Trapped – Episode 9

Confronted with a shocking revelation, Andri has to do something he never imagined – or wanted – to do.

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Animal Kingdom – Season 3, Episode 13: “The Hyenas”

Smurf becomes more suspicious of J. Pope might have finally lost it. Deran’s past comes back to haunt him, as Adrian makes a foolish move.

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GERALD’S GAME: One Woman’s Revelatory Odyssey Into Misogyny

Mike Flanagan’s adaptation of Gerald’s Game by Stephen King is one of the best films of 2017.

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DARK MOUNTAIN: Blair Witch Feels in the Arizona Mountains

There’s a little to enjoy. But mostly, DARK MOUNTAIN rips off THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT.

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Ridley Scott’s Alien: Gorgeously Horrific Isolation

Alien. 1979. Directed by Ridley Scott. Screenplay by Dan O’Bannon; story by O’Bannon & Ronald Shusett. Starring Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton, John Hurt, Ian Holm, Yaphet Kotto, Bolaji Badejo, & Helen Horton. Brandywine Productions/Twentieth Century-Fox Productions. Rated R. 117 minutes. Horror/Sci-Fi ★★★★★ I’m not even a huge science fiction fan.Continue reading “Ridley Scott’s Alien: Gorgeously Horrific Isolation”

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Maryland: A Post-Modern Analysis of PTSD

Maryland (also billed as Disorder). 2016. Directed by Alice Winocour. Screenplay by Winocour & Jean-Stéphane Bron. Starring Matthias Schoenaerts, Diane Kruger, Paul Hamy, Zaïd Errougui-Demonsant, Percy Kemp, Victor Pontecorvo, Franck Torrecillas, Chems Eddine, Philippe Haddad, Jean-Louis Coulloc’h, Rachid Hafassa, David Colombo, & Rabia Elatache. Dharamsala/Darius Films/Mars Films. Rated PG. 98 minutes. Drama/Thriller ★★★★1/2 There have been plenty cracks,Continue reading “Maryland: A Post-Modern Analysis of PTSD”

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Take an Eerie Vacation to The Ruins

The Ruins. 2008. Directed by Carter Smith. Screenplay by Scott B. Smith, based on his novel of the same name. Starring Jonathan Tucker, Jena Malone, Shawn Ashmore, Laura Ramsey, & Joe Anderson. DreamWorks Pictures/Spyglass Entertainment/Red Hour. Unrated. 93 minutes. Horror ★★★1/2  For the past couple decades especially, heading down South on vacation is popular amongContinue reading “Take an Eerie Vacation to The Ruins”

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Refn’s FEAR X: Paranoia Abound as Turturro Goes Mad

FEAR X is a stunning look at fear, paranoia, guilt, and the dangerous path on which it can all put us.

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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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Breaking Bad – Season 1, Episode 4: “Cancer Man”

AMC’s Breaking Bad Season 1, Episode 4: “Cancer Man” Directed by Jim McKay Written by Vine Gilligan * For a review of the previous episode, “…And the Bag’s in the River” – click here * For a review of the next episode, “Gray Matter” – click here Agent Hank Schrader (Dean Norris) introduces a newContinue reading “Breaking Bad – Season 1, Episode 4: “Cancer Man””

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