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 goes … Continue reading The Belko Experiment

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The Infiltrator

Release: Wednesday, July 13, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Ellen Brown Furman Directed by: Brad Furman Brad Furman wasn't looking to infiltrate more elite groups of directors who had earlier tackled the gritty but ever fascinating subject of the drug trafficking epidemic in America when he paired up with Bryan Cranston. That much is clear just based on the relative nonchalance … Continue reading The Infiltrator

Deathgasm

Release: Friday, October 2, 2015 (limited) [Netflix] Written by: Jason Lei Howden Directed by: Jason Lei Howden Visual effects artist Jason Lei Howden's blood-splattered horror-comedy debut may operate within some fairly limited confines but budgetary constraints seemingly have no effect on the creativity of his project and its metal-as-f**k attitude. So you come to expect a few things with a title like … Continue reading Deathgasm

Baskin

Release: Friday, March 25, 2016 (limited) [Vimeo] Written by: Can Evrenol; Ogulcan Eren Akay; Cem Ozuduru; Ercin Sadikoglu Directed by: Can Evrenol This review is my latest contribution to Mr. Rumsey's Film Related Musings. It's another underground foreign film that I have heard few, but interesting, things about and I'd like to thank James for the opportunity to … Continue reading Baskin

Green Room

Release: Friday, April 29, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Jeremy Saulnier Directed by: Jeremy Saulnier Jeremy Saulnier continues to polish the edges on his unique brand of filmmaking in 2016. Green Room is electrifying. It's intense. It's bloody. It's raw. It's wrong. But man, is it watchable. And I'm liking the theme here: last time it was Blue Ruin . . . now it's Green … Continue reading Green Room

Hardcore Henry

Release: Friday, April 8, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Ilya Naishuller Directed by: Ilya Naishuller Hardcore Henry isn't a film for the thinking man. That might even be obvious from the title, one that hints at a crude breed of action-thriller where people excessively swear, have lots of tattoos and women -- and innocent bystanders -- are as disposable as a Kodak … Continue reading Hardcore Henry

The Hateful Eight

Release: Wednesday, December 30, 2015 [Theater] Written by: Quentin Tarantino Directed by: Quentin Tarantino Quentin Tarantino isn't softening in his old(er) age. The Hateful Eight might be one of his most vicious pieces yet, an ode to the frankness of life on the frontier as filtered through the perspectives of some of the meanest, nastiest sumbitches this side … Continue reading The Hateful Eight

Everly

Release: Friday, February 27, 2015 [Redbox] Written by: Yale Hannon Directed by: Joe Lynch There's an unshakable sense Joe Lynch and company didn't fully appreciate the opportunity they had with Salma Hayek playing the lead in this economical, often comically violent home invasion thriller. Despite having a strong presence Hayek is relegated to the role of Donkey Kong: all she must … Continue reading Everly

’71

Release: Friday, February 27, 2015 (limited)  [Theater] Written by: Gregory Burke Directed by: Yann Demange The price to pay for sitting through a film fixating on the tensions peaking between Catholic Nationalists and Protestant Loyalists in Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1971 may very well be sacrificing a good night's sleep. Titling the experience '71, Parisian-born Yann Demange strips away pomp and … Continue reading ’71

Chappie

Release: Friday, March 6, 2015 [Theater] Written by: Neill Blomkamp; Terri Tatchell Directed by: Neill Blomkamp The nonsense that is Chappie makes one sorely nostalgic for the days of Elysium and awkward Jodie Foster performances. At least in that semi-disappointing spectacle we were teased with the notion of leaving behind a civilization that Neill Blomkamp clearly despises. Here, no such … Continue reading Chappie