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Annihilation (2018)

After his impressive debut with Ex Machina, Director/Writer Alex Garland dazzles audiences with his follow-up feature film Annihilation, which caught traction in entertainment news when creative differences between Paramount financer David Ellison, and Garland and Producer Scott Rudin led to the studio’s deal to release the film internationally via Netflix. Fortunately, the US received the theatrical treatment. According to Ellison, he deemed the film “too … Continue reading Annihilation (2018)

Hereditary (2018) – A New Standard of Terror (Spoilers)

Ari Aster’s debut film, Hereditary, doesn’t hold back its punches. Its result: a deeply unsettling and paralyzing film, which positions itself as one of the scariest and disturbing films 2018 and marks Aster’s status as a new visionary among movie aficionados. Since its premiere at Sundance’s midnight screenings, critics have drawn comparisons to horror classics such as Rosemary’s Baby and The Exorcist, but does it … Continue reading Hereditary (2018) – A New Standard of Terror (Spoilers)

You Were Never Really Here (2018, Minor Spoilers)

I have to say that when I initially finished a screening of You Were Never Really Here, I walked out of the theater feeling a bit overwhelmed and puzzled, but then it all made perfect sense. The film is abstract and plays metaphorically as a whole, a reflection of Joe (Joaquin Phoenix) undergoing a spiritual awakening from his haunting past and nightmarish present events. The … Continue reading You Were Never Really Here (2018, Minor Spoilers)

Tomb Raider (2018) – Underrated Reboot

I always feel weird talking about movies based on video games. As a, what I’d like to call, “passive gamer,” I’ve always enjoyed playing all the Tomb Raider. Although it used to scare the hell out of me when I would watch my cousins play it on their PS1, I’ve somehow grown some mild form of attachment to the series since then. Then came the … Continue reading Tomb Raider (2018) – Underrated Reboot

Unsane (2018) – A unique concept marred by an uneven execution

The emergence and expansion of the technological scope has, without a doubt, transformed modern society in many ways. One particular effect is accessibility. In an attempt to strip away the glitz and glam of big-budget production values, indie filmmaker Steven Soderbergh always seems to be trying something new out with filmmaking – in his own terms with an iPhone. First, you’ve got to give Soderbergh … Continue reading Unsane (2018) – A unique concept marred by an uneven execution

The Shape of Water (2017) – A Love Letter to Monster Flicks

Monster flicks haven’t felt this personal. The Shape of Water treads somewhere in-between fairy tale, drama, romance, thriller, and, well, monsters. Of course, only Del Toro could manage to elegantly blend these elements together with such sincerity, complacency, and a generous spirit that extend beyond the central characters. Guillermo Del Toro is, without a doubt, a passionate geek when it comes to genre films, but … Continue reading The Shape of Water (2017) – A Love Letter to Monster Flicks