Action & Adventure, Crime, Film Reviews, Films, Thriller

REVIEW: Arkansas (2020)

There’s a line of thinking regarding pop culture today that says everything has been done before, that there are no original ideas left. In this school of thought, everything now is merely an interpretation or variation of what’s come before. There’s probably some truth to…

Film Reviews, Horror, Thriller

REVIEW: We Summon the Darkness (2020)

Hot off his critical success with 2017’s My Friend Dahmer, Marc Meyers appears to be a rising star in the indie cinema world. Dipping his toes into numerous genres, Meyers has tried his hand at horror with the Alexandra Daddario starring and Johnny Knoxville appearing…

Crime, Film Reviews, Thriller

REVIEW: Who Killed Teddy Bear (1965)

Who Killed Teddy Bear is a psychological crime thriller that was released in 1965 but was refused certification on its original theatrical release due to its “sleazy, taboo-breaking nature“. The film has been newly scanned from one it’s few surviving 35mm prints and is available for…

Film Reviews, Thriller, Z - 2018

REVIEW: Calibre (2018)

In the ‘Making of Shadow of a Doubt’ (1943), one of Hitchcock’s colleagues discussed Hitch’s fascination with bringing a sense of menace to a small, everyday American town.  The wholesomeness of urban neighborhoods is juxtaposed by the dangers of being in the deep city. 75…

Film Reviews, Horror, Thriller, Z - 2018

REVIEW: The First Purge (2018)

The ‘Purge’ franchise is one that has attracted somewhat of a cult following since the first instalment was released in 2013, with the horror films (‘horror’ being used loosely here) being renowned as guilty pleasures for many filmgoers. Although the franchise started out with a…

Drama, Film Reviews, Thriller, Z - 2018

REVIEW: First Reformed (2018)

In Paul Schrader’s ‘First Reformed,’ we are greeted with a heavy despair and loss of faith through another venture in character study as told through the general perspective of Reverend Ernst Toller (Ethan Hawke). The screenwriter behind Martin Scorsese’s critically acclaimed ‘Taxi Driver,’ with a…

Drama, Film Reviews, Mystery, Thriller, Z - 2018

REVIEW: Dark River (2018)

Following this year’s ‘Lean On Pete‘, ‘God’s Own Country‘ and ‘The Levelling‘, the withering farmlands are a dramatic staple of 2018’s arthouse cinema. Clio Bernard’s ‘Dark River’ is a standout among this particular niche. Inspired by Rose Tremain’s novel ‘Trespass’, Ruth Wilson’s Alice returns to…

Drama, Film Reviews, Thriller, Z - 2018

REVIEW: Beast (2018)

Written and directed by Michael Pearce, Beast is an eerie and captivating debut feature film about isolation and secrets. Moll (Jessie Buckley) is a troubled young woman, stifled by her controlling mother (Geraldine James), the unwanted affections of nice but dull cop Clifford (Trystan Gravelle)…

Film Reviews, Horror, Thriller, Z - 2018

REVIEW: Mom and Dad (2018)

As parents, you’re supposed to protect and care for your children, right? Sign their permission slips, feed them, make sure they make curfew, and one day kill them. No? Well, ‘Mom and Dad’ is so strangely engrossing and completely batshit crazy that you can’t help…