• ‘The House That Screamed’ (1969) Review

    Filmmaking and posterity have a love-hate relationship. Creators have to contend with an almost year-to-year shift in audience expectations, thanks to progress in technology, fashion, artistic sensibilities, and politics, which can leave last year’s offerings horribly out-of-date, to say nothing of last decade’s. But this isn’t always to a film’s...
  • Beasts of No Nation Review

    “God…are you watching what we are doing?” – Agu   There’s a haunting lyricism to Cary Joji Fukunaga’s Beasts Of No Nation that stays with you long after the film ends.  The way Fukunaga adapts the novel of the same name by Uzodinma Iweala lends itself to a sort...
  • Cult Movie Review: Flashdance

    There’s a moment in Flashdance where the character Jeanie (Sunny Johnson) is at a skating competition/tryout/audition– it’s never quite clear. We’ve seen her rehearse.  We’ve seen her with her parents.  We know how they feel.  We see the parents in the audience.  The Father acts like your typical 80’s...
  • The Cult of Cult Movies

    Every year, Hollywood releases hundreds of movies. On top of that, every year people outside of Hollywood make hundreds of movies. The result is thousands of movies, many of which fall through the cracks, delude your local multiplexes, your video on demands, and other media devices. Out of those...
  • Review: American Ultra

    “If you’re still goofing on Kristen Stewart, you’re not paying attention.” – Alonso Duralde American Ultra is a pulpy grindhouse exploitation flick with a great big dark heart at its center. It’s a violent, funny, funny film peppered with pathos at surprising moments, while at the same time finding...
  • Tangerine Review

    Sean Baker’s Tangerine opening shot is simply a close up of a yellowish faded tabletop.  The music is, I believe, an old Tommy Dorsey tune which may actually be called “Tangerine”. The credits roll.  At the end of the credits we hear Sin-Dee (Kitana Kiki Rodriguez) tell her best...
  • Dope Review

    Dope is a lot of fun.  It’s also a bit of a mess.  But again, fun.  Unlike the box office juggernaut Jurassic World, a film that has no love or joy for the dinosaurs, its characters, or the audience; Rick Famuyiwa’s film has a boundless joy for its existence....
  • ‘Too Late’ Review: LAFF 2015

    I spent the first fifteen minutes or so of Dennis Hauck’s Too Late silently regretting my decision to see the film. But then something happened: Mel Sampson (John Hawkes) entered the film for the second time, and I found myself giving in to the film’s pugnacious audacity. Too Late...
  • Make Way for Tomorrow Review a.k.a These Rotten Ass Kids

    Make Way for Tomorrow (1937) is the first black and white film I’ve ever watched on purpose. I’m glad of that fact, because it’s a damn good one, y’all. Orson Welles said that the film could “make a stone cry”. He was absolutely right, but we’ll get to that...