Review: ‘Day Shift’ Fails Jaime Foxx as a Vampire Hunter

The career of Jaime Foxx remains an enigma unto itself. On one hand, the actor, musician and comedian has conquered every medium. An Oscar winner, a Grammy winner, and one of the most versatile performers of a generation, Foxx exudes charisma regardless of his role. Yet despite his talent, many of his projects fail to … Continue reading Review: ‘Day Shift’ Fails Jaime Foxx as a Vampire Hunter

Review: ‘Bodies Bodies Bodies’ Blends Thriller and Mystery Elements for the Social Media Age

Nothing gets the thriller juices flowing quite like a wee bit of classism. While not full-blown horror like Texas Chainsaw or Friday the 13th, plenty of great films use the backbone of economic hardship to tell wild genre stories. Classics like The Stepford Wives and Rosemary's Baby were light on the literal scares but chilled to the … Continue reading Review: ‘Bodies Bodies Bodies’ Blends Thriller and Mystery Elements for the Social Media Age

Review: Apple’s ‘Luck’ Delivers Family-Friendly Animation, But Not Much Else

While Disney's dominance in the arena of animated films has never been in question, plenty of competition continues to arise. Perhaps the most surprising distributor to enter the space appears to be Apple TV+, which already released the brilliant Wolfwalkers in 2020. Not only has Apple invested in picking up titles from Cartoon Saloon and a bevy of Peanuts-related content, … Continue reading Review: Apple’s ‘Luck’ Delivers Family-Friendly Animation, But Not Much Else

Podcast – Bela Lugosi’s Undead Episode 2 – ‘Trick ’r Treat’ (2009) – Directed by Michael Dougherty

Welcome to Bela Lugosi's Undead! In our second episode, we cover the straight-to DVD Trick 'r Treat from 2009. Originally released at a festival in 2007, the film took 2 years to find its way to home video. Since then, it's found its audience in the horror community, thanks to its inclusion at Halloween Horror … Continue reading Podcast – Bela Lugosi’s Undead Episode 2 – ‘Trick ’r Treat’ (2009) – Directed by Michael Dougherty

2012 Retrospective: ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ – Wes Anderson’s Return to Form

There are some instances where a filmmaker stumbles on the road. In 2007, The Darjeeling Limited felt like a misfire for the successful indie darling Wes Anderson. A film about three brothers reuniting after the death of their father was well reviewed and featured some good performances. Yet it also raised questions about Anderson's ability to … Continue reading 2012 Retrospective: ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ – Wes Anderson’s Return to Form

Review: ‘Cha Cha Real Smooth’ Signals the Arrival of Cooper Raiff

The Sundance indie drama starring white guys working out their problems became a joke over the last 20 years. With pseudo-hit after pseudo-hit landing with critical acclaim, the market quickly oversaturated. Whether we can blame this on the Duplass brothers, or the dozens of other filmmakers who attempted to cash in, is still a mystery. … Continue reading Review: ‘Cha Cha Real Smooth’ Signals the Arrival of Cooper Raiff

Review: ‘Downton Abbey: A New Era’ Creates Laughs and Movie Magic

Returning to a lush family estate in the countryside of England sounds like a fairy tale. Yet for six seasons and a movie, Downton Abbey became a reliable place for intrigue and drama in the world of television. The Julian Fellowes series became something of a cultural phenomenon and returned to theaters for the second time earlier … Continue reading Review: ‘Downton Abbey: A New Era’ Creates Laughs and Movie Magic

Review: Adam Sandler Shines in ‘Hustle,’ Netflix’s Latest Great NBA Film

While Netflix struggles in many areas, they've also created some surprising partnerships. For the past few years, the films and shows related to the National Basketball Association (NBA) have been stellar. They co-financed and developed The Last Dance documentary series about Michael Jordan and landed Steven Soderbergh's High Flying Bird in 2019. Their latest film, Hustle, combines their partnership with the NBA … Continue reading Review: Adam Sandler Shines in ‘Hustle,’ Netflix’s Latest Great NBA Film

Review: ‘Fire Island’ Delivers Bowen Yang and Joel Kim Booster a Worthy Star-Making Vehicle

Diving into a subculture can be challenging. Using a modern-day place to tell a centuries-old tale can be even trickier. Yet Fire Island, released on Hulu via Fox Searchlight last weekend, lands a Jane Austen-sized plane on Long Island. Using the actual Fire Island and the yearly LBGBTQ+ party as the background, screenwriter and actor Joel Kim Booster tells a new-age version of Pride and … Continue reading Review: ‘Fire Island’ Delivers Bowen Yang and Joel Kim Booster a Worthy Star-Making Vehicle