Housebound

Release: Friday, October 17, 2014 (limited) [Netflix] Written by: Gerard Johnstone Directed by: Gerard Johnstone Housebound heralds the arrival of a creative new talent in Gerard Johnstone, and though not always the most confident, his feature film debut functions as a perfectly harmless distraction that adds a few amusing wrinkles in the fabric of haunted house horror. It centers around a young, moody … Continue reading Housebound

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A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

Release: Friday, November 21, 2014 [Netflix] Written by: Ana Lily Amirpour Directed by: Ana Lily Amirpour  In Iranian-American Ana Lily Amirpour's first film only two things are certain: you will meet a girl, and you will see her walking home alone at night. Outside the realm of the obvious exists a strange and ominous atmosphere laden with unpredictability … Continue reading A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

Stretch

Release: Friday, March 21, 2014 [Netflix] Written by: Joe Carnahan Directed by: Joe Carnahan Where this guy's going, he's definitely going to need roads . . . and a lot of luck. Joe Carnahan's Stretch is best enjoyed when your guard is down, when you're in the mood for watching something that, taken scene by scene, makes … Continue reading Stretch

Comet

Release: Friday, December 5, 2014 [Netflix] Written by: Sam Esmail Directed by: Sam Esmail Comet can pretend it's a once-in-a-lifetime event but the stars shone so much brighter in the universes it has been melded by, spectacular constructs like the intricate and heartrending Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and 500 Days of Summer. Bearing the heartbreak … Continue reading Comet

Blue Ruin

Release: Friday, April 25, 2014 (limited) [Netflix] Written by: Jeremy Saulnier Directed by: Jeremy Saulnier From the opening shot silence dominates, ominously foreshadowing a journey fraught with tension and dread. It doesn't take long to realize that something is wrong, to feel the disconnect between a vagabond and his surroundings. Macon Blair's Dwight is floating through existence, living out of … Continue reading Blue Ruin

Frank

Release: Friday, September 5, 2014 (limited) [Netflix] Written by: Jon Ronson; Peter Straughan Directed by: Lenny Abrahamson Any film that strives to turn Domhnall Gleeson into a thoroughly unlikable character is one I'm uncomfortable watching. Frank is just such a film. Focusing on an aspiring musician who stumbles upon an eccentric pop band with an unpronounceable name (they call themselves … Continue reading Frank

Top Five

Release: Friday, December 12, 2014 [Redbox] Written by: Chris Rock Directed by: Chris Rock Dear Chris Rock, I am writing this with the hope that I don't come across as another James Nielson. Yes, I am an aspiring film critic. Over the few years since I started up my own blog I've bore witness to all manners of … Continue reading Top Five

The Babadook

Release: Friday, November 28, 2014 (limited)  [Redbox] Written by: Jennifer Kent Directed by: Jennifer Kent It's official. I'm in love with horror once again. It's some kind of feat the hype surrounding Jennifer Kent's much-acclaimed horror film has gotten to the point where it feels like watching the 'scariest film in years' this far into 2015 is, yeah, a little like … Continue reading The Babadook

Hateship Loveship

Release: Friday, April 11, 2014 (limited) [Redbox] Written by:  Mark Jude Poirier Directed by: Liza Johnson At a certain point, restrained filmmaking can put a strain on its relationship with its audience. Liza Johnson's thoughtful but underwhelming Hateship Loveship is a film that dares to be subtle, so much so that it has trouble balancing its thematic and entertainment responsibilities. Despite the oddball title Johnson manages … Continue reading Hateship Loveship