July 18, 2024

REEL | Daisy Edgar-Jones and Glen Powell Chase 'Twisters'

"If you feel it, chase it!"
Daisy Edgar-Jones Glen Powell Lee Isaac Chung | Twisters
Universal Pictures / Amblin Entertainment
Korean-American director Lee Isaac Chung brings his talent for trauma-based character drama to disaster studio blockbuster fare in his standalone follow-up to the 1996 hit action thriller Twister. Twisters (note the plural with an "s") takes tornado chasing and its cinematic depiction even further on screen for another sensational epic worthy of its mid-'90s predecessor.

July 15, 2024

CABLE | Rashida Jones Mourns A 'Sunny' Disposition on Apple TV+

"I'd robot murder someone for this chair alone."
Rashida Jones Katie Robbins Lucy Tcherniak | Sunny Apple TV+
A24 Television
Actress/filmmaker Rashida Jones stars in the oddball dark sci-fi comedy, Sunny, based on the 2018 novel The Dark Manual by Colin O’Sullivan. Set in Kyoto, series creator Katie Robbins establishes a vaguely tech-centric future where A.I.-programmed domestic robot companions (called "homebots") are commonplace throughout Japanese society but might have troubling (possibly murderous) unknown motivations when not otherwise being helpful doing mundance tasks.

July 11, 2024

SCREEN | Scarlett Johansson Races to 'Fly Me to the Moon'

"You don't face your fears. You ride 'em!"
Scarlett Johansson Channing Tatum Greg Berlanti | Fly Me to the Moon | Apple TV+
Sony Pictures / Apple Original Films
Scarlett Johansson (also a producer) and Channing Tatum star in the highly fictionalized, historically cheeky romantic comedy, Fly Me to the Moon, about the volatile relationship between a marketing executive and NASA launch director during the 1960s space race in their efforts to turn flagging public support in favour of landing a manned mission on the moon.

July 8, 2024

GENRE | Satanic Possession – 'Longlegs' Decodes the Devil

"He'll kill and kill again."
Maika Monroe Nicolas Cage Osgood Perkins | Longlegs Neon
Neon / Elevation Pictures
Longlegs, writer/director Osgood "Oz" Perkins' (son of Psycho actor Anthony Perkins) mid-'90s set serial killer thriller, produced by and co-starring a heavily made-up and nearly unrecognizable Nicolas Cage, dials up the creepy religious horror imagery for a gripping, satanic-tinged experience.

July 4, 2024

GENRE | The 'MaXXXine' Factor – Mia Goth Slashes 1980s Sleaze

"[It's] a B-movie with A-movie ideas."
Mia Goth Ti West | MaXXXine A24
A24 / VVS Films
British scream queen Mia Goth and indie filmmaker Ti West reteam for the disappointing third entry in their X horror trilogy. Set in both the adult and mainstream film world of 1980s Hollywood excess, MaXXXine follows up Pearl's origin as a direct sequel to the "Texas Porn-Shoot Massacre" murders from the first film. Goth reprises her eponymous role as the fame-hungry starlet on the verge of her big break while trying to evade the paranoia of the Night Stalker and a possible copycat killer in 1985 Los Angeles.

July 1, 2024

REEL | Top 10 Films of 2024 So Far

Zendaya Josh O'Connor Mike Faist Justin Kuritzkes | Luca Guadagnino's Challengers
Amazon MGM Studios / Warner Bros. Pictures
Click on each film title to read its corresponding review:
1) Challengers (dir. Luca Guadagnino)
2) Evil Does Not Exist (dir. Ryûsuke Hamaguchi)
3) Civil War (dir. Alex Garland)
4) Dune: Part Two (dir. Denis Villeneuve)
5) Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga (dir. George Miller)
6) Kinds of Kindness (dir. Yorgos Lanthimos)
7) I Saw the TV Glow (dir. Jane Schoenbrun)
8) The Bikeriders (dir. Jeff Nichols)
9) Love Lies Bleeding (dir. Rose Glass)
10) Hit Man (dir. Richard Linklater)

June 27, 2024

GENRE | The Last Days of 'A Quiet Place: Day One'

"You can't have a cat in here."
Schnitzel Lupita Nyong'o Michael Sarnoski | A Quiet Place: Day One
Paramount Pictures / Platinum Dunes
Pig writer/director Michael Sarnoski, in his sophomore feature film, tackles the silent horror spin-off A Quiet Place: Day One, produced by mainline franchise steward John Krasinski, who also co-wrote the film's story. His thrilling sidequest prequel shows us the lives of other survivors at ground-zero level in the immediate aftermath of Earth's violent invasion of the previously seen, sound-sensitive alien monsters.

June 24, 2024

REEL | Emma Stone Acts Out 'Kinds of Kindness'

"Skinny men are the most ridiculous thing there is."
Emma Stone Jesse Plemons Yorgos Lanthimos | Kinds of Kindness
Searchlight Pictures / Element Pictures
Celebrated idiosyncratic auteur Yorgos Lanthimos returns to his absurdist dark comedy roots for an anthology of short films stitched together in Kinds of Kindness. Described as a "triptych fable," the film consists of three surreally distinct but disconnected stories with actors playing different thematically related roles in each chapter. Imagine back-to-back episodes of something like The Twilight Zone with the same recurring cast.

June 20, 2024

CABLE | Burning Down the 'House of the Dragon' – HBO Season 2

"Make it a son for a son."
Emma D'Arcy Ryan Condal Alan Taylor | House of the Dragon HBO | Season 2
1:26 Pictures Inc. / Bastard Sword
HBO's long-awaited sophomore season of its blockbuster Game of Thrones prequel series House of the Dragon, set nearly two centuries prior during the thick of the beginning of the fall of House Targaryen's legendary three-hundred-year reign over the Seven Kingdoms, moves beyond author George R.R. Martin's complex fantasy lore found in the fictional in-universe history book, Fire & Blood, meant to fill in the backstory of the still unfinished A Song of Ice and Fire novels.