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Review: Mad Max: Fury Road, 2015, dir. George Miller

Review: Mad Max: Fury Road, 2015, dir. George Miller


“Thirty years is a long time to wait for a sequel. If not for the passage of time, though, then George Miller’s career trajectory since 1985 may have initially been reason enough to regard the latest installment in the dystopian Mad Max series with caution. The new film stars Tom Hardy as Max Rockatansky with … Continue reading

Review: Ceremony, 2011, dir. Max Winkler

Review: Ceremony, 2011, dir. Max Winkler


“Are we in a rush or something?” It’s one of the earliest pieces of dialogue in Max Winkler’s debut picture, Ceremony, and I don’t know if he meant any irony by the statement but after an hour and twenty minutes that little quip perfectly encapsulates my feelings on the film. Winkler’s in a hurry to … Continue reading

Review: Twilight Samurai, 2002, dir. Yoji Yamada


Hiroyuki Sanada may well be the best actor whose name you’ve never heard, but whose face you swear you’ve seen before. Like countless other Americans I suffer from a crippling addiction to television juggernaut Lost, a show that went from character driven, high-concept science fiction recalling Jules Verne to a nebulous and frustrating series of … Continue reading

Review: Time to Choose, 2016, dir. Charles Ferguson

Review: Time to Choose, 2016, dir. Charles Ferguson


Does Charles Ferguson’s Time to Choose count as pro-environmental propaganda? That’s a loaded label to sling at any film, especially a well-intentioned documentarian attempt at courting our sense of obligation to our planet. The Earth’s slow-burn ruination is one of humanity’s great shames, after all; we’re the ones gutting its depths, scarring its face, and … Continue reading

Review: Hardcore Henry, 2016, dir. Ilya Naishuller

Review: Hardcore Henry, 2016, dir. Ilya Naishuller


I have never gotten motion sick from watching a movie. Ever. My stomach stayed strong through the shaky-cam antics of Cloverfield, and I didn’t flinch watching either of the first two V/H/S films in the theater. (V/H/S Viral upset my digestion, but only because it’s kind of a terrible movie.) I can endure buckets of gore without batting … Continue reading

Stay Frosty Oscars: My Half-Assed Academy Awards Predictions

Stay Frosty Oscars: My Half-Assed Academy Awards Predictions


Fair warning: I really didn’t want to write this piece, and I’m doing it out of misguided obligation. Maybe I’m whining, but cut me some slack; I’ve already written about the #OscarsSoWhite fracas, and also contributed a handful of yadda yaddas to Paste Magazine’s annual Oscar preview (though I spend most of my yaddas turning my nose up at the … Continue reading

This Space Reserved, 2016

This Space Reserved, 2016


Keep your eyes here, folks. Exciting things are going to happen here this year. I hope. If you know me, talk to me, and read my stuff enough, you know that this writing thing isn’t simply a hobby for me these days; it’s more like a hobby that’s just a few miles away from being something … Continue reading

For Your (Re)Consideration, 2015

For Your (Re)Consideration, 2015


“And that’s it: 2015 is in the books. If you listen to what everyone else is saying, it’s been a pretty good year for the movies. Frankly, they’re not wrong, but the best testament to the quality of cinema in a single year may be the films that don’t get any recognition in the year-end … Continue reading

Review: Turbo Kid, 2015, dir. The RKSS

Review: Turbo Kid, 2015, dir. The RKSS


“The post-apocalyptic future of Turbo Kid might be set in 1997, but the film’s stylistic sensibility is straight from the 1980s. That’s the point, of course; the whole film is intended as an ode to the campy gewgaws of ’80s pop culture. It’s a movie that’s about looking back at a bygone time, both for … Continue reading

Review: Fant4stic, 2015, dir. Josh Trank

Review: Fant4stic, 2015, dir. Josh Trank


“If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again.” When W.E. Hickson popularized this crusty old Thomas Palmer aphorism back in the 1800’s, he couldn’t have known that one day, one of America’s most high profile movie studios would take the phrase to heart with not one, not two, but three attempts at building a franchise … Continue reading

Review: The Tribe, 2015, dir. Myroslav Slaboshpytskyi

Review: The Tribe, 2015, dir. Myroslav Slaboshpytskyi


“Alfred Hitchcock once opined that a correctly designed picture should elicit screams from a Japanese audience at the same time as an Indian audience. Language, in other words, shouldn’t be a barrier to experiencing the thrill of the cinema. Two particular films released in 2015 loudly echo Hitch’s inestimable wisdom: First, George Miller’s Mad Max: … Continue reading