Friday, May 24, 2019

SIFF 2019: 'Deadtectives' Movie Review

a group of fake paranormal investigators

Sam Whitner (You’re the Worst’s Chris Geere) leads a TV team of faux-paranormal investigators, staging hauntings to please fans and sponsors. As their show teeters on cancellation, in a last-ditch effort, the gang heads to the “most haunted casa in all of Mexico.” Turns out it’s actually haunted, ghosts are real, and they’re in way over their heads. 

SIFF 2019: 'Human Nature' Movie Review

young boy looking at a test tube

Adam Bolt’s new documentary, Human Nature, watches a bit like prequel to dystopian science fiction. His cameras tells of the rise of CRISPR. What is CRISPR, you might ask? Don’t worry, the film explains that. The acronym stands for Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats. What it is, is a revolutionary new development in genetic manipulation, one that has epic, sprawling, far-reaching implications across numerous fields. 

SIFF 2019: 'Enormous: The Gorge Story' Movie Review

a view of the gorge amphitheater

From geological anomaly to accidental concert venue—the original owners wanted to start a vineyard—Nic Davis’ documentary, Enormous: The Gorge Story tracks the evolution of Washington’s Gorge Amphitheater into one of the most unique, spectacular places to see live music. The film weaves together archival footage, intimate performances, and talking head interviews with the likes of Dave Mathews, John Oates, Jason Mraz, members of Pearl Jam, and more.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

'Booksmart' (2019) Movie Review

It’s the last day of school, the night before graduation, and BFFs Amy (Kaitlyn Dever) and Molly (Beanie Feldstein), the top students in their class, overachievers who spent the last four years focused solely on academic pursuits, come to a crushing realization: they should have had more fun. In Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut, Booksmart, the duo sets out to rectify that situation and cram a high school career’s worth of partying into a single night.

'Terminator: Dark Fate' Trailer: Linda Hamilton Has A Bazooka

linda hamilton with a bazooka

Granted, the last few Terminator movies haven’t been…good. Let’s say it like it is. Depending on your perspective, we maybe even have to go back to Judgment Day to find a good one, but that’s an argument for later. (Though The Sarah Connor Chronicles is fantastic and we got screwed out of more of that series.) But I will never not be excited for a Terminator movie. Sorry, those movies were so formative that’s just how I’m wired. Which is why this Terminator: Dark Fate trailer got me all tingly. Take a look, Linda Hamilton has a bazooka.

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.