Queen of Earth. 2015. Directed & Written by Alex Ross Perry. Starring Elisabeth Moss, Katherine Waterston, Patrick Fugit, Kentucker Audley, Keith Poulson, and Kate Lyn Sheil. Washington Square Films. Unrated. 90 minutes. Drama/Thriller ★★★★★ Opening with such a tightly framed shot of Elisabeth Moss’ Catherine, Alex Ross Perry completely submerges us immediately into her world.Continue reading “Beauty in the Breakdown: Alex Ross Perry’s Perfectly Uncomfortable Queen of Earth”
We Are Still Here. 2015. Directed by Ted Geoghegan. Written by Ted Geoghegan & based on a concept by Richard Griffin. Starring Barbara Crampton, Andrew Sensenig, Lisa Marie, and Larry Fessenden. Dark Sky Films. Unrated. 84 minutes. Horror. 3.5 out of 5 stars I’m a big fan of horror, big fan of Barbara Crampton, soContinue reading “WE ARE STILL HERE Channels Fulci”
It Follows. 2015. Directed & Written by David Robert Mitchell. Starring Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Olivia Luccardi, Kelly Height, Daniel Zovatto, and Jake Weary. Northern Lights Films. 14A. 100 minutes. Horror/Mystery. ★★★★1/2 There’s been a massive amount of praise roll in for David Robert Mitchell’s new horror It Follows, and it seems equal portions of peopleContinue reading “IT FOLLOWS: S.T.G (Sexually Transmitted Ghosts)”
An American man goes on a vacation to flee his life, in the process finding love and cosmic terror.
An enduring piece of cinematic terror: Steven Spielberg’s JAWS.
Interstellar. 2014. Directed by Christopher Nolan. Starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine, Wes Bentley, Jessica Chastain, Jon Lithgow, Mackenzie Foy, David Gyasi, Casey Affleck, William Devane, David Oyelowo, Casey Affleck, Matt Damon, Topher Grace, and Leah Cairns. Paramount Pictures. Rated PG. 169 minutes. Adventure/Drama/Sci-Fi ★★★★1/2 I was excited to see Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar for aContinue reading “INTERSTELLAR Takes Us on an Existential Ride Through Space & Time”
L’inconnu du lac (English title: Stranger by the Lake). 2014. Directed & Written by Alain Guiraudie. Starring Pierre Deladonchamps, Christophe Paou, and Patrick d’Assumçao. Les films du losange. Unrated. 97 minutes. Drama/Thriller ★★★★1/2 I know a lot men personally who would be uncomfortable watching a movie like Stranger by the Lake. As a straight man myself, IContinue reading “Dangerous Forbidden Love: The Promiscuous Men of STRANGER BY THE LAKE”
Birdman. 2014. Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu. Starring Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Zach Galifianakis, Naomi Watts, Andrea Riseborough, Merritt Wever, and Edward Norton. New Regency Pictures. Rated 14A. 119 minutes. Comedy/Drama ★★★★ Birdman tells the story of Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton) who was once playing the superhero Birdman in big movies. Now, he’s doing the stage.Continue reading “The Deconstructed Life of BIRDMAN”
Foxcatcher. 2014. Dir. Bennett Miller. Starring Channing Tatum, Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo, Sienna Miller, Vanessa Redgrave, Anthony Michael Hall, Guy Boyd, and Brett Rice. Mongrel Media. Rated PG (Canada). 129 minutes. Biography/Drama/Sports ★★★★★ I’d been anticipating this film for a long while. Ever since I’d heard of Foxcatcher, there was something about it which struck me.Continue reading “Lost Masculinity & Grim Relationships in FOXCATCHER”
Enemy. 2014. Dir. Denis Villeneuve. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Mélanie Laurent, Sarah Gadon, and Isabella Rossellini. E1 Films. Rated R. 90 minutes. Mystery/Thriller ★★★★★ (Movie) ★★★★ (Blu ray release) I won’t waste any time really describing the plot of Denis Villeneuve’s Enemy, which is in part based on the novel The Double by José Saramago. You can easily getContinue reading “ENEMY is a Beautiful, Dark Mindfuck”
Whiplash. 2014. Directed & Written by Damien Chazelle. Starring Miles Teller, J.K Simmons, and Paul Reiser. Blumhouse Productions. Rated 14A. 107 minutes. Drama/Music ★★★★★I think one of the most incredible things about Whiplash is the fact it captures the blood, sweat, and tears which go into the making of a true musician so accurately thatContinue reading “WHIPLASH: Two Jazz-Hands Up”
[Rec]. 2007. Directed by Jaume Balagueró & Paco Plaza. Screenplay by Jaume Balagueró, Luis Berdejo & Paco Plaza. Starring Manuela Velasco, Ferran Terraza, Jorge-Yamam Serrano, Pablo Rosso, David Vert, Vicente Gil, Martha Carbonell, and Carlos Vicente. Sony Pictures. Rated R. 78 minutes. Horror/Mystery/Thriller ★★★★1/2 First off – I’m not one of these snobs who feels the needContinue reading “[REC] Follows Everyday Life into a Zombie Epidemic”