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“I could do without all of the Children of the Corn sequels. I actually like the original pretty well. I thought they did a pretty good job on that.” – Stephen King On a cross country road trip, a …Continue reading →
Living in America, one can’t help but feel the pull of religion lately as it digs its way even further into the legal system. What’s the best way to approach it then? Black comedy, of course. 2004’s Saved! is the …Continue reading →
A couple of weeks ago, I wrote up issues of class, race and privilege in Don’t Breathe. Here’s the oddball crux with that film for me: while I didn’t like the strange plot holes, I really did enjoy Jane Levy’s …Continue reading →
After a quick double check, I noticed that we haven’t yet covered the trailer for A Quiet Place, an upcoming horror film starring real-life husband and wife, John Krasinski and Emily Blunt. The original teaser trailer dropped way back on February 12, and there is now a more fleshed-out “official” trailer to whet your appetite before the April 6 release. Personally, if you’ve managed to avoid the new trailer…please continue to do so. The teaser is much more terrifying and lends itself to more speculation as to what this terrorized family is hiding from. Clearly, they can make NO sounds. Knitted squares are used for board game pieces and the family communicates via sign language. They must cover literally their tracks and paint the floorboards to know where to step. The new trailer indicates that the setting is some post-apocalyptic landscape inhabited by something intent on eradicating anyone who’s survived. But, like most trailers, they showed a bit too much. Not a lot, of course, but I think this is a story where the less you see, the better.
It’s nearly Easter, which means that in a week and a day, HALF PRICED CANDY!!! Happy days are here again! This week, I’m taking a look at some of my own bullshit. Ever have an actor you just …Continue reading →
Sofia Coppola did not exactly have a great 2017. The Beguiled had some issues, to say the least. One of my favorite pieces of 2017 press, coincidentally, came from that promotional lag: longtime collaborator Kirsten Dunst basically told her boss …Continue reading →
I got kind of nostalgic for the early aughts, so I went looking for movies to watch again. I stumbled over Troy on Netflix, a 2004 period piece written by David Benioff and directed by Wolfgang Petersen. Based on Homer’s …Continue reading →
I have just come back from a glorious vacation in Paris. Yes, Paris! For 10 days I said “fuck it” to my diet, walked over the fabled streets, chateaus, and churches, and bought a beret. I don’t care if only the tourists do it, I looked damned cute in it and just dove headfirst into the Francophile spirit of things. In between mouthfuls of Camembert cheese and baguette, I talked horror movies with our friend and tour guide, and discovered a few gems that I now want to talk about. One is based on a true story of a small-town policeman (gendarme) who was also a serial killer (you’ll need to translate the link into English, by the way). The movie, Next Time I’ll Aim for the Heart (La prochaine fois je viserai le coeur) isn’t anywhere I can watch it, so I saved it on Netflix in case the DVD ever becomes available. The second is a TV series that is available through US Netflix streaming called La Mante (The Mantis). Stephen King raved about it (!!) and I just caught the first episode. I’m hooked. A serial killer collaborates with her policeman son to catch a copycat. I worry that they gave away too much in the first episode, but it seems to be more focused on psychological character studies (because, you know…that’s what the French do). Plus, a fellow horror watcher has confirmed that there is plenty of gore to come and big reveals, so I’m going to tuck in with some cafe and French chocolate and dive back in. Catch you on the flipside, mon petit chou!
Some of the subject matter the past few weeks has been, shall we say, heavy. So it’s time to blow off some steam. Remember how I said that you shouldn’t start ripping on something unless if you’re going to criticize …Continue reading →
HEAR ME OUT ON THIS! I know – on the surface, this does not sound like a rational choice. What started out as a web series with three-minute long increments about a child’s toy does not sound like a good …Continue reading →