Wednesday, May 22, 2019

SIFF 2019: 'X - The eXploited' Movie Review


Beginning with slow motion aerial shots of an upside down Hungarian cityscape, intercut with startling images of horrific violence and civil unrest, scored with ominous organs and a child choir, X – The eXploited immediately creates a dreamy, ethereal, disorienting sensation. On top of all of this, voice over sets that stage for investigating apparent suicides and accidental deaths that may actually be foul play. Nothing is what it initially appears.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

'Avengement' (2019) Movie Review

scott adkins with a shotgun

To give you an idea of the level of brutality in Avengement, the latest team-up from star Scott Adkins and director Jesse V. Johnson, at one point Adkins’ character, Cain Burgess, straight up bites out a dude’s jugular with a ferocious snarl. And no, this isn’t a vampire movie. This is a gritty, mean, down and dirty crime story about gritty, mean, down and dirty criminals. It’s also Johnson’s most ambitious film to date, as well as maybe his best.

'Once Upon A Time In Hollywood' Trailer: Now With More Charles Manson And Neil Diamond

leonardo DiCaprio with a machine gun

I know, I know, you’re super excited about that new Downton Abbey trailer that dropped today, I am, too. We’ll get there, I promise. But first, let’s take a detour and check out the new trailer for Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Take a look after the jump.

Monday, May 20, 2019

SIFF 2019: 'Knife+Heart' Movie Review


A heavily stylized, giallo-inspired, queer slasher about a masked, dildo-knife-wielding serial killer stalking a low-budget gay porn crew in late-1970s Paris? Damn, Knife+Heart, you had my full attention from the word go.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

SIFF 2019: 'Monos' Movie Review

eight teen soldiers on a mountaintop

High atop a remote mountain, a cadre of eight teenagers with names like Rambo, Smurf, Boom Boom, and Swede, armed with automatic weapons, guard a prisoner and keep watch over a milk cow. A faction of a mysterious group known only as The Organization, this adolescent guerilla squad, left to their own devices, breaks down as loyalties shift and allegiances falter, and their crumbling structure and sanity build towards violence.

Friday, May 17, 2019

SIFF 2019: 'Ski Bum: The Warren Miller Story' Movie Review

warren miller smiling as he films

I grew up watching Warren Miller movies. I spent the summer months wearing out VHS copies of skiing movies like Extreme WinterBeyond the Edge, and Steep and Deep, praying for snow as I watched neon-clad (it was the 1980s) winter sports enthusiasts huck themselves off cliffs and gracefully carve mountain pitches you’d think twice about walking down, all narrated by his wry, soothing monotone. 

Thursday, May 16, 2019

SIFF 2019: 'Who Let The Dogs Out?' Movie Review

stuffed dog that presumably sings a bad song

It’s a question that has plagued humanity since the dawn of time. Or at least, you know, since the dawn of the summer of 2000. Who did let the dogs out? And as demonstrated by the new documentary from Brent Hodge (A Brony Tale, The Pistol Shrimps), answering that question isn’t quite as easy as one might initially expect.