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Review: Detour, 2017, dir. Christopher Smith

Review: Detour, 2017, dir. Christopher Smith


I reviewed Christopher Smith’s Black Death on this very site six years ago, and so it was something of a pleasure to review his latest, Detour, even if I’m still murky on whether or not I think Detour is good. I liked it. I liked the film’s central gimmick, in which two narratives unfold representing the consequences of … Continue reading

Review: Black Death, 2011, dir. Christopher Smith

Review: Black Death, 2011, dir. Christopher Smith


Black Death‘s biggest draw might be Christopher Smith, director of such horror fare as the well-meaning but woefully forthcoming Triangle, the humorous and gory Severance, and Creep— which I haven’t caught myself. Smith’s latest shows roots in the horror genre, to be sure, but Black Death is the kind of film that wants to play … Continue reading

Review: Super, 2011, dir. James Gunn

Review: Super, 2011, dir. James Gunn


Last year, Matthew Vaughn’s Kick Ass posed the question, “What would happen if a regular, everyday person put on a costume and fought crime?” rather succinctly– they’d get beaten half to death– before going off the rails of reality and into full-blown superhero movie mode, as though to underscore the impossibility of the film’s own … Continue reading