Thursday, August 18, 2022

'Glorious' (2022) Movie Review

ryan kwanten laughing on the floor
If you’ve spent any time on the road, you probably know highway rest stops can get weird. Sometimes very weird. What director Rebekah McKendry’s (All the Creatures Were Stirring) new movie Glorious supposes is, what if, instead of a weird rando on the other side of that roadside glory hole, it was something much darker, more sinister, and exponentially more powerful?

Monday, August 8, 2022

NBFF 2022: 'Sirens' Movie Review

two women playing guitars in a field
I’m a sucker for documentaries about punk, metal, or really any other musical genre popping up in places you don’t normally expect. Death Metal Angola, Los Ultimos Frikis, A Band Called Death, among others come to mind. Fitting nicely into this specific niche is Rita Baghdadi’s documentary Sirens, which chronicles Lebanon’s first all-female heavy metal band, Slave to Sirens. 

Thursday, August 4, 2022

'The Killer' (2022) Movie Review

a man with a gun
A frenetic action movie about a tired-of-life assassin that begins with a hatchet fight? From the director and star of The Swordsman? Uh, that’s a big old hell yes from around these parts. And that’s precisely what we get from Choi Jae-hoon’s The Killer. Not to be confused with John Woo’s 1989 classic of the same name, this is nevertheless also a kickass time. (This latest Killer is an adaption of Bang Ji-ho’s novel, The Kid Deserves to Die, and it’s easy to understand why the title was changed for multiple reasons.)

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Fantasia 2022: 'Confession' Movie Review

two people on a snowy roadside
Yoo Min-ho (So Ji-seob, A Company Man) is arrested for killing his mistress, but released on bail as his trial is in progress. Fleeing the prying eyes of the media, he retreats to an isolated, snow-bound cabin to meet with a Yang Shin-ae (Yunjin Kim, Lost), a new lawyer, one who has never lost a case. Over the course of a night in director Yoon Jong-seok’s Confession, Yoo spins his tale, lies pile up, perspectives shift, and true intentions come to light. 

Monday, August 1, 2022

Fantasia 2022: 'Dark Glasses' Movie Review

blind prostitute with a john
With Dark Glasses, his first film since 2012’s Dracula 3D, horror legend Dario Argento wants to remind you that, even at 81, he can still make a Dario Argento movie. Most, or at least many of his cinematic trademarks are present and accounted for. We’ve got striking colors, an unseen killer terrorizing young women, and a Goblin-esque score that could be lifted from one of the director’s late-70s/early-80s works, among other touches. While it doesn’t reach the highs of his more iconic films, it’s quick and efficient, fits solidly in his wheelhouse, and certainly rates higher than much of his recent output.