Music journalist by day, person who definitely watches too many movies by night, and sometimes also day.
"Such is life"
Such a pure love letter to action cinema in all its forms. From the casting (Adkins, Zaror, Sanada and Yen all get varying degrees of time to shine, but they all fucking crush it) to the sheer glee and the constant reinvention of the setpieces, each of which feels like it could be the climax of its own movie. This is everything I wanted from 3 after 2's cliffhanger, down to the fact that this time, it…
I’ve been thinking a lot about why I like the music and movies I like. One thing I almost always come back to with regards to my favorite songs is a strong quiet/loud dynamic. When I was younger I exclusively gravitated towards loud songs, but near the end of my teens I discovered there was nothing quite like the thrill I get from a quiet song suddenly being enveloped by noise, or a logorrheic outburst suddenly getting deflated by an…
I'm not sure if all the ways I bumped on this are a by-product of me just not being that into Flanagan's thing or that I just kind of hate Peak TV. I would wager it's the latter, but that's only really based on the fact that I really enjoy Doctor Sleep. For most of its eight hours you're just watching endless build-up to its one variably effective horror set piece per episode. Before you get to that, it's a…
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"Why am I calling the police?"
A total sickos masterpiece. James Wan, the absolute king, decided to use his AQUAMAN money to make a stunningly well-directed horror movie about the absolute sililest horror concept he could imagine. A concept that, when I told some of my friends about it, inspired nothing but awe and stunned disbelief. A concept that studio clearly did not know how to market, as they decided to sell this in the trailer as a haunted house…
"THE NIGHT BLADE FEEDS"
Blood and fury. From a tangle of visions, prophecies and mirages emerges a fairly straightforward tale, but one told with as much grace as gleeful brutality. Maybe a little wonky on its feet in the early goings (one particular cut in the first ten minutes is extremely jarring, but in a way that might be purposeful if I stir on it a little bit) and admittedly the occasional spotty accent work (and the fact that these…