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  • Lake Artifact

    Lake Artifact

    ★★½

    After being suitably impressed with Bruce Wemple's latest film, Monstrous, I decided to delve into his filmography to see if any of his previous outings lived up to his excellent take on the bigfoot legend. Lake Artifact is an ambitious and unwieldy science-fiction film, brimming with imaginative ideas and memorable sequences that are thoroughly engaging but never live up to their potential. The notion of a time and place where realities overlap is nothing new but Wemple puts a fresh…

  • Revenge Ride

    Revenge Ride

    ★★½

    Grimmfest 2020 - Day 5

    A gang of female bikers set out for revenge after the cousin of one of the bikers is drugged and assaulted by a group of football players at a frat party in this bleak and savage thriller. What could have been a fascinating exploration into the damaging psychological effects of brutal acts of revenge on the perpetrators instead becomes a tiresome and misplaced tirade on the gang mentality at the core of this sisterhood. Pollyanna…

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  • The Miracle Worker

    The Miracle Worker

    ★★★★½

    100 Essential Films That Deserve More Attention #49

    We can try to imagine living in a world where we are unable to see or hear but this frightening concept is always short-lived for anyone who can open their eyes and uncover their ears. This unfathomable condition is an affliction that befell Helen Keller and left her in isolation from those around her when she became ill at just nineteen months old. Only one person, Annie Sullivan, who was half blind…

  • Sorcerer

    Sorcerer

    ★★★★

    100 Essential Films That Deserve More Attention #46

    After making his mark on the American cinematic landscape with The French Connection and The Exorcist, director William Friedkin boldy decided to tackle a loose remake of Henri-Georges Clouzot's thrilling French masterpiece, The Wages of Fear, which was also based upon the novel by Georges Arnaud. His magnificent vision of the existential thriller involved months of filming in South American jungles in a move that bears similarities to Herzog's ambitious and wonderful…