Fish Tank – New Criterion DVD

Fish Tank is a raw and unflinching look at a teen girls coming of age while living in the cold, dank housing projects in Essex, England. The girl is Mia and she is played by first time actress Katie Jarvis. A fifteen year old who spends her time dancing in an abandon apartment. This isn’t […]

The Life Before Her Eyes – Uma & Evan

This film is a beautiful and lyrical meditation of what could have been.  What if things would have happened differently?  The Life before her Eyes is the second film from director Vadim Perelman, whose first film The House of Sand and Fog brought wide critical praise.  It was nominated for three Academy Awards, including best […]

“Water Lilies” – A Controversial French Teen Drama

This is an amazingly fearless movie that tackles issues no Hollywood studio would touch. “Water Lilies” is a French film that deals with the lives of three distinct teen female characters and their very real struggles. Set in the world of synchronized swimming, director Celine Sciamma takes you on a disturbingly honest depiction of the […]

“Chungking Express” A Film by Wong Kar Wai

The Virgin Spring – The 1960 Bergman Classic!

Swedish director Ingmar Bergman is regarded as one the great film directors of all time. He was nominated for 9 Academy Awards, while also fathering 9 children. He died in 2007 at the ripe old age of 89, but has left quite a legacy. The Virgin Spring was released in 1960 and has since been […]

Stuart Gordon’s “From Beyond” (1986)

After director Stuart Gordon made the cult hit “The Re-Animator” he reteamed with actor Jeffrey Combs for another movie based an H.P. Lovecraft story called “From Beyond”. This sci-fi horror film is right up there with “Re-Animator”. This movie is creepy weird and fun to watch. Combs plays physicist Crawford Tillinghast who along with Dr. […]

“The Collector” is a Suspenseful Good Time!

When the guys behind the most recent “Saw” movies had some extra time in their busy schedules they made a small independent horror film called “The Collector”. Since the “Saw” movies they were apart of were nothing but pure crap, I was a little hesitant about watching this movie, but I have to say that […]

“Mean Creek” An Intense Drama about the Bullies in our Lives.

Directed by Jacob Aaron Estes and starring a fantastic young cast that was recognized at the 2005 Independent Spirit Awards. This movie tells the story of a middle school bully who gets taught a very serious lesson from a bunch of neighborhood kids. This is a very powerful and disturbingly real drama about kids who […]

“Let Me In”

This is the American remake of the Swedish film “Let the Right One In” which I reviewed about a year ago (on my blog).  The original film also made my list of the top movies of the last decade. There was great debate as to whether a remake would tarnish the nearly flawless original, because […]

“Roger Dodger” – Jessie Eisenberg’s First Film Role

I saw this movie back in 2002 at the Austin Film Festival.  It featured the first two films from the up and coming actor Jesse Eisenberg, who as we all know is up for Best Actor for his portrayal of Mark Zuckerberg in “The Social Network” at this years Academy Awards. Eisenberg had a supporting […]

The Original “Child’s Play” is still Creepy and Scary

The Child’s Play franchise with the loveably insane Chucky doll has become a pop culture icon.  With five films and more to come, it hasn’t quite reached the legendary status of Jason, Freddy, and Michael Myers, but Chucky continues to slash his way to the top.    Tom Holland directed the original 1988 film as […]

“Carriers” An Infectious Experience

This is a small budget, independent film that really shoots for greatness and for the most part succeeds.  This film also has the full endorsement of Stephen King if that means anything to you.  Instead of relying on creature effects and blood and gore this movie is more about the survivors as they drive through […]

DOGTOOTH – This Film will Blow Your Mind!

Dogtooth   *This Review contains Spoilers*   This Greek film directed by Yorgos Lanthimos won a special award at the 2009 Cannes Film festival and is quite possibly one of the most bizarrely original films I have seen in years.  It’s about trying to raising your kids without the influences of the outside world.  It’s […]

Eli Roth’s “Cabin Fever”

**This Review Contains Spoilers**   This film is the directorial debut for Eli Roth.  Eli is a Boston native and horror fan boy at heart.  Cabin Fever takes on several parts of well known horror films and put his out ideas and twists on them.  This is a creepy cabin in the woods movie like […]

Larry Clark’s “Bully”

Director and photographer Larry Clark’s work is often controversial as it deals with teenage life and sexuality in a very raw and documentary like style.  His first film “Kids” shocked the country and launched the careers of actors Rosario Dawson and Chloe Sevigny.  “Bully” released in 2001 also features a number of great young actors […]

Craig Brewer’s “Black Snake Moan”

On the heals of his critically acclaimed film “Hustle & Flow writer/director Craig Brewer released “Black Snake Moan” in 2006 to more praise.  Although not as popular as “Hustle” this movie was overlooked by many and was in and out of theatres way to fast.   Set in the Deep South, which is a character […]

Lars Von Trier’s “Antichrist”

This Lars Von Trier film from 2009 was one of the most controversial of the year.  But did he purposely make it to shock and anger people? Most definitely.  Von Trier’s ego grew to new heights with this film starring Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg.  It has yet to find a U.S. distributor and can […]

“An American Werewolf in London” is STILL Awesome!

Arguably the best werewolf movie ever made!  In the early 1980’s director John Landis was most known for his comedies like “Animal House” and “The Blues Brothers” when he decided to make a horror movie, or is it?  One of the major criticisms about the movie is that it doesn’t know whether it wants to […]