Train to Busan (2016)

Yesterday, the world received the heartbreaking news that George A. Romero had died. He was a cinematic icon, and he reinvented the zombie movie genre with his seminal classic Night of the Living Dead over half a century ago. In some ironic twist of fate, I found out about his death around the same time…

The Best Offer (2013)

There are some films that just pass by without making much of an impact. It isn’t for the lack of important individuals being involved, or that the film is low-budget or obscure. It is just a matter of story – often smaller films are not noticed simply because they don’t boast a story that can…

8 Women (2002)

We live in a world where 8 Women (French: 8 femmes) exists. If that isn’t a comforting thought, then I am not quite sure what is. The fact that I waited my entire life to watch this film is unbelievable and utterly wrong, and I regret not watching this film sooner. It is a film…

The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971)

Yesterday, I woke up with the most bizarre desire – I wanted to watch a film starring Vincent Price. I have been a fan of the esteemed horror icon for as long as I can remember and yet hadn’t explored his entire filmography – and the recent purchase of a box-set of his best films…

Death Race 2050 (2017)

There is an abundance of trash that comes out year after year – terrible films with poor stories and questionable choices. What have been dubbed as “B-movies” occupy a very odd but solid place in cinema. Whereas B-movies started out as being earnestly-made films that failed to be of quality, they have evolved into films…

Fists in the Pocket (1965)

A tagline for the play and subsequent film adaptation of Tracy Letts’ August: Osage County reads “misery loves family”. The theme of dysfunctional families is not foreign to cinema – there have been some truly memorable instances of troubled families in cinema – some of them hilarious, some of them depressingly sad. I am not…

Hot Fuzz (2007)

I am arguably on an Edgar Wright bender at the moment – in anticipation for Baby Driver, I have been revisiting some of Wright’s other films, almost all of them for the first time since their initial release. Wright may be a popular director, but he is by no means a populist filmmaker – he…

Windy City Heat (2003)

I’m not entirely sure how I am supposed to compose a review of Windy City Heat. This film is a stupid, excessive and cruel film that serves no purpose other than to be something made for the sake of seeing if it can be made. Windy City Heat is one of the most tastelessly mean…

Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

After over two weeks of pretty much just watching and reviewing indie films and obscure gems (and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), it was time to go bigger and more recent. I have been anticipating Spider-Man: Homecoming since it was announced a while back, and I have been eagerly awaiting it – I think Marvel…

Phase IV (1974)

I had previously heard of Phase IV in passing. It never really struck me as something that I definitely needed to watch, because it honestly seemed like an obscure B-movie that may be memorable, but not necessarily very good. It was only when I saw Edgar Wright gushing about this film that I decided to…

Vernon, Florida (1981)

Being a documentary filmmaker can be the most exhilarating, fascinating career in the movies – but it also comes with tremendous responsibility. Unlike narrative filmmakers, documentarians have a responsibility to reflect real life – reality needs to be told through the lens of their camera, and the world they portray needs to be truthful. Whether…

A Walk to Remember (2002)

There are some names that sometimes induce fear into some people – one such name being Nicholas Sparks. I am guilty of being someone who never really understood the appeal of Sparks’ work. I always associated him with melodramatic, overly saccharine, clich├ęd stories that don’t have much under the surface. However, sometimes someone can be…