Horror writer & cinephile.
"WWIII" has trended at least a dozen times in 2023. Sure, some of those instances were just people working themselves into a storm, reading smudged tea leaves with the certainty that they offered prophetic certainty. But we're still here and, while some may argue a proxy WWIII began last year, the actual thing has yet to reveal its true form -- whether raindrops or mushroom clouds.
Yet, that fact does not make Oppenheimer's final words in Nolan's magnum opus any…
A well-acted, eerie, gothic horror flick with a ton of incredible shots. Also beautifully well edited. The pacing is taut and each shot seamlessly blends into the next. The extreme close-ups of the killer's eye are great, and I loved the opening shot of Helen walking down the titular spiral staircase.
I'm a sucker for a good anthology film, particularly if all the short films manage to connect at the end in a surprising way (Trick 'R Treat is one of my favorite examples of this).
Dead of Night manages to be both eerily gothic and surprisingly quick-witted. That ending is also truly haunting, with some gorgeous canted angles and close-ups.
Reviewing a film like Sound of Freedom is near impossible as any criticism or dislike will automatically be met with claims that said detractor "doesn't care about children" or somehow condones trafficking.
That is by design, naturally. So what if the film's commentary on this subject is about as shallow as a puddle? So what if the film's purported hero is a fraud who has consistently overembellished his role in saving victims? So what if the film's star and subject…