Murder On The Orient Express – Trailer

There something comforting about an Agatha Christie mystery, though I have never tried to quantify why. Before now, that is. I think that what drew me to them originally was the logical way the stories were constructed and the way the mystery unfolded.  Typically you put a group of strangers in a situation where there’s […]

The Great Wall – Trailer

  What is it with Matt Damon and comments and/or activities of a racially-dubious nature? First there were the comments made during his and Ben Affleck’s HBO series–now cancelled–Project Greenlight, where Damon finds diversity okay, as long as it’s in its place. If I recall, that happened sometime last year (or earlier this year). Now Damon […]

The Shallows – Trailer 1 & 2

  Sometimes I find myself sympathizing with sharks. Imagine that one day you’re swimming about, doing whatever it is that you do–which for a shark consists primarily of swimming, eating and every once in awhile mating–when an unknown animal suddenly starts making a ruckus nearby. You have very keen eyesight and can smell blood in the […]

Postmortem: Kristy (2014)

Olly Blackburn’s Kristy is one of the better home invasion thrillers, except in this instance the ‘home’ in question is an entire college campus, empty but for a skeleton staff and Justine (Haley Bennett), who’s planning on staying on campus over the Thanksgiving holiday. Unfortunately for Justine and everyone else, a cult of religious zealots have […]

The Purge 3: Election Year – Trailer

You can’t say that James DeMarco’s Purge movies aren’t ambitious.  The first in the series was essentially a high-concept home invasion thriller with horror overtones. The sequel, The Purge: Anarchy took the home invasion idea, and introduced it into a city-sized canvas. This was the movie where you can see inklings of a political consciousness to the barbarous […]

10 Cloverfield Lane – Official Trailer #1

original Cloverfield trailer Can we just accept that found footage movies, as a sub-genre, are for the most part indescribably lame (The Blair Witch Project gets a pass because it was the first, and who doesn’t like shiny new toys)? Most movies, especially genre-favorites like science fiction and horror (and increasingly dramas) require a suspension of belief […]

We Need To Talk About Kevin – Review

Now this is a horror movie (in perhaps the truest sense of the term). Lynn Ramsey’s We Need To Talk About Kevin isn’t necessarily a scary film, though don’t let the seemingly placid facade fool you, because here lie monsters.  Though, unlike in most horror movies, these creatures don’t wear hockey masks or look like an experiment in […]

The Perfect Guy – Trailer 2

I don’t tend to catch thrillers in theaters (if it isn’t horror, science fiction or Marvel Studios I don’t tend to be too interested, truth be told) though when I saw the trailer for The Perfect Guy I was surprised at how effective the first trailer was.  I appreciate a slow burn, and the portrayal […]

The Hateful Eight – Trailer

“One of these fellows is not who he says he is.”  says John ‘The Hangman’ Ruth (Kurt Russell), which is sort of ironic coming from Russell, seeing that he he also starred in John Carpenter’s The Thing. The Hateful Eight is the latest from Quentin Tarantino, who’s last movie was Django Unchained, in some ways a […]