The Walking Dead – Season 6, Episode 11: “Knots Untie”

AMC’s The Walking Dead Season 6, Episode 11: “Knots Untie” Directed by Michael E. Satrazemis Written by Matthew Negrete & Channing Powell * For a review of the previous episode, “The Next World” – click here * For a review of the next episode, “Not Tomorrow Yet” – click here Abraham (Michael Cudlitz) and SashaContinue reading “The Walking Dead – Season 6, Episode 11: “Knots Untie””

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Afflicted: Found Footage Captures a Dangerous Disease

Afflicted. 2013. Directed/Written by Derek Lee & Clif Prowse. Starring Derek Lee, Clif Prowse, Michael Gill, Baya Rehaz, Benjamin Zeitoun, Zach Gray, Jason Lee, Edo Van Breeman, Gary Redekop, Lily Py Lee, & Ellen Ferguson. Automatki Entertainment/IM Global/Téléfilm Canada. Rated 14A. 85 minutes. Horror/Mystery/Thriller ★★★★ When I start reviews of films which use the foundContinue reading “Afflicted: Found Footage Captures a Dangerous Disease”

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American Crime Story – Season 1, Episode 4: “100% Not Guilty”

FX’s American Crime Story Season 1, Episode 4: “100% Not Guilty” Directed by Anthony Hemingway Written by Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski * For a review of the previous episode, “The Dream Team” – click here * For a review of the next episode, “The Race Card” – click here This episode starts with “Everybody DanceContinue reading “American Crime Story – Season 1, Episode 4: “100% Not Guilty””

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Vinyl – Season 1, Episode 2: “Yesterday Once More”

HBO’s Vinyl Season 1, Episode 2: “Yesterday Once More” Directed by Allen Coulter Written by Terence Winter * For a review of the pilot – click here * For a review of the next episode, “Whispered Secrets” – click here Open on Richie Finestra (Bobby Cannavale) watching a martial arts flick with Bruce Lee onContinue reading “Vinyl – Season 1, Episode 2: “Yesterday Once More””

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Civic Duty: Paranoid Delusion in Post 9/11 America

Civic Duty. 2006. Directed by Jeff Renfroe. Screenplay by Andrew Lanter. Starring Peter Krause, Kari Matchett, Ian Tracey, & Richard Schiff. Christal Films/Sepia Films/Landslide Pictures/Movie Central. Rated 14A. 95 minutes. Drama/Thriller ★★★★  Jeff Renfroe’s first debut feature One Point O is a thriller built on mystery and paranoia, so it’s no surprise Civic Duty is similarlyContinue reading “Civic Duty: Paranoid Delusion in Post 9/11 America”

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Better Call Saul – Season 2, Episode 2: “Cobbler”

AMC’s Better Call Saul Season 2, Episode 2: “Cobbler” Directed by Terry McDonough Written by Gennifer Hutchison * For a review of the previous episode, Season 2 premiere “Switch” – click here * For a review of the next episode, “Amarillo” – click here After the excellent start to Season 2, Better Call Saul continues on,Continue reading “Better Call Saul – Season 2, Episode 2: “Cobbler””

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Condemned is a Gross Out and Nothing More

Condemned. 2015. Directed & Written by Eli Morgan Gesner. Starring Johnny Messner, Michel Gill, Jon Abrahams, Ronen Rubinstein, Lydia Hearst, Dylan Penn, Michael Drayer, Jordan Gelber, Genevieve Hudson-Price, Anthony Chisholm, Kea Ho, Michael DeMello, Perry Yung, & Tuffy Questell. Caliber Media Company. Not Rated. 83 minutes. Horror ★★1/2 Director-writer Eli Morgan Gesner is obviously aContinue reading “Condemned is a Gross Out and Nothing More”

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The Walking Dead – Season 6, Episode 10: “The Next World”

AMC’s The Walking Dead Season 6, Episode 10: “The Next World” Directed by Kari Scogland Written by Angela Kang & Corey Reed * For a review of the previous episode, “No Way Out” – click here * For a review of the next episode, “Knots Untie”  – click here This episode begins with everything settledContinue reading “The Walking Dead – Season 6, Episode 10: “The Next World””

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The Witch: Religious Madness and Persecution in Early America

The Witch. 2015. Directed & Written by Robert Eggers. Starring Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie, Harvey Scrimshaw, Ellie Grainger, Lucas Dawson, Bathsheba Garnett, Sarah Stephens, Julian Richings, & Wahab Chaudhry. Parts and Labor/RT Features/Rooks Nest Entertainment/Code Red Productions/Scythia Films/Maiden Voyage Pictures/Mott Street Pictures/Pulse Films/Special Projects. Rated 14A. 93 minutes. Horror/Mystery ★★★★★ People will tellContinue reading “The Witch: Religious Madness and Persecution in Early America”

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Elizabeth Olsen Braves the Silent House

Silent House. 2011. Directed by Chris Kentis & Laura Lau. Screenplay by Lau; based on the original screenplay by Oscar Estévez for the film La casa muda. Starring Elizabeth Olsen, Adam Trese, Eric Sheffer Stevens, Julia Taylor Ross, Adam Barnett, & Haley Murphy. Elle Driver/Tazora Films. Rated R. 86 minutes. Horror/Mystery/Thriller ★★★★ Always a sucker forContinue reading “Elizabeth Olsen Braves the Silent House”

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Some Kind of Hate: A Ghostly, Savage Bullying Tale

Some Kind of Hate. 2015. Directed by Adam Egypt Mortimer. Screenplay by Brian DeLeeuw & Mortimer. Starring Grace Phipps, Spencer Breslin, Andrew Bryniarski, Sierra McCormick, Lexi Atkins, Brando Eaton, Ronen Rubinstein, Maestro Harrell, Noah Segan, Michael Polish, Justin Prentice, & Jasper Polish. Caliber Media Company/Revek Entertainment. Not Rated. 82 minutes. Horror ★★★1/2 Low budget indiesContinue reading “Some Kind of Hate: A Ghostly, Savage Bullying Tale”

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Secret Rural Lives: Uncle John the Protector

Uncle John. 2015. Directed by Steven Piet. Screenplay by Erik Crary & Piet. Starring John Ashton, Alex Moffat, Jenna Lyng, Ronnie Gene Blevins, Cynthia Baker, Andy Cameron, Adria Dawn, Tim Decker, Don Forston, Janet Gilmme, Gary Houston Matt Kozlowski, & Ashleigh LaThrop. Uncle John Productions. Not Rated. 113 minutes. Crime/Drama/Mystery/Thriller ★★★★★ Digital editing technician, cinematographerContinue reading “Secret Rural Lives: Uncle John the Protector”

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