Eli Roth's homage to cannibal horror films of decades past, "The Green Inferno," is an ill-executed, politically irresponsible piece of work whose thrills are cancelled out by its overall lack of quality. Poor acting, laughable scripting, and an anti-activist/anti-indigenous/anti-taste bent reduce the film's capable horror moments to rubbish.
Tracking a group of college-aged activists on a misguided trip to the rain forest, "The Green Inferno" follows as the young women and men are beset by a corporate militia and hungry…
Jaume Balaguero and Paco Plaza's "[Rec]" is masterful horror. Intense, brutal, frightening, and chillingly entertaining, the Spanish-language horror film is a thrillingly constructed cinematic nightmare. It is a near-brilliant and completely riveting experience.
Taking place in a multi-level apartment building, "[Rec]" follows a two-person television crew on a ride-along with a fire company. Responding to a call at the apartment building, the crew and company find themselves locked in the building as terror begins to unfold. With the residents turning…
"Inception," at its most basic, is two things. It is a heist film dressed in science fiction conventions; and it is a study of a man trying to free himself from a near-suffocating past. "Inception," at its more complex, is a cerebral pop-masterpiece. It is an enthralling combination of thought-provoking, layered story-telling and sumptuous aesthetics enhanced by near-flawless editing, sound design, effects, and musical score. Driven by a pitch-perfect cast and the confident directorial hand of Christopher Nolan, "Inception" is a brilliant and unrivaled piece of filmmaking.
"Whiplash," Damien Chazelle's 107-minute-long ode to mentors, musicians, and motivation, is a taut and mesmerizing piece of filmmaking. A quick-moving and engrossing drama that explores the roles of teacher and learner, parent and child, Chazelle builds a film that brims with energy and emotion, bursts with authentic character beats, and soars with a percussive and narrative brilliance.
With its powerful performances, crackling direction, and riveting story, "Whiplash" is a truly great piece of work.
Chazelle's story is built around Miles…