Seemingly taking place in what must be the most emotionally damaged neighborhood in at least a hundred miles of its setting, Mipo Oh’s Being Good is a multi-character study that takes an ensemble-style, “everything is connected” approach. This kind of story can go one way or the other – on one hand, this can set up massive third-act payoffs and large, rippling messages, but on the other, cohesion and story development can often be stunted in the process.
Lionsgate’s upcoming Blair Witch sequel (or maybe reboot?) has received its first trailer, which sees a group of college kids investigating the disappearance of the sister of one of the students who may have been looking into the legend of the Blair
Bingham Bryant and Kyle Molzan’s enigmatic debut, For The Plasma, seemingly about everything and nothing all at the same time rests at the intersection of cerebral over-complication and tongue-in-cheek, lo-fi jaunt, all on a nearly non-existent indie budget. The film’s playful avoidance of categorization or its incessant need to avoid any normal, discernible narrative path will surely have viewers, either, reveling in the ambiguity of it all or steadily growing ever more exasperated by its opaque nature.
Lights Out may be a bit lacking in scary story inventiveness, but it compensates with pace and performances. Expanded from director David F. Sandberg’s own short, the movie is lean and efficient, running 81 minutes (including credits). Lulls are minimal as Sandberg and screenwriter Eric Heisserer focus on the suspense and provide just enough information to keep our bearings in the supernatural narrative. The shocks are well-crafted and the cast does a great job of selling the interpersonal drama, making it feel more genuine than many familiar family-in-crisis horror staples.
Michael DiBiasio’s The Videoblogs is a difficult to watch; not because it lacks the technical proficiency needed but because it deals directly with the subject of mental health and when I say directly, I mean head-on, face-to-face directly. It is because of this approach, this intimately direct approach, that the film can be somewhat uncomfortable at times as you might get the feeling that you are privy to what should be private moments.
One of my most anticipated films this year is Matt Johnson‘s (The Dirties) latest, Operation Avalanche, which tells the story of a couple of CIA agents who infiltrate NASA in the guise of documentary filmmakers to uncover the secrets behind the moon
This week, in honor of Ice Age: Collision Course opening in theaters, Ryan watches the fourth entry in the series with Ice Age: Continental Drift. He has not seen any of the other Ice Age films before this one, causing great confusion.
With Pokemon Go being all the rage with seemingly every human on the planet right now, it seems only fitting that Hollywood would be quickly moving forward with a Pokemon movie while this momentum is at a fever pitch. According to
A miscellany of genres presented with a potpourri of visual stylings, Momoko Andô’s 0.5mm emulsifies screwball comedy and affecting drama into one epic emotional traversing across generational divides. Entrance into the lives of these pensioners is reluctantly granted through stereotypes and book-cover judgments then coaxed via blackmail into living arraignments that, in turn, give way to complex character portraits of lonely men in the diminuendo of life, cast aside from society and left to wilt away in their homes.
As a huge fan of Ti West‘s films (specifically The House of the Devil and The Innkeepers) I’m beyond excited about his next film, a Western titled In a Valley of Violence, which just got its first trailer today. The film stars Ethan
This week, Adam and Kevin tackle Paul Feig's Ghostbusters, along with Sion Sono's The Whispering Star, screening at this year's Japan Cuts Festival. Other items discussed include Stranger Things, Human Nature, 0.5mm, and Midnight Cowboy.
In this era of reboots and repurposing, an update of 1984’s Ghostbusters was inevitable, even more so when considering a second sequel had been gestating for two-and-a-half decades. The remake certainly reveres the original – occasionally to a fault, but it also does enough to stand on its own as an enjoyable ride, driven by the performances of four great leads.
Criterion has revealed their lineup for October 2016 with titles including Guillermo del Toro‘s Pan’s Labyrinth along with a 3-film set of his early work including Chronos, The Devil’s Backbone, and Pan’s Labyrinth, Richard Linklater‘s Boyhood, Luis García Berlanga‘s The Executioner, Robert