She Dies Tomorrow Review: Enjoy The Dread

Filled with suffocating dread and a kiss of impending doom, She Dies Tomorrow asks an awfully big question of an ever increasing number of people. Speculative fiction is a tough genre to summarize, as its borders are a bit fuzzier than others. Typically, these stories can be boiled down to asking a single big question […]

La Llorona Review: Making the Political Personal

Horror film is not exploitative by nature. While there are far more examples of insensitivity to human life than not, this inherent frivolity comes from a desire to entertain, politicize or satirize, and not a necessary malice or fundamental nihilism. La Llorona is an empathetic film which draws its terror from legitimate evil and pays […]

Random Acts of Violence Review: Bloody Good

The intersection of art and life becomes extra murky when horror is involved. Do violent video games inspire violence? Do horror films make killers kill? While it is a worthy pursuit to dig deeper into the interplay of screen and flesh, certain horror films themselves scratch at that surface.  Writer/director Jay Baruchel’s Random Acts of […]

Nothing But The Blood Review: A Few Drops Short of a Pint

Taking on extreme religion and moral relativism in under 90 minutes is quite a stretch for any filmmaker. Weak performances and rushed storylines piled on top of all that make Nothing But The Blood a tough film to get through, though it is not without its moments.  Taking place through a sprawling timeline, the film […]

Radioactive Review: Intermittently Glowing Biopic

Radioactive is a largely competent biopic of the scientist Marie Curie. The film does a serviceable job of fleshing out the woman who is often nodded toward in history books, though the lead performance pulls much of that weight.  Rosamund Pike stars as the feisty and brilliant Marie. Radioactive spans most of her adult life, […]

Marionette Review: A “Real Movie” With Heady Aspirations

Marionette suffers a touch from its attempts at philosophy 101, but shines when it embraces its true nature as a nutty horror film which writes its own crazy rules.  A good friend of mine cheekily refers to a “real movie” (in quotes) as a film that has a person on fire. I’m happy to report […]

Working Man Review

This story of yet another factory shutdown in America’s Rust Belt is a notably relevant film for these pandemic times.