On the sixth day, I watched: the John Hawkes-led neo-noir Too Late; the colonial-era horror film The Witch; the Polish supernatural drama Demon; the "extreme" and "controversial" anthology German Angst; Isaac Ezban's Twilight Zone-inspired The Similars. The Similars (Mexico; Isaac Ezban, 2015) Isaac Ezban wears his influences on his sleeve in The Similars. Or maybe I should … Continue reading Fantastic Fest 2015: Day Six
Day five gave us: the surreal German black comedy Der Bunker; the Emma Roberts horror vehicle February; Schneider vs. Bax, the latest from Borgman director Alex van Warmerdam; the French remake of Mario Bava's crime drama Rabid Dogs; and more! February (U.S.A.; Osgood Perkins, 2015) If your reaction to these Fantastic Fest writeups has been "That's … Continue reading Fantastic Fest 2015: Day Five
A worthy effort which much to recommend it but little to actually love about it.
With early signs indicating that the back half of Hannibal’s upcoming third season will adapt the novel Red Dragon, there's no better time to revisit that novel's first film adaptation.
A remarkable crime thriller and indictment of the news media.
If you consider only the surface elements, you might think Ms. .45 is a typical rape-revenge exploitation cheapie. And it isn't. It's a lot more interesting than that.
A rich couple offers a family man and a petty criminal increasingly large amounts of money to perform increasingly dangerous acts. But their loss is our gain: Cheap Thrills is as funny as it is cynical and vicious.
The bad news is that Oldboy is a typical pointless American remake. The good news is that it's a decent one--not remarkable, but at least entertaining, particularly if you can keep yourself from constantly comparing it to the original. Which, let's face facts here, you're not going to be able to do.
Oldboy thoughtfully considers its twin themes of revenge and redemption, presenting dark comedy, stylized violence and emotional devastation. Not just good or great, it's one of the finest thrillers ever made.
Compliance isn't a work of entertainment. It will make you uncomfortable and it will make you think about things you'd rather not think about.