Movies I’ve Recently Seen: Carnival of Souls, Ministry of Fear, Blade Runner 2049, & Tabu: A Story of the South Seas

In which I tell you about a classic, independent horror film, two works by German directors in America, and the sequel everyone is talking about. A-┬áCarnival of Souls (1962), FilmStruck This low-budget horror movie works in some very strange ways. A car goes off a bridge into a deep river, and one sole survivor comes … Continue reading Movies I’ve Recently Seen: Carnival of Souls, Ministry of Fear, Blade Runner 2049, & Tabu: A Story of the South Seas

Old Stone finds drama and violence from society’s inhumanity

B Drama turned thriller Written and directed by Johnny Ma Intended as a critique of Chinese society, Johnny Ma's first feature shows us a man economically trapped for committing a good deed. But Old Stone loses its way in the third act, when it shifts from serious social drama to attempted thriller. In the confusing … Continue reading Old Stone finds drama and violence from society’s inhumanity

Strangers become family in the strangely warm yet violent Dheepan

A- Refugee drama and crime thriller Written by Noe Debre, Thomas Bidegain, and Jacques Audiard Directed by Jacques Audiard A family escapes from war-torn Sri Lanka to make a better, safer life in France. Except it's not safe, and they're not really a family. The smugglers who brought this man, woman, and child out of … Continue reading Strangers become family in the strangely warm yet violent Dheepan

Manchurian Candidate Criterion

Evil Chinese, worse Americans, innocent bystanders, brainwashing, assassination, and party politics collide in this surprisingly timely cold-war thriller from 1962. While the suspense grows, the story attacks both Communism and McCarthyism (a recent memory with lingering effects in the early 60s). it also contains the most evil mother in the history of movies. I reviewed … Continue reading Manchurian Candidate Criterion