Live by Night (2016)

Let’s just get this out of the way, shall we: While it’s true that Live by Night does lack the right type of dramatic weight to allow it to become part of the greater canon of gangster epics, that doesn’t mean it’s a particularly bad movie by any measure. I walked out of Live by […]

Spartacus (1960)

This is one of those “fill the hole in my pop culture score card” films. Directed by Stanley Kubrick, written by the famous blacklisted Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo and starring none of other than Kirk Douglas, who recently just turned a round one years old, Spartacus is cinema classic and a throwback to an era […]

Halloween (1978)

It sort of blows my mind that this is nearly forty years old film already. That means Jamie Lee Curtis is nearly sixty! I mean, sure, she’s been gray for some years now, but geez, where does the time go? I wasn’t even born when this was made and it still makes me feel old […]

The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971)

When you watch an old horror movie starring Vincent Price, you pretty much know what you’re in for.  It’s never going to be anything particularly gruesome by today’s desensitized standards, but it is almost guaranteed to be silly, funny, and if you’re lucky, unfiltered cheesy camp. It’s always a sheer pleasure to watch Prince’s movies, […]

Elle (2016)

It’s true what they say about Elle. You just couldn’t imagine it being made in America, especially without having to heavily water down the content and attempting to make the central character, Michèle, more likable. The movie’s dark tone combined with its slightly morbid sense of humor would probably be seen as a total complete […]

The Student / Disciple (2016)

You don’t really seen that many extreme Christian fundamentalist movies being made, now do you? That alone makes this a particularly interesting picture to watch, but when you also add the overtly cynical and pessimistic Russian bent to it, it becomes a must-see. The story is rather simple one, a troubled Russian teenage boy named […]

Complete Unknown (2016)

Now admittedly Complete Unknown is very much a niche appeal movie that, when you look at it, seems to depend a bit too much on the marketability of its main players and not so much on providing a juicy, easy to swallow hook for the viewer to latch onto. But it’s actually pretty enjoyable little […]