Father Gore’s Year-End Favourites: 2020 Edition

And here they are—look upon them!

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Pan’s Labyrinth and the Dark Fantasy of Guillermo del Toro

Pan’s Labyrinth. 2006. Directed & Written by Guillermo del Toro. Starring Ivana Baquero, Sergi López, Maribel Verdú, Doug Jones, Ariadna Gil, Álex Angulo, Manolo Solo, César Vea, and Roger Casamajor. Estudios Picasso/Tequila Gang/Esperanto Filmoj/Sententia Entertainment/Telecinco/OMM. Rated 14A. 118 minutes. Drama/Fantasy/War ★★★★★ Guillermo del Toro has one of the most consistently fascinating minds in film today. Ever since I sawContinue reading “Pan’s Labyrinth and the Dark Fantasy of Guillermo del Toro”

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Danny Boyle & Leo on The Beach; the Darkness of Paradise

Danny Boyle’s underrated film THE BEACH explores an isolated community on a secret island, & how it changes people.

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Beauty in the Breakdown: Alex Ross Perry’s Perfectly Uncomfortable Queen of Earth

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”

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Sightseers a.k.a Caravan Holiday Massacre

Sightseers. 2012. Directed by Ben Wheatley. Screenplay by Alice Lowe & Chris Oram; additional material by Amy Jump. Starring Alice Lowe, Steve Oram, Eileen Davies, Roger Michael, Tony Way, Seamus O’Neill, Monica Dolan, Jonathan Aris, Aymen Hamdouchi, and Tom Meeten. BFI/Big Talk Productions/Film4/Rook Films/StudioCanal. Rated 14A. 88 minutes. Adventure/Comedy/Crime ★★★★★ I’m a hardcore fan ofContinue reading “Sightseers a.k.a Caravan Holiday Massacre”

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The Roost: Ti West’s Zombie Bats Are Coming for You!

The Roost. 2005. Directed & Written by Ti West. Starring Tom Noonan, Karl Jacob, Vanessa Horneff, Sean Reid, Wil Horneff, Barbara Wilhide, Richard Little, John Speredakos, and Larry Fessenden. Glass Eye Pix. Unrated. 80 minutes. Horror/Thriller ★★★★ In my recent review of Ti West’s The Innkeepers, I mentioned being a huge fan of him generally. SoContinue reading “The Roost: Ti West’s Zombie Bats Are Coming for You!”

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Haunted Historical Horror: Ti West’s The Innkeepers

The Innkeepers. 2011. Directed & Written by Ti West. Starring Sara Paxton, Pat Healy, Kelly McGillis, Alison Bartlett, Jake Ryan, Brenda Cooney, George Riddle, John Speredakos, and Lena Dunham. Glass Eye Pix. Rated R. 101 minutes. Horror ★★★★1/2 Every time I’ve got a particular bias going into a review, one that I can recognize, IContinue reading “Haunted Historical Horror: Ti West’s The Innkeepers”

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The Bleeding Religion of Pascal Laugier’s Martyrs

Martyrs. 2008. Directed & Written by Pascal Laugier. Starring Morjana Alaoui, Mylène Jampanoï, Catherine Bégin, Robert Toupin, Patricia Tulasne, Juliette Gosselin, Xavier Dolan, Louise Boisvert, and Jean-Marie Moncelet. Canal+. Rated R. 99 minutes. Drama/Horror ★★★★★ Martyrs is most definitely a bloody, gory, savage film from beginning to end. Of course those bits alternate, as well as theContinue reading “The Bleeding Religion of Pascal Laugier’s Martyrs”

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CLOSER TO GOD and the Ethics of Science

Closer to God. 2014. Directed and Written by Billy Senese. Starring Jeremy Childs, Shelean Newman, Shannon Hoppe, David Alford, and Isaac Disney. LC Pictures. Unrated. 81 minutes. Horror/Sci-Fi/Thriller. ★★★ Usually I keep my ear out and head up for any new horror films that sound different, or for whatever reason pique my interest. Closer to GodContinue reading “CLOSER TO GOD and the Ethics of Science”

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Let’s talk of Twitter, the Ghostbusters & Famous Assholes

UPDATE: I received a wonderful message via Twitter from Leslie Jones. After you’ve read this post, please go see the follow-up. I’d like to take a time out from my regular format. Usually it’s film, film, film reviews. But something happened this evening on Twitter, it really pissed me off. To no end. Now, IContinue reading “Let’s talk of Twitter, the Ghostbusters & Famous Assholes”

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