REview: American Carnage (2022) | Oddly Flavorless

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is the first movie in a long time that I’ve seen twice in theaters. The reason I did so had a lot to do with the performance of Tenoch Huerta (Namor) and the depiction of the people of Telokan. It made me feel a sense of pride in Namor and what […]

Captive State – Official Teaser Trailer #2

The trailers prior to Teaser Trailer #2 for Focus Features’ upcoming Captive State were perhaps too clever for their own good.  Reason being, when I first saw the first teaser I assumed that it dealt with a Purge-type situation, which I lost interest in pretty quickly because…the Purge. But the second trailer has revealed that, […]

Rebirth of the Dark Universe?

The seeming collapse of Universal’s Dark Universe cinematic universe should maybe be seen as a blessing in disguise. Keep in mind Alex Kurtzman’s The Mummy earned over $409 million on a budget of $125 million, which isn’t a terrible outcome (though promotional costs, which I haven’t seen, are important) and indicates an interest in the concept. […]

The Purge: Election Day – Official Trailer 2

2013’s The Purge was always a guilty pleasure of mine, despite that if you take away the fascinating concept of a 12-hour period once a year in which you’re free kill whomever you want, you’re left with what is a simple home invasion thriller. With the 2014 sequel, The Purge: Anarchy the concept began to […]

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 […]

‘Snowpiercer’ Official US Release Trailer 1

This trailer for Bong Joon Ho‘s Snowpiercer turned up on the Interwebs a few hours ago, and it’s interesting for what it doesn’t show more than watch it does. By which I mean, action is emphasized heavily in virtually every scene and very little else (though the actress whom I assume is Tilda Swinton with false […]

‘The Purge: Anarchy’ Teaser Trailer

I went into the first ‘Purge’ expecting a subversive commentary on American mores, coupled with an ample helping of cathartic violence.  Instead what I got was little more than a home invasion thriller, with barely a pinch of anything wholesome or nutritious. And while I can’t necessarily judge the upcoming sequel by the teaser trailer, […]