The Thoughts That Once We Had

All This Panic

Power Rangers

Dig Two Graves

Prevenge

The Last Laugh

Night Kaleidoscope

Right Now, Wrong Then

The Belko Experiment

Beauty and the Beast

The Thoughts That Once We Had

“…Yet if you should forget me for a while And afterwards remember, do not grieve: For if the darkness and corruption leave A vestige of the thoughts that once I had, Better by far you should forget and smile Than that you should remember and be sad” – From Remember by Christina Rossetti “Just because … Continued

All This Panic

Jenny Gage and Tom Betterton’s documentary All This Panic aims to capture all of the joys, struggles, and uncertainties of young womanhood, but even a description as grandiose as that still somehow seems reductive. That’s because there’s so much life and truth contained in the film, it manages to transcend age and gender to the … Continued

Power Rangers

2017’s Power Rangers takes concepts from a goofy and cheesy 90’s show and morphs it into a darker, grittier, teenage angst superhero flick that’s unforgivably light on the action and weighted down by over-the-top drama. Five teenagers with attitude come together to fight an evil space witch, and that’s all well and good, but when … Continued

Dig Two Graves

Dig Two Graves, from writer director Hunter Adams is a slow-burn, gothic horror flick about a young girl obsessed with the loss of her older brother in a freak accident at the town swimming hole. In her sorrow three strangely prescient drifters claim to have a way to bring him back to life. This leads … Continued

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

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