The Platform (El Hoyo)

Release: Friday, March 20, 2020  →Netflix Written by: David Desola; Pedro Rivero Directed by: Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia In any other year the Spanish-produced, dystopian horror/thriller The Platform would still be an interesting albeit nauseating allegory for the dog-eat-dog world in which we live. Now, in the era of a global pandemic, with priorities shifted and critical resources running in … Continue reading The Platform (El Hoyo)

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 the … Continue 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 that … Continue reading Uncut Gems

Parasite

Release: Friday, November 8, 2019 →Theater Written by: Bong Joon Ho; Jin Won Han Directed by: Bong Joon Ho I don't know why, or how, I have never seen a Bong Joon Ho movie before now. The South Korean filmmaker is one of those major voices of world cinema that's hard to ignore. Yet here I am, crawling … Continue reading Parasite

The Perfection

Release: Friday, May 24, 2019 (Netflix) →Netflix Written by: Eric C. Charmelo; Nicole Snyder; Richard Shepard  Directed by: Richard Shepard Thanks to Twitter, The Perfection will be remembered more for its gross-out moments rather than what it's actually about. The notorious Netflix horror/thriller certainly does get messy and intense, but it is more skin-crawling in terms of its thematic content. … Continue reading The Perfection

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 even … Continue 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 film … Continue reading In the Tall Grass

Ad Astra

Release: Friday, September 20, 2019 →Theater Written by: Ethan Gross; James Gray Directed by: James Gray Ad Astra is not the increasingly familiar, inspiring saga of human achievement the marketing has been pitching it as. It's something much more honest and intriguing -- a terrifyingly lonely quest for truth that dares put us in our place and puts potential limits … Continue reading Ad Astra