• Halloween Kills

    Halloween Kills

    This franchise is running on fumes and trying to lessen the blows with cheap callbacks to better days when John Carpenter was in the director’s chair. Michael Myers has now been made into a killing machine with the only thing separating him from being a carbon copy of John Wick is that he wields a knife instead of a gun. Gone are the stealthy nature of his rampages where stalking and intimidation were the tools of his trade. He seems to…

  • The French Dispatch

    The French Dispatch

    ★★★

    The visual language is undeniable. Anderson is a creative when it comes to creating weird and unique set pieces to add a sense of uncontainable stimulation that makes for an interesting experience; aspect ratio dialing from 4:3, split screen, wide angles to fit the different stories. cinematography that switches from black and white to color at the drop of the hat, and the melody of live action and animation in holy matrimony. A distinctive set of stories all from the…

  • Friday the 13th

    Friday the 13th

    ★★★

    A horror film that suffers from the dust of being a relic and featuring some weird fight choreography/ characters lacking a sense of the fight or flight response. Disregarding all those obvious flaws, the use of the first person view to obscure the identity of the killer is something that could still be an effective tool in this day and age. Enjoyable score that turns up the volume in the menacing moments of fright for the unlucky camp counselors. Looks to be an interesting road to travel for the eventual watches of the complete series.

  • The Rescue

    The Rescue

    ★★★★

    The one important thing to take away from The Rescue is that the impossible is possible. What looks to be insurmountable or unconceivable to achieve can also be an opportunity for any person to rise up and step to the challenge of greatness. It doesn't have to be someone with a unique skill, financial success, celebrity, or person of status; all it takes to be a hero and a good human is just willing to do what is necessary to…

  • 15 Minutes of Shame

    15 Minutes of Shame

    ★★★

    The gift and curse of the Internet. A place that has become its own world where people are able to connect from millions of miles away and post what we are feeling, thinking, and doing on a daily basis. The place for our news, memes, highlights, tragedies, weirdness, and carefully crafted image to take precedence over the sometimes plain reality right in front of our faces; not as exciting or dreamlike as the glowing beacon from our smartphones and laptops.…

  • No Time to Die

    No Time to Die

    ★★★★

    Through all the delays and the release dates that would be announced and then dashed away like a broken promise, the wait was more than worth it. Grandiose action/adventure that is a dazzling treat to savor for close to 3 hours. Craig closing the curtain on Mr. Bond is a satisfying manner that is enough to inspire calls for an encore; the emotional weight that has added on pounds through of the previous films finally come to define the evolution…

  • Lamb

    Lamb

    ★★★

    The intriguing nature of the narrative and the sense of ominous events lurking around the corner ready to expose itself at any minute keep Lamb from being a full swing as a miss. The themes of tolerance, parenthood, animal treatment, secrets, and tragedy are treated with a distinctive hand allowing itself to stand out from the crowd; this badge also creates some potholes in the road that can’t be written off. Horror is the word being used for genre markings; however,…

  • Surge

    Surge

    Pointless for the sake of being pointless. It’s hard to grapple the bigger picture and endgame for this Murphy’s Law incarnated feature that expects for a viewer to feel any connection or empathy for an irredeemable asshole that feels like the word owes him something. There is no buildup for the eventual breaking point of this young man beset by general everyday issues that only act as a nuisance for most but confusingly become the fire for a character to…

  • Firestarter

    Firestarter

    ★★★

    One of the more under the radar Stephen King adaptations that is bolstered by the performances of a young Drew Barrymore and a sinister George C. Scott; it would be disrespectful to not give unrelenting showers of admiration to Tangerine Dream’s ageless musical score. A good two thirds of  a horror/thriller mashup sadly only resolves in a quick and easy anticlimactic manner never fully able to dive deep like the pages of the  book  guided by the immaculate King and…

  • Night of the Animated Dead

    Night of the Animated Dead

    Shot for shot remakes are the lowest form of tribute and ambition. Interesting is birthed from taking existing ideas and adding new elements to keep them viable and fresh for new generations. This soulless animated film doesn’t kiss the ring of the original, instead it spits on it and laughs manically. Crude visual design and blocky Minecraft like animations for the characters blends the line between cheap quality and unintentional parody. Do the voice actors who are easily phoning it…

  • Black Christmas

    Black Christmas

    ★★★

    Strong female characters were a rarity then and still are now in the populated world of horror cinema and its many sub genres. Kudos to this slasher film for breaking the mold and creating engaging female subjects that are much more than bodies to be brutalized and cut up by a psychopath. Dialogue centered on the self independence of women in a relationship, abortion, misogyny, and the double standard between male and female add to the commentary that achieve a…

  • Venom: Let There Be Carnage

    Venom: Let There Be Carnage

    ★★★

    Coming in with tempered expectations is the best remedy to enjoy Let There Be Carnage in its wildly campy essence. No more space laid out for heightened dramatic material, a heavy dose of crude and clownish humor (sometimes corny to its own detriment) which still remains some of the best moments of the series. Hardy is having a wonderful time juggling the two roles of Eddie Brock and the imposing symbiote known as Venom; the story does allow for each…