Have you ever had a heart-to-heart with a bartender? I’ve often heard peers joke about how bartenders are basically therapists with a license to sell alcohol, and although I haven’t expressed my inner turmoil to any drink-serving strangers, the phenomenon is pretty widespread across the globe. What is it about bartenders that make people want
In 1967, four South African Republican Intelligence Agents respond to a mysterious object crash landing on a farm, playing out to offer South Africa’s first found footage horror movie. They expect to find a Russian satellite of some description that could net a CIA payday. What they find instead as they head out with a
Sometimes you luck into a genre film so good that you feel the need to champion it, to place your hopes in it to reach the hearts and minds of many and call it the next great leap forward. Chi Zhang’s Annular Eclipse, a Chinese cyberpunk actioner with lofty aspirations and many qualities, feels like a
I’m no stranger to films about sentient cars. I probably watched The Love Bug no fewer than 563 times as a kid and my grandfather always had on reruns of Knight Rider when I would go visit. So the idea of a car that has a mind of its own wasn’t foreign to me, but
“My name is Roxy, but the village girls call me toxic” After explaining how womankind found themselves alone in the land known as ‘After Blue’, we meet Roxy whose introduction of herself sets the tone of the film – a woman pushed to the outskirts of her own society, uniquely a single-sex one. What follows
This dystopian sci-fi centers on a family at the very edge of the human frontier: Mars. The mother, father, daughter trio seem to live a Utopian existence until the outside world encroaches on their (literal) bubble. What ensues is the question of who is the enemy, and what is exists beyond their small protected world?
Directors Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead blew me away with the debut film Resolution, an eerie tale marked by a foreboding sense of doom. Their follow-up film, Spring, I will admit being indifferent towards, despite the critical appraise it got. Their next feature, The Endless, I did not get a chance to see (something I will correct in
Though I am not really one to discredit an entire nation’s cinema, you would be hard pressed to find anyone who will state that Ukraine is a powerhouse of film. Additionally, notable genre films from that region are virtually non-existent. So, when I found out about a Lovecraftian horror film from Ukraine that had some