Thursday, December 17, 2020
'Max Cloud' (2020) Movie Review
Wednesday, December 16, 2020
'Skylines' (2020) Movie Review
Thursday, December 10, 2020
'Nobody' Trailer: Bob Odenkirk Goes On A Rampage, And Yes, He Could Beat You Up
Tuesday, December 8, 2020
'Koko-Di Koko-Da' (2018) Movie Review
Monday, December 7, 2020
'Archenemy' (2020) Movie Review
Superhero films are massive at the moment. You probably noticed that. They’re so ubiquitous they’ve even spawned a veritable cottage industry of dark, gritty indie takes on the genre. Not necessarily a new phenomenon—this has been going on for some time—films like Boy Wonder, Freaks, Chronicle, and others put their own spin on the material, viewing heroes through different lenses, approaching the topic from unusual perspectives. The latest entry into this fray is Archenemy from director Adam Egypt Mortimer (Daniel isn’t Real).
Thursday, December 3, 2020
'Exiled: The Chosen Ones' Trailer: Hannah Al-Rashid, Sunny Pang, And A Brutal Dystopian Game Show
A corrupt dystopian future, a world ravaged by a man-made virus, a popular game show where contestants fight to the death in an effort to cull the global population. Stop, Exiled: The Chosen Ones, I’m in. So very, very in. Check out this quick teaser trailer and you may well join me.
Wednesday, December 2, 2020
'Minor Premise' (2020) Movie Review
The easiest, most obvious comparison point for Eric Schultz’s Minor Premise is Shane Carruth’s Primer. Both deliver complex, intricate lo-fi science fiction that rely more on heady ideas and creativity than spectacle and budget. While the resemblance is there and there are definite similarities, this isn’t simply one filmmaker aping another. Shultz creates a tight, clever genre thriller that continually peels back layer after layer to reveal what lies beneath.
Tuesday, December 1, 2020
'Anything For Jackson' (2020) Movie Review
Tuesday, November 17, 2020
'Jiu Jitsu' (2020) Movie Review
Wednesday, November 11, 2020
'Freaky' (2020) Movie Review
For his last two movies, Happy Death Day and Happy Death Day 2U, director Christopher Landon took a Groundhog-Day-but-horror approach. With his latest, Freaky, he uses the well-worn Freaky Friday body swap conceit but gives it a slasher spin. Instead of a mother and daughter changing places, a teen girl and vicious serial killer flip flop bodies and lives. While the resulting film isn’t always 100% successful—the plot is easily predictable and once the concept becomes apparent early on and contains zero surprises—it’s an effective, screwdriver-stabbing, corpse-sawing good time.
Thursday, November 5, 2020
'The Dark And The Wicked' (2020) Movie Review
Friday, October 30, 2020
'Willy's Wonderland' Teaser: Nicolas Cage Battles Amusement Park Animatronics Come To Life
Nicolas Cage certainly makes choices when it comes to movie roles. Some are obviously driven by his well-publicized financial issues, where he only shows up for a paycheck. Other times he’s more invested, like Mandy or Color Out of Space. Regardless of the why, he’s insanely busy, has dozens of ridiculous sounding movies on the way, and we’re excited for many of them. This includes Willy’s Wonderland, where he plays an amusement park janitor tormented by animatronic creatures come to life. Check out a brief new teaser below.
Monday, October 26, 2020
'Wolfman's Got Nards' (2018) Movie Review
As a horror-obsessed kid, I adored The Monster Squad. I was ten when it came out in 1987 and it falls into a category of movies like The Goonies and a handful of others that are about kids, and aimed at kids, but that don’t marginalize them, which was always an issue I had with this type of film growing up. Here, the young characters are smart, capable, and complicated; in legitimate peril; and don’t rely on the parents swooping in at the last minute to save the day—the kids are the heroes and have the heroic moments they earn. Among other things, this is what I loved about it. This is basically a long-winded way of saying Andre Gower’s documentary, Wolman’s Got Nards, is 100% made for me.
Thursday, October 22, 2020
'Synchronic' (2019) Movie Review
In the wake of movies like Spring and The Endless, Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead have become a must-watch filmmaking duo. Their latest, Synchronic, follows two New Orleans paramedics, Steve (Anthony Mackie) and Dennis (Jamie Dornan), who find themselves on the front lines in a battle against a new designer drug that has an especially unexpected side effect, time travel.
Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Nightstream Review: 'May The Devil Take You Too'
The Mo Brothers (Headshot), Indonesian directors Kimo Stamboel and Timo Tjahjanto, are all over the inaugural Nightstream Film Festival with solo films. And damn, do they hate orphanages. Kimo checked in with dark horror The Queen of Black Magic. Not to be outdone, here comes Timo with May the Devil Take You, Too. The sequel to his 2018 demonic horror film, this time out he drops more Evil Dead-inspired craziness; he goes full Raimi and it freaking rules.
Monday, October 12, 2020
Nightstream Review: Kimo Stamboel's 'The Queen of Black Magic'
Thursday, October 8, 2020
'Possessor: Uncut' (2020) Movie Review
The name Cronenberg conjures up images of creeping body horror, twisted psychological pressure, and real nightmare shit. And apparently it’s a familial trait. David Cronenberg delivered classics like Scanners, The Fly, Eastern Promises, and many more, and his son, Brandon Cronenberg, has fully picked up his mantle. And the body horror apple doesn’t fall far from the body horror tree, illustrated to perfection by his sophomore feature, Possessor: Uncut.
Wednesday, October 7, 2020
Nightstream Review: 'Shock Value: The Movie'
A horror anthology, but collect rare, lost or little-seen early short films from filmmakers who went on to become influential in the industry. That’s the basic set up for Shock Value: How Dan O’Bannon and Some USC Outsiders Helped Invent Modern Horror.
Tuesday, October 6, 2020
Nightstream Film Festival: 11 Must-Watch Movies
COVID-19 has caused havoc all over the place. One specific area is in the realm of film festivals. Across the globe, these cinematic showcases have been cancelled or forced online. It’s tough for these fests, especially smaller ones, to make a go of it with their usually limited resources. To combat this, a handful of niche genre fests have banded together to create the Nightstream Film Festival, an online horror film celebration that kicks off this week. It’s not an ideal situation for anyone, but the lineup is super rad and definitely one to check out for horror fans.
Tuesday, September 29, 2020
'Jiu Jitsu': Nicolas Cage And Company Use Martial Arts To Battle Aliens This November
Dreams really do come true. COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on movies an movie releases, especially big blockbusters. But there’s still plenty of room for oddball films to slip through and get a release. And what’s more oddball than a Nicolas Cage-starring sci-fi saga where humanity has to use martial arts to defeat alien invaders? The Cage-fronted Jiu Jitsu is one of our most-anticipated movies of 2020 (and any year to be honest), and now we know when we can see it because it has a release date.
Monday, September 21, 2020
'The Swerve' (2019) Movie Review
High school English teacher Holly (Azura Skye), the protagonist of writer/director Dean Kapsalis’ debut feature The Swerve, is harried, ignored, and unappreciated in every facet of her life. Her husband (Bryce Pinkham) is self-involved, her sons are brats, her students can’t be bothered, her alcoholic sister (Ashley Bell) mocks her, and even her own mother (Deborah Hedwall) berates her and puts her down.
Friday, September 18, 2020
'Fall Back Down' (2020) Movie Review
Sarah Beth Edwards’ Fall Back Down is the cinematic personification of living in a big punk house with a ton of roommates. It’s fun and chaotic, random and strange, frustrating and complicated, full of wild characters, and leads you into all sorts of off-kilter adventures. You’re going to drink too much, you’re going to write some songs, you’re going to wake to find an impromptu show in your basement, you’re going to make out with some people you shouldn’t. And it’s never going to wind up where you expect.
Thursday, September 17, 2020
'Antebellum' (2020) Movie Review
The early trailers gave the impression that writer/director duo Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz’s Antebellum was a riff on Octavia Butler’s classic sci-fi novel Kindred. Though the two attempt to tread similar thematic territory, and there are a few other similarities, that’s really where the parallels end. While Antebellum is a gorgeous film to look at, and has admirable goals in mind, it misses on most accounts, falls into all-too-common traps, and the end result plays like an overlong episode of Black Mirror.
Wednesday, September 16, 2020
'Synchronic' Trailer: 'The Endless' Directors Send Anthony Mackie And Jamie Dornan On A Time Traveling Drug Trip
Tuesday, September 15, 2020
'The Mandalorian' Season 2 Trailer: This Is The Way (And Baby Yoda Is Still Cute)
Thursday, September 10, 2020
'Freaky' Trailer: Body Swap Horror Comedy From 'Happy Death Day' Director
A few years back, director Christopher Landon gave us a teen slasher comedy spin on Groundhog Day with Happy Death Day, which was way, way more fun than I anticipated. So yeah, if he wants to do the same with Freaky Friday, I’m game. And here is the first trailer for his attempt at just that, Freaky.
Wednesday, September 9, 2020
Denis Villeneuve's First 'Dune' Trailer Is Brooding And Epic
Thursday, September 3, 2020
This 'No Time To Die' Trailer Changes Everything For James Bond
Wednesday, September 2, 2020
Fantasia 2020: 'Dinner In America'
Friday, August 28, 2020
Fantasia 2020: 'The Mortuary Collection' Movie Review
Fantasia 2020: 'Monster SeaFood Wars' Movie Review
Thursday, August 27, 2020
'The Dark And The Wicked' Trailer: Supernatural Horror Goes To The Farm
Wednesday, August 26, 2020
Fantasia 2020: 'The Oak Room' Movie Review
Tuesday, August 25, 2020
'Get Duked!' (2019) Movie Review
Sunday, August 23, 2020
DC Fandome Trailers: The Batman, Wonder Woman 1984, The Suicide Squad, The Snyder Cut
Friday, August 21, 2020
Fantasia 2020: 'A Witness Out Of The Blue' Movie Review
Wednesday, August 19, 2020
Fantasia 2020: 'The Columnist' Movie Review
Tuesday, August 18, 2020
'The Prey' (2019) Movie Review
Monday, August 17, 2020
10 Movies To See At The Fantasia Film Festival 2020
With COVID-19 running wild, film festivals as we know them are, maybe not a thing of the past, but quite different. For the time being anyway. (Hopefully only the time being.) Many have been cancelled, but a few intrepid endeavors have chosen to soldier on digitally. That includes one of our favorites, Canada’s Fantasia Film Festival, a repository of cinematic weirdness, filmic mayhem, and genre nonsense of all stripes. And that’s a good thing, a very, very good thing. The 2020 schedule has been taken entirely online.