Apart from being a masterfully original horror satire on its own, They… MoreApart from being a masterfully original horror satire on its own, They Live functions as a lucid portrayal of media, government, and social constructs. It's both though-provoking and ridiculously over-the-top, making for a great throwback experience.
Cop Car is a very unusual exploration of gritty thrillers, operating… MoreCop Car is a very unusual exploration of gritty thrillers, operating on such a ridiculously over-the-top level that it's almost pure cinematic genius. Almost. Side note: I would like to believe that the children of the world are nowhere near as dimwitted as the two kids in this film, but I know I'm probably severely mistaken about that.
As far as adaptations go, the live-action version of Attack on Titan… MoreAs far as adaptations go, the live-action version of Attack on Titan is one of the most disappointing experiences I've had in my entire life. There's a whisper of the source material hidden somewhere in the film, but it's been so brutally massacred that everything on screen feels like a desecration to the AoT name itself. Perhaps that's a bit extreme, but this is definitely NOT a film for devout fans of the manga or anime. It's simply far too detached. We have characters with the same names in the film, but they're simply not the characters we know. Mikasa and Armin are perhaps the worst casting decision in the film, and this isn't even accounting for the fact that they are so severely unlike their original characters, that it's like watching an entirely different version of Attack on Titan--which is perhaps the best way to approach it. As an action/horror thriller, Attack on Titan works very well, pulsating with intensity and grisly death. And yet, there's no story. No background. The characters are so painfully two-dimensional, which is hard to watch considering the incredibly emotive and profound impact their backgrounds have in terms of the tale being told. The source material was all there to be worked with, and almost every single aspect of it is ignored for the sake of action and bloodshed. Aside from a few cheap thrills, particularly during the film's final scenes where we see Eren's Titan (IT'S AMAZING) and the squad in kill-mode using their maneuvering gear (ALSO AMAZING), Attack on Titan's live-action version is a massive disappointment. If you're a fan of a manga or the anime, you will despise it. Don't say I didn't warn you. (And if you don't believe me: Eren's mom never gets eaten and Levi was removed from the plot. Seriously.)
Dark, atmospheric, and relentlessly unnerving, Goodnight Mommy is a… MoreDark, atmospheric, and relentlessly unnerving, Goodnight Mommy is a psychologically lucid exploration of mental stability, trust, and family. Though never quite living up to its full potential as a horror film, Goodnight Mommy creates a highly unique and agitating ambiance with immense payoff in its final, climactic reveal. Not one to be overlooked by arthouse horror fans.
Joel Edgerton is THE MAN. In his stunning directorial debut, The Gift… MoreJoel Edgerton is THE MAN. In his stunning directorial debut, The Gift is easily the most sophisticated and anxiety-inducing thriller of 2015--both through the gritty tone Edgerton sets as its director and in his chilling portrayal as the film's antagonist. Blurring the lines of morality and truth, The Gift is not only a perturbing tale of humanity and consequence, it is a vitally honest one. The film's message hits hard and quite unexpectedly, making it essential viewing for suspense-lovers and casual movie-goers alike.