Richard Jefferies’; who would go on to direct the ultra-violent Scarecrows (1988), debut feature film is an interesting amalgam of genre and technique. Blending the fever dream aesthetic of Suspiria and Messiah of Evil with art house sensitivities of late 70's European cinema, Bloodtide is ultimately an essential piece of low budget filmmaking. Featuring a unique performance by James Earl Jones, eerie set pieces, and some of the most atrociously cheap monster effects to ever grace the screen, this is…
Acid trip dystopia by way of a cyberpunk chamber piece, Richard Stanley's debut film is a low fi nightmare from the depths of late 80's post-cold war paranoia. Infusing images of radioactive hellscapes with an unrelenting sense of existential terror, Hardware is a film that was far beyond its time. Featuring hypnotic sexual imagery, nonstop graphic violence, and a fatalistic ambiance, this is a one of kind cinematic experience.
A post-apocalyptic soldier buys pieces of a defunct robot from a…
Second Sight: The Poetry of A Ghost Story
2017. Directed by David Lowery.
Films like David Lowery's A Ghost Story are secondhand treasures. They are discarded, often lonely vessels bound with the spirits of someone else's life, viewed through the lenses of personal experience and regret. It is these stolen memories that often resonate within us, reminding us of the power of one's first kiss or the formidable magic of childlike imagination as we trace our hands across a dusty…
John Wick: Chapter 2
2017. Directed by Chad Stahleski.
A visceral overture of violence, John Wick: Chapter 2 continues its minimalist revolution by delivering a fully automatic experience devoid of pointless explosions and overstuffed with close quarters head shots. Featuring unbelievable fisticuffs choreography, preternatural gun play, and a necessary (but gloriously indulgent) look into the secret world of assassins, this is 2017's first great film.
The stark contrast with the first film is that the reasoning for the violence lacks…