Midnight 2021 Film Review

South Korean cinema has carved out an incredible niche releasing thrillers tinged with a deliciously dark tone. From brutal revenge-fueled classics like Old Boy to soul-destroying crime thrillers often focused on serial killers like I Saw the Devil, these films have made a noticed and beloved impact on the genre that is here to stay.

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Prisoners of the Ghostland Film Review

Prisoners of the Ghostland wastes no time engaging viewers with its opening scene depicting the curious contrast of the stark white interior of a bank with its many patrons donned in bright vibrant solid colors. Seconds later, Nicolas Cage, as our lead simply dubbed Hero, bursts through the front door clad in black and wielding

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Anyone who’s been in a car accident understands disorientation; the lack of clarity of what just happened, the realization that time does indeed slow down, it’s not some old wife’s tale and the difficulty one has in collecting themselves after the chaos. That appears to be Cecilia’s (Moro Anghileri) problem. She’s lost, at first in

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Tombs of the Blind Dead zombie film review

Summer in Montreal is always an exciting time. Downtown, Ste. Catherine Street is cordoned off from traffic beneath de Bleury for the Jazz Festival, where past years featured free outdoor acts such as Stevie Wonder, Allen Toussaint and James Brown. Not far, at the Marriot hotel bar, you can pass by Marc Maron abstaining from

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The Sadness Film Review

The Sadness has been a film making some early commotion due to an extreme and graphic nature – a new angle on the zombie genre in the age of our pandemic. As such, Rob Jabbaz debut film poses positives superseding the concerning elements, with the state of extreme cinema split between lazy gross-out sequences and

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Yakuza Princess Film Review

There is probably no better place to start discussing Yakuza Princess than with its setting of Sao Paulo, Brazil. As the film quickly points out in its introduction, Sao Paulo has the largest concentration of individuals of Japanese descent outside of Japan. Centered around the Japanese community in the Liberdade neighborhood, there are estimated to

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What Josiah Saw Film Review

At a dilapidated farmhouse that is slowly decaying Josiah (Robert Patrick), the aging patriarch of the Graham family ekes out a defeated existence boozing his way through his remaining life while being looked after by his son Tommy (Scott Haze). Elsewhere, down on his luck former convict Eli (Nick Stahl) struggles between the sheriff who

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Hellbender 1

Coming-of-age themes and metaphors about puberty are all-too-common in horror, particularly because they’re so often obvious and literal. It’s a period of time in one’s life ripe for exploitation, but the films that revolve around it are either dry, written from perspectives far removed from the experience or sexist or racist (Teen Wolf‘s “You’re not

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The Righteous 1

George Carlin has a great routine about the nature of prayer. It can’t be done justice here, though it does arrive at the conclusion that God must have an awful lot of school exams to ensure students pass. We pray for a lot of things, if we do at all, and they’re often trivial. It’s

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Agnes Review

Walking into Agnes blind, one might get the sense it’s just another exorcism movie, and potentially a very campy one. But the setup is very quickly revealed to be on shaky foundations as it gives way to a crisis of faith film. That’s where the true horror lies, in the painfully real boredom of the

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