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“The Martian” (2015): Inspiring and Triumphant

Ridley Scott returns his cinematic gaze back to outer space in the visually triumphant and emotionally satisfying film The Martian. Aided by a classically structured and a strong, character-driven script from Drew Goddard (based on the book by Andy Weir), Scott delivers a Sci-fi opus on par with his previous efforts Alien and Blade Runner. […]

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“I Survived a Zombie Holocaust” (2015): Cheekiness and Charm Abound in New Zealand Horror Comedy

Since Peter Jackson’s early films, along with  efforts from other filmmakers such as those behind  Black Sheep (2006), New Zealand has had a solid track record with producing horror comedies that worked in both aspects of this subgenre, which is not an easy feat. The past year or so has seen releases that pleased both […]

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“Hotel Transylvania 2” (2015) Has Solid Accommodations

It may be late September, but the Halloween style monster mashes are already in full swing with the recent release of  Hotel Transylvania 2. The original film was a surprise success upon its release in 2012, bringing together various popular monsters like Dracula, Frankenstein, The Wolfman, The Invisible Man and The Mummy in kinetic animated […]

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[Film Review] “The Green Inferno” (2015): Roth Can’t Stoke the Fire

Eli Roth is in the business of shock value.  Cabin Fever  made an initial splash because of its sudden jolt of sexually themed skin crawling gore, splicing in  non sequitur bits of comedy and dude bro characters that allow audiences to lack sympathy for the characters when they meet their fates. The same goes for […]

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[Film Review] “Last Shift” (2015): Shifting Into Scares

Using the framework of John Carpenter’s classic Assault On Precinct 13 (1976) as a template, Writer/Director Anthony DiBlasi’s  Last Shift reshapes that framework into a surprisingly scary supernatural tale. Set in a near abandoned police station, it tells the story of a rookie police officer, Jessica (Juliana Harkovy) who reports to duty at a police […]

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[Film Review] “Montauk Chronicles” (2015): A Gleeful Dive Down the Rabbit Hole

Being a guy who is familiar with UFO, paranormal and unexplained topics, I am well  aware of the Montauk Conspiracy theory. Now, I have the opportunity to view a new  pseudo-documentary about the topic, Montauk Chronicles. As with most films dealing with subject matter of this sort, the viewer better be ready to not only […]

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[Film Review] “The Stranger” (2014): Undying Nihilism Sinks Chilean Horror Film

Not to be confused with the Albert Camus novel of the same name — although it could be argued that there is a peppering of existentialism on display at times here amongst the nihilism — debuting director Guillermo Amodoe’s Chilean effort The Stranger offers up a fair share of moody brooding. The titular character, also […]

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[Film Review] “Goodnight Mommy” (2015): Duality Signifies Little

The Austrian horror film Goodnight Mommy  relies on one of the most recurring cinematic metaphors: mirrored  imagery. Film by its nature is based in reflective visuals, given that cameras record  as a literal mirrored image of those who are performing in front of them. It’s a concept that dwells deep within the most iconic images […]