‘Day of the Dead: Bloodline’ Bites, & It Hurts So Good

Where others have failed, try, try again. Or maybe don’t bother, especially if you’re a part of yet another reimagining of George A. Romero’s 1985 cult classic Day of the Dead. 2008’s Day of the Dead had already done everything it could to unwittingly tarnish the legacy it somehow believed it was honoring, but whatever…

‘Kodachrome’ Reduces Its Layered Image to a Simple Portrait

Technological advances and the changing preferences they engender or reveal can be difficult to contend with as a writer of fiction. For example, though Spotify began in the late ‘00s, it exploded just a little over half a decade ago, establishing along with other music streaming services a new paradigm in music consumption that asks…

‘Wildling’ Is a Messy, Yet Refreshing Spin on Feminist Body Horror

It’s often enlightening how seemingly insignificant details can frame how we view a film. “Based on a true story” or “inspired by true events” – however one wishes to phrase a similar conceit – is certainly one of the most common minutiae quietly shifting how we consume a particular narrative, as opposed to something fictional….

Wherever There Was a Way to Mess Up ‘Rampage,’ Someone Found It

Is it truly possible to enter a film with zero expectations? My first inclination is to unequivocally deny this possibility considering genre history and recycled conventions combined with audience’s exponential exposure to said conventions, but it would be additionally irresponsible to ignore the convergence of digital marketing and any given individual’s increased web presence/connectivity by…

‘Isle of Dogs’ Avoids Being Lower Tier Wes Anderson. Barely.

Our perception of the world never solely lies in how we see it, but also how we hear it. Intermittently throughout Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs, Jeff Goldblum’s Duke relays a variety of rumors he’s heard to the rest of the alpha dog pack, despite they’re being exiled on the refuse-infested Trash Island and a…

The Truth of ‘Truth or Dare’ Isn’t an Easy One to Swallow (Or Watch)

Minimally-sized budgets, maximum creative freedom. Such is the maxim of renegade Hollywood producer Jason Blum and his exponentially influential outfit Blumhouse Productions, paraphrased from Truth or Dare writer-director Jeff Wadlow at his latest film’s world premiere in his native Charlottesville, Virginia. You can see the logic in Blum’s tried-and-true financing and filmmaking philosophy. Though a…

A Review of Netflix’s ‘The Titan,’ Just in Case You Cared

In the end, all well-meaning, but near-sighted journeys into the undiscovered and unexplainable, driven by a need to understand things and concepts beyond our immediate comprehension, become bureaucratic nightmares. At least, such is the predominant crux of post-apocalyptic science fiction in which the government or governmental agencies step in to posture their superior intellectual authority….