• Tape

    Tape

    ★★★★½

    Having not seen Tape in almost 20 years, and especially watching it for the first time after the metoo movement, it's amazing how well this film has aged into modern times.

    Three stellar actors in what feels like a Beckett stage play turned into a late 90s Sundance production. A rape from the past is the ticking time bomb. And the way the 3 dissect the incident, the situation and each other is so tense. So many emotions from such…

  • Glorious

    Glorious

    ★★½

    Glorious feels like a film put together from parts of other films and wears it inspiration. Displaying that inspiration pieces like Lovecraft and Saw to more obscure films, like Amulet. And there even seems to be an acknowledgment of it with an aware humor throughout that you probably wouldn't put in if it was the first time visiting such narrative.

    The problem is in that conception though as the humor is disjointed and distracting, the horrific parts are too undermined, and what could have felt like a descent into hell just came off as a tonal mess.

  • Tin Box

    Tin Box

    Hysteria Fest

    Tin Box is about an addict who breaks into a home with an intent to rob the place. But it's about much more than that. It's about the decaying effects of drugs on our psyche and the similar decaying effects on our society, oftentimes on people at the bottom, coming mostly from those at the top. The control our pharmaceutical industry has on our future and the symbiotic relationship between those we trust and those we look for…

  • GUTS

    GUTS

    Hysteria Fest

    This was my absolute favorite short I've seen at any festival this year. Every time it played with mine, I'd request the link.

    I knew the end goal was to start my festival with it. If this pops up at a fest near you, you gotta check it out.

  • Some Visitors

    Some Visitors

    I'm starting a horror film festival in St Louis this fall! It's called Hysteria Fest. I'm using the momentum my film Some Visitors has generated from playing at different fests to finally premier in my home city. So I wanted to start my own festival surrounding its premier.

    The next couple days I'm going to cover a few of the films playing on here. So when you see me talking about some random new festival, it's because it's literally a…

  • The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue

    The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue

    ★★★½

    One of the stronger zombie movies that fell between the two Romero films that redefined the whole subgenre, and definitely one of the films that most saw what Romero was doing with social commentary, as it has its own strong opinions about our impact on the environment and dangers of trusting authorities (cops specifically).

    Creepy and lyrical. Almost poetic at times. It may be so foreign to how we view zombies in modern films, but occasionally felt like it could be a spiritual cousin to Fulci's style.

  • Umma

    Umma

    ★½

    An atrocious film where the horror elements are laughably stilted and the drama is somehow worse. God these 4th wave "elevated horror" wannabe films are just painful. Everything is about trauma. We get it.

  • Classical Period

    Classical Period

    ★★★★

    A film that feels like an emergency brake is violently pulled on modern cinema - where fluff MCU/legacy sequels/ip is constant and what used to be the summer blockbuster season is just an every week affair now. This is the antithesis to that shit.

    Just nerds talking about cultural and literary references with the same vigor that others argue about Iron Man vs Thor or Yankees vs Red Sox. Also they're so awkward lol. I love how awkward they are. Half the time I couldn't tell if it was bad line readings or just excruciating awkwardness.

    Invigorating discussions. No plot. Trolling cinema

  • Iris

    Iris

    ★★★½

    Iris was once told "You'll Never Be Pretty, but it doesn't matter. You have something better. You have style."

    I disagree. I think she's beautiful

  • This Magnificent Cake!

    This Magnificent Cake!

    ★★★★

    An abstractness that is intentional by design, though my lack of knowledge of Belgium's colonization of Africa helps to not fill in any blanks (which isn't to say I'm surprised it happened). It all probably left me a little bit behind more keen viewers.

    A part of me thinks that cramming so many short vignettes into such a short film (about 45 minutes) hinders its ability to properly cover such a dark moment in history. But how This Magnificent Cake!…

  • The Sea Beast

    The Sea Beast

    ★★★½

    The Sea Beast is one of those heartwarming animations that has such a sweet and simple story but is dipping its toes in the political waters by questioning authority, the monarchy, military leaders, religion and how we treat animals. But it also begs the question that if just being a good person to others is what you identify as political, perhaps everything you believe is terrible.

    The animation is beautiful, even if some of the faces are lifeless. It's a predictable stories with characters having predictable arcs, but it has enough bite in the commentary to make it memorable.

  • If Beale Street Could Talk

    If Beale Street Could Talk

    ★★★★½

    The dulcet blue coloring giving Moonlight its exquisite feel of surrealism is traded in for more earthy tones in If Beale Street Could Talk, as Barry Jenkins focuses on a couple of young lovers so romantically intertwined, almost Shakespearian, facing a Shakespearian conflict keeping them apart. Yet instead of rival families causing that conflict (even though there happens to be rivaling families), the conflict is of our doing and a corrupt legal system that can cause a young man to…