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

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

Review: Netflix’s ‘The Gray Man’ Throws Empty Punches, Despite Fun Gosling and Evans

Regardless of your thoughts on the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the Russo Brothers clearly landed the plane. After first picking up the camera for the MCU with 2014's Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the filmmaking brothers crafted several of the MCU's most successful titles. Dealing with large ensembles, keeping the train on the tracks, and executing decades-long emotional … Continue reading Review: Netflix’s ‘The Gray Man’ Throws Empty Punches, Despite Fun Gosling and Evans

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: ‘Mad God’ Delivers as a Madman’s Primal Scream

There are some films so odd they defy explanation. Many movies seek to throw you off their scent. Others find themselves incoherent enough that you'll need an explainer. However, director and special effects artist Phil Tippett refuses to let his latest film be defined in this light. Instead, he takes the obscenity and chaos to levels … Continue reading Review: ‘Mad God’ Delivers as a Madman’s Primal Scream

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

Review: ‘Lightyear’ Barely Makes Orbit Despite a Gorgeous Takeoff

For months, jokes came in from every corner of the internet. Disney and Pixar had made one of the safest bets imaginable, spinning off Toy Story star Buzz Lightyear into his own film. With a new cast, headlined by Chris Evans, there was no doubt a future hit was in store for the animation powerhouse. However, shortly after … Continue reading Review: ‘Lightyear’ Barely Makes Orbit Despite a Gorgeous Takeoff

Review: ‘Ambulance’ or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Michael Bay

When one thinks of Michael Bay, explosions are sure to follow. The blockbuster director remains one of the few maximalist filmmakers in the industry, with a filmmaking style that many write off as tacky. Yet to know Bay's filmography is to know the pleasures and tribulations of excess. While the films themselves create a salad of … Continue reading Review: ‘Ambulance’ or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Michael Bay