‘Rough Night’ Wastes a Talented Cast through a Lazy Script and Cheap, Edgy Humour

It’s hard to find an R-rated comedy these days that doesn’t get compared to the likes of The Hangover, or anything produced by Judd Apatow. Like them or not, these films truly paved the way for contemporary, mainstream comedy, and it doesn’t look like their influence is waning, as seen in Lucia Aniello’s Rough Night. Continue reading ‘Rough Night’ Wastes a Talented Cast through a Lazy Script and Cheap, Edgy Humour

‘T2 Trainspotting’: A Wonderful Piece of Closure That Uses Nostalgia as a Theme, Not a Crutch

*DISCLAIMER: This review reveals major spoilers for Trainspotting and minor spoilers for T2 Trainspotting.* 20 years after Danny Boyle’s Trainspotting hit theatres and broke new ground, he and the original cast have returned for another round in T2 Trainspotting, which takes elements from both Irvine Welsh’s original novel, Trainspotting, and its sequel, Porno. After betraying his friends and running off with £16000, Mark Renton (Ewan … Continue reading ‘T2 Trainspotting’: A Wonderful Piece of Closure That Uses Nostalgia as a Theme, Not a Crutch

“It Comes at Night” Review: The Disturbing Results of Paranoia and Desperation

It Comes at Night is the latest film from the incredibly creative A24 studios (Ex Machina, The Lobster). It is directed by Trey Edwards Shults (Krisha). It stars Joel Edgerton (Warrior), Carmen Ejogo (Selma) and Kelvin Harrison Jr. as a family attempting to survive a lethal illness that has taken over the outside world. With his sophomore effort, Shults dives into the saturated monster movie market with gorgeous cinematography and world class performances. Continue reading “It Comes at Night” Review: The Disturbing Results of Paranoia and Desperation

‘The Belko Experiment’ Lacks in Subversive Smarts, but Compensates With Gory, Twisted Fun

The premise of Greg McLean’s The Belko Experiment is nothing new or unique. The typical “people trapped in a certain environment (in this case, the workplace) playing a game of kill or be killed to reveal their true primitive nature” has been around for decades. With that said, this film feels different from other films that follow that premise, such as the Hunger Games and Saw franchises, to name something more recent. Continue reading ‘The Belko Experiment’ Lacks in Subversive Smarts, but Compensates With Gory, Twisted Fun

Bam! Pow! Zap! The Legacy of Adam West

Holy heartbreak, Batman. On Jun. 10, legendary actor Adam West, best known for his iconic role as the titular hero on the 1966 Batman television series, died at age 88. But unbeknownst to fans, West had been battling illness, and he’d remained active in his career right to the end. For generations of fans, West was the first actor to take Batman out of the … Continue reading Bam! Pow! Zap! The Legacy of Adam West

‘Twin Peaks: The Return’ Episodes 1-4: The Place Both Wonderful and Strange is Back and Better than Ever

It would be incredibly redundant to quote Laura Palmer’s famous words, “I’ll see you again in twenty-five years,” when referring to this long awaited revival of Twin Peaks, but it sure feels fitting. Continue reading ‘Twin Peaks: The Return’ Episodes 1-4: The Place Both Wonderful and Strange is Back and Better than Ever