SXSW Film Festival Documentary Review: MISSION CONTROL - THE UNSUNG HEROES OF APOLLO

SXSW Film Festival Documentary Review: MISSION CONTROL - THE UNSUNG HEROES OF APOLLO

MISSION CONTROL: THE UNSUNG HEROES OF APOLLO is much different to the regular fare I cover for Nightmarish Conjurings - and by that, I mean it isn't a horror flick. Instead, this is a documentary that collects firsthand accounts of scientists and engineers involved in the Apollo missions during the 60's and 70's. These are the people who took man to space, and eventually landed up on the moon. This is inspirational stuff - as far away from horror as you can get, right?

Blu-ray Review: LIVE BY NIGHT

Blu-ray Review: LIVE BY NIGHT

Ben Affleck has been one of my favorite directors of the decade thus far, crafting masterful films such as THE TOWN and the Academy Award-winning ARGO. The actor/director had an up-and-down 2016, making bank at the box office with two films he starred in, BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE and THE ACCOUNTANT, but struggling to find success critically (though I'd argue that THE ACCOUNTANT is the most underrated movie of last year). Unfortunately, at the tail end of 2016, Affleck was responsible for another film that fared poorly, this time as a star, writer, director, and co-producer. 

SXSW Film Festival Movie Review: INFLAME

SXSW Film Festival Movie Review: INFLAME

Welcome witches and warlocks,

Today I will be reviewing the psychological drama INFLAME by writer/director Ceylan Ozgun Ozcelik. To best describe the story I will use my own plot summary:

"A news editor has nightmares that begin to convince her that her parents might have died under political circumstances that have been covered up." 

SXSW Film Festival Movie Review: GORAN

SXSW Film Festival Movie Review: GORAN

Welcome witches and warlocks,
 
Today I will be reviewing the dark comedy GORAN by director Nevio Marasovic.  To best describe the story I will use my own plot summary:
 
"A simple taxi driver named Goran begins to see his life spin violently out of control soon after he discovers that his wife is probably having an affair."

Movie Review: ATOMICA

Movie Review: ATOMICA

Welcome witches and warlocks,

Today I will be reviewing the psychological science fiction feature ATOMICA by director Dagen Merrill.  To best describe the story I will use my own plot summary:

"A young safety inspector is sent to check out a remote nuclear power plant when communications go offline.  Upon arrival she begins to believe the two men running the plant may not be who they claim and might have their own ulterior motivations."

SXSW Film Festival Documentary Review: PORNOCRACY

SXSW Film Festival Documentary Review: PORNOCRACY

Porn is an ever-evolving, multi-pronged entity.  At one time exclusively the paper-bagged domain of skeezy weirdos in trenchcoats, it's now become so pervasive in modern society that each and every one of us carries access to the largest library of pornography ever amassed by mankind in our very pockets.  All it takes is a few keystrokes to find the most extreme, depraved, and straight up nasty sex videos available on the net, and for that reason, I feel obliged to assure you that I'm writing this review with both hands. 

SXSW Film Festival Movie Review: LIKE ME

SXSW Film Festival Movie Review: LIKE ME

Writer/Director Robert Mockler's feature LIKE ME calls for a bit of a different review.  After all, this film is all about a girl who buys into social media so much that she completely forgets how to connect with people.  Given that this causes her to kidnap someone and go on a weird spree, I think anyone watching this would agree that a traditional review just will not do this justice. 

SXSW Film Festival Movie Review: 68 KILL

SXSW Film Festival Movie Review: 68 KILL

Welcome witches and warlocks,

Today I will be reviewing the dark comedy 68 KILL by writer/director Trent Haaga.  To best describe the story I will turn to my own plot summary:

"Liza talks her boyfriend Chip into helping her rob her sugar-daddy of $68,000.  When Liza shows her unstable side during the robbery, Chip goes on the run with the money and a kidnapped hostage." 

SXSW Film Festival Movie Review: FLESH AND BLOOD

SXSW Film Festival Movie Review: FLESH AND BLOOD

Welcome witches and warlocks,

Today I will be reviewing the drama FLESH AND BLOOD by writer/director Mark Webber.  To best describe the story, I will use my own plot summary: 

"Mark, a former addict just released from prison, returns home to live with his family.  While away in prison, his younger brother has grown up, his mother has become a nominee for vice president, and his former girlfriend has had another man's baby." 

Blu-ray Review: THE ACCOUNTANT

Blu-ray Review: THE ACCOUNTANT

This past weekend I had the chance to check out the Blu-ray release of Ben Affleck’s THE ACCOUNTANT.  I’m always on the fence when it comes to Affleck, even though the majority of the time, I really like what he directs and acts in (and that goes for Batman as well).  Obviously, this film is not a horror one, but there is enough action, intrigue, and death to have kept me on my seat for the 2+ hour runtime.  Though THE ACCOUNTANT isn’t the best movie I’ve ever seen, it still managed to captivate me while also sending a positive and heartfelt message to the viewers. 

Movie Review: GET THE GIRL

Movie Review: GET THE GIRL

With the beginning of 2017 bearing new movie arrivals for the year, I am excited to say that I have already had the opportunity of viewing a fair amount.  Every film that's come out of the woodwork has been unique, with each one differing in theme, approach, and technical proficiency.  The most recent and interesting film viewed was the action/comedy GET THE GIRL

Movie Review: MY FATHER DIE

Movie Review: MY FATHER DIE

I am a sucker for a film that showcases monsters as being true, blue human beings.  Don’t get me wrong, I love my supernatural thrillers just as much as the next person, but there is something to be said when a movie depicts horror in a scenario that is plausible and realistic. MY FATHER DIE is one of those films that shows just how awful humans can be towards one another, and towards the ones they love.  I'll be honest, this is a tough film to watch, it’s gritty and bloody, and when you are done watching it, it feels like someone has knocked the wind out of you. With all of that said, for reasons listed below, this has now become my favorite film of 2017 because of it’s raw and unapologetic nature. 

Movie Review: DOOMED! THE UNTOLD STORY OF ROGER CORMAN'S THE FANTASTIC FOUR

Movie Review: DOOMED! THE UNTOLD STORY OF ROGER CORMAN'S THE FANTASTIC FOUR

It's not uncommon for the behind the scenes story of a film's production to be more interesting than the actual film itself, and ROGER CORMAN'S FANTASTIC FOUR is a shining example.  Made in 1994 on a budget that wouldn't cover the cost of the crew's lattes on a modern Marvel film, the people who made it busted their collective asses to deliver a quality product despite the financial limitations.  However, there was one small caveat; the film was never meant to be released, and the studio didn't inform them until after the fact. 

Movie Review: IN A VALLEY OF VIOLENCE

Movie Review: IN A VALLEY OF VIOLENCE

I find myself repeatedly saying that I'm not a fan of Westerns, but in the last year or so, there have been a slew of Western films within the horror genre that I have enjoyed immensely.  The first to breakthrough that stubborn exterior of mine was 2015's BONE TOMAHAWK, but in my mind I thought that film was just a flash in the pan, something that would rarely be recreated so perfectly again.  Then came the announcement that director Ti West, known for such horror films as THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL (2009) and THE INNKEEPERS (2011), would be tackling the Western genre with his latest film IN A VALLEY OF VIOLENCE.  After hemming and hawing about it, I decided to give the film a chance, because as a fan of Ti's work, I wanted to see if he could translate his style of stylized horror into a Western thriller.  I'm happy to report that he can. 

Blu-ray Review: MORGAN

Blu-ray Review: MORGAN

Welcome witches and warlocks,

Today I will be reviewing the sci-fi action movie MORGAN by director Luke Scott.  To best describe the story, I will turn to the IMDB plot summary:

A corporate risk-management consultant must decide whether or not to terminate an artifically created humanoid being. 

Movie Review: ANONYMOUS

Movie Review: ANONYMOUS

ANONYMOUS follows Alex (Callan McAuliffe) - a disenfranchised young man who seeks to help his parents save their home from the evil, money-hungry banks.  Growing up as a poor immigrant in Canada with a lot of alone time, he teaches himself coding and becomes drawn to an anonymous hacking group that operates through a website known as "Dark Web".  He's recruited and flown to New York City where he meets Sye (Daniel Eric Gold), a local street-hustler and con-artist, who shows him the ropes and helps him go about completing tasks that will ultimately result in the destabilization of the world stock market. 

Blood in the Snow Film Festival Movie Review: 24X36: A Movie About Movie Posters

Blood in the Snow Film Festival Movie Review: 24X36: A Movie About Movie Posters

All art means to tell a story, but the movie poster is art that means to sell a story.  Once thought of as nothing more than disposable tools for marketing, movie posters have now become fanatically sought-after collector's items.  I myself am not unaffected by the collection bug.  In fact, my idea of interior design begins and ends with how many movie posters I can plaster on my walls. 

Ithaca Fantastik Film Festival Movie Review: ALOYS

Ithaca Fantastik Film Festival Movie Review: ALOYS

Welcome witches and warlocks,

Today I will be reviewing the fantasy/drama ALOYS by writer/director Tobias Nolle.  To best describe the story, I will turn to the IMDB plot summary: 

"A lonely private investigator is contacted by a mysterious woman who pulls him into a mind game known as 'telephone walking'.  Fascinated by her voice, Aloys discovers an imaginary universe that may allow him to break out of his isolation."

Movie Review: Tom Paton's PANDORICA

Movie Review: Tom Paton's PANDORICA

Set in a post-apocalyptic world following an event known as "The Great Reset", PANDORICA tells the story of three young tribe members that are led into the woods to endure the "trial": an overnight event that will decide the new leader of the Varosha Tribe.  The Varosha are a group of survivors of The Great Reset, some unknown element that wiped out civilization sparing only the most isolated of communities.  We are introduced to Eiren, Ares and Thade, our three hopefuls and their current leader, Nus.  None of them, not even Nus, knows what their trial will be.  All that is known is that only one them will return from the forest to hail as the new leader of the tribe. When a mysterious woman stumbles onto their campsite carrying a mysterious box, their trial is revealed to them.  They soon discover that a trio of deadly assassins are in search of this box, and it's up to them to destroy it before it falls into the wrong hands. 

Movie Review: Miles Doleac's THE HOLLOW

Movie Review: Miles Doleac's THE HOLLOW

THE HOLLOW is a southern-fried crime tale from writer/producer/director/star Miles Doleac, and is billed as a hybrid between the Coen brothers' BLOOD SIMPLE and Lynch's TWIN PEAKS, however, I'd be inclined to say it more closely follows in the footsteps of "True Detective"'s first season if it must be grouped in with something of its ilk.