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Review: The Conjuring 2, 2016, dir. James Wan

Review: The Conjuring 2, 2016, dir. James Wan


Everyone who hates The Conjuring should love The Conjuring 2; unlike the first film, the second doesn’t make a plot-based historical oopsie and suggest that maybe women killed during the Salem witch trials actually were witches. But if The Conjuring 2 is a victory for social criticism on paper, it’s a defeat for integrity in franchising in practice (such … Continue reading

“Tom Hiddleston: Charm Without Cheer”

“Tom Hiddleston: Charm Without Cheer”


It’s Tom Hiddleston Day here at A Constant Visual Feast! Happy Tom Hiddleston Day! I am not secretive of or abashed by my love for Hiddleston; he is, in my mind, one of the most interesting and singularly talented leading men working in film today, the kind of guy who looks like he was born … Continue reading

My Most Anticipated Films For IFFBoston ’16

My Most Anticipated Films For IFFBoston ’16


If you have been tuning into this space for the last week and wondering why I have posted exactly zero new updates, it’s because I’ve been gallivanting around Bermuda since the 12th. But I’m back in Boston, and with eight days to spare before Independent Film Festival Boston’s 2016 rumpus, I’d say it’s about time … Continue reading

Meryl’s Out of Africa

Meryl’s Out of Africa


Did you think the world let Meryl Streep too easily off the hook for describing herself as “a humanist” rather than a feminist? Are you of the opinion that she should have gotten more, not less, flak for participating in Suffragette‘s “I’d rather be a rebel than a slave” photo shoot? If you answer yes to … Continue reading

Whites, Camera, Action

Whites, Camera, Action


It is pretty to think that all of this year’s Oscars outrage might have been avoided with just a few shifts in nominations. In truth, recognition for some combination of Samuel L. Jackson, Will Smith, Teyonah Parris, Ryan Coogler, Michael B. Jordan, Jason Mitchell, Corey Hawkins, Jada Pinkett Smith, Abraham Attah, Idris Elba, Mya Taylor, Aaron Covington, … Continue reading

Review: Hitchcock, 2012, dir. Sacha Gervasi

Review: Hitchcock, 2012, dir. Sacha Gervasi


Watching Hitchcock you may find yourself wondering, often, what Alfred Hitchcock himself would think of Sacha Gervasi’s efforts to celebrate his life and contributions to cinema. If Anthony Hopkins’ portrayal of the man tells us anything about him, his likeliest reaction might well be a cutting remark spoken while gazing down his nose at Gervasi’s film. Hitchcock commemorates the man’s … Continue reading

Review: Cabin in the Woods, 2012, dir. Drew Goddard

Review: Cabin in the Woods, 2012, dir. Drew Goddard


With Cabin in the Woods, Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon have crafted the new yardstick by which all horror films released in its wake will be judged. That analogy’s somewhat mild and unseasoned. More accurately, they’ve saturation bombed the genre with barb-filled ordnance wrapped up in one enormous love letter, launching a payload containing their affections … Continue reading

Review: Bellflower, 2011, dir. Evan Glodell

Review: Bellflower, 2011, dir. Evan Glodell


Flamethrowers, precarious romance, badass muscle cars, and directionless, angry young men make for a potentially cataclysmic cocktail. So goes the narrative of Evan Glodell’s Bellflower, a tale of love and apocalypse and slackerdom and possibly the most aesthetically unique film of the year. Glodell, who not only directed the film but also wrote the script … Continue reading

Review: Hanna, 2011, dir. Joe Wright

Review: Hanna, 2011, dir. Joe Wright


Hanna makes a sound argument that action movies need not be artless, though maybe when the person at the helm is Joe Wright the final outcome can only inevitably attain a level of artfulness worth observing. Wright is responsible for 2007’s Atonement, a strikingly beautiful film that remains mostly empty despite its impressive craftsmanship; where … Continue reading

Review: Insidious, 2011, dir. James Wan

Review: Insidious, 2011, dir. James Wan


Insidious can be described as “two-thirds of a great film”, which damns it far more than a purely negative critique ever could. Coming from the co-creator of the Saw franchise James Wan’s fourth film is scary in a way that most contemporary horror pictures are not, either by consequence or by design; it’s cinema that … Continue reading

Review: Rubber, 2011, dir. Quentin Dupieux

Review: Rubber, 2011, dir. Quentin Dupieux


One thing can be said for certain about Rubber, the sophomore film of French director/record producer Quentin Dupieux (a.k.a. Mr. Oizo)– you will believe that a tire (named, the post-credits inform us, Robert) can gain sentience and use its newfound telekinetic powers to go on a bloody rampage through a small desert town while pursuing … Continue reading

Review: The Lovely Bones, 2009, dir. Peter Jackson

Review: The Lovely Bones, 2009, dir. Peter Jackson


If we’re left with but a single takeaway for Peter Jackson’s 2010 effort, The Lovely Bones, it’s that even a visionary director of Peter Jackson’s caliber has opportunity to soil their sheets with the lights on.  Make no mistake, The Lovely Bones— based on Alice Sebold’s novel of the same name– is nothing short of … Continue reading

Review: Ip Man, 2008, dir. Wilson Yip


Suggested alternate title: Donnie Yen’s Wide, Wide World of Butt-Kicking. Donnie Yen is the kind of real-deal martial arts maestro who, by an unjust stroke of fate, never caught on as a mainstream kung-fu cinema hero for American audiences in the way that performers like Jet Li and Jackie Chan have. Arguably, Yen has no … Continue reading