The Best Films Of The Decade

I posted a list like this, broken out into 5 parts, earlier this year, then took it down again. I was triggered by a couple of other publications that dared to make their lists so early. This is an updated version. Long, but snugly housed all in the one post. It just requires a lot … Continue reading The Best Films Of The Decade

Review: Suspiria (2018)

Director: Luca Guadagnino Stars: Tilda Swinton, Dakota Johnson, Mia Goth It's an old truism that we communicate far more through our body language than we ever do verbally. How we carry ourselves. Our posture. The amount of eye contact we maintain. All of these things are indicators. Tells of the feelings we have and the … Continue reading Review: Suspiria (2018)

25 Best Horror Films Of The Decade (So Far)

Though we're only a year and a half from bringing the decade to a close (at which point there'll be plenty of lists like this), the release of the impressive A Quiet Place spurred the decision to tally up the best horror films to have been released since 2010, according to The Lost Highway Hotel. So if … Continue reading 25 Best Horror Films Of The Decade (So Far)

180: The Tenacity of mother!

Spurred by the release of Francis Lawrence's tone-deaf spy thriller Red Sparrow, which numbly deploys sexual abuse and exploitation as just-another-plot-mechanic, it felt like time to revisit one of last year's more divisive titles, one I increasingly feel I didn't give a fair shake. A little under six months ago I gave mother! a dismissive two star … Continue reading 180: The Tenacity of mother!

Review: mother!

Director: Darren Aronofsky Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Michelle Pfeiffer From its fiery beginning in which a feminine form is engulfed in flames through to Jennifer Lawrence's nameless Mother waking up and pointedly addressing an off-screen someone, "Baby", Aronofsky shows his audience the kind of ride this is going to be. It's there every step … Continue reading Review: mother!

Review: Black Swan

***originally written 28 January 2011*** The Oscars don't generally give out their major awards to horror films; the genre doesn't have nearly enough respect in those terms. So it is entirely understandable why Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan is not being marketed as a horror movie, but rather, as it's trailer insinuates, more of a sexually … Continue reading Review: Black Swan