I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House

Release: Friday, October 28, 2016 (Netflix) [Netflix] Written by: Oz Perkins Directed by: Oz Perkins I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House plays out as a chilly haunted house thriller with a literary twist. It’s something a writer might gravitate towards given the film’s concept-heavy plot, but an over-reliance on mood and atmosphere, not to mention some really pretentious dialogue, alsoContinue reading “I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House”

Bleed for This

Release: Friday, November 18, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Ben Younger; Angelo Pizzo; Pippa Bianco Directed by: Ben Younger Bleed for This is an intense title for an underwhelming boxing movie. Its hyperbolic nature suggests a scream-o/punk-rock band’s new single when really it’s meant to describe the mentality of one Vinny Pazienza, a boxer from Providence, Rhode Island who returned to the ring afterContinue reading “Bleed for This”

Star Trek: Beyond

Release: Friday, July 22, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Simon Pegg; Doug Jung Directed by: Justin Lin If this is the movie in which we go where no man has gone before, why does it feel like we’ve been here already? Star Trek: Beyond, a beautifully crafted feel-good blockbuster, the third such film in a post-modern interpretation of the world’s second most popularContinue reading “Star Trek: Beyond”

Decades Blogathon – Scream (1996)

  Welcome back around to the second week in Decades, a blogathon in which me and my good friend and inspiration Mark from Three Rows Back are asking bloggers to weigh in on their favorite films from decades past, films that were released in a year ending in ‘6.’ We’ve been posting a review per day,Continue reading “Decades Blogathon – Scream (1996)”

When the Game Stands Tall

Release: Friday, August 22, 2014 [Theater] Dignity and courage. Those are two words you cannot separate out of any sports movie, good, bad or ugly. Whether handled delicately or with blunt force, there comes a point where the film either shoehorns in these values or cleverly suggests them through a combination of strong writing and impassioned performance. When the Game Stands Tall isContinue reading “When the Game Stands Tall”

Deliver Us From Evil

Release: Wednesday, July 2, 2014 [Theater] If the word ‘evil’ here can be interchanged with ‘boredom,’ then this is the perfect title for a film as lacking in personality as Scott Derrickson’s attempt at repackaging familiar themes to produce a unique experience. Cliches are bountiful to the point of infiltrating the project’s title. Deliver Us From EvilContinue reading “Deliver Us From Evil”