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  • Deliver Us from Evil 2014

    ★★½ Watched 22 Nov, 2014

    There are moments when Deliver Us From Evil is riveting and tense. Those moments come when Scott Derrickson and Paul Harris Boardman's script is focused, giving Eric Bana's police officer something solid in terms of a plot to latch onto. Unfortunately those periods are undercut by a swaths of directionless wandering. The film, fictionalized from the life of New York cop-turned-demonologist Ralph Sarchie, spends far too much time wandering through seemingly isolated events until it establishes the narrative tie to…

  • The Song Remains the Same 1976

    ★★★½ Watched 21 Nov, 2014

    Led Zeppelin's concert film The Song Remains the Same, taken from their famous 1973 Madison Square Garden concert, is a fine look at one of the greatest bands in rock and roll history. The members of the band are electric on stage and it's easy to see exactly how and why they are renowned as one of the greatest live acts ever.

    The only thing that weighs this down, frankly, are the fantasy sequences interspersed throughout. They don't seem to…

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  • The Cabin in the Woods 2012

    ★★★★★ Watched 20 Apr, 2012 1

    Being that I am an entertainment reporter, it is very rare that I can go into a film knowing almost nothing about it. Before 2012, the last time I was able to do so was Cloverfield; with Cabin in the Woods however I was determined to do so. I had heard much about the struggle to get the film released, of course--filmed by Drew Goddard based on a script by Joss Whedon and himself, delayed to do 3D post-conversion and…

  • Under the Skin 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 25 Jun, 2014

    Unconventional, disturbing and thought-provoking, Jonathan Glazer's Under the Skin is not a film that will just be quickly banished from your mind whether you like it or hate it. Glazer has been working on adapting Michel Faber's alien psychosexual novel for some time, with a long time reportedly spent in the editing room to get it right. It is no insult to say that he doesn't quite succeed because he still manages to hit many of the right notes with…