When I think of a truly terrifying movie watching experience, I think of The Babyface Murders. While other films have gratuitous jump scares, unsettling imagery, and frightful atmospheric tension.... well all of that is Teletubbies compared to The Babyface Murders. What makes this movie so scary you may ask? Quite Frankly, I did not know … Continue reading Now This is Scary?
A little late but I've finally gotten around to watching the most compelling horror film of 2018, Hereditary. Hereditary is held together by strong performances from Toni Collette and first time feature director Ari Aster shows an impressive willingness to explore his medium and craft as a filmmaker. So with a seemingly weaker year in … Continue reading Is ‘Hereditary’ Oscar Worthy?
By now you've probably seen everyone else hit you with what they consider the best of this last year... I don't consider myself much of an authority to much such claims. Though while we ring in the new year I guess I have some unfinished business when it comes to recommending television and films from … Continue reading Top 5 Things I Didn’t Cover in 2018
“Fellini’s Roma” was attacked in some circles as an example of Fellini coasting on his genius. I find this point of view completely incomprehensible. Critics who would force Fellini back into traditional narrative films are missing the point; Fellini isn’t just giving us a lot of flashy scenes, he’s building a narrative that has a … Continue reading Is ‘Roma’ (2018) as Good as They Say?
Come one, come all it's time to spin the Netflix Wheel. As I teased in my prior post, I am using the Reelgood website which is a quick and easy way to get randomized Netflix flicks to watch. So this is what happened after I took three spins of the wheel. (This post was my … Continue reading Netflix Roulette
I hate the idea of blowing things out of proportion but bear with me. This is the first time anything like this has happened here. If you've spent enough time exploring the content in the depths of WordPress, then I’m sure you’ve stumbled upon some mention of blogger awards you know: Versatile, Mystery and Sunshine … Continue reading I’ve Been Nominated for ‘The Blog Complainer’s Appreciation Award’
The tagline for City of God is captivating for those uninitiated, but a loaded statement to reflect upon after viewing. “If you run, the beast catches you; if you stay,the beast eats you” the tag iterates how fated circumstances constructed by environment and attitude will inevitable cause demise. The chicken that darts across the streets … Continue reading Finding Your Way in the ‘City of God’
"For those few soul-freezing moments, you get a glimpse of the great actorTimothée Chalamet is going to be" - Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly "...an intoxicating, frightening and emotionally honest essay on the self-destructive impulses of the nascent artist"- Phillip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette "It was impossible in Beautiful Boy not to take notice of Chalamet's seemingly undauntable talent, … Continue reading The ‘Beautiful Boy’ and the Dangers of Repetition [Review]
Stephen Teo compares Kar-Wai Wong’s In the Mood for Love to Salvador Dali’s The Persistence of Memory for its own unique portrayal of the passing of time. It is an odd comparison as to where Dali’s The Persistence of Memory shows a landscape unaffected by time, melting in demonstration of how surreal the manifestation of … Continue reading The Love and Loss of ‘In The Mood for Love’
I just finished this... truly bizarre experience that is watching the recent Netflix Original Cam. While still trying to digest the film myself maybe I'll do a full review of it but this is just a quick two cents of whether you should pass or play on this one. Got it, okay let's answer that … Continue reading Is The Netflix Original ‘Cam’ Worth Watching?
Does Disney just make these live-action movies for the purpose of giving children sensory overload at this point. The Nutcracker and the Four Realms to put it succinctly is an overstimulating and over bloated movie with such an over reliance on CGI environments that it hopes it provides enough spectacle to take an extremely lackluster … Continue reading ‘The Nutcracker and the Four Realms’ Feels Like a Fever-Dream
Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire uses Stella Kowalski’s abusive and unfulfilling relationship as a cautionary tale to portray the importance of letting go and leaving things behind. The parallels that All About My Mother produces comes to a different conclusion, the importance opting in, letting go of your insecurities and accepting your place. The whole conceit … Continue reading How a Streetcar,a Heart Transplant, and a Prostitute Reminds Me ‘All About My Mother’?
Jean-Luc Godard’s accusation against Francois Truffaut for presenting the process of filmmaking as something fraudulently sentimental is unjustified. The words spat by Godard to disparage Truffaut and his vision is more or less a statement on the quality of Day for Night, but a blunt statement that services as proof that la nouvelle vague, French … Continue reading Farce or Fantasy? Filmmaking Through the Lens of ‘Day for Night’
A barrage of paparazzi swarm around a starlet bombarding her with a multitude of questions. One question particularly stands out, and that is whether she considers Italian Neo-realism dead? The question seems incredibly dense in company of the other questions as well as to be directed towards a pop culture icon. The question is even … Continue reading The Pessimists Paradox: The Irony, Symbolism, and Cynicism of ‘La Dolce Vita’
Thanks to Mike for letting me take this one, I guess I got to be funny to get that laugh energy. So… What’s the deal with the title of this short? I mean could you be any lazier, hope you didn’t stare at “untitled horror project” for too long before this eureka moment. I think … Continue reading Horror – 31 SPOOKS of October
I'm only reviewing this because I'm producing the sequel, Country Roads, Take Me Gnome. It's a road trip movie... but with gnomes. WHAT EVERYONE WANTS! Haha just...why did I watch this?? Netflix wanted to respond to all you Luke Cage and Iron Fist fans and delivery you something to keep your subscription and that's apparently....Gnome … Continue reading Don’t Be Caught ‘Gnome Alone’? (Review)
Good animation takes a village, this animation is incredible so congrats to all these hardworking people who dedicated their time on working on it. Little Quentin, animated short film has been directed by Albert 't Hooft & Paco Vink. Art Direction: Paco Vink. Animators: Paco Vink, David de Rooij, Jelle Brunt, Yi 'Shadow Master' Zhao … Continue reading Little Quentin – 31 SPOOKS of October
To get into the halloween spirit I needed to watch some spooky programing and saw Netflix promoting the BBC horror anthology series Creeped Out. Are any of the episodes worth checking out and if so which ones here's my personal rank of each episode so if you want to check this fun, spooky series you know … Continue reading Every Episode of ‘Creeped Out’ Ranked
I have no face and I must scream. A face is pretty important, it contains three of the five senses so unless you’re an avatar for an internet blogger who wishes to remain anonymous then I’d recommend you have one. Meet Neil a kid who for reasons unknown is a little short when it comes … Continue reading The Face Shop – 31 SPOOKS of October
I’m honestly just glad that Karlijin Scholten is alive at this point… well at least I think she is? While I know these are short, I’d like to think I do a respectable amount of research on the people and history behind these hidden gems and looking up Karlijin Scholten made me nervous. At least … Continue reading Amy – 31 SPOOKS of October
* May Contain scenes of violence not suitable for all audiences. Viewer Discretion is Advised * I scream, you scream who wouldn’t scream for some ice cream? Especially when the ice cream man may not be such a jovial fella. As simplistic as Who’s Hungry is there’s something about the sketchbook shading, choppy frame rate, … Continue reading Who’s Hungry? – 31 SPOOKS of October
It is rare to find something as delightfully macabre as Zealous Creative’s stop motion animation The Maker. Producers Christopher and Christine Kezelos execute a gorgeous and stunning little bottle story that takes our cute (slightly off-putting) bunny doll fellow and without explicitly explaining much it’s clear that he is challenged in some sort of race … Continue reading The Maker – 31 SPOOKS of October
Is there a man in your woods… well then you better go catch him. Kids, they certainly have their overactive imagination and while this may lead to a few white lies it’s not like they’re hurting anyone right? The short was produced during Jacob Streilein’s time at Cal-Arts and while talent was bound to be … Continue reading There’s A Man in the Woods – 31 SPOOKS of October
Help! Help! Help! Ohh… you haven’t watched the short yet. Okay so I’ve never been more confused, but if you’re in the mood for something that makes the ending of 2001 A Space Odyssey look tame then this is for you. I mean I’ve heard of a couch potato but a couch person… like WHAT. Even … Continue reading Underfoot – 31 SPOOKS of October
I think we could agree that if given the choice to explore with monsters or explore monasteries… give me monsters. Emile Gignoux is one heck of an animator and while this short is only a year old, Gignoux was part of the Animation Department for the Oscar Nominated animation feature, The Breadwinner. In the Dark … Continue reading Dark Dark Woods – 31 SPOOKS of October
Are you feeling a bit…peckish tonight. May I interest you in, a midnight snack. Chilling Tales for Dark Nights: Scary Stories is a YouTube with over 200k subscribers that hopes to supply viewers with a little taste of some frightening storytelling. David Romero’s short features a man in need of shelter and a bite to … Continue reading Midnight Snack – 31 SPOOKS of October
Earthworm Jim visits the town from Frankie Weenie and learns a valuable lesson about listening to shitty trap music too loud on public transportation. Can’t believe I found a way to describe it in a way that left everyone confused… today’s short spook is The Passenger. Before I let you view it I want to … Continue reading The Passenger – 31 SPOOKS of October
For some reason, mirrors have been a major subject in many works of horror. Despite facing them has become a daily ritual for some, there will always be something inherently uncanny at starting back at ourselves. Of course, there would be something even more creepy if your reflection stares back into you. Please enjoy today’s … Continue reading Looking Glass – 31 SPOOKS of October
This collection of sorts is to celebrate all types of animation with the only requirement that it to some degree is to be considered spoopy. Today we have a criminally underrated stop motion short. This short was made for October 31 in 2009 so it fits perfectly in this Halloween inspired collection. I was surprised … Continue reading Mirror – 31 SPOOKS of October
There was a little movie that came out recently you might have heard of it, it's called Unsane. OF COURSE YOU HAVE, why do I know this? Because everyone on the planet has already talked about this movie by now (sorry no more talking points for me) who apparently showed up late too the party … Continue reading Is ‘Unsane’ Un-good or Un-bad?