It Follows (2014)

Most of the impact of It Follows comes from the novelty of the idea. The horror genre often relies on a lot of tried and true concepts and ideas to terrify the audience. It Follows comes up with an interesting, different idea and watching that idea mature and unfold sustains a good deal of the film’s runtime. However, that alone is not enough to make a solid horror film. Continue reading It Follows (2014)

Room 237 (2012)

What’s in the briefcase? Is Deckard human or Replicant? Is it all just a dream? Some of the most fun at the movies is not watching the films themselves, but discussing and constructing theories about what happened and what it all means. Some films are more fertile in others in this regard and over the years The Shining has gathered some of the most bizarre and intriguing theories. Continue reading Room 237 (2012)

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014)

Even as Iran becomes a less hospital place for filmmakers, Iranian filmmakers are finding a way to flourish. Abbas Kiarostami’s international productions (Certified Copy and Like Someone in Love) are being met with critical success while Asghar Farhadi’s French production The Past is met with equal success. And now as these Iranian filmmakers begin creating films throughout the globe, the first Persian language film made in the West is, of all things, a vampire film. Continue reading A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014)

Band of Brothers

World War II might be the most overused period when it comes to war stories. From the grand scale to the morally reprehensible antagonist, there’s a lot that makes World War II an easy setting for telling a war story. It also results in a lot of lazy stories that prey on cheap emotional manipulation. To tell a truly compelling and fresh World War II story is a rare feat, but it something Band of Brothers manages by following the entire war for one group in the war: Easy Company in the 101st Airborne Infantry. Continue reading Band of Brothers

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