• Ghostbusters: Afterlife

    Ghostbusters: Afterlife

    ★★

    If you showed this movie to the young me, the one who LOVED Ghostbusters, who laughed and shivered at every twist and turn ("Magic" by Mick Smiley still creeps me out), who deeply identified with each of the Jungian archetypes of the 'Busters themselves, he would assume that his future would be a parched and barren landscape. It's called "Afterlife" because we've been all been dead for years.

  • Undergods

    Undergods

    ★★★

    The concept of a post-apocalyptic hellscape and our mundane post-modernity resting side by side connected by a permeable membrane is extremely potent. Too bad they didn't really do anything with it.

  • Silence

    Silence

    ★★★★

    Stick around for the post-credit sequence where Francis Xavier recruits Father Rodrigues into the Communion of Saints.

  • Red Notice

    Red Notice

    ★★

    Just as the streaming model has destroyed the barrier between film and television, the Netflix Aesthetic destroys the barrier between live action footage and CGI. You best start believing in the Uncanny Valley. You live there now.

  • Queenpins

    Queenpins

    ★★

    Getting to the point where I can't miss a Paul Walter Hauser performance. He's tuned to a deep vibration in American life and capable, even in streaming dreck, of expressing it with heartbreaking pathos and winning humor.

  • Mayor Pete

    Mayor Pete

    ★½

    This remake of The Hollow Man is somehow more gruesomely misanthropic than the Verhoeven original.

  • Eternals

    Eternals

    ★½

    The first gnostic Marvel movie. The Eternals as demiurgical archons. Kingo as the last (super)man at the end of history. Darkly fascinating. Pity about the script. And the performances. And the cinematography. And the special effects. And Kingo.

  • Psycho Goreman

    Psycho Goreman

    ★★★½

    Cute! The girl overmugs 25%

  • Halloween Kills

    Halloween Kills

    ★★½

    The concept “Michael Meyers as Tulpa created by the accumulated bad vibes of Haddonfield” is kind of interesting but it deserves a more careful treatment than this clumsy, slapdash half-assery. I blame Trump. Some good kills though!

  • Terrified

    Terrified

    ★★★★

    Not enough haunted house movies are willing to just floor it from the jump. Fuck escalating tension, just spooky ghouls and zombie kids running up on your shit immediately.

  • One Dark Night

    One Dark Night

    ★★

    The single lamest (double!) kill I've ever seen in a horror movie. So, it's got that going on.

  • House of Dark Shadows

    House of Dark Shadows

    ★★

    Couldn't get past the haircut. Dracula on school picture day.