If you have not yet seen Dogtooth, I strongly encourage you to stop reading this review and watch it first, preferably without looking up anything else about it. […]

Greenland

Film Title

Greenland

Synopsis

Yet another crummy disaster flick

Director

Ric Roman Waugh

Cast

Gerald Butler
Morena Baccarin
Roger Dale Floyd
Scott Glenn
Randal Gonzalez
Scott Poythress

“Greenland” – Wanna get away? Greenland is the perfect movie for 2020. It includes needless violence; an idiotic treatment of science, government, and the military; and the end of the world. All I wanted was a big, dumb, loud, fun disaster movie to escape into for a couple of hours. Instead, I was reminded of […]