Review: The Perfection

Director: Richard Shepard Stars: Logan Browning, Allison Williams, Steven Weber I've not been well this week, but with flashes of a renewed attention span, I have picked this title at random out of the trash bags of new content heaped onto Netflix on a weekly basis. The Perfection is a riotous misnomer for this scattershot … Continue reading Review: The Perfection

Review: Revenge

Director: Coralie Fargeat Stars: Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz, Kevin Janssens, Vincent Colombe Of all of horror's myriad subgenres, the rape revenge film is one of the most troubling and misunderstood, in part because the films themselves divide distinctly from one another. Calling attention to all the most negative connotations are movies which treat the abuse … Continue reading Review: Revenge

Review: The Killing Of A Sacred Deer

Director: Yorgos Lanthimos Stars: Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Barry Keoghan "It was very Lynchian," I overheard a gentleman tell his wife upon leaving the screening of The Killing Of A Sacred Deer that I attended, as the varied audience tried to get a handle on what they'd just been through. Now, everyone is most certainly entitled to … Continue reading Review: The Killing Of A Sacred Deer

Review: I Don’t Feel At Home In This World Anymore.

Director: Macon Blair Stars: Melanie Lynskey, Elijah Wood, Robert Longstreet First of all, Melanie Lynskey kills it here, so there's that, okay? She's just the best. I Don't Feel At Home In This World Anymore. is the feature debut from Macon Blair, star of Jeremy Saulnier's Blue Ruin (he also played a supporting role in Green Room). The sensibility … Continue reading Review: I Don’t Feel At Home In This World Anymore.

Review: Nocturnal Animals

Director: Tom Ford Stars: Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon Have you ever found yourself at 8 in the evening on a Sunday, feeling like you want to watch a movie before calling it quits on the weekend, but finding yourself torn between the pulpy Texan noir of Cold In July and the weepy melodrama of, … Continue reading Review: Nocturnal Animals

Review: Jason Bourne

Director: Paul Greengrass Stars: Matt Damon, Alicia Vikander, Tommy Lee Jones Movies take a long time to make, even within the ever churning gears of the Hollywood machine, and so there's no way that Universal or the producers of the latest Jason Bourne film (woodenly titled Jason Bourne) could possibly have anticipated the recent and tragic events … Continue reading Review: Jason Bourne

Review: The Revenant

Conventional wisdom tells us that violence and vengeance form a circle, but that notion suggests the return to a beginning place, a place of innocence where said violence existed only in potential. What if, instead, it were a spiral, emanating from a microcosmic central point, it's range growing ever-wider as it sprawls out into the universe? How … Continue reading Review: The Revenant

Why I Love… #83: Ms. 45

Year: 1981 Director: Abel Ferrara Stars: Zoë Lund (Thana), Albert Sinkys (Albert), Darlene Stuto (Laurie), Helen McGara (Carol), Nike Zachmanoglou (Pamela), Editta Sherman (Mrs. Nasone) Genre: Thriller, Exploitation Quantifying why I love Ms. 45 is going to be trickier than most of these essays as it can be a hard film to love, or rather, can seem … Continue reading Why I Love… #83: Ms. 45

Review: Blue Ruin

"A mysterious outsider's quiet life is turned upside down when he returns to his childhood home to carry out an act of vengeance." There are two sentences that make up the brief 'storyline' section on Blue Ruin's imdb page. That's the first of them. And it kind of misrepresents a film that has already had a … Continue reading Review: Blue Ruin