**Trigger Warning: The film involves self-harm and suicidal ideation.** There are two phrases that repeat often in my head. The first is an old one, “depression lies.” Not sure where it came from — a meme, a research article, a… Read More ›
Every element of Damien Power’s “No Exit” works together to create an engaging adult thriller.
Remember adult thrillers? Remember when major studios actually made them? James Mangold’s Identity at Columbia, Tarsem Singh’s The Cell at New Line Cinema, or even Nimrod Antal’s criminally underrated Vacancy at Screen Gems. It doesn’t really matter if films like… Read More ›
Fistful of Features explores the 10th anniversary 4K UHD release of J.J. Abrams’s “Super 8.”
Welcome to Fistful of Features, a celebration of film preservation through physical media and the discussion of cinematic treasures to maintain their relevance in the cultural lexicon. Let’s now take a look at the 10th anniversary of an uneven but… Read More ›
On the eve of its 10th anniversary, Paramount releases J.J. Abrams’s “Super 8” on 4K UHD.
Writer/director J.J. Abrams is one of the more controversial directors working today. Not “where are the feet?” controversial like Tarantino or “why always so serious?” controversial like Nolan, but in a polarizing love-or-hate way. Abrams is credited by many for… Read More ›
Wake up in “Palm Springs,” you may not leave.
There comes a time in just about everyone’s life where suddenly every day feels the same. Wake up, get dressed, eat, work, eat, work, eat, rest, and start it all over again. Maybe you’re lucky and you get to mix… Read More ›
Planning to check out “Bloodline”? Go in with an open mind and a stomach of steel.
The unrelenting, brutally realistic, and “Hard-R” feature, Bloodline, from director Henry Jacobson, examines the atrocities of a serial killer from a unique perspective. Rather than the stereotypical villain who inhumanely preys on the weak and helpless out of sheer wickedness,… Read More ›
Character-driven drama “Poor Boy” is a good idea with countless missed potential.
Some ideas sounds better on paper than they do in execution. In one character study, a devoted boyfriend discovers his girlfriend is cheating on him (The Room), whereas in a genre-mashup space western, a warrior monk and a farm boy… Read More ›