Bela Lugosi’s Undead Episode 3 – Hereditary (2018) – Directed by Ari Aster

Welcome back to Bela Lugosi’s Undead! We kick off our first A24 horror run with Ari Asters Hereditary. It’s Spooky Ryan’s favorite film of all time, and one of the most memorable theatrical films of recent memory.  After premiering at the Sundance Film Festival, the film quickly took the world by storm. It became the … Continue reading Bela Lugosi’s Undead Episode 3 – Hereditary (2018) – Directed by Ari Aster

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

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

2012 Gems: ‘Shut Up and Play the Hits’ – An LCD Soundsystem Goodbye Packs an Emotional Punch

How do you say goodbye to a band that never really went away? The LCD Soundsystem hiatus really threw a wrench in my feelings toward music back in 2012. Just a few years earlier, Fall Out Boy, the emo band of my teen years, had announced its own dissolution. I was prepared to never love music … Continue reading 2012 Gems: ‘Shut Up and Play the Hits’ – An LCD Soundsystem Goodbye Packs an Emotional Punch

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

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

Rewind: Before Oppenheimer detonates-revisit Christopher Nolan’s Following

With the teaser trailer release of Christopher Nolan’s new movie Oppenheimer set to arrive at movie theaters in the summer of 2023, we decided it was a good time to revisit Nolan’s first movie: Following. Back in 1998, armed with nothing more than a few dollars, a handheld camera, and an idea, Christopher Nolan tells … Continue reading Rewind: Before Oppenheimer detonates-revisit Christopher Nolan’s Following