Brian De Palma’s Sisters is One Hell of a Fractured Psychological Journey

Sisters. 1973. Directed by Brian De Palma. Screenplay by De Palma & Louisa Rose. Starring Margot Kidder, Jennifer Salt, Charles Durning, William Finley, Lisle Wilson, Barnard Hughes, Mary Davenport, & Dolph Sweet. Pressman-Williams/American International Pictures. Rated R. 93 minutes. Horror/Thriller ★★★★1/2 Brian De Palma is a quality filmmaker. That quality hasn’t been kicking around muchContinue reading “Brian De Palma’s Sisters is One Hell of a Fractured Psychological Journey”

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The Demolisher Lulls You in for Nothing

The Demolisher. 2015. Directed & Written by Gabriel Carrer. Starring Ry Barrett, Tianna Nori, Jessica Vano, Duncan McLellan, Gerrit Sepers, Bruce Turner, Duane Frey, Andrew Bussey, Owen Fawcett, Rich Piatkowski, & Reese Eveneshen. Latefox Pictures. Not Rated. 85 minutes. Action/Horror/Thriller ★1/2 Sometimes the hype of a film precedes it with way too much intensity. The DemolisherContinue reading “The Demolisher Lulls You in for Nothing”

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Indie Horror House Arrest Makes for a Dark Summer

Dark Summer. 2015. Directed by Paul Solet. Screenplay by Mike Le. Starring Keir Gilchrist, Stella Maeve, Maestro Harrell, Grace Phipps, Dinora Walcott, and Peter Stormare. Campfire/ContentFilm International/Preferred Film & TV. Not Rated. 81 minutes. Horror/Thriller ★★★1/2 After the excellent little 2009 film Grace, I imagined director Paul Solet might go on to do other exciting thingsContinue reading “Indie Horror House Arrest Makes for a Dark Summer”

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Villeneuve Crosses the Border of Criminality with Sicario

Sicario. 2015. Directed by Denis Villeneuve. Screenplay by Taylor Sheridan. Starring Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin, Victor Garber, Jon Bernthal, Daniel Kaluuya, Jeffrey Donovan, Raoul Max Trujillo, Julio Cedillo, Hank Rogerson, Bernardo P. Saracino, and Kevin Wiggins. Black Label Media/Lions Gate Films/Thunder Road Pictures. Rated 14A. 121 minutes. Action/Crime/Drama ★★★★★ The opening of SicarioContinue reading “Villeneuve Crosses the Border of Criminality with Sicario”

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WHEN ANIMALS DREAM: A Folklore Tale on Coming of Age

A young girl’s transformation from girl to woman is plagued by the folklore and superstitions and closed minds of her small little town.

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The Knick – Season 2, Episode 1: “Ten Knots”

Cinemax’s The Knick Season 2, Episode 1: “Ten Knots” Directed by Steven Soderbergh Written by Jack Amiel & Michael Begler * For a review of the next episode, “You’re No Rose” – click here I’ve only just now decided to start reviews for The Knick‘s second season. Being a huge fan of the first, I thought it’d beContinue reading “The Knick – Season 2, Episode 1: “Ten Knots””

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Scream Queens – Season 1, Episode 2: “Hell Week”

FOX’s Scream Queens Season 1, Episode 2: “Hell Week” Directed by Brad Falchuk Written by Ian Brennan/Brad Falchuk/Ryan Murphy * For a review of the previous episode, “Pilot” – click here * For a review of the next episode, “Chainsaw” – click here The “Pilot” ended with the Red Devil – masked and mysterious – running overContinue reading “Scream Queens – Season 1, Episode 2: “Hell Week””

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Let Us Prey: An Atmospheric Religious Discussion

Let Us Prey. 2014. Directed by Brian O’Malley. Screenplay by David Cairns & Fiona Watson. Starring Liam Cunningham, Pollyanna McIntosh, Bryan Larkin, Hanna Stanbridge, Douglas Russell, Niall Greig Fulton, and Jonathan Watson. Creative Scotland/Fantastic Films/Greenhouse Media Investment/Irish Film Board/Makar Productions. Rated 18A. 92 minutes. Horror/Thriller ★★★1/2 “And if the devil is six, then god isContinue reading “Let Us Prey: An Atmospheric Religious Discussion”

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Kristy: Lower V. Upper Class Horror

Kristy. 2014. Directed by Oliver Blackburn. Screenplay by Anthony Jaswinski. Starring Haley Bennett, Ashley Greene, Lucas Till, Chris Coy, Mike Seal, Lucius Falick, Erica Ash, James Ransone, Mathew St. Patrick, and Al Vicente. David Kirschner Productions/La Sienega Productions/Electric City Entertainment. Rated R. 86 minutes. Horror/Thriller ★★★★ There’s nothing absolutely unique to Kristy. I can’t say there’sContinue reading “Kristy: Lower V. Upper Class Horror”

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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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Pod: Backwoods Indie Alien Horror with Teeth

Pod. 2015. Directed & Written by Mickey Keating. Starring Larry Fessenden, Lauren Ashley Carter, Brian Morvant, Dean Cates, John Weselcouch, and Forrest McClain. High Window Films. Rated R. 76 minutes. Horror/Mystery/Thriller ★★★1/2 If any of you may have read my reviews before, you might know that I’m a big fan of films which are ofContinue reading “Pod: Backwoods Indie Alien Horror with Teeth”

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Fear the Walking Dead – Season 1, Episode 2: “So Close, Yet So Far”

AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead Season 1, Episode 2: “So Close, Yet So Far” Directed by Adam Davidson (Hell on Wheels, The Following, Low Winter Sun) Written by Marco Ramirez (Sons of Anarchy, Orange is the New Black, Da Vinci’s Demons, Daredevil) * For a review of the next episode, “The Dog” – click here * For a review of the PilotContinue reading “Fear the Walking Dead – Season 1, Episode 2: “So Close, Yet So Far””

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