Took two of my teens to see the new thriller Don't Breathe today and lemme just tell y'all, it was not what I expected. Even though I tried to go into the movie with zero expectations (all I knew was what I'd seen in the original trailer; I read no reviews and none of… Continue reading Don’t Breathe Will Leave You Gasping for Air
This film is responsible for a generation of girls from the 90s experimenting with witchcraft and forming their own covens in order to levitate each other during sleepover parties. The Craft (1996, dir. Andrew Fleming) is one of those films that is so 1990s that it almost works as a time travelling device back to […]… Continue reading ***Fierce Female Reblog*** Thoughts on… The Craft (1996) — FILM GRIMOIRE
Expecting to see a biopic of Lili Elbe, one of the world's first people to undergo gender transition via medical procedures, I was surprised to witness instead a remarkable and heartbreaking love story. The "inspired by" tagline translates into a "very, very loosely based" biopic, but that's so okay. Especially if you're a romantic. Lili Elbe, exquisitely… Continue reading The Danish Girl: A Love Story
The Witch has been number one on my must-see list for some time, so of course I insisted on seeing it on opening day before my viewing could be influenced by critics' reviews. Basically, I went in to Robert Eggers' debut feature knowing only that it had garnered quite bit of attention at last year's Sundance Film Festival, that it… Continue reading THE VVITCH: A Deadly Descent into Paranoia
Drop this enigmatic little thriller in any 70s or 80s creepfest and not only will its score feel right at home, but the budget and the story-line are likely to as well. The genius of It Follows is in David Robert Mitchell's ability to take every (and I do mean every) horror cliche taught in… Continue reading Everything Old is New Again: A Review of It Follows
(Warning: profanity ahead) Finally saw Boyhood to see what all the buzz is about. Yes, it was intriguing to watch Mason (played by Ellar Coltrane) grow from cherub-cheeked kiddo to lackadaisical young malcontent, but none of the characters of Boyhood were particularly likeable or even very sympathetic. The adults were either stupid assholes, pathetic narcisists, or… Continue reading Boyhood: As Painful as Adolescence Itself
In one word, Birdman is brilliant. In several words it's somber, intelligent, scathing, existential, satirical, breath-taking, allegorical, and hilarious. And that's only in the first half of the film. After three viewings, I've found that the genius of this brutally dark comedy lies in the fact that I was blown-away by the desperately beautiful performances the first time… Continue reading Bravo, Birdman!