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Review: Obit, 2017, dir. Vanessa Gould

Review: Obit, 2017, dir. Vanessa Gould


Well, how about that? Obit, a film about The New York Times‘ obituaries desk, is as entertaining and informative as it is profound. I liked it! I had a good time with it! I was not overwhelmed by morbidity while watching it, mostly because the film is as far from morbid as a film about death can … Continue reading

Review: Slack Bay, 2017, dir. Bruno Dumont

Review: Slack Bay, 2017, dir. Bruno Dumont


You know what? Normally I’d write a spiel here, but Slack Bay is kind of hard to give spiel to. It’s weird. It’s fucking weird, even, which is my impolite way of saying that it doesn’t fit easily into any category or genre. Basically, it’s Looney Tunes on France’s northern coast wrapped up in a comedy of manners … Continue reading

Review: The Ticket, 2017, dir. Ido Fluk

Review: The Ticket, 2017, dir. Ido Fluk


That Dan Stevens sure is handsome, isn’t he? He’s also ubiquitous. He’s all up in the everywhere. He’s on Legion. He’s in Beauty and the Beast. He’s in Nacho Vigalondo’s excellent new film Colossal. He’s also in The Ticket, Ido Fluk’s new film, which isn’t “excellent” but also isn’t “terrible,” either. It’s a little too specific for its own good. … Continue reading

Review: The Discovery, 2017, dir. Charlie McDowell

Review: The Discovery, 2017, dir. Charlie McDowell


I really liked Charlie McDowell’s The One I Love, so imagine my disappointment when I watched The Discovery and found that it’s a pile of reluctant, hedging, self-doubting faux-spiritual feel-good nonsense. (“Feel-good” might be a stretch, but boy, the movie bends over backwards to get in as many cheap hugs as possible.) I didn’t hate it, but … Continue reading

Review: Prevenge, 2017, dir. Alice Lowe

Review: Prevenge, 2017, dir. Alice Lowe


“A 7 months pregnant woman starts murdering the people involved in her partner’s death because her unborn baby tells her to.” That’s Prevenge in summation. In my mind, there’s an alternate dimension where the film attached to that summation is just a winking, nudging, overly self-aware video nasty, and it’s probably fun but too insistent on … Continue reading

Review: Burning Sands, 2017, dir. Gerard McMurray

Review: Burning Sands, 2017, dir. Gerard McMurray


It’s a thing in the entertainment biz that if a movie about subject A is released into the pop cultural wilds, inevitably another movie about the same subject will be released shortly thereafter. To wit: Andrew Neel’s Goat opened in theaters last September, detailing the intimate particulars of fraternity hazing rituals and rites of initiation. It’s … Continue reading

Review: Catfight, 2017, dir. Onur Tukel

Review: Catfight, 2017, dir. Onur Tukel


Speaking of truth in movie titles, here’s Catfight, a movie that is both honestly and dishonestly named at the same time. It is, in fact, about a rivalry between two women living in New York City, played by Anne Heche and Sandra Oh, but it is not, in fact, about just one “catfight” (here defined mostly … Continue reading

Review: Get Out, 2017, dir. Jordan Peele

Review: Get Out, 2017, dir. Jordan Peele


I remember hearing the news that Jordan Peele, he of Key and Peele fame, had designs on directing and writing his own horror movie some years ago, around late 2014 if memory serves, in between the murder of Michael Brown and the acquittal of his killer, Darren Wilson, which in my mind is the moment in contemporary American … Continue reading

Review: Weirdos, 2017, dir. Bruce McDonald

Review: Weirdos, 2017, dir. Bruce McDonald


And here I go, festing yet again! This time I’m remotely reviewing a title that played at this year’s Berlinale (also known as the Berlin International Film Festival), Weirdos, directed by Bruce McDonald, who is probably best liked for his 2009 horror film Pontypool. Weirdos isn’t Pontypool by a damn sight, either in terms of content or in … Continue reading

Review: Anatahan, 1953, dir. Josef von Sternberg

Review: Anatahan, 1953, dir. Josef von Sternberg


There are two primary reasons to see Josef von Sternberg’s <i>Anatahan</i>. The first is that it’s a rarity, the final film in Sternberg’s solo directing career before co-directing <i>Jet Pilot</i> in 1957 with Fred Fleck. <i>Anatahan</i> is a picture obscured by the passage of time and by its own financial failure, a box office stumble … Continue reading

Review: The Lego Batman Movie, 2017 dir. Chris McKay

Review: The Lego Batman Movie, 2017 dir. Chris McKay


I guess I’m not surprised, per se, that I enjoyed The Lego Batman Movie as much as I did; I liked The Lego Movie quite a lot, after all, and found Will Arnett’s Batman riff utterly hilarious. When The Lego Batman Movie was first announced, though, I wondered whether that riff could sustain a whole movie, and there it … Continue reading