The Night Clerk

Release: Friday, February 21, 2020  →Netflix Written by: Michael Cristofer Directed by: Michael Cristofer The problem with The Night Clerk is not its depiction of a developmental disorder or that it tries to be two movies in one. It's that those two elements -- character study cum genre film -- don't properly coalesce. It works actually quite well as … Continue reading The Night Clerk

Earthquake Bird

Release: Friday, November 15, 2019 (Netflix) →Netflix Written by: Wash Westmoreland  Directed by: Wash Westmoreland  I spun the Netflix wheel on a Saturday night and landed on this thing called Earthquake Bird. Turns out, it was the caliber movie that rewards in kind the minimal effort I put in to finding it. This slow-burn of a psychosexual thriller … Continue reading Earthquake Bird

The Lighthouse

Release: Friday, October 18, 2019 →Theater Written by: Max Eggers; Robert Eggers Directed by: Robert Eggers In 2016 Robert Eggers transitioned from production designer to director. Even then it was clear he was a filmmaker with uncommon confidence and intelligence, concocting a truly unsettling period piece in the supernatural horror The Witch. His experiences designing the look and … Continue reading The Lighthouse

Wounds

Release: Friday, October 18, 2019 (Hulu -- U.S./Netflix internationally) →Hulu Written by: Babak Anvari Directed by: Babak Anvari The word 'wounds' really makes me feel icky. It's a trigger for me like 'moist' is for others. (Sorry if I just made you wince.) I hate. The word. Wounds. Masochist that I am, I chose to watch a movie … Continue reading Wounds

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

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

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