Brendan Steere's iconic trashterpiece, The Velocipastor was a punk rock love letter to cult cinema. His debut feature; recently rediscovered and released digitally this week, Animosity is a micro budget nightmare that explores the complexities of relationships and commitment through a never-ending cycle of madness and violence. Featuring a standout lead performance, an intense narrative, and haunting visuals, this is an exceptional first film.
Mike and Carrie move into an isolated house in the woods and soon after, Carrie begins…
Profound loss is a consuming force, born from a well of sadness that is, for many, inescapable. Michael Sarnoski's Pig is a culinary dirge, an bleak foray into the mythical pantheon of Portland's epicurean underworld that examines one man's endless bereavement. Featuring one of Nicolas Cage's finest performances, elegiac visuals, and a poetic, somber rhythm, this is one of the best films of the year.
An off the grid truffle farmer spends his days in solitude with only his prized…
Second Sight: The Poetry of A Ghost Story
2017. Directed by David Lowery.
Films like David Lowery's A Ghost Story are secondhand treasures. They are discarded, often lonely vessels bound with the spirits of someone else's life, viewed through the lenses of personal experience and regret. It is these stolen memories that often resonate within us, reminding us of the power of one's first kiss or the formidable magic of childlike imagination as we trace our hands across a dusty…
John Wick: Chapter 2
2017. Directed by Chad Stahleski.
A visceral overture of violence, John Wick: Chapter 2 continues its minimalist revolution by delivering a fully automatic experience devoid of pointless explosions and overstuffed with close quarters head shots. Featuring unbelievable fisticuffs choreography, preternatural gun play, and a necessary (but gloriously indulgent) look into the secret world of assassins, this is 2017's first great film.
The stark contrast with the first film is that the reasoning for the violence lacks…