Bringing Back the Erotic Thriller

A genre long considered passé is coming back into the limelight. Streaming is the final destination for the erotic thriller. As a genre no longer popular with theatergoers, or so studios think, erotic thrillers have had to latch onto other means of distribution. Since about the late 00’s, thrillers in general have fallen out of…

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Roles in Retrospect #2 – Florence Pugh and ‘Fighting with My Family’ (2019)

“In the hands of a less capable actress, Saraya could have easily become a one-dimensional stereotype. However, Pugh’s portrayal of the young up-and-coming wrestler makes her feel truly human.”

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REVIEW: ‘Resident Evil: Welcome To Raccoon City’ (2021) Is A Movie Franchise Killer

‘Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City’ brings the franchise back to the big screen, but with no more to offer than previous failures.

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REVIEW: ‘Agnes’ (2021) is a Promising Take on the Nunsploitation Genre

“While Mickey Reece’s ‘Agnes’ (2021) is largely marketed as a horror film that draws upon the tired tropes of demonic possession and religious exorcism central to the nunsploitation genre, it surprises audiences by emerging as a haunting tale of grief, young motherhood and loss.”

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Pierce Brosnan Provides The Ultimate Bond Marathon (And Not Just For Christmas)

“Even people who find that the films push their buttons will probably find them an enjoyable hate-watch, so committed are they to their particular brand of non-stop entertainment.”

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REVIEW: ‘The Power of the Dog’ (2021) Evokes Unspoken Desires and the Meaning of Masculinity

“‘The Power of the Dog’ is Jane Campion’s first feature in more than ten years. It’s menacing and mysterious in its narrative, and presents itself to reveal something truly spectacular.”

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Future Cult Classics Born in 2021

“What I can see is the cult cinema of tomorrow: the films that genre freaks and film school contrarians will use to enhance their Letterboxd favorites with the aura of obscure good taste.”

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Roles in Retrospect #1 – Thomasin McKenzie and ‘Leave No Trace’ (2018)

In our first edition of ‘Roles In Retrospect,’ we focus on talented young New Zealand actress Thomasin McKenzie and her performance in 2018’s ‘Leave No Trace’.

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‘√964 Pinocchio’ (1991): Vengeful Outcast, Emetic Spirit

“As a narrative revolving around members of a loathed social underclass, ‘√964 Pinocchio’ [grapples] with conceptual otherness through the fundamental human fear that that which belongs in the body will find its way out.”

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Watching ‘Night of the Living Dead’ (1968) in the Wake of a Pandemic

Night of the Living Dead may have been released over fifty years ago, but as its own circular nature observes and predicts, so little has changed from the small-scale revival of the dead America is not able to grieve.

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