Writer/director Duncan Jones broke onto the scene with the 2009 underground hit Moon, which tracked lunar engineer Sam Bell’s (Sam Rockwell) last days of his three-year mission as his solitary life finally begins to take its toll. Unfortunately, Jones’s follow-ups… Read More ›
Sociopaths are all the rage in ‘Tragedy Girls’.
Last October audiences were inundated by interesting films that drew them in a multitude of directions. Blade Runner 2049, The Florida Project, The Foreigner, and The Square all hit cinemas small and large, so it’d be hard to blame anyone… Read More ›
“Saturday Church” is a quasi-musical journey of self-acceptance.
Audiences will quickly compare Saturday Church to Moonlight, the 2017 Best Picture Oscar winner which also tells a personal, character-driven story about a boy’s search for self at the intersection of sexual identity and race. While both excel at telling… Read More ›
Netflix’s ‘The Polka King’ is full of potential, but misses the beat.
Based-on-a-true-story biopics tend to fall into one of two categories: gritty or glossy. Weirdly, Netflix’s latest original feature The Polka King can’t decide which one it wants to be. Drawing from the documentary film The Man Who Would Be Polka… Read More ›
Listen: Poprika Podcast’s 2017 Year End Show
The end of the years means everyone is going to put out their Best of 2017 lists in music, television, film, books, games, etc. While EoM will be posting their non-traditional End of list soon, for now, here’s something a little special…. Read More ›
Recommendation: Peter Bohush’s feature-length debut ‘Altered Spirits’ is more Midnight Movie than Sci-Fi Adventure.
Director Peter Bohush’s debut feature Altered Spirits traveled the convention circuit before finally coming available on DVD and most digital streaming services and features six actors most notably known for their vocal talents in the massive online battle arena game… Read More ›
Recommendation: When we control our monsters, we become ‘Colossal’.
With so many large releases coming to theaters every month, it’s hard for smaller films to break through and get your attention. One of these smaller films is out now for home release – the dark comedy Colossal, featuring the… Read More ›
Courage is facing our fear head-on every day: ‘To The Bone’ review.
There is no story that won’t have its drawbacks or its flaws; no story that can withstand any scrutiny when perceived through fear. Such is the case with the latest Netflix film To The Bone, written and directed by Marti… Read More ›
“Okja” explores the best and worst of humanity in Bong Joon Ho’s Netflix Original feature.
Don’t let its fairytale premise of a girl and her mythical companion confuse you into thinking this is some carefree adventure. Channeling more Grimm than Disney, “Okja” explores the morals of man in a deeply compelling, utterly heart-wrenching way, all while managing to still uplift.
Truly a remarkable experience.
A Dark Promise: The Lotus Gun – Short Film Review
To herald the start of the fourth season of their Film School Shorts on PBS, northern California-based KQED has made the acclaimed short film, The Lotus Gun, available for instant streaming. Written and directed by Amanda Milius, daughter of John… Read More ›
Who Do You Trust? – Lifeline Review
X-Men: Apocalypse is coming out soon and the reviews are already pouring in. I was one of the lucky critics to see it on Monday, so keep your eyes peeled for my review on CLTure. In the meantime, it looks… Read More ›
He Never Died – Movie Recommendation
If you’re looking for something a little different to occupy your weekend viewing, look no further than He Never Died, Henry Rollin’s dark, existential sci-fi film newly available for viewing on Netflix’s Instant Streaming service. Released in theaters and on… Read More ›
MOD Week, Day Two: Goon
A few years ago Kevin Smith made mention of a hockey movie featuring Sean William Scott, an actor he’d recently finished working with on Cop Out. Scott is an underrated actor, mostly known for the eternally immature Steve Stiffler from… Read More ›
MOD Week, Day One: Arahan
I’ve always had a fondness for the martial arts, and often wished that I had studied it as a child. I did take a few “classes” in college, run by a friend in his spare time, but otherwise, nothing. Thus,… Read More ›
You may have noticed that my film reviews stopped back in May. Between travel, holidays, and the job hunt, movie going has fallen by the wayside. It doesn’t help either that a lot of recent releases have been all bluster… Read More ›