The Hot-Button Horror of Barbarian | Review

Horror has always been a genre ripe for social allegory: from The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari to Night of the Living Dead to Get Out, filmmakers have smuggled potentially explosive commentary into mainstream entertainment through the guise of spectacular genre fiction. The gambit makes sense: audiences can more easily stomach a critique of their own … Continue reading The Hot-Button Horror of Barbarian | Review

Abbott and Costello Go to Mars; Meet Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde; Meet the Mummy | Review

Bud Abbott and Lou Costello are comic legends, presenting a unique blend of zingy word-play and razor-sharp slapstick. They brought these honed sensibilities to the silver screen in 36 films between 1940 and 1955. Their appearances in radio and television, likenesses in several Looney Tunes, and creation of perhaps the greatest comedy sketch of all … Continue reading Abbott and Costello Go to Mars; Meet Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde; Meet the Mummy | Review

M3GAN: Plenty of Heart, Not Enough Blood | Review

The hype around M3GAN is truly enough to warrant a viewing; such word-of-mouth harks back to a bygone era of water coolers, when small budget films found success through the grapevine. "Oh you haven't seen that one yet?" "What are you waiting for? Streaming??" You get the idea. Director: Gerard JohnstoneProducers: James Wan, Jason Blum, Judson Scott, Adam Hendricks, Allison Williams, Ryan … Continue reading M3GAN: Plenty of Heart, Not Enough Blood | Review

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (1995)

What is the effect of nostalgia on a movie? Does it lend credibility to form and function? Or does it provide a nice impetus for enjoyment, but loses its luster soon after? Such a question begs consideration when sitting down to watch this feature-length adaption of the famous media franchise, whether it is your first … Continue reading Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (1995)

Rubber (2010)

Rubber is one of those monster movies that manages to defy convention. For a genre defined by tropes and expectations, Rubber offers a breath of fresh air. It does not always work, however, and will certainly not prove everyone’s cup of tea. Director: Quentin DepieuxRuntime: 85 minutesUS Theatrical Release: February 25, 2011; Magnolia Pictures Quentin Depieux’s story about a killer tire … Continue reading Rubber (2010)