Review: ‘Soft & Quiet’ Sends a Chilling and Poignant Message Against Hate

The last few weeks have seen a shocking rise in racist and hate speech in America. For decades, these phenomena have been hidden in the shadows, but the world's access to new methods of communication and infinite information has increased the exposure of these ideas. Sadly, increased exposure has also opened the door to radicalization … Continue reading Review: ‘Soft & Quiet’ Sends a Chilling and Poignant Message Against Hate

Review: ‘The Banshees of Inisherin’ Pushes Friendships to the Brink

Every relationship has its rocky roads. How the relationship shapes each person in it will change at times, but few will push to the point of violence. Even rarer are those that create self-harm. Yet The Banshees of Inisherin, by writer and director Martin McDonagh, seems hellbent on making you laugh every step of the … Continue reading Review: ‘The Banshees of Inisherin’ Pushes Friendships to the Brink

Review: ‘Till’ Brings the Tragedy and Humanity of Emmitt & Mamie Till to Life

Bringing true horror and tragedy to the big screen remains a difficult proposition. When executed perfectly, telling a story about real-world horrors guarantees the audience will leave the film upset. On the other hand, when poorly crafted, you run the risk of being exploitative. However, director Chinonye Chukwu brings humanity to one of the most … Continue reading Review: ‘Till’ Brings the Tragedy and Humanity of Emmitt & Mamie Till to Life

Review: ‘Decision to Leave’ Delivers a Bad Romance and the Best Film of 2022

Lust and love can often find themselves strange bedfellows. However, the play between the two has long been of interest to storytellers and filmmakers. However, few directors have approached these lines with more disturbing or outlandish ideas than Park Chan-wook. The South Korean director behind Stoker, Oldboy, and The Handmaiden returns to the big screen with Decision to Leave, a far … Continue reading Review: ‘Decision to Leave’ Delivers a Bad Romance and the Best Film of 2022

Review: ‘Amsterdam’ Buries Important Messages Behind Messy Jokes and Poor Storytelling

Few films can be more frustrating than those with important ideas, buried behind bad filmmaking. This can be especially true of large ensemble films, which can find themselves unable to focus on a group of characters. In the case of Amsterdam, the focus is clear. A three-headed showcase of Christian Bale, John David Washington, and … Continue reading Review: ‘Amsterdam’ Buries Important Messages Behind Messy Jokes and Poor Storytelling

Review: ‘Mr. Harrigan’s Phone’ is an Inert King Adaptation

Every time a Stephen King-inspired film releases, the gods hold their breath. The famed author is responsible for many of the best films in the history of the medium. Even if he has not always liked the ways they were adapted, they have inspired generations of storytellers and writers. At the same time, some of … Continue reading Review: ‘Mr. Harrigan’s Phone’ is an Inert King Adaptation

Fantastic Fest Dispatch: ‘Hundreds of Beavers,’ ‘Give Me Pity’ & ‘Razzennest’

We are grouping reviews to ensure we can cover all of the films we saw at the 2022 Fantastic Fest. Check out our series of dispatches as we release them. Hundreds of Beavers - Directed by Mike Cheslik We love a director that wears their influences on their sleeves. In the case of Hundreds of … Continue reading Fantastic Fest Dispatch: ‘Hundreds of Beavers,’ ‘Give Me Pity’ & ‘Razzennest’

Review: ‘Blonde’ Torches The Effigy of Marilyn Monroe Without Providing Any Depth to Its ‘Ideas’

To say that Marilyn Monroe remains one of our most controversial celebrities would be an understatement. One of the truly American symbols of glitz and glam, Monroe's tragic life was cut short after a drug overdose. Depending on who you ask, there was more to the story and death of the starlet. The questions surrounding … Continue reading Review: ‘Blonde’ Torches The Effigy of Marilyn Monroe Without Providing Any Depth to Its ‘Ideas’

Fantastic Fest 2022: ‘Swallowed’ Highlights Queer Body Horror

What was once seen as a subversion within the horror community has become one of its strongest aspects. During the 1980s, many films within the genre were outwardly homophobic or transphobic. For decades this continued to be the case, but in 2022, queer-coded characters have become a staple of the genre. In the case of … Continue reading Fantastic Fest 2022: ‘Swallowed’ Highlights Queer Body Horror

Review: ‘Don’t Worry Darling’ Struggles With Its Uninspired Story

Riddled in behind-the-scenes controversies and news-grabbing headlines and serving as her sophomore follow-up to the well-received Booksmart, Olivia Wilde’s Don’t Worry Darling was one of the hotly anticipated movies of the year. With a stacked cast, solid director, and the (unfulfilled) promise of a timely thriller with something to say, there was a lot to be excited for. However, … Continue reading Review: ‘Don’t Worry Darling’ Struggles With Its Uninspired Story