2016 Check-In

2016 in film has been an interesting year to say the least. This summer is all but cursed, with disappointing sequels and lackluster starts to would-be franchises opening nearly every weekend. The term "box office poison" was used to describe Hollywood stars of the 1930s, but one could almost apply it to the bizarro movie … Continue reading 2016 Check-In

Weekly Round-Up: May 15-21, 2016

Last week, I saw: Woman in the Dunes (1964) - At its best, this demented love story is an absolute thriller, chronicling the kidnapping and imprisonment of one man by a rural Japanese village. Unfortunately, this intriguing premise loses momentum and is all but buried by its 2 1/2 hour running time. NOT RECOMMENDED. Descendants … Continue reading Weekly Round-Up: May 15-21, 2016

Weekly Round-Up: February 21-27, 2016

It's almost time! I didn't see all the movies I wanted to see by Oscar night (tonight!) but I did a pretty decent job, rounding out the Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay nominees this week. I saw: V/H/S/2 (2012) - I don't know why I'm under the spell of these stupid movies. They're pretty easy … Continue reading Weekly Round-Up: February 21-27, 2016

The Witch (2016)

The best horror movies don't stoop to "jump" moments. They gradually get under your skin and stay in your thoughts, dreams, even nightmares long after the end credits roll. We can't look away not to subject ourselves to momentary thrills, but to find out what happens - held in the grip of a rich, complicated … Continue reading The Witch (2016)