Film Reviews: “Under the Skin” and “Upstream Color”

I caught two American science fiction mind benders at South Korea’s Jeonju International Film Festival last month that have been very divisive among viewers and critics. I enjoyed them both and recommend auteur Shane Carruth’s Upstream Color, which is his long-awaited follow-up to his debut film Primer, and director Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin. Both challenging works are unique artistic visions, and have the following things in common: minimal dialogue, beautiful cinematography, enigmatic storylines that … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Sacrament (2014) – Review 2

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SYNOPSIS: A newsteam trails a man as he travels to an undisclosed location to find his missing sister. Upon entering “Eden Parish” and meeting the community’s leader, it becomes apparent to the newcomers that this paradise may not be as it seems. REVIEW: Young director Ti West has come a long way and has built up quite a reputation in the years since his first feature he directed, The Roost (2005) was released. He’s built … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Sacrament (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: Acclaimed genre director Ti West and master of horror Eli Roth join forces to deliver a frightening new cinematic experience. REVIEW: Every generation has its masters of horror. Ti West is certainly making a name for himself in the current generation as one of the masters. The House of the Devil brought him to the forefront. The slow burn style that built itself into an insane climactic battle provided some of the best horror … Continue reading

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Film Review: You’re Next (2011)

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SYNOPSIS: When the Davison family comes under attack during their wedding anniversary getaway, the gang of mysterious killers soon learns that one of victims harbors a secret talent for fighting back. REVIEW: An unexpected mĂ©lange of “The Strangers“, “Straw Dogs“ and “Home Alone“, director Adam Wingard’s “You’re Next” is one of the most bracing and exciting films of the year! As written by Simon Barrett, it tells the story of an anniversary celebration gone terribly … Continue reading

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Film Review: A Horrible Way to Die (2010)

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SYNOPSIS: An escaped murderer is in pursuit of his ex-girlfriend, who has fled to start a new life in a small town. REVIEW: “A Horrible Way to Die” arrives under the directorial talent of Adam Wingard who had a few great releases with “Home Sick” (2007) and “Pop Skull”(which I’ve yet to see). Though I do recommend “Home Sick” which is cult fav of mine. The movie stars the talented AJ Bowen, who plays Garrick … Continue reading

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Film Review: Bitter Feast (2010)

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SYNOPSIS: A celebrity chef exacts revenge on a food blogger who torpedoes his career. REVIEW: Written & Directed by: Joe Maggio Starring: James Le Gros, Joshua Leonard, Amy Seimetz, Larry Fessenden, and Chef Mario Batali QUICK FIX: Iron Chef Peter Gray just can’t seem to catch a break…he loses his TV show, his kickass restaurant job, his woman, his self-respect, and finally, his mind. So does he look inward and try to become a better … Continue reading

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