Category Archives: Film
When you hear the words “from the mind of Jordan Peele,” the Peele of Key and Peele, the last thing you think of is horror, but he may have just upped the ante for horror films with the trailer for his new movie Get Out. Check it out after the jump.
It’s the horror film that will actually make you want to turn off the lights. On today’s installment of “31 Days of Horror,” it’s the short, Japanese animated film, Kakurenbo: Hide & Seek.
A mad dictator obsessed with film kidnaps the best director and actress of a rival country, so that his nation can make its movies world-class. In two years, the captive pair churn out seventeen movies, before escaping to freedom. Oh, and they’re married. That’s not the ludicrous pitch to the next Coen Brothers flick. It’s actually a true story. In a limited theatrical run and just released to iTunes today, The Lovers and the Despot lays out the ludicrous details in a fascinating, strange documentary.
We are currently in the Season of the Sequel, the Age of the Adaptation, the Reign of the Reboot. While the entertainment world has always relied on the written word (and perhaps over-relied on sequels and reboots), we are smack dab in the middle of a boom of quality films and television based on other work. The conventional wisdom is “the book (or the original) is better;” but is that always true? Find out what I think after the break.
The big Hollywood musical is alive and well. Sure, it’s an endangered species, but Damien Chazelle’s vibrant La La Land is about as fine a specimen as you can find. Chosen by Toronto’s filmgoing horde as the best film at TIFF this year, La La Land is a throwback tour de force.
Werner Herzog is a living legend, a madman director who insists he’s “the only sane filmmaker.” The director of the eighties remake of Nosferatu and the surreal “let’s drag an entire steamship over a mountain” movie Fitzcaraldo (plus countless others) has largely turned his attention to documentary in the past twenty years. His latest explores a subject close to his fevered, compulsive mind. Into the Inferno follows Herzog and co-director and vulcanologist Clive Oppenheimer as they traipse around the globe, visiting the world’s mightiest volcanoes.
Some serial killers murder quickly, while others incorporate torture and necrophilia into their operation. Perhaps one of the most depraved acts ever to be used is cannibalism. In this installment of True Crime Corner, we’ll look into the Milwaukee Cannibal, Jeffrey Dahmer.
Amy Adams is having a pretty great year. It’s only going to get better. With two top-flight films at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, she’s this year’s Benedict Cumberbatch. I already wrote about her note-perfect performance as the love-lorn gallery curator in Tom Ford’s chilly noir Nocturnal Animals. Her role in Denis Villeneuve’s cerebral sci-fi feature Arrival is even better. The movie is pretty great, too. But Amy, she should clear some space on her mantle.