Brooklyn Horror Film Festival: ‘The Weird Kidz’ Displays An Ambitious Story but Lackluster Visuals

As a medium, animation allows directors to embrace their full imagination. Where an independent production may struggle to craft certain effects, animation lets the creatives run wild. Director Zach Passero has worked on both sides of the business. He was a makeup artist on the horror film May and nearly ten other films as an … Continue reading Brooklyn Horror Film Festival: ‘The Weird Kidz’ Displays An Ambitious Story but Lackluster Visuals

Review: ‘Alienoid’ Delivers What American Blockbusters Have Been Missing

While American blockbusters appear to be the only movies making money at the cineplex, the quality of these films has dropped. For decades, films like Independence Day, Die Hard, and Towering Inferno were at the center of the cultural conversation. The stars balanced their charismatic and humorous performances with nuanced emotional turns. Additionally, these features … Continue reading Review: ‘Alienoid’ Delivers What American Blockbusters Have Been Missing

Bela Lugosi’s Undead – Episode 5 – The Thing (1982) – Directed By John Carpenter — He’s Watching (2022) & Glorious (2022)

Nobody trusts anybody now… and we’re all very tired. Welcome to the seminal horror film, The Thing (1982), directed by John Carpenter. The iconic film began as a box office and critical bomb. Today, 40 years later, it is considered one of the greatest films ever made. For the first time, Ryan and I also … Continue reading Bela Lugosi’s Undead – Episode 5 – The Thing (1982) – Directed By John Carpenter — He’s Watching (2022) & Glorious (2022)

Review: It’s a ‘Glorious’ Day For Terrors

Horrors beyond our wildest dreams occupied the mind of H.P. Lovecraft. While monster stories of his era are not exclusively his domain, the prolific and problematic writer maintains a hold on today’s public consciousness. The use of otherworldly gods and terrors paints a picture of epic scale. That poses a challenge for independent filmmakers like … Continue reading Review: It’s a ‘Glorious’ Day For Terrors

2012 Retrospective: ‘Prometheus’ – A Voyage Gone Very Wrong

How do we separate the filmmaker from their fantasies? For years, Ridley Scott has continued to keep us focused on the heavens. The master filmmaker created his masterpieces long ago, with Alien, Blade Runner, and Thelma & Louise each releasing more than two decades ago. Yet when you're as talented as Scott, there's no reason to stop trying … Continue reading 2012 Retrospective: ‘Prometheus’ – A Voyage Gone Very Wrong

Review: ‘Prey’ Offers New Blood to the ‘Predator’ Franchise, While Returning to Its Roots

An iconic franchise was born when Arnold Schwartzenegger and Carl Weathers completed the coolest handshake in world history. The slap, the one-liners, and the terror of being hunted by extraterrestrials summed up the 1980s. While uber-machoism and gnarly gore became the film's trademarks, Predator became something. Equal parts political commentary about US militarism in Central … Continue reading Review: ‘Prey’ Offers New Blood to the ‘Predator’ Franchise, While Returning to Its Roots

Review: Thor: Love and Thunder, it’s hammerin’ time!

Back in 2011, Kenneth Branagh set out to make Shakespeare out of Thor. By 2017, Taika Waititi took over directing duties and understood it’s best not to take the Norse god too seriously. With Thor: Love and Thunder, Taika literally strips Thor of his seriousness and puts his signature brand of humor on full display. … Continue reading Review: Thor: Love and Thunder, it’s hammerin’ time!

Review: ‘Nope’ Takes An Otherworldly Approach to Tell a Story of Virality, Legacy, and the Unknown

A cell phone glitches and metal falls from the sky. A phenomenon that should make one duck for cover instead sends a man on a race to save his father. Ultimately, OJ (Daniel Kaluuya) cannot save his father (Keith David) from a coin plunged through his eye. In Nope, director Jordan Peele makes a metaphorical dream into … Continue reading Review: ‘Nope’ Takes An Otherworldly Approach to Tell a Story of Virality, Legacy, and the Unknown

Review: ‘Spiderhead’ Allows Chris Hemsworth to Shine in an Imperfect ‘Twilight Zone’ Thriller

For decades, sci-fi has helped send warning signs to mass audiences. The genre lends itself to exploring the natural conclusion of emerging phenomena in our world. This allegorical approach helped The Twilight Zone become a sensation while paving the way for generations of stories to follow in its footsteps. Director Joseph Kosinski looks to recreate a … Continue reading Review: ‘Spiderhead’ Allows Chris Hemsworth to Shine in an Imperfect ‘Twilight Zone’ Thriller

Review: ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ Builds Bridges Between Two Pasts, Missing the Chance to Innovate

As LucasFilm continues to thwart its name to produce television series, the ideas continue to get smaller. The Star Wars experiment on Disney+ once felt like a genuine way to expand the surprisingly tiny narrative from a galaxy far, far away. A universe beholden to one family's destiny was shaken off within the first season of The Mandalorian, resulting … Continue reading Review: ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ Builds Bridges Between Two Pasts, Missing the Chance to Innovate