October 1, 2017

Fantastic Fest 2017


This was the first year I attended Fantastic Fest, and at a pivotal moment. I wrote about that decision on Pajiba: Why I Went To Fantastic Fest, And What I Learned There

Then there's (of course) a slew of reviews: 

1922:
 "Bled dry of suspense and true horror, 1922 is a dismal affair. Perhaps Hilditch was aiming for slow-burn horror, but all he mustered was a patience-trying bore."


78/52: "While there are some interesting baubles to be found in 78/52, it’s frustratingly unfocused and woefully incomplete, skirting one of the shower scene’s most obvious–and arguably important–aspects."

Anna and the Apocalypse: "McPhail and an extraordinary team in front of and behind the camera crafted a film that feels at once fresh and familiar, insane yet grounded, gruesome yet winsome. It’s a whole lot of things, but above all else Anna and the Apocalypse is a totally bonkers and bloody good time."

Bad Genius: "This bitingly brilliant teen movie is deliciously clever and laugh-out-loud funny, offering parody thrills and acute observational humor."

Blade of the Immortal: "This epic is a case of too too much, in the bad way."


Blue My Mind: "From top to tails, it’s a haunting and poignant film, alive with beauty, pain, and heart."

Gerald's Game: "It’s the total package. As you watch Gerald’s Game, you are forced into a submission of bone rattling fear. And after it’s over, the imagery will linger – twitching in your hands, forcing your eyes to the dark corners of your bedroom, looking for things that creep in the night."

Haunters: The Art of the Scare: "a poignant, spirited, and fun exploration of this curious corner of macabre entertainment."

The Killing of a Sacred Deer: "Leave it to Lanthimos to make world-shattering family trauma grimly comical."

Mom and Dad:
 "I'd never thought I'd call a Brian Taylor movie 'surprisingly tame.' And yet here we are."


My Friend Dahmer: "crass and calculating. It aims to capitalize on our perverse fascination with the Milwaukee Cannibal, while congratulating ourselves for finding a moral message in his tragedy."

Professor Marston and the Wonder Women: "(Robinson) gives us a love story that’s smoking hot with sex appeal, and bursting with emotion. Best of all, she gives us a proudly queer romance that’s an absolute crowd pleaser, and easily one of the best films of the year."

Thelma: "Though billed as a thriller, Thelma is more slow-burn horror, a monster movie with a wounded but human heart at its core."


Thoroughbreds: "makes Heathers look like The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants."

August 27, 2017

REVIEWS: Logan Lucky, Death Note, The Villainess, Bushwick, and Red Christmas


The Villainess: "An ambitious, exhilarating, and harrowing film that does South Korea’s tradition of top-notch thrillers proud."

Logan Lucky: "Lithe, lively and ludicrous, Logan Lucky is a joyful celebration of Southern culture that folds in complicated family ties, kiddie tractor races, snitty church ladies, child beauty pageants, and a generous helping of down-home whimsy."

Death Note: "A whitewashed, hasty, and vapid adaptation that offers one great performance, few thrills, and lots of missed opportunities."

Bushwick: "Who needs heroes when you have pseudo-intellectual hipster bullshit?"

Red Christmas: "Yes. This woman’s aborted fetus has returned for revenge."

August 5, 2017

Highlight: Death Becomes Her


To celebrate Death Becomes Her's 25th anniversary, I explored its legacy for Vanity Fair, speaking with screenwriters David Koepp and Martin Donovan, as well as RuPaul's Drag Race executive producer Tom Campbell, and drag queen superstar Jinks Monsoon! 



SDCC 2017


I tore it up at Comic-Con International in San Diego for CBR.com. 

Is Riverdale’s Cheryl Blossom Bisexual?

How Riverdale’s Second Season Will Finally Give Kevin Keller His Due

Josie & the Pussycats Snag More Of Riverdale’s Spotlight In Season 2

Riverdale Cast Dishes On Jughead’s New Gal Pal Toni Topaz

Sex, Drugs & Reggie Mantle: Everything We Learned About Riverdale S2

Everything You Need To Know About Amazon’s The Tick

The Tick: Arthur’s Tale is a Powerful Message About Mental Illness

SDCC: We Risked Our Sanity In Legion’s Virtual Reality Experience

Netflix’s Bright & Death Note Terrify SDCC Audiences

Dave Gibbons & Jane Goldman Talk Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Dave Gibbons Responds To Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor Who Casting

Moffat Scoffs At Doctor Who Backlash, Responds To Peter Davison’s ‘Slam’

Everything We Know About Doctor Who’s 2017 Christmas Special

Exiting Doctor Who Cast Weighs In On Jodie Whittaker’s Arrival

DuckTales: The True Importance Of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Gizmoduck

DuckTales Cast Reveals How The Characters Differ From Classic Versions

The Importance of Kicking Off the DuckTales Reboot with a Movie

SDCC: The Cast Of Preacher & Seth Rogen Dish On Season Two

Preacher: Seth Rogen Defends Humanizing Hitler

Kevin Conroy Crowns Ben Affleck The Best Live-Action Batman

Conroy Shares Secret Of Being Batman, Talks Teaming with Harley Quinn

Everything You Need To Know About Batman And Harley Quinn

July 18, 2017

FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2017


Japanese Girls Never Die: "Blending magic realism, pop art moxie, and humane storytelling, director Daigo Matsui delivers a dreamy feminist critique of modern Japanese culture."


Pork Pie: "offers a wondrous road trip comedy full of humor and heart, with a healthy dash of Kiwi sass."


Bad Genius: "This bitingly brilliant teen movie is deliciously clever and laugh-out-loud funny, offering parody thrills and acute observational humor."  

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets"It’s a momentous occasion for the director and sci-fi fans. It’s a shame it’s not a momentous movie."


Game of Death: "Imagine if Jumanji and Cabin In The Woods had a blood-thirsty baby. But it’s a baby, so it’s still pretty stupid."


A Day: "A Groundhog Day premise with Hitchcockian twists, and a delectable dollop of the bittersweet that audiences have come to expect from such South Korean stunners as The Handmaiden, Mother, and I Saw The Devil."

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable: "Full Disclosure: I went to see this because of the wigs in the promo materials. Can you blame me?"


Lowlife: "It’s a disorienting experience, and a risky experiment. But by the time you get to Randy lecturing Keith that it’s prejudiced to judge him by his swastika tattoo, Lowlife steps up to something strangely special."


The Night Watchmen: "The premise is willfully ludicrous, and the cast and crew knows it, throwing themselves full-bodied and bloody into every insane sequence."

My Friend Dahmer: "crass and calculating. It aims to capitalize on our perverse fascination with the Milwaukee Cannibal, while congratulating ourselves for finding a moral message in his tragedy."

A Ghost Story: "Though it possesses a mournful beauty, A Ghost Story is sullied by Affleck’s presence."


Killing Ground: "subtle, strong and scary as hell."


Atomic Blonde: "Full of lurid style, mind-melting stunts, unrepentant sex appeal, and a crowd-rousing soundtrack, this collaboration between Theron (who also produces) and Leitch plays less like a movie, and more like a rock show."


Colossal: "a film so strange it’s very existence seems a miracle."


Tragedy Girls: "Watch your back Heathers, because Tragedy Girls is coming to snatch your crown."