Hunt for the Wilderpeople – Movie Review

Hunt for the Wilderpeople is a pleasant comedy propelled almost exclusively by dry, character-driven humor. That’s a refreshing characteristic in a summer landscape bloated with contrived, action-heavy blockbusters and gross-out comedies led by men and women alike. Writer-director Taika Waititi is a creative force that will be increasingly nitpicked, considering his next film is Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok; independent filmmaking… Read more »


The Witch – Movie Review

After seeing The Witch for a second time, I’m certain it’ll be talked about for decades to come as a horror classic. It had been 13 months since I initially saw the film at its widely hyped premiere at the Sundance Film Festival (my initial thoughts can be found here), where I was left with an indelible… Read more »


Halloween-A-Thon Day 19, Bear Reviews Edition: Ringu

Note: The following contains spoilers. Imagine the scene. You’ve just returned home after vandalizing a woman’s resting place and climbing wells and thinking about ghosts and curses for many-a-nights and you sit down and the television turns out. Standing there is a bear on a unicycle and it slowly, menacingly unicycles towards the camera. You… Read more »


Halloween-A-Thon Day 18: Friday the 13th Part 7: The New Blood

Note: The following contains spoilers. In some ways I appreciate The New Blood more than most Friday the 13th movies. It at times manages to hit the “fun” tone that Jason Lives wanted to hit with better results, but the decision to have Jason face a telepath is probably an interesting one that was just… Read more »

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Halloween-A-Thon Day 17: The Cabin in the Woods

Note: The following contains spoilers. Early on in The Cabin in the Woods, our group of college kids visits an old gas station and gets warned about their doom from the station owner. The crotchety old fella is a cliché in every sense of the word, but while watching the scene I couldn’t help but… Read more »

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Halloween-A-Thon Day 16: Friday the 13th Part 6: Jason Lives

Note: The following contains spoilers. I thought that I may have hit the nadir of the Friday the 13th franchise with A New Beginning, in which, just to remind everybody, a faux-Jason spends the movie slaughtering kids at a halfway house. But then I watched Jason Lives and found something even worse than the killing… Read more »


Halloween-A-Thon Day 15: Scream 2

Note: The following contains spoilers. I have conflicted feelings on Scream 2. While I really like the way they played with the villains’ motivations being responses to the common reasons people gave for violent behavior around the time the movie was released, the villains themselves didn’t quite come together for me, and they felt more… Read more »


Halloween-A-Thon Day 14: Friday the 13th: A New Beginning

Note: The following contains spoilers. Much of the bad word-of-mouth around A New Beginning stems from the fact that it doesn’t have Jason in it. Despite what people may say, this isn’t an inherent problem (the original film didn’t have Jason as the killer either, and we don’t even hear Jason’s name until the film… Read more »


Halloween-A-Thon Day 13: REC 2

Note: The following contains spoilers. REC 2 starts out very much as the Aliens to REC’s Alien. Meaning that the original was a group of ordinary people shoved into extraordinary circumstances that they have no real hope of overcoming and they get picked off one-by-one, while the sequel starts with an armed, highly-trained group (in… Read more »


Halloween-A-Thon Day 12: The Descent

Note: The following contains spoilers. One of the cave-dwelling monsters in The Descent attacks and scares the main group 56 minutes into a 96-minute movie. It’s a long time for the “villains” of the movie to not be active in terrorizing the main characters, but Neil Marshall masterfully builds tension throughout the first hour, and… Read more »

  • Dead Man Down has a strong cast and vaguely compelling characterizations, but it ultimately fails to thrill. That’s an important element of a thriller. The movie sets up some interesting situations between Farrell and Rapace; the idea of blackmail and a double-revenge story seems too great for its own good. It falls flat because it doesn’t… Read more »

  • Oz: The Great and Powerful is a visually stunning adventure that holds remarkable promise in its first half, promising greatness but instead settling for commendable, wondrous nostalgia. Franco’s serviceable in the lead, providing enough of a presence to showcase the film’s beautiful, spectacularly rendered visuals. This is some of the finest 3D work I’ve seen, something… Read more »

  • Historical dramas are tricky and typically so heavy on plot that they lose sight of their characters, but Emperor provides a strong character study, an emotional romance, and a morality tale that all hold equal impact and feel unforced. Matthew Fox carries the film with a very impressive lead performance, demonstrating emotional complexity while at the same… Read more »

  • The Gatekeepers is a great, enlightening documentary that is equally tragic and informative. This is the story of the Shin Bet in Israel, the conflicts they faced when bombing terrorists and innocents, and the continued frustration that arises in a nation torn by religion and independence. The film feels timely; I wonder how it’ll look… Read more »

  • Happy People: A Year in the Taiga continues Herzog’s establishment as the greatest documentarian working today, crafting an elegant tale of simplicity in the Siberian wilderness. These are men who hunt, fish, build, invent, and live as simply as possible, using their own means to survive and find continued happiness in a life without restraints. These… Read more »

  • The Last Exorcism was a very good horror film until its truly awful ending, and The Last Exorcism Part 2 is a mediocre horror film until its excessively bland, boring ending. The film has no real build or scares, but merely exists and tells a story that was already told once. This will go down as one of the… Read more »

  • Jack the Giant Slayer is a fun adventure, sufficient with being a piece of entertainment and not stimulating any part of the brain. This is a mindless piece of work, but it’s competently made by Singer, even if the 3D and IMAX are highly unnecessary. It’s a high-budget affair, with some spectacular special effects and a… Read more »

  • 21 and Over is ridiculous, narratively whacked, but above all incredibly funny and occasionally earnest, grounded in college emotion that I connected with instinctively. This is a raunchy and foul comedy in every sense of the word; I would elaborate on what makes it that way, but this film is based on surprise. It’s from… Read more »

  • My review is short and sweet: this film is remarkably, insanely god-awful. See my full video review right HERE.

  • Bless Me, Ultima is an ambitious film in theory, but its execution exemplifies how book adaptations can falter under their own abstract qualities. The movie tackles ideas of faith and spirituality in little pieces, never fully delivering a coherent message or theme that encapsulates the film. There are some effective scenes here, but most drag… Read more »