I have many cinematic blindspots. One of them is The Evil Dead, which apparently helped inspire this film. A major blindspot for me though is SOV films. I freely admit that up until 2020, I would have considered myself too much of a film snob to watch SOV films, much less embrace them. Times have changed and so have I. And while I am much more open to the genre than ever before, I hadn't really found much horror SOV…
If nothing else, I can be thankful for COVID-19 for allowing me to reignite my love for physical media and discover an entire world of boutique labels out there that I never knew existed outside of Criterion. And while Arrow, Vinegar Syndrome, Severin, Scream Factory, etc. have their rabid fan basis (and rightfully so, and I am right there with you), I think Mondo Macabro might impress me more than any other label. This film is only the third I've…
“The best protection any woman can have is courage”—Elizabeth Cady Staton (but attributed to Susan B. Anthony in this film)
A four hour documentary about the rise and fall of Bill Cosby may not seem to be something one would want to put themselves through. What else is there to say at this point? The point is not to say anything—just to listen to these women and their stories.
Similar to OJ—Made in America, We Need…
Welcome back to Sundance, home of cringe cinema! You know, cinema where you feel the need to look away because you are too embarrassed to watch the actions of the characters in the film. Sundance is king of this sub-sub-genre.
And I wouldn’t expect anything less from Jesse Eisenberg’s directorial debut. He’s kind of made an entire career of being cringy—in a good way of course.
In this film, we get the story of a kid…
I watched this in anticipation for Cha Cha Real Smooth at Sundance next week. I had no expectation on really loving this film so darn much!
I only had this experience at college for a couple of days. And then I randomly ran into some people I knew one day on campus and my college life took off from there. It was a great time. But if it hadn't been for that random encounter, I wonder if I would have…
Oddly enough released around the same time as A Nightmare on Elm Street, although coming nowhere near the cultural zeitgeist, The Initiation is a slasher that also focuses on nightmares. Such a hot topic in the 80s for some reason.
Actually, the plot of The Initiation more closely resembles an onion--you just keep peeling back layers and choking back the tears.
There's a lot of weird plot to unpack with this one. The…