NIGHTSTREAM 2021- “Name Above Title” and The Sociopathic Superstar: Film Review

In a world where names are essential to our self-identity, director Carlos Conceição strips his characters down to their occupation in his latest film, Name Above Title. Despite the film’s title, we the audience never discover what the protagonist’s actual name is due to the dialogue free nature of the film. In lieu of a nameContinue reading “NIGHTSTREAM 2021- “Name Above Title” and The Sociopathic Superstar: Film Review”

NIGHTSTREAM 2021- The Sun Doesn’t Shine on “Cosmic Dawn”: Film Review

If there’s one universal truth among all people, it’s that we all want to feel like we belong. Aurora (Camille Rowe) has been in search of that truth ever since her mother was taken from her when Aurora was just a youth. Aurora insists that her mother was taken by aliens, but everyone around herContinue reading “NIGHTSTREAM 2021- The Sun Doesn’t Shine on “Cosmic Dawn”: Film Review”

NIGHTSTREAM 2021- “After Blue (Dirty Paradise)” May Be Too Otherworldly: Film Review

Even though the film was created by a French production company, After Blue (Dirty Paradise) does not feel from this Earth. Director Bertrand Mandico forges a new world that is rich with history, unique landscapes, and a slew of societal rules and norms. However, so much of this independent feature is devoted to exploring theContinue reading “NIGHTSTREAM 2021- “After Blue (Dirty Paradise)” May Be Too Otherworldly: Film Review”

“Madres” Is A Social Thriller Gone Wrong: Film Review

The belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary; men alone are quite capable of every wickedness. Joseph Conrad The latest in Amazon & Blumhouse’s “Welcome to the Blumhouse” anthology, Madres opens with the above quote about darkness that pervades the human race. Conrad’s quote is meant to guide our viewing of theContinue reading ““Madres” Is A Social Thriller Gone Wrong: Film Review”

Fantastic Fest 2021- Is “Sweetie, You Won’t Believe It” The Next “The Hangover”?: Film Review

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you threw the gang from The Hangover into genre cult classic Tucker & Dale vs. Evil? This combination may appear akin to a peanut butter and sardine sandwich, but director Yernar Nurgaliev manages to make a magnificent meal out of the tonal mismash in Sweetie, You Won’tContinue reading “Fantastic Fest 2021- Is “Sweetie, You Won’t Believe It” The Next “The Hangover”?: Film Review”

“Fauci”- How To React During a Pandemic: Film Review

If you would have asked the average joe thirty years ago to name a scientist, you’d likely be greeted with a blank stare. Despite a lack of name recognition for much of his career, Dr. Anthony Fauci has been flirting in and out of the background for the better part of five decades. Yet now,Continue reading ““Fauci”- How To React During a Pandemic: Film Review”

Beyond Fest 2021- “New York Ninja” and the Recreation of a New Cult Classic: Film Review

A stack of unedited film reels from the 1980s, devoid of any audio. That was all that remained of the abandoned 1984 project, New York Ninja, before the cult film preservationists from Vinegar Syndrome got their hands on it. Their painstaking effort to edit the unmarked reels into chronological order and enlisting the help ofContinue reading “Beyond Fest 2021- “New York Ninja” and the Recreation of a New Cult Classic: Film Review”

“Arrebato (Rapture)” Is Proof That Art House Horror Is Not A Modern Invention: Film Review

There’s a modern misconception that the art house horror subgenre was birthed in the 2010s with films like The Witch and The Babadook. However, Altered Innocence’s fantastic 4K restoration of 1979’s Arrebato (Rapture) is a prime example that horror films that confound and unnerve moreso than frighten have been around since the dawn of cinema.Continue reading ““Arrebato (Rapture)” Is Proof That Art House Horror Is Not A Modern Invention: Film Review”

Fantastic Fest 2021- “Saloum” and The Post-Colonial Western: Film Review

Ever since its golden era, the Western genre has been used by filmmakers to memorialize the final frontier of American expansion. The mountainous vistas and sunsets portraitures are allegorical eulogies for the “loss of adventure”. In the spiritual fantasy Western, Saloum, the iconography associated with the genre are on full display. Yet the typical rockyContinue reading “Fantastic Fest 2021- “Saloum” and The Post-Colonial Western: Film Review”