NEW STRAINS Trailer & Poster: The Couple Stuck Together During A Lockdown While on Vacation, Stays Together?

No doubt there were many couples, in the early days of their relationship, who found that relationship tested in a more unusual way, by the pandemic lockdown of these past few years. Some might have flourished; others survived a little...

HUMANIST VAMPIRE SEEKING CONSENTING SUICIDE PERSON Trailer: It's Not Easy Being Fanged

2023 was an excellent year for Quebec cinema, and it's great to see more of these films getting release outside my province. And it's especially great to see more genre fare, lending new twists to old tropes. Coming in with...

TIME OF THE HEATHEN Review: Lost Indie Feature Showcases a Bleak Post-WWII America

It's safe to say that the post-WWII years were not as good as many people had claimed for many years. Despite propaganda lauding those years as a time of prosperity and success for all, it didn't take long for that...

FOIL Review: Finding Aliens and Restoring Friendships in the Wilderness

Like many who think they are leaving their hometown behind in a cloud of dust, Dexter (Zach Green) has found himself returning, somewhat with his proverbial tail between his legs. His big dreams of a indie film career in Hollywood...

FAMILY PORTRAIT Trailer: On the Precipice of Quiet Disaster

Locarno might not be as well known to the general public as other European festivals, but their programming has been amazing for several years, leaning into the more experimental work of what might be called social realism, or documentary cinema...

POOLMAN Review: Earnest Performances Almost Save a Misguided Comedy-Noir

A few years ago, I was taking an Uber back to my airbnb in Los Angeles; the driver, it turns out, was something of a conspiracy theorist. At first he was just telling me about the politics of the city,...

THIS CLOSENESS Trailer: The Discomfort of Strangers

With her sophomore film This Closeness, a sleeper hit on the indie festival circuit in 2023, Kit Zauhar is quickly becoming one of the most interesting filmmakers on the American indie scene. Her honest and disquieting look at 20-something life,...

Trieste Science+Fiction Festival Wants Your Weird & Wonderful Films

Spring may have barely begun (at least in the Northern Hemisphere), but that means filmmakers are turning their thoughts to fall festivals. The autumn brings a deluge of genre festivals, but one of the standouts is Trieste Science+Fiction Festival. I...

THE FEELING THAT THE TIME FOR DOING SOMETHING HAS PASSED Review: Comedic Discomfort in Millenial Ennui

While ennui and angst are common to many generations, I can imagine it could be much more accute among millenials - anything that might have been considered a 'normal' life gave up the ghost before they came of age. They're...

THE KING TIDE Review: The Fable of a Miracle Gone Wrong

Living in a harsh landscape, somewhat apart and isolated, means you make certain choices about how much assistance you will receive, and how much protection you will offer your community. It also means that legends can grow up around people...

ABIGAIL Review: Ballet Gets Bloody Entertaining

It's a juggling act to get an entertaining horror film - one that's fun, funny, yet still scary, with a good share of violence and gore, a decent story with snappy dialogue, and a monster that an audience can root...

WERCKMEISTER HARMONIES Blu-ray Review: The Profound and Desperate Hours

Given the uniqueness and weirdness of the films of Bela Tarr, it's surprising that more of his films are not part of the Criterion collection. Here's hoping that his masterpiece Werckmeister Harmonies is but the first. A stark and deeply...

IN FLAMES Review: The Supernatural Meets Patriarchal Conditioning

The term 'gaslighting' is now quite ubiquitous, and one which still remains scoffed at by many (usually those who hold power). But if you're a member of a marginalized group, that gaslighting could come not just from one person, but...

ABIGAIL Trailer: Don't Let the Tutu Fool You

Ballet might seem like a delicate art, something elegant and high class, rarefied and sweet. But if you've ever seen a ballet dancer's feet, or know some of the stories behind the well-known ballets (Swan Lake, anyone), you'd know that...

ALL YOU NEED IS DEATH Review: The Power of Song Will Devour You

Folk horror is often associated with a particular location, or perhaps a physical object that can be held in hands, something concretely tangible. But, especially in an age when the folkiness of this horror, the true human darkness from which...

WICKED LITTLE LETTERS Review: A Foxy-a••ed Clever Eruption of Suppressed Rage

I'm sure that I'm not the only one who has written - either in their head or possibly on virtual or real paper - a letter that they never sent; the kind of letter that lets out all the anger...

LA CHIMERA Review: Precious Things Left to Bury

Arthur (Josh O'Connor) is not having a good day. He's just got out of prison with nothing but the clothes on his back. His former criminal gang is eager to recruit him; the person to whom he plied his trade...

THE KING TIDE Trailer: A Miracle or a Curse?

Likely many of us would be content with what might be called a simple life, one in which our days were filled with some work required to stay alive, but with the basic needs of survival still guaranteed. Enough food...

YOU'LL NEVER FIND ME Review: When A Stranger Knocks

Relying upon the kindness of strangers (who are very strange indeed) on a dark and stormy night (when it feels like the wind might blow the world down) is a good recipe for a horror film. Add in a somewhat...

SAINT OMER Blu-ray Review: The Divide Between Personhood and Motherhood

When it comes to dismantling discrimination, whether it be by race, gender, or other marginalized identity. does the law follow society, or society follow the law? While the public can often push for changes they want in society to be...