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, becauseContinue reading “Month in Review: October ’19”

The Cloverfield Paradox

Release: Sunday, February 4, 2018 (Netflix) →Netflix Written by: Oren Uziel Directed by: Julius Onah The Cloverfield Paradox, a surprise addition to the Cloverfield collection which debuted on the heels of Super Bowl LII, is itself an experiential paradox. How did I just sacrifice an hour and forty-five minutes of my time and yet feel like I watched nothingContinue reading “The Cloverfield Paradox”

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”

Inferno

Release: Friday, October 28, 2016 [Theater] Written by: David Koepp Directed by: Ron Howard Ron Howard is a fairly prolific filmmaker, having maintained a schedule of roughly a film every two years throughout a 40-plus-year long directorial career. He’s not quite Woody Allen but his oeuvre is extensive enough to suggest the guy just likes staying busy, and it certainlyContinue reading “Inferno”

Pod

Release: Friday, August 28, 2015 [Netflix] Written by: Mickey Keating Directed by: Mickey Keating The tradeoff for watching a movie as pointless as Pod is it won’t be very taxing on your daily schedule. A scant hour-and-fifteen-minutes long, this half-baked story struggles to justify the full-length feature treatment and despite a few genuinely skin-crawling moments it fails to justifyContinue reading “Pod”

The Purge: Election Year

Release: Friday, July 1, 2016 [Theater] Written by: James DeMonaco Directed by: James DeMonaco I am convinced the French marketing for the third Purge film (see above) is the most responsible form of it we have. The Purge: Election Year manages to be as inane as it looks and here is a movie poster that pulls no punches whenContinue reading “The Purge: Election Year”

Spectre

Release: Friday, November 6, 2015 [Theater] Written by: John Logan; Neal Purvis; Robert Wade; Jez Butterworth Directed by: Sam Mendes Spectre, a proposition with so much weight and symbolism behind it it required four writers to collaborate on the story. Four writers means four times the quality, right? Right . . . ? After three years James Bond comesContinue reading “Spectre”

Some Kind of Hate

Release: Friday, September 18, 2015 (limited) [Vimeo] Written by: Adam Egypt Mortimer; Brian DeLeeuw Directed by: Adam Egypt Mortimer This review is my fifth contribution to Mr. Rumsey’s Film Related Musings. A big thanks to James for hooking this one up! Adam Egypt Mortimer takes a stand against bullying in his feature film debut. The irony is heContinue reading “Some Kind of Hate”

Self/less

Release: Friday, July 10, 2015 [Theater] Written by: Àlex and David Pastor Directed by: Tarsem Singh A talented cast can’t save Self/less from selfishly wasting its potential on a narrative utterly disinterested in entertaining. Ben Kingsley is Damian Hale, a billionaire with an atrocious accent slowly succumbing to cancer. He knows of a super-duper top-secret experiment where people (presumably only thoseContinue reading “Self/less”

True Story

Release: Friday, April 17, 2015 [Theater] Written by: Rupert Goold; David Kajganich Directed by: Rupert Goold True story: Rupert Goold’s cinematic adaptation of the memoir penned by disgraced New York Times writer Michael Finkel elicits more yawns than being forced to sit through days’ worth of testimony in an actual courtroom would. It ought to be a compliment thatContinue reading “True Story”