Fauve

Empathy Inc.

Warning Shot

On Again Off Again

The Landing

The Favourite

Diamantino

Cam

What Does a Rapper Have to Do with Coppola’s The Outsiders?

Degenerates

Fauve

Many filmmakers will tell you that short films are the training ground leading up to the big feature film. Whether you’re a writer, director, or actor, the short is the way to hone your craft and get something made that represents your art. Smart filmmakers will take the short and use it as a self-imposed … Continued

Empathy Inc.

I’m not sure exactly what I expected anymore before I watched this film, because Empathy Inc. shatters expectations and defies explanations. This film is the second feature collaboration of director Yedidya Gorsetman and writer Mark Leidner, who first teamed up for the 2014 comedy Jammed, which I will admit I haven’t seen, but I will … Continued

Warning Shot

Warning Shot begins when Bobby (David Spade) hires two thugs, Rainy (Guillermo Díaz) and Jawari (Dwight Henry), to go rough up a farm owner. This particular farmer owns the water rights to his land, and Bobby wishes to force him to sell; as Bobby is aiming to take over the family business once his grandpa … Continued

On Again Off Again

If there is one rule by which every romance film is compelled to obey, it’s the water rule. Once one character splashes another with water or pushes another into a pool, the two characters involved are thereby obligated by cinematic law to fall in love. This is, of course, not actually a law, but an … Continued

The Landing

I guess that most readers get through a paragraph or two of a review before skipping to the bottom to see the rating and whether any actors they recognize are in the film. Given that, let’s make two crucial points early: firstly, and most importantly, The Landing is a work of fiction. There was no … Continued

The Favourite

Sarah Churchill, the Duchess of Marlborough (Rachel Weisz), and her servant Abigail Hill (Emma Stone) engage in a sexually charged fight to the death for the body and soul of Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) at the height of the War of the Spanish Succession. After a steady decline from his stunning debut Dogtooth, Director Yorgos … Continued

Diamantino

The directing team of Gabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidt, who formerly worked together on A History of Mutual Respect, put together quite a screamer with their psychedelic satire Diamantino. Set in Lisbon, Portugal, the film centers around international football sensation, Diamantino (think Cristiano Ronaldo, because Diamantino is without a doubt a caricature of the beloved … Continued

Cam

For the past 12 years, Blumhouse Productions has been on a wild tear through the horror community, making such hit films as Paranormal Activity (and its sequels), The Purge (and its sequels, and it’s television show), Insidious (and it’s…you get the point), Get Out, BlacKkKlansman, Creep, and Creep 2 as well as backing the much … Continued

What Does a Rapper Have to Do with Coppola’s The Outsiders?

Since being released in 1983, Francis Ford Coppola’s film adaptation of S.E. Hinton’s coming-of-age novel The Outsiders has found continued popularity and has achieved official cult status. And now, in what is surely one of the most interesting pop culture intersections of all time, hip-hop artist Danny Boy O’Connor from the groups House of Pain … Continued

Degenerates

“Write what you know” is a hackneyed piece of advice – one of many – that’s regularly doled out to aspiring screenwriters, and ironically, these said screenwriters are precisely the type of precocious folks who’ll hear this questionable statement like that and immediately get the urge to take the piss out of it. U.K.-based writer/director … Continued