Review: Stung, 2015, dir. Benni Diez

Review: Stung, 2015, dir. Benni Diez


“In the vast and varied catalog of horror film villains, giant bugs have historically been paid little respect. Big damn insects tend to be B-movie fodder for Mystery Science Theater 3000 or drive-ins. If Benni Diez’s Stung proves anything, it’s that relegation to horror’s minor leagues is A-OK. Unlike so many recent high-profile horror projects, such … Continue reading

Review: Big Game, 2015, dir. Jalmari Helander

Review: Big Game, 2015, dir. Jalmari Helander


“Big Game’s stelliform cast isn’t the only proof Finnish director Jalmari Helander has gone Hollywood. The scene that best evinces his Tinseltown transition plays out in the film’s first few minutes, in which one of the supporting players from Helander’s international breakout movie, the wonderful Yuletide-horror gem Rare Exports, gets mercilessly exploded in a wanton … Continue reading

INSIDE OUT & Pixar’s Philosophy of Melancholy

INSIDE OUT & Pixar’s Philosophy of Melancholy


“Pixar’s Inside Out feels like a miracle for two reasons: deprivation and reclamation. Last year marked the first since 2005 that the studio failed to bless pop culture with new material. Leading up to that gap in their slate, though, Pixar’s status as an animation giant started a perilous downward spiral thanks to a surge … Continue reading

Review: CREEP, 2015, dir. Patrick Brice

Review: CREEP, 2015, dir. Patrick Brice


“Trust is a valuable commodity online. Though the connective power of the Internet has made our world smaller, believing in what you can’t see is risky business. That gal, or guy, you meet in World of Warcraft could actually be a guy, or gal, who regularly falls asleep covered in Cheetos debris. The sweet Groupon … Continue reading