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."

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."

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?"

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."


Updates coming soon...

June 30, 2017

PULLQUOTED: Killing Ground


I reviewed Killing Ground out of Sundance for Nerdist. It opens in theaters and VOD July 21st. It will scare you senseless. 



REVIEWS: Spider-Man: Homecoming, Despicable Me 3, Baby Driver, and War for the Planet of the Apes


Spider-Man: Homecoming:
 "By thoughtfully considering how a modern Spider-Man would fit into the character-driven realm of the MCU, Watts not only created a superhero movie full of charm and surprises, but also one the best MCU movies yet."


Despicable Me 3: "undeniably charming, although not especially ambitious in its storytelling, animation or emotional stakes. But sometimes you just want a summer movie that’ll make you laugh."

Baby Driver:  "Tapping less into emotions and more into adrenaline and wonder, it’s more style than substance, but oh, what style!"

War For The Planet of The Apes: Seamlessly blending human actors with CGI creatures and a wealth of visual effected violence, the film delivers awe-inspiring action. So why was I so bored?


June 22, 2017

Review: The Big Sick, The Bad Batch, The Beguiled, Transformers 5, Okja, and Velvet Goldmine


The Beguiled: "Coppola spins a story where there are no bad guys, just good people pushed to their limits. And there, the cracking of their moral codes compels the audience to an authentic empathy, awe, and the occasional morbid chuckle."

The Big Sick: "It’s cute, funny, and vulnerable. The rest of the world is finally catching up to crushing on Nanjiani and Gordon."

The Bad Batch: "challenging, unnerving, and even hilarious in whip-smart bursts...a pitch-perfect sister flick to A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night."

Okja: "But to those craving something strange and daring, Okja is a gamble worth taking."

Velvet Goldmine:Weaving together the influences of Wilde, Bowie, Reed, and Pop, the daring writer/director created a film that played less like the straightforward biopic it might have been and more like the dream we wish was real. Everything is either glitter or grunge, but nothing is boring. This is a story of inspiration, lust, fantasy, and waking up from the dream. And oh my, the waking up is brutal. But Haynes makes the dream so sweet, you can’t help but return again and again to crushing glamor and gorgeousness of Velvet Goldmine.

Transformers: The Last Night: "Honestly, it’s worth the ticket price just to hear how Hopkins enunciates 'dude.'"