Weird Reviews

Cannes 2022 Review: CRIMES OF THE FUTURE, The New Flesh Still Lives

There's a reason why Cronenberg is the first name in body horror - his, ahem, body of work, spanning several decades, has evolved from arguably the more explotative (Shivers, The Brood), to the more Romantic and deeply rich psychological/body horror...

4K Review: CANDYMAN, Out Now from Scream Factory

Well, hello again, Candyman — we meet again, though I still haven’t said your name out loud in a mirror five times — and I’m never going to, sorry. The last time I reviewed the original 1992 film (as released...

Fantaspoa 2022 Review: LEGIONS

The red moon, la luna roja, is coming, and with it the return of the demon Kuaraya and their quest to raise the Evil One. Antonio is all too familiar with Kuaraya. He is a legendary shaman, from a long...

Review: THE INNOCENTS, Beware, Children at Play

It can often be difficult to know when to trust a child; on one hand, we want to believe that children are innocent and good, and will tell us the truth. On the other, I've known plenty of children who...

Calgary Underground 2022 Short Film Short Review: CORNERS, A Bespoke Deadpan

Rory is a thorough man in a lackadaisical world. In the near future, Canada, and possibly the world has implemented a thorough set of guidelines for inspection and health of the corners of public buildings.   Rory takes his job...

Review: STANLEYVILLE, Too Much Quirk Spoils the Proverbial Broth

I'n sure many of us have had that moment (maybe several times) when we want to throw in the towel and walk away from our lives: our jobs, our disappointing partners (and maybe kids), who just seem to be stuck...

Review: NIGHT'S END, Intimate Darkness and The Screen's Haunted Glow

Ken Barber is just managing to keep himself together. Two years after alcoholism ruined his marriage, he's moved to another city and shut himself in a lonely apartment. He's trying to earn a living by making life-tip videos for youtube,...

SXSW 2022 Review: THE BLIND MAN WHO DID NOT WANT TO SEE TITANIC, A Remarkable Lead Performance Anchors This Stunning Film

My definite pick for the best film at SXSW that is going to have the hardest time making any money is Teemu Nikki’s brilliant Finnish feature, The Blind Man Who Did Not Want to See Titanic. This exceptional experimental work...

SXSW 2022 Review: JETHICA, Old Friends, Stalkers, And Witchcraft In The Desert

A chance meeting of old friends, a very persistant stalker, and a bit of witchcraft all play a part in writer/director Pete Ohs's curiously quirky Jethica. Elena (Callie Hernandez) and Jenny (Ashley Denise Robinson) are old friends who haven’t seen...

Review: FLUX GOURMET, Visually Seductive, Absurdly Comic

Asa Butterfield, Gwendoline Christie and Ariane Labed star; Peter Strickland ('In Fabric,' 'Duke of Burgundy') directed.

SXSW 2022 Review: THE UNBEARABLE WEIGHT OF MASSIVE TALENT, Nic Cage Rages As Nick Cage In The Ultimate Meta Fantasy

Nick Cage (Nic Cage) jets off to Mallorca after a series of personal and professional disasters leave him with no other choice than to make an appearance at the birthday party of a wealthy olive baron in exchange for a...

SXSW 2022 Review: EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE. Wow.

Regret is a terrible anchor. It anchors us not only to the lives we could've lived, but it can also end up keeping us from reaching the next step in our own journey often blinding us to what-could-be by keeping...

Miami 2022 Review: THE COW WHO SANG A SONG INTO THE FUTURE, A Chorus of Anger and Longing

Cows might be one of the few animals whose 'wild' version no longer exists; now bred solely in domestication, they represent how humans have forcibly adapted the natural world for our wants, without regard to the consequences. But now the...

Rotterdam 2022 Review: THE MOLE SONG: FINAL

The International Film Festival Rotterdam wouldn't be itself without having at least one film by Miike Takashi in its catalog. Ever since the maverick filmmaker shocked everyone to the core with his horror thriller Audition, at the 1999 edition of...

4K Review: ALLIGATOR Shines on Home Video

Steven Spielberg is responsible for many things in the film world, including the popular spate of “animals attack” films of the ‘70s and early ‘80s, whether he liked it or not. One of the best of these films was the...

Review: JACKASS FOREVER, A Jackass-terpiece Of Inspired Idiocy

I’m going to be completely honest here: I don’t know why I’m writing this. Jackass is an American institution, the kind of singular cultural artifact that is immune to film criticism, almost universally either loved or hated, before you walk...

Sundance 2022 Review: SOMETHING IN THE DIRT, Rooms Within Rooms of Light and Shadow

Isolation can do funny things to the mind. Even if you like spending time alone, isolation, and the silence that comes with it, is something different. Rather than calm and contentment, it can breed fear, distrust, and obsession. It can...

Sundance 2022 Review: HATCHING, The Unbearable Weight Of Impossible Eggs-pectation

First time feature director Hanna Bergholm goes for broke in Hatching, a standout film in this year’s Sundance Midnight lineup. With a solid selection of thrillers and straight forward horrors, Hatching is definitely a contender for the weirdest film at...

Blu-ray Review: ARREBATO, Cinematic Vampires are Addictive

Ivan Zulueta's Arrebato is one of those cult films that has remained elusive, even to many dedicated cinephiles. Its lack of proper release outside of Spain, its fluidic tone and tropes that make it somewhat hard to categorize, and that...

Review: NIGHTMARE ALLEY, A Beautiful Ride That's Missing the Heart

Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara and more star in Guillermo del Toro's horror noir