Thursday, December 17, 2020

'Max Cloud' (2020) Movie Review

scott adkins
When Max Cloud, AKA The Intergalactic Adventures of Max Cloud, works, it’s a good amount of ridiculous, silly fun, with an intentionally absurd premise, and a solid cast fronted by DTV all-star Scott Adkins. The problem is there’s not much substance to the core idea and the entire thing runs out its course early on, spending any narrative steam in short order. This is a prime example of a concept that might make for a cool short film, but that doesn’t have enough substance for a feature. And the result is a movie that’s stretched and thin.

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

'Skylines' (2020) Movie Review

Lindsey Morgan and an alien
It happens often that a movie, usually a major studio production, aims to kick off a franchise, only for it to be a no-go. It also happens, in rarer occasions, that a movie aiming to kick off a theatrical franchise flops, but a franchise happens anyway, usually in the hallowed, at least around here, halls of DTV. Sometimes a series pops up where no one expected. 

Thursday, December 10, 2020

'Nobody' Trailer: Bob Odenkirk Goes On A Rampage, And Yes, He Could Beat You Up

Bob Odenkirk
Okay, now I’m scared of Bob Odenkirk. Maybe not scared of him, because he seems like a genuinely nice guy, but I do now know that if it ever came down to it, he could kick my ass, just beat the ever-loving crap out of me. Don’t believe me? Watch the trailer for his upcoming action movie Nobody and then lets talk. 

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

'Koko-Di Koko-Da' (2018) Movie Review

We’ve seen the Groundhog-Day-as-horror conceit before, most recently with the Happy Death Day movies. But in Swedish oddity Koko-di Koko-da, writer/director Johannes Nyholm takes the concept to straight-up psychological nightmare territory. Twisted and terrifying, it offers a time-loop of grief, death, and adorable animated shadow puppet bunnies and birds, which he also manages to turn scary and unnerving as all hell. 

Monday, December 7, 2020

'Archenemy' (2020) Movie Review

man with a gun

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 WonderFreaksChronicle, 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

bloody dude screaming

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

man in a science lab

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

A sweet, adorable older couple in an idyllic, snow-strewn location, from a writer and director best known for their extensive resume of Hallmark movies, specifically Hallmark Christmas movies. Because of this, one might be forgiven for expecting certain things from Anything for Jackson. But this isn’t a Hallmark elderly couple, this is Audrey and Henry Walsh (Sheila McCarthy and Julian Richings), a pair of septuagenarian Satanists who kidnap a pregnant woman, Shannon Becker (Konstantina Mantelos), to perform an ancient ritual to implant the spirit of their dead grandson into the unborn child.