The Night Clerk

Release: Friday, February 21, 2020  →Netflix Written by: Michael Cristofer Directed by: Michael Cristofer The problem with The Night Clerk is not its depiction of a developmental disorder or that it tries to be two movies in one. It’s that those two elements — character study cum genre film — don’t properly coalesce. It works actually quite well asContinue reading “The Night Clerk”

Earthquake Bird

Release: Friday, November 15, 2019 (Netflix) →Netflix Written by: Wash Westmoreland  Directed by: Wash Westmoreland  I spun the Netflix wheel on a Saturday night and landed on this thing called Earthquake Bird. Turns out, it was the caliber movie that rewards in kind the minimal effort I put in to finding it. This slow-burn of a psychosexual thrillerContinue reading “Earthquake Bird”

Top That! My Ten Favorite Films of 2019

It’s Oscar weekend, so I figured now is as good a time as any to announce my ten favorite movies of 2019. There’s not a whole lot of science that goes into my process; it’s mostly gut feeling that determines what goes into this list and how I’m arranging it. The emotional response is theContinue reading “Top That! My Ten Favorite Films of 2019”

Uncut Gems

Release: Christmas Day 2019  →Theater Written by: Ronald Bronstein; Josh and Benny Safdie  Directed by: Josh and Benny Safdie If they have proven anything in their last two movies it’s that few filmmakers stress you out quite like the New York born-and-bred Safdie brothers. Uncut Gems is, in a word, intense. This is a very aggressive mood piece thatContinue reading “Uncut Gems”

The Lighthouse

Release: Friday, October 18, 2019 →Theater Written by: Max Eggers; Robert Eggers Directed by: Robert Eggers In 2016 Robert Eggers transitioned from production designer to director. Even then it was clear he was a filmmaker with uncommon confidence and intelligence, concocting a truly unsettling period piece in the supernatural horror The Witch. His experiences designing the look andContinue reading “The Lighthouse”

Month in Review: October ’19

(Flicks a cockroach off keyboard) God! Leave me alone, Wounds!!!! October was certainly bloody and gutsy. I made a conscientious effort to increase the posting frequency while keeping the reviews tailored to the genres of horror/psychological thriller/gross-out (is that a genre? It feels like it should be a genre.) It was a risky approach, becauseContinue reading “Month in Review: October ’19”

Wounds

Release: Friday, October 18, 2019 (Hulu — U.S./Netflix internationally) →Hulu Written by: Babak Anvari Directed by: Babak Anvari The word ‘wounds’ really makes me feel icky. It’s a trigger for me like ‘moist’ is for others. (Sorry if I just made you wince.) I hate. The word. Wounds. Masochist that I am, I chose to watch a movieContinue reading “Wounds”

Fractured

Release: Friday, October 11, 2019 (Netflix) →Netflix Written by: Alan B. McElroy Directed by: Brad Anderson There’s something inherently off-putting about hospitals and treatment centers. Anyone who has spent some time in them (not to mention contend with their bureaucratic ways) can attest to just how much stress they can bring out in a person. They might evenContinue reading “Fractured”

In the Tall Grass

Release: Friday, October 4, 2019 (Netflix) →Netflix Written by: Vincenzo Natali Directed by: Vincenzo Natali Last year Netflix inadvertently triggered the Bird Box Challenge, which set a new standard for stupidity when it comes to audience interaction/reaction. This year it’s given us another curio ripe for parody in the form of Vincenzo Natali’s In the Tall Grass. A horror filmContinue reading “In the Tall Grass”

In the Shadow of the Moon

Release: Friday, September 27, 2019 (Netflix) →Netflix Written by: Gregory Weidman; Geoffrey Tock  Directed by: Jim Mickle I’ll admit that what drew me to the recently released Netflix original In the Shadow of the Moon was not Boyd Holbrook, even though he’s, uh . . . he’s the main dude in it. In this era of super-important andContinue reading “In the Shadow of the Moon”