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, because … Continue reading Month in Review: October ’19

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

Month in Review: July ’19

Well unfortunately I never did manage to come up with some kind of "celebration" post for my blog's eighth birthday -- that opportunity came and went without so much as a kazoo being tooted. Actually -- that can still happen. In fact, here's literally an entire kazoo band to make up for that: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zMbsDzNT90&fbclid=IwAR1sFZYtZEzL7tQUlp65CNoN-1PncmZLyplsuCsSAZ7-FfIaCMPas1isfBc Now, … Continue reading Month in Review: July ’19

Point Blank

Release: Friday, July 12, 2019 (Netflix) →Netflix Written by: Adam G. Simon Directed by: Joe Lynch Point Blank isn't a very good crime drama, but in its pairing together of some famous superheroes (third-tier Avengers, but who's counting) it surely hopes to distract you from that inconvenient fact of quality. I suppose that depends on how you define … Continue reading Point Blank

John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum

Release: Friday, May 17, 2019 → Theater Written by: Derek Kolstad; Shay Hatten; Chris Collins; Marc Abrams Directed by: Chad Stahelski Actions have consequences, as we are quite explicitly shown (and told, too!) in the ultra-violent third installment of the brawn-over-brains John Wick franchise. Literally footsteps removed from the mayhem of 2017's Chapter 2, John … Continue reading John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum

Velvet Buzzsaw

Release: Friday, February 1, 2019 (Netflix)  →Netflix Written by: Dan Gilroy Directed by: Dan Gilroy Beauty is in the eye of the soon-to-be-murdered in Velvet Buzzsaw, the new film from writer/director Dan Gilroy, who made his mark back in 2014 with the sensationally gripping Nightcrawler. His third directorial feature following 2017's collaboration with Denzel Washington on Roman J. Israel, Esq., Velvet … Continue reading Velvet Buzzsaw

Serenity

Release: Friday, January 25, 2019 →Theater Written by: Steven Knight Directed by: Steven Knight This won't be an exact science, but I don't plan to see a movie worse than Serenity the rest of this year. Someone deliver me from the temptation to go on an excessive rant here. From the writer/director of the brilliantly ergonomic thriller Locke (2014) comes … Continue reading Serenity