Horror

Mad God (2022)

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Mad God (2022)

I don’t know what to do here. I just spent an hour and twenty-three minutes beholding Phil Tippett’s Mad God, an ugly, unpleasant dystopian nightmare from which I exit the other side feeling unclean and confused.  However, given it’s pedigree, particularly the fact that Tippett – The Oscar-winning special effects wizard who worked on everything […]

| June 11, 2022
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They’re (still) Heeeere!: ‘Poltergeist’ at 40

They’re (still) Heeeere!: ‘Poltergeist’ at 40

Steven Spielberg doesn’t talk about Poltergeist for reasons that I can only speculate. The last time that I recall that he even mentioned the film was on an AFI special 20 years ago in which he dismissed any suggestion of subtext by saying “Poltergeist was just meant to be a rollercoaster ride. I wasn’t trying to do […]

| June 4, 2022
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The Innocents (2021)

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The Innocents (2021)

Norwegian director Eskil Vogt got a double-honor at this year’s Academy Awards, first by getting a writing nomination along with his collaborator Joachim Trier for The World Person in the World and also saw his film nominated for Best International Feature.  That film, about the adventures of a young woman that could easily be written […]

| May 13, 2022
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We’re All Going to the World’s Fair (2022)

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We’re All Going to the World’s Fair (2022)

Sometimes, just for laughs, I go YouTube and watch those videos where armchair eggheads like myself take a piece of filmmaking and trying to intellectualize it – in all honesty, I’ve seen enough analysis on The Shining to last me the rest of my life.  I love hearing film analysis which either gives me a […]

| April 15, 2022
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Choose or Die (2022)

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Choose or Die (2022)

It’s funny, right before sitting down to watch Toby Meakins’ Choose or Die, I was lazily moving through the first installment of Zork – I do this a lot.  For you kiddies out there, Zork was a text-based adventure from the early 80s that pits you against a vast underground empire where you have to collect […]

| April 15, 2022
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Master (2022)

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Master (2022)

I hate this.  I hate this kind of movie.  I hate a movie with an inch-thick current topic that then throws it out the window on genre nonsense.  Here is the story of two women of color, wading in a world of wealthy whites and how they are treated within a peer group that traditionally […]

| March 18, 2022
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Black Friday (2021)

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Black Friday (2021)

It is hard to dismiss the horror-comedy Black Friday for ambition, however on the level of execution you admit to yourself that it never quite makes it to the winner’s circle.  That’s too bad because a Christmas zombie picture featuring horror icons Devon Sawa and Bruce Campbell could and should be a lot better. It […]

| November 19, 2021
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We Need To Do Something (2021)

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We Need To Do Something (2021)

[This review is part of my ongoing coverage of the films screened at Birmingham Alabama’s 23rd Annual Sidewalk Film Festival] Oh yes!  We need to do something all right.  We need to teach Max Booth III how to write a damn screenplay! His work here is a prime example of how to screw up a […]

| August 29, 2021
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