‘Mute’ Misses Too Much to Be Considered a Final Product

Perhaps I’ve made this comment before, but as a director working your way through the film industry, it surely must at least seem daunting progressively moving from smaller to larger budgets. Not to say that filmmakers getting their start in the independent scene aren’t capable of making the big leap, but with a larger budget…

‘Irreplaceable You’ Will Leave Feeling All of the Bitter, None of the Sweet

So, surely, you’ve heard the news about Black Panther lately. Not about the racist Twitter trolls claiming fans of the standalone Marvel product physically assaulted them, no – something factually true and more worth your time, instead. Black Panther has grossed around $404 million worldwide – around $235 million of that figure coming domestically. That…

Long Live ‘Black Panther,’ Long Live the King

“All This Fuss Over a Superhero Movie?” reads the title of a piece regarding Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther and the director himself, contributed by one Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for The Hollywood Reporter. Despite the context the author’s name provides, it’s an eye-grabbing hook that for a split second makes you think it could mean the opposite,…

‘Tragedy Girls’ Is a Gonzo Millennial Satire Worth Smashing Your ‘Like’ Button

Some of the best high school movies have been specifically about the archetypal ‘popular girls’ and the inner workings of their squad, but very few have willfully explored these characters beyond the one-dimensional traits that make them either background antagonists or slasher flick fodder. From Heathers’s viciously ‘dog eat dog’ depiction of high school cliques,…

Technical Ability Lifts ‘The Ritual’ Above Its Narrative Shortcomings

What is it about horror movies and the woods? Is it simply the atmosphere they provide, winding through a complicated, confining maze of trees that better lends itself to the suspenseful unknown, or, on a symptomatic level, does it come from a fear for all geographical stretches that have gone unconquered by man – white…

With Summer Past Its Peak, ‘The Dark Tower’ Begins a Steep Decline

Originally published on August 4th, 2017 Yesterday, I began my review for the Polish mermaid stripper body horror musical The Lure with this sentence: “It’s a fantastic sign against the threats of boredom and dissatisfaction that there are still truly special films that could make even the most curmudgeon of a critic’s jaw drop to…