Review // Sound of Metal

An intriguing narrative on the experience of becoming deaf through a fantastic lead performance from Riz Ahmed and incredible sound design, writer/director Darius Marder crafts one of the best debuts of 2020.  The film chronicles the experience of Ruben (Ahmed), a punk-metal drummer as he suddenly becomes deaf on tour with his girlfriend/bandmate Lou (Olivia…

Feature // The Jackass Legacy

ILLUSTRATION BY THOMAS DURHAM As today marks the tenth anniversary of Jackass 3, we examine the history of an unlikely and chaotic franchise. It’s a little known fact that the Jackass team were actually brought together as journalists long before they flew downhill in a giant shopping cart together. As regular and guest writers for…

Review // Antebellum

Shamelessly riding the coattails of Get Out’s success by evoking social discourse through horror, Antebellum is unfortunately more of a horrific mess than anything else. The initial premise of a Civil War era slave named Eden (Janelle Monae) with a dreamlike connection to a woman in the future named Veronica, a successful author and activist…

Review // The Rental

Looking for a celebratory weekend away before starting a major project together, co-workers Charlie (Dan Stevens) and wife Michelle (Alison Brie), along with their friends Mina (Sheila Vand) and boyfriend - Charlie’s brother Josh (Jeremy Allen White), book a stay at a secluded vacation home. The best way to describe The Rental would be something like The…

Feature // American Psycho: 20 Years On

While plenty films have brought viewers into the destructive and disturbing minds of psychopaths over the years, none since have done it quite like Mary Harron’s American Psycho did back in 2000. Cinema's serial killers and psychopaths both fictional and real are generally motivated by bad upbringings or their displeasures with society - but that’s…

Review // Uncut Gems

The Safdie Brothers continue to prove themselves as unique visionaries with their newest flick, Uncut Gems, putting viewers in the anxiety-inducing life of a compulsive gambler, constantly searching for the next big win.  Uncut Gems taps into viewers’ nerves right from the start and then gradually tears them to shreds as they watch Howard Ratner…

Review // Doctor Sleep

Adapting the works of iconic horror author Stephen King is no simple task, but writer/director Mike Flanagan makes it look easy while pulling double duty in a fitting sequel to Kubrick's horror classic. I had an odd sense of intrigue towards this film, especially with news of Flanagan being behind the camera. For those that don’t…

Review // The Lighthouse

With his 2016 feature debut The Witch, writer/director Robert Eggers established himself as a big name and has fittingly returned with The Lighthouse, a dark and stormy tale of cabin fever at its finest.  Taking place on an isolated New England island in the 1890s, The Lighthouse follows two lighthouse keepers: the experienced Thomas Wake (Willem Dafoe)…