Drama

Movie Review: THE RAINBOW EXPERIMENT (2018)

Movie Review: THE RAINBOW EXPERIMENT (2018)

Hi again, ghosts and ghouls! I’m glad to be back - today’s going to be in a little bit different of a direction than I’m used to. The film I’m reviewing today isn’t so much a horror film as it is a drama. Looking back on my experience watching this film though, I do understand how horror could kind of be an undertone here, as sometimes the way people react to a tragedy is just as awful as the tragedy itself.

Movie Review: FIRST REFORMED (2018)

Movie Review: FIRST REFORMED (2018)

I remember several months ago, my boyfriend and I were sitting watching movie trailers on Reddit because we are so incredibly cool. The original teaser trailer for FIRST REFORMED was on the list. The trailer was not extremely revealing as to the overall plot of the film but even still, I knew I had to see it. 

Movie Review: THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI

Movie Review: THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI

Written and directed by Martin McDonagh, THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE OF EBBING, MISSOURI weaves a complex and gritty tapestry of emotion through black comedy and thought-provoking situations. After the horrific death of her teenage daughter, fed up and grieving Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand) starts a war with the local police force due to their inability to catch the killer. While renting out three decrepit billboards and creating slogans that single out the chief of police (Woody Harrelson), a chain of events set off within the town, causing an uproar fueled by mixed emotions and heated scenarios. 

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: 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." 

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. 

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: Rodrigo Pla's A MONSTER WITH A THOUSAND HEADS

Movie Review: Rodrigo Pla's A MONSTER WITH A THOUSAND HEADS

Welcome witches and warlocks,

Today I will be reviewing the crime/drama A MONSTER WITH A THOUSAND HEADS by director Rodrigo Pla.  For a general plot description I will turn to the one provided by IMDB: 

When her insurance refuses to approve the treatment her husband needs to survive, a woman takes things into her own hands.  Up against an unyielding bureaucracy and disinterested workers, she is pushed to her breaking point: with her son in tow, she attempts to fight the system. 

Fantasia Film Festival 2016 Movie Review: HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE

Fantasia Film Festival 2016 Movie Review: HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE

When I first saw Taika Waititi's WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS early last year, I was absolutely blown away by the film and to this day I consider it to be one of the greatest horror/comedies I have ever had the pleasure of seeing.  When I heard he would be directing a new film, though not horror but still in the comedic genre, I couldn't have been more excited. His latest film, HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE, based on the book by Barry Crump, stars Sam Neill (JURASSIC PARK), Julian Dennison (PAPER PLANES), and Rima Te Wiata (HOUSEBOUND) and is one of those films that will stand the test of time and cement itself into the hearts of those who view it. 

Shannon Reviews Malik Bader's "CASH ONLY"

Shannon Reviews Malik Bader's "CASH ONLY"

I first heard about CASH ONLY when a friend of mine mentioned seeing it at this year’s Boston Underground Film Festival.  When I got around to watching it, I was absolutely blown away by how incredible the acting was, the solid storyline, and the palpable tension from start to finish.  Though CASH ONLY may not be categorized as a true-to-form horror film, it definitely walks the line of what is considered a horror/thriller movie.  Regardless, CASH ONLY is a thrill ride that I was glad to be on!