Extraction

Release: Friday, April 24, 2020 (Netflix) →Netflix Written by: Joe Russo  Directed by: Sam Hargrave  The more cynical takeaway here is that Extraction exists for no other purpose than to prove that the three — er, make it four — Marvel Cinematic Universe alums who have made it possible are capable of more hard-hitting, violent movies. The marketingContinue reading “Extraction”

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 inContinue reading “The Platform (El Hoyo)”

Hold the Dark

Release: Friday, September 28, 2018 (Netflix) →Netflix Written by: Macon Blair Directed by: Jeremy Saulnier Apparently with his latest film Hold the Dark indie sensation Jeremy Saulnier has lost the audience somewhat. I can see why. In terms both physical and emotional his Alaska-set mystery may be his coldest movie yet. He plunges us into an ice bath,Continue reading “Hold the Dark”

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, JohnContinue reading “John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum”

Assassination Nation

Release: Friday, September 21, 2018 →Theater Written by: Sam Levinson Directed by: Sam Levinson With a title like Assassination Nation, you probably shouldn’t go in expecting a film of subtlety and nuance, and that is exactly what you do not get in director Sam Levinson’s sophomore feature. In fact, a lack of subtlety and nuance is theContinue reading “Assassination Nation”

Sicario 2: Day of the Soldado

Release: Friday, June 29, 2018 →Theater Written by: Taylor Sheridan Directed by: Stefano Sollima I need to file a complaint. Sicario 2: Day of the Soldado is an eyesore of a title. It is an awkward concession, the plasticine product of a marketing scheme designed to put the movie in “the best position to succeed.” Really though, it’s justContinue reading “Sicario 2: Day of the Soldado”

October Blindspot: Cujo (1983)

Release: Friday, August 12, 1983 →YouTube Written by: Don Carlos Dunaway; Lauren Currier Directed by: Lewis Teague Bad dog! Very BAD dog! When man’s best friend becomes your worst enemy, you get Cujo‘ed — trapped in your 1983 Ford Gimp-mobile, fighting for your life against a rabid St. Bernard who can smell your fear and taste the saltContinue reading “October Blindspot: Cujo (1983)”

Month in Review: September ’17

To encourage a bit more variety in my blogging posts and to help distance this site from the one of old, I’m installing this monthly post where I summarize the previous month’s activity in a wraparound that will hopefully give people the chance to go back and find stuff they might have missed, as well asContinue reading “Month in Review: September ’17”

The Belko Experiment

Release: Friday, March 17, 2017 [Theater] Written by: James Gunn Directed by: Greg McLean Office workers at a mysterious nonprofit organization on the outskirts of the Colombian capital of Bogotá participate, let’s call it reluctantly, in a twisted social experiment wherein they must murder a certain number of their colleagues within a certain timeframe or else everyone in the building goesContinue reading “The Belko Experiment”

I don’t feel at home in this world anymore.

Release: Friday, February 24, 2017 (Netflix) [Netflix] Written by: Macon Blair Directed by: Macon Blair In his directorial debut Macon Blair shows how much he’s learned from his Qui-Gon Jinn, the one and only Jeremy Saulnier, director of Murder Party, Blue Ruin and Green Room — all of which Blair has had at least a supporting partContinue reading “I don’t feel at home in this world anymore.”