Saturday Afternoon Movies, Part 3 – Split Second (1992) and Deep Rising (1998)

On a rainy Saturday afternoon what do you do if you want to watch something like Blade Runner but with a little more gore and, if possible, a British setting? The answer to that question is easy. You watch Split Second (1992). Have you ever seen those Photoshop images of what London would look like … Continue reading Saturday Afternoon Movies, Part 3 – Split Second (1992) and Deep Rising (1998)

The Two Reviews: Us and The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Us (2019, Monkeypaw Productions and Blumhouse Productions) Written and directed by Jordan Peele. Music by Michael Abels. Featuring Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss, Shahadi Wright Joseph, Evan Alex, and Tim Heidecker. The brilliant Jordan Peele returns to the director’s chair with another horror film. This time about a family holidaying in Santa Cruz, California … Continue reading The Two Reviews: Us and The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

The Two Reviews: The Mule and Velvet Buzzsaw

The Mule (2018, Imperative Entertainment, Bron Creative and Malpaso Productions) Directed by Clint Eastwood. Based on 'The Sinaloa Cartel's 90-Year-Old Drug Mule' by Sam Dolnick. Featuring Clint Eastwood, Bradley Cooper, Laurence Fishburne, Michael Peña, Dianne Wiest and Andy García. Directed by, produced by and starring Clint Eastwood, The Mule is a crime drama/thriller in which … Continue reading The Two Reviews: The Mule and Velvet Buzzsaw

Forty Years of Terror: Halloween (1978) vs Halloween (2018)

I have always been a fan of the slasher-horror genre. The raw and chilling, but sometimes passionate, horror that provides a continuous thrill of the chase in which you never know whether the predator or prey will win. Some slasher movies can be almost comedic but Halloween from 1978 is a quintessential horror classic that … Continue reading Forty Years of Terror: Halloween (1978) vs Halloween (2018)

Shadows of the Night: Two Progressive Iranian-based Films in the Western Mainstream

If you happened to miss the films A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (released in 2014 and directed by Ana Lily Amirpour) and Under the Shadow (released in 2016 and directed by Babak Anvari), get thee a copy of both immediately and watch them. They are, by my determination at least, two of the … Continue reading Shadows of the Night: Two Progressive Iranian-based Films in the Western Mainstream

The Two Reviews: Hereditary (2018 Ari Aster)

Hereditary (2018 Paramount Pictures) Directed by Ari Aster; Featuring Toni Collette, Alex Wolf, Milly Shapiro & Gabriel Byrne '...a bottle of vodka and a pillow...' This is a cliché-heavy, B-grade, supernatural horror film, which is actually more funny than scary. But it is mostly boring. How did the writer/director ever convince some decent actors (Collette … Continue reading The Two Reviews: Hereditary (2018 Ari Aster)

Vampire-fest: 80s Cult Horror at Its Best – The Lost Boys vs Fright Night

Vampire-themed horror movies can leave many with nightmares that last forever, but what's not to like about vampire horror? The seduction, the lust, the charm, the passion and of course, the violence and horror. The 1980s was crammed full of cult classic vampire movie feasts. The cheesiness, stereotypes and clichéd one-liners of these films make … Continue reading Vampire-fest: 80s Cult Horror at Its Best – The Lost Boys vs Fright Night

The Two Reviews: The Death of Stalin and Annihilation

The Death of Stalin (2018, eOne films & Gaumont) Directed by Armando Iannucci, featuring Steve Buscemi, Simon Russell Beale, Jason Isaacs, Rupert Friend, Michael Palin, Andrea Riseborough, Dermot Crowley and Jeffrey Tambor The biting political and social satire of Armando Iannucci has struck a chord with many viewers from his breakthrough with The Day Today … Continue reading The Two Reviews: The Death of Stalin and Annihilation