Max Coombes

Max Coombes Pro

Favorite films

  • A Canterbury Tale
  • They Might Be Giants
  • The Polar Express
  • Silent Night, Bloody Night

Recent activity

  • Intruder


  • Silent Night

  • Getting to Know the Big Wide World


  • Monster House


Recent reviews

  • It Lives Again

    It Lives Again


    Like the first one, most kooky in that Cohen mines unbearable pathos from a kooky premise. The hospital scenes are particularly heartbreaking.

  • Five Nights at Freddy's

    Five Nights at Freddy's


    From what I gather the games are about monitoring security cameras and a sense of encroaching death — this film features neither of these things, which is fine, although without them it's family friendly horror too serious for action and too soft for tension. The film is lucky to have Vanessa, who materialises out of nowhere, and communicates through non sequiturs. Initially she seems kind an assemblage of holographic recordings that Mike unwittingly activates, no more 'live' than the woman…

Popular reviews

  • Skinamarink



    Finally a found footage poetics of space. The camera is the person, is the house, is the imaginative in-between that brings the space to life. McRae shoots modernist angles made fuzzy with the matter of body memory. Ball's editing matches the heart rate then drags it back 'til it's barely functioning. The analog grain effects glide smooth atop the actual noise of the footage, drawing closer to how the human eye sees at night. This top layer, interpreting noise as…

  • The Dark Knight

    The Dark Knight

    I attended this really wonderful lecture on superheroes and the War on Terror, and how a number of very important comics post-9/11 became self-critical in their examination of states of emergency and exceptional politics, and the autoimmune system that leads to the violent pursuit of 'order' becoming the greatest source of chaos. Because superheroes respond to 'emergency' situations and operate within a non-legal or extra-legal capacity to inflict sovereign violence on the enemy (the enemy itself prone to slippage e.g.…