• The Stylist

    The Stylist

    ★★★★★

    I wanted to see the original Etheria short film that inspired the creation of the full length feature of The Stylist, and I wasn't disappointed. What I was expecting was a scene with the woman in the hair stylist shop, followed by Claire performing her duties with the shocking twist, and then an ending -- possibly with her trying on her ill-gotten gains.

    What happened was she was with another client, which makes sense as she has a large collection…

  • The Endless

    The Endless

    ★★★★★

    This was the first Benson and Moorhead film that I'd ever seen, which I first saw at the Toronto After Dark Film Festival, and it is one of the few films that I've watched more than once: right there with Sleepy Hollow, How to Talk to Girls at Parties, The Suicide Squad, Shadow of the Vampire, and the Star Wars Old Trilogy.

    When any film starts itself off with an epigraph, like any form of media I feel that it…

  • Santa's Slay

    Santa's Slay

    ★★★★★

    The Lost Drive-In today, in honour of the approaching Holidays, watched this film with Darcy the Mailgirl. And her choice was a good one.

    It had the feel of a much older film, like an Eighties horror-comedy, except as it turned out it was made in 2005. The opening credits are great, with a book that begins with drawings as though from an illuminated manuscript becoming slowly more modern: depicting an angel challenging Santa himself.

    I love the premise: that…

  • The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special

    The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special

    ★★★★★

    What a demented holiday delight that is somehow poignant and heart-warming.

    Gameboys, and candy canes, and giant elves, and what happens when aliens try to understand how Christmas works third or fourth-hand to create some epic music.

    Peter Quill has gone through a lot of shit in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and it was about time he had a wonderful time on Knowhere. The animated sequence before, and after the main short film was great -- and Mantis and Drax…

  • I Spit on Your Grave

    I Spit on Your Grave

    ★★★½

    By the lords of fuck, where do I even begin with this one?

    So Joe Bob Briggs has provided commentary on the Blu-Ray, on this exploitation film that is disturbing. There is no polite way to say it. There are no less than three rape scenes in this movie, each with long moments where you think it's over, but it isn't. It is all drawn out, uncomfortable, and there is no tenderness, no eroticism, no morality. Just a battered, beaten,…

  • Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

    Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    This film is one tall order: how do you make a film about a popular Black hero when they have died before the story has begun?

    The answer is that it is somewhat choppy. It makes you wonder what it would have been like with Chadwick Boseman, with T'Challa presiding over a post-Snap Wakanda. The beginning is a bit stilted, but the grief is real. I think Wakanda Forever's strengths are Ryan Coogler's continued world-building with both the Wakandans and…

  • Terrifier 2

    Terrifier 2

    ★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Have you ever heard of la Commedia dell'arte? It is a form of improvised, old Italian performance theatre where masked actors perform certain skits, or scenarios. Often, they were a troupe of family members. Now imagine the Harlequin is a black and white pantomime clown named ...

    Right. It's Art. Art the Clown. Drama always has had ancient ties to old religious morality plays, and rituals, and when you take that and you combine it an equally old but grisly…

  • Deadstream

    Deadstream

    ★★★★½

    This was recommended to me by a friend a few weeks ago before I became insanely busy with Halloween. I thought that I'd seen some potent screenlife, or computer screen art cinematic horror between Host and DASHCAM, but Deadstream is something else entirely.

    What can I tell you? At least Shawn, the disgraced YouTuber personality and influencer who goes to a haunted house of some poor dead poet named Mildred isn't as annoying as Annie from DASHCAM, but that isn't…

  • Sleepy Hollow

    Sleepy Hollow

    ★★★★½

    One of my favourite films.

    In my own mind, Johnny Depp's Constable Crane is an artificer with pioneering forensic background -- having had a witch mother who was killed by his church inquisitor of a father -- Young Masbath becomes his apprentice, Katrina Van Tassel is a witch of protective and healing magic that ends up with him, and together they fight against a Demon worshipping witch who killed her oracular or Sibyl-like sister and reanimates a headless revenant to…

  • The Hobbit

    The Hobbit

    ★★★½

    I have been meaning to watch this for a while. I like the animation style, and even the Seventies folk music interpretation of Tolkien's songs. I will admit that the Dwarves are pretty cowardly, which they might have been in the novel and it has just been a while since that time. And they managed to condense a lot of the story into an hour and seventeen minutes: with events happening quickly.

    It does make you truly appreciate, however, that…

  • Terrifier

    Terrifier

    ★★★

    I wanted to watch this before the sequel, which I have been hearing so much about. As of right now, I have not watched Terrifier 2, but I wanted to get more of a background with regards to our new friend Art.

    Art is a dick. Worse, he is a mime. Just kidding. But I like the pacing of the film, and the juxtaposed scenes. I like how it gives you the illusion of hope at times, and how even…

  • A Chinese Ghost Story: The Tsui Hark Animation

    A Chinese Ghost Story: The Tsui Hark Animation

    ★★★

    A long time ago, I watched the 1987 A Chinese Ghost Story on Facebook through a friend's link, and thought it was ridiculous, but awesome. This one, was an animated version I found while looking for the original.

    And ... it was like a Chinese Spirited Away. A tax collector gets rejected by the love of his life, and meets a spirit woman who pines for her unworthy one. Together, after avoiding some psychotic Daoist priests and "ghostbusters," as well…