‘Somebody’s Darling’ Shows Promise, But Ultimately Falls Flat

Set in 2006, Somebody’s Darling takes place on a university campus and centers on a fraternity house that throws posh cocktail parties instead of keggers. The frat brothers put on an air … Continue reading ‘Somebody’s Darling’ Shows Promise, But Ultimately Falls Flat

‘Buster’s Mal Heart’: Rami Malek Shines in Surreal But Broken Thriller

Anyone who watches Mr. Robot knows how hypnotic Rami Malek’s presence can be. He’s mastered an aura of complicated blankness, his glinting, buggy eyes set deep in his flatly inexpressive face. … Continue reading ‘Buster’s Mal Heart’: Rami Malek Shines in Surreal But Broken Thriller

The Mixed Sense: Stylish Lavender clings to the familiar with creepy amnesiac tale

Ed Gass-Donnelly’s got style and atmosphere to burn, that’s for sure. In the opening moments of his new elegiac horror-thriller Lavender, we track into a frozen tableau of police investigating a grim … Continue reading The Mixed Sense: Stylish Lavender clings to the familiar with creepy amnesiac tale

Biff Bam Pop’s Alien Invasion rolls camera on Super 8

When the trailer for JJ Abrams’ Super 8 first hit the public eye, everything about it seemed so mysterious. It appeared as a sort of supernatural film, but it was … Continue reading Biff Bam Pop’s Alien Invasion rolls camera on Super 8

Marie Gilbert’s Review of 10 Cloverfield Lane

I never got to see the first Cloverfield film in the Cloverfield franchise, but I’m not a big fan of “found footage” types of film; they give me motion sickness. … Continue reading Marie Gilbert’s Review of 10 Cloverfield Lane

31 Days of Horror: Synchronicity

One of the many cool things Toronto After Dark does is they’ve pitched a wide tent for themselves. The gory heart of the festival is and will probably always be … Continue reading 31 Days of Horror: Synchronicity

Sorcerer: A Forgotten Classic Blows Up Again?

There was no magic in the timing of William Friedkin’s 1977 release Sorcerer. An unusual thriller about four men transporting trucks full of nitroglycerin over treacherous jungle terrain to extinguish … Continue reading Sorcerer: A Forgotten Classic Blows Up Again?

Comedy of Eros: Verhoeven’s Lurid Pair

The cultural excavations of the 80s have reached near the bottom of that embarrassing crevasse (parachute pants! purple reigns!). It’s only logical then that our voracious fashion-media-money machine is spreading … Continue reading Comedy of Eros: Verhoeven’s Lurid Pair

Biff Bam Pop’s Holiday Gift Guide 2013–Every House Is Haunted By Ian Rogers

It’s the holiday season. It’s cold outside and the snow has piled up as high as the windowsill. Dinner has been finished, the table and plates cleaned, and, as the … Continue reading Biff Bam Pop’s Holiday Gift Guide 2013–Every House Is Haunted By Ian Rogers