Prevenge

The Last Laugh

Auntie Lee’s Meat Pies

Johannes Grenzfurthner is Kinda Nerdy

Night Kaleidoscope

Right Now, Wrong Then

The Belko Experiment

Beauty and the Beast

Sylvio

Beyond the Grave (Porto dos Mortos)

Prevenge

Prevenge is an impressive film on many different levels. Written, starring, and directed by Alice Lowe, and shot on a modest budget in just two weeks, Prevenge could have easily been just another cheesy addition to the slasher genre with a clever gimmick. Alice Lowe plays Ruth, a pregnant woman whose unborn child urges her to go … Continued

The Last Laugh

There’s a scene in The Pianist that ended my interest in watching holocaust films. In the Warsaw ghetto an SS thug pulls a Luger and shoots a pretty Jewish girl in the head. It comes early in the film. I saw it as if in slow motion, braced for it, heard the report of the … Continued

Auntie Lee’s Meat Pies

“A black comedy done tastefully.” I’m not so sure about that. How can I describe Auntie Lee’s Meat Pies without it sounding either moronic or genius? The movie is kind of both and yet neither simultaneously. Auntie Lee (Karen Black) has the best meat pies in the country. Auntie Lee has three very pretty “nieces” … Continued

Johannes Grenzfurthner is Kinda Nerdy

Johannes Grenzfurthner was born in 1975 and grew up in the Austrian boondocks in a small town called Stockerau. Out of the womb, Johannes was drawn to nerd culture. “I grew up with only two TV channels, and I was very happy my dad got a VHS recorder as early as 1980. It opened up a … Continued

Night Kaleidoscope

Vampires are nothing if not versatile. Unlike most of the standard horror-flick heavies – zombies, werewolves, machete-wielding maniacs, etc. – they can vary wildly in type and behavior, appearing on screen as anything from hyper-articulate aristocrats to animalistic predators to regular folks who just so happen to survive by drinking blood. That capacity for constant … Continued

Right Now, Wrong Then

Subtle. Leisurely. Repetitive. South Korean director Hong Sang-soo has created in Right Now, Wrong Then a groundhog day of an experience that flows slowly. As the film opens we meet Ham Chun-su, a semi famous art film director who has come to Suwon from Seoul to screen one of his films and speak to the … Continued

The Belko Experiment

Written by James Gunn and Directed by Greg McClean, The Belko Experiment has a similar plot to Battle Royale, but instead of Japanese children on an island, it’s American desk jockeys in Bogotá, Colombia trapped in their high-rise office who are the ones forced into a situation that necessitates them brutally killing each other. That’s … Continued

Beauty and the Beast

It’s hard to list all the things I found underwhelming about Disney’s live action Beauty and the Beast film. To say that the original animated classic was a landmark in hand drawn animation is absolutely an understatement; nearly 26 years later, it still holds up as a wonderfully groundbreaking and gorgeous film. 2017’s Beauty and the … Continued

Sylvio

Perhaps doomed to go unnoticed on first viewing, there are lovely and thoughtful moments strung throughout Sylvio, made up of slow gazes and floating / falling particles. Dust in the sun light, bubbles in a fish tank and snow on a street corner provide temporary reprieve from reality and unexpected bursts of clarity for lead … Continued

Beyond the Grave (Porto dos Mortos)

  Opening a film with a quote from Friedrich Nietzsche is a reliable way to bum an audience out – not because of the towering existential dread that’s likely to follow, but rather because the oft-cited German philosopher is a staple of stoned college-freshman musings (“Yeah, bro, God really IS dead!”), and one risks creating … Continued