Criterion in May 2018: MIDNIGHT COWBOY, MOONRISE, MISHIMA and More

In the immortal words of Harry Nilsson, "everybody's talkin'" about Midnight Cowboy, the first X-rated movie to win an Academy Award. In fact, the film won three Oscars -- Best Picture, Best Director (John Schlesinger), and best adapted script (Waldo...

Review: THE HOUSEMAID, When the Dead Don't Leave You Alone

The dead are among us. Whether you believe the dead are decomposing, wandering, or haunting, they are sown into the fabric of life. Their influence varies greatly, depending upon the beliefs of the beholder. In Derek Nguyen's The Housemaid (originally...

THE HOUSEMAID Exclusive Clip: Do Ghosts Exist?

In Derek Nguyen's atmospheric -- and increasingly unsettling -- drama The Housemaid, a young woman is drawn into a world in which ghosts may exist.  Our exclusive clip sets that up. Nhung Kate has begun working at a rubber plantation...

Review: LOOKING GLASS Reveals More Than Expected

Moving to Arizona and running a motel sounds like such a great idea! Unless, of course, you're Ray (Nicolas Cage), who has a fresh start in mind when he and his wife Maggie (Robin Tunney) assume ownership of a small...

New MARROWBONE Trailer: Siblings Stick Together, Even When It Gets Scary

A young man and his three younger siblings move into an old, broken house and fix it up. The absence of traditional parental figures might raise questions, but they are located away from where prying eyes might normally look. ......

Notes on Streaming: Amazon's ABSENTIA Frustrates, While BRITTANIA Sprawls

Health alert: before binge-watching Absentia, make sure to limber up your eyeballs, because they'll be rolling in their sockets a lot once the series gets rolling. In that respect, Absentia reminds me of the first season of the murder-mystery series...

Review: BASMATI BLUES, Brie Larson, Singing Scientist, Goes to India

By the time Donald Sutherland leads a song and dance number, kicking around gliding office furniture and extolling the virtues of capitalistic greed for "The Greater Good" -- which includes the should-be immortal line "Obi-wan Kenobi gave up to Darth...

70s Rewind: BITE THE BULLET, Gene Hackman As a True Western Hero

Gene Hackman is a treasure of American cinema. His role in Bite the Bullet is a good example of a less-heralded performance that nonetheless sheds light on his brilliance. Born in 1930, Hackman served in the U.S. Marines shortly after...

Notes on Streaming: THE CLOVERFIELD PARADOX, When Netflix Goes Nutty

Netflix's deal to purchase worldwide streaming rights to the next Cloverfield from Paramount Pictures -- which would mean the film would not have a theatrical release, as planned -- has been brewing at least since last month's Sundance Film Festival,...

THE HOUSEMAID Remake Nabs Oscar-Winning Writer

Heading for release in the U.S. on February 16, Derek Nguyen's The Housemaid has received positive advance acclaim. And now its planned English-language remake has nabbed an Academy Award-winning writer. First, about the original: A forbidden passion awakens vengeful spirits...

Notes on Streaming: DIRTY MONEY, Six More Reasons to Get Angry

All corporations are in business to make money. Some corporations, however, manifest greed, putting the bottom line above all other considerations, such as the law, and in Dirty Money, a new series on Netflix, we have the opportunity to behold...

70s Rewind: THE HOSPITAL, Passion, Pain and Dark Comedy

What a dream team! An Academy Award-winning star, an Academy Award-winning writer, the director of an uber-popular romance, and a Bond Girl, all in one movie! Recently released by Twilight Time on a lovely new Blu-ray, The Hospital now plays...

Notes on Streaming: GODZILLA: PLANET OF THE MONSTERS and THE FROZEN DEAD (GLACE) Both Surprise

Also: Jack Black's serio-comic The Polka King and must-see Irish thriller Bad Day for the Cut. Is it just me, or do January's new offerings on streaming services feel ... er, kinda non-essential? Expectations may play a bigger role this...

Sundance 2018 Review: THE GUILTY, a Tense Phone Call That Changes Everything

If Larry Cohen lived in Copenhagen, he might have written The Guilty. Veteran filmmaker Cohen, of course, has written dozens of screenplays that start with a clever idea and then expound on it with a wicked, pulp sense of humor...

Criterion in April 2018: VIRGIN SUICIDES, DEAD MAN and a Bevy of Bergman

Apologies for the lateness of this posting, but since it's just you and me here, devoted fans of classy and extremely well-presented home video, allow me to say: the Criterion Collection's lineup is getting more and more exciting! In April...

BEAST OF BURDEN Trailer: Daniel Radcliffe, Drug Runner, Flies Into Trouble

The conclusion of the Harry Potter film series freed up Daniel Radcliffe to be whatever he wanted to be as an actor and I've enjoyed much of what he's done since, even if the film itself wasn't always successful. The Woman...

70s Rewind: EMPEROR OF THE NORTH, How to Ride the Rails

Those eyes; those teeth! When Ernest Borgnine's face fills the screen in Robert Aldrich's Emperor of the North, it's a terrifying sight. Shack, the character Borgnine embodies, is a conductor on a freight train in the Pacific Northwest in the...

Notes on Streaming: BEFORE I WAKE, Of Dreams, Nightmares, and the Grief That Never Sleeps

On the basis of Hush, Gerald's Game and now Before I Wake Mike Flanagan has become the King of Streaming, at least in the broad field of horror. Even though it's now identified as "A Netflix Original," if things had...

Exclusive Clip: DELIRIUM, I Think This Is Blood

"I think this is blood." That is not something one usually wants to hear at any time in real life. Nonetheless, that's the line that grabs me in this exclusive clip from Delirium, a horror film that may begin slowly,...

Review: DEVIL'S GATE, a Likable Mix of Horror, Mystery and Sci-Fi

I confess to a high level of appreciation for low-budget films that defy easy categorization, such as Devil's Gate. The opening sequence resembles that of a backwoods horror experience that will be grungy and nasty, leaving behind a trail of...