Rory Cochrane

Soundtracking: Empire Records

Happy Rex Manning Day! Or, rather, the 24th anniversary of the single day on which the entirety of Empire Records plays out: April 8, 1995.

Home Entertainment Review: Oculus

Oculus (Mike Flanagan, 2014) – It can be a hard thing for a critic to admit, but sometimes we can be wrong. I’m having a hard time remembering a movie I was as wrong about as I was with Oculus, though. When I first watched it several months ago at the Toronto International Film Festival (while […]

Oculus Review

Oculus is a smart, well acted, and deeply scary film that never treats the audience for a horror film like brain dead zombies who just want a gory, lazy geek show with a bunch of loud noises, whip pans, and smash cuts.

Interview: Mike Flanagan

We catch up with Oculus director Mike Flanagan to talk about adapting his own short to feature length, why it’s hard to pitch a movie about a killer mirror, how his lead actors went to great lengths to research their roles for a simple genre film, and how he kind of nerded out working with cast members from Doctor Who and Battlestar Galactica.

TIFF 2013: Oculus Review

Oculus Midnight Madness Director: Mike Flanagan Told with a great deal of ambition and style, the “possessed random object” subgenre of horror movies (and the even narrower subgenre of such films using mirrors) gets a much needed shot in the arm with Flanagan’s tightly plotted and original story. Oculus begins by showing 21 year old […]