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Daily Archives: October 9, 2017

  For whatever reason, a lot of genre fans tend to reflect on the 1990s as a lackluster decade for horror movies. Considering the countless, bloodsoaked classics of the 1980s, I suppose it was going to be difficult – if not impossible – for the decade ahead to placate a generation of fans weaned on Cannibal Holocaust, The Evil Dead… Read more »

09 October 2017 | Features, Film Lists

After exploding onto the European film scene in the mid-1990s, Nicolas Winding Refn made a name for himself early on by using his colorful knack for attitude and style to direct gritty crime dramas, including Pusher (1996) and Bleeder (1999). The Danish filmmaker has since gone on to create some of the most vividly violent thrillers of modern cinema and… Read more »

09 October 2017 | Features, Other Lists

Much like sequels to horror films, comedy film sequels are more often than not disappointing and predictable. Trying to recapture the flair, characterization and situations of the original film’s set-up often has limited returns. Sure, there have been a few successful and sometimes worthy comedy sequels over the years, but these are fairly thin on the ground. For the below… Read more »

09 October 2017 | Features, Film Lists

After firmly establishing themselves as impressive innovators in the low-budget but high-concept realm of mumblecore sci-fi/horror films with meta-movements and Lovecraftian leanings (2013’s Resolution and 2014’s Spring are must-see movies for genre junkies), the writer-director duo of Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson present their most ambitious and riskiest gambit yet with The Endless. Earnestly but not without wit and warm… Read more »

09 October 2017 | Reviews

New Jersey-born filmmaker Sean Baker follows up his candy-colored transgender screwball comedy Tangerine (2015)––also his highly lauded cinematic breakthrough––with another vivid tour-de-force film, which brings with it an illustrious new joie de vivre to the essentia of youth, The Florida Project. Set in a superannuated, very tacky and pastel colored corner of Orlando interstate, which Baker and cinematographer Alexis Zabe… Read more »

09 October 2017 | Reviews

Many (including those who make comments on this list) note that the world “masterpiece” gets thrown around an awful lot (awful being the key word) these days. One big danger of using words too often is that they end up losing their impact. Too often in the modern world, things (events, people, entities, etc.) end up having to be exaggerated… Read more »

09 October 2017 | Features, Film Lists