Illang: The Wolf Brigade (2018) – A Frustratingly Confusing Backfire from Kim Jee-woon

There are certain movies known for having notoriously complicated plots and stories that especially on first viewing are sometimes mind-numbing and are often subject to criticism from critics when they appear. I’m thinking of films like The Big Lebowski, Miami Vice and hell even the first Mission: Impossible. What these films have in common, atContinue reading “Illang: The Wolf Brigade (2018) – A Frustratingly Confusing Backfire from Kim Jee-woon”

The Amusement Park (1973), Perfect End Note For Romero

Leon Trotsky once said, “Old age is the most unexpected of all things that can happen to a man”. He was right.  Well, speaking of unexpected things, this is a day I never thought would come. I’m sitting here and writing a review for a brand spanking new film by the late, great, George A.Continue reading “The Amusement Park (1973), Perfect End Note For Romero”

Nobody (2021), an Exhilerating albeit Flawed Experience

Nobody was a sleeper hit in the making from the very start. When the announcement dropped that Bob Odenkirk signed on to work with the Director of Hardcore Henry with the creator of John Wick penning the screenplay my excitement for the film was immense. It felt like it was not too long after IContinue reading “Nobody (2021), an Exhilerating albeit Flawed Experience”

Kill It and Leave This Town (2020), A Haunting Polish Gem

Birds chop up people like fish and sell them. A filmmaker sits next to his dying mother completely unable to connect. A cat in a trench coat claims to be the embodiment of all evil. These images and many others which similarly blend the same sense of abstract horror and morbid mundanity abound in KillContinue reading “Kill It and Leave This Town (2020), A Haunting Polish Gem”

Spiral: From the Book of Saw (2021), a Fun Return to the Franchise

Spiral opens with a shot of fireworks bursting colour across the dark black sky. The explosions represent a celebration, not just narratively, as it’s the 4th of July weekend, but thematically. 2017’s Jigsaw was widely panned by critics and fans alike, one major bone of contention being the move away from the franchise’s focus onContinue reading “Spiral: From the Book of Saw (2021), a Fun Return to the Franchise”

Wild Mountain Thyme (2021), An Insulting Self-Parody

This movie has provoked a lot of complicating and surrounding thoughts in me. So I’m going to just lay out my table before we get into it. I promise this is all going somewhere.  For a long time as a writer about film I’ve had a morbid fascination. Well I’ve had several, increasingly niche morbidContinue reading “Wild Mountain Thyme (2021), An Insulting Self-Parody”

The Woman in the Window (2021) – The Poor Man’s Fincher doing the Poor Man’s Hitchcock

Joe Wright is supposed to be a fine director if one goes according to some of my mutuals on Film Twitter. His films Pride and Prejudice and Atonement are frequently discussed on the tl, be it in regards to their painterly cinematography, their performances or just making people horny for hot people or whatever. AlthoughContinue reading “The Woman in the Window (2021) – The Poor Man’s Fincher doing the Poor Man’s Hitchcock”