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Review: The Monster, 2016, dir. Bryan Bertino

Review: The Monster, 2016, dir. Bryan Bertino


I never got around to seeing Bryan Bertino’s second film, Mockingbird, his follow up to his 2008 debut The Strangers. Based on reviews, I’m not sure I want to, but based on his latest picture, The Monster, maybe I might just. (Who knows! I’m so fickle! That means I’m fun.) The Monster is The Strangers‘ distant kin, a monster film with … Continue reading

Review: Ruby Sparks, 2012, dir. Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris

Review: Ruby Sparks, 2012, dir. Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris


The follow-up film from Little Miss Sunshine directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris is a big step forward from their 2006 indie darling, but the film’s true architect seems to be its screenwriter, Zoe Kazan, telling a story of gender politics and male wish fulfillment in the Match.com era. And it’s pretty great. Continue reading

Review: Meek’s Cutoff, 2011, dir. Kelly Reichardt

Review: Meek’s Cutoff, 2011, dir. Kelly Reichardt


Meek’s Cutoff feels something like an oddity in the western genre, and I mean that in the best way possible. There’s no denying the western influences clearly embedded in its cinematic DNA; Kelly Reichardt’s fourth feature very much draws from that celluloid tradition, but she’s not telling a story about cowboys and Indians or marshals … Continue reading