Movie Reviews

  • MaXXXine (2024) Review

    MaXXXine (2024) Review

    MaXXXine (2024)Director: Ti WestScreenwriter: Ti WestStarring: Mia Goth, Elizabeth Debicki, Moses Sumney, Michelle Monaghan, Bobby Cannavale, Halsey, Lily Collins, Giancarlo Esposito, Kevin Bacon X and Pearl, the first two instalments of Ti West’s recent feature film horror series, are stories that, amidst the blood and guts, contain metacommentaries on the evolution of sex and horror…

  • ‘Marnie’ at 60 – Review

    ‘Marnie’ at 60 – Review

    Marnie (1964)Director: Alfred HitchcockScreenwriter: Jay Presson AllenStarring: Tippi Hedren, Sean Connery, Diane Baker, Mertin Gabel, Louise Latham, Bob Sweeney It could be suggested that iconic filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock released his last great film in 1963 with The Birds. It’s certainly one of the films people know him for the most, even those who are not…

  • ‘North by Northwest’ at 65 – Review

    ‘North by Northwest’ at 65 – Review

    North by Northwest (1959)Director: Alfred HitchcockScreenwriters: Ernest LehmanStarring: Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason, Jessie Royce Landis, Leo G. Carroll, Philip Ober, Martin Landau, Adam Williams Director Alfred Hitchcock, after over three decades of film directing, had helmed many kinds of motion picture by the time 1959 rolled around. Some were complete disasters (Waltzes…

  • Twister (1996) Review

    Twister (1996) Review

    Twister (1996)Director: Jan de BontScreenwriters: Michael Crichton, Anne-Marie MartinStarring: Helen Hunt, Bill Paxton, Jami Gertz, Cary Elwes, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Lois Smith, Alan Ruck At a certain point, one has to ask themselves an important question: what’s the most Spielberg a film can get when Steven Spielberg is only producing through his company, Amblin Entertainment?…

  • The Devil’s Bath (2024) Review

    The Devil’s Bath (2024) Review

    The Devil’s Bath (2024)Directors: Severin Fiala, Veronika FranzScreenwriters: Severin Fiala, Veronika FranzStarring: Anja Plaschg, Maria Hofstätter, David Scheid Can immense sorrow truly drive someone to violence? Society’s historical ignorance towards women’s mental health issues is dynamically explored in The Devil’s Bath, a folk-horror film by the Austrian directors Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala. Franz and…

  • Longlegs (2024) Review

    Longlegs (2024) Review

    Longlegs (2024)Director: Osgood PerkinsScreenwriter: Osgood PerkinsStarring: Maika Monroe, Nicolas Cage, Blair Underwood, Alicia Witt, Michelle Choi-Lee, Dakota Daulby One would be remiss to ignore the pervasive presence of evil in humanity. The digital age bombards us with stark reminders of malevolence through social media feeds and news coverage, while many also confront the harsh realities…

  • To a Land Unknown (2024) Review

    To a Land Unknown (2024) Review

    To a Land Unknown (2024)Director: Mahdi FleifelScreenwriter: Fyzal Boulifa, Mahdi Fleifel, Jason McColganStarring: Angeliki Papoulia, Mahmood Bakri, Mohammad Ghassan “How we are here today, I don’t get it,” said director Mahdi Fleifel at the world premiere of To a Land Unknown at the Cannes International Film Festival in 2024, where it competed in the Un…

  • Anora (2024) Review

    Anora (2024) Review

    Anora (2024)Director: Sean BakerScreenwriter: Sean BakerStarring: Mikey Madison, Mark Eydelshteyn, Yuriy Borisov, Karren Kragulian, Vache Tovmaysan When it was announced that Sean Baker’s Anora had won the Palme d’Or at the closing ceremony of the Cannes International Film Festival in 2024, everyone cheered. Even before its somewhat unexpected win – many people had imagined that…

  • ‘Anatomy of a Murder’ at 65 – Review

    ‘Anatomy of a Murder’ at 65 – Review

    Anatomy of a Murder (1959)Director: Otto PremingerScreenwriter: Wendell MayesStarring: James Stewart, Lee Remick, George C. Scott, Ben Gazzara, Arthur O’Connell, Kathryn Grant, Brooks West, Orson Bean, Murray Hamilton, Joseph N. Welch Courtroom dramas tend to get the blood pumping. There’s nothing quite like a shouted “Objection!” at the right time to turn a story on…

  • Lumberjack the Monster (2023) Review

    Lumberjack the Monster (2023) Review

    Lumberjack the Monster (2023)Director: Takashi MiikeScreenwriter: Hiroyoshi KoiwaiStarring: Kazuya Kamenashi, Nanao, Riho Yoshioka Best known for the excessive, visceral violence of Audition and Ichi the Killer, Takashi Miike is one of the most prolific modern Japanese directors. Sadism seems to be an intentionally integral aspect of Miike’s canon, in a way that would be comparable…

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