MOVIE REVIEW: Climax (directed by Gasper Noé)

The films of Gasper Noé typically leave me cold. I watch them, I recognize that a director of great skill has created the movie, but the content leaves me unmoved. I'm by no means a Noé connoisseur. He's produced a lot of work, but I have seen four of his films now: Irrévisible, Enter the…

VHS: Viral — A Public Shaming

First came VHS. It was okay. Then came VHS 2. It was good. VHS: Viral came and upset me by being terrible. The VHS films are each an anthology of horror shorts with each short contributed by a director of some acclaim. For instance, in VHS, you have contributions by Ti West and Joe Swanberg.…

The Sacrament

The Sacrament directed by Ti West and starring genre vets AJ Bowen, Joe Swanberg, and Amy Seimetz is another entry in the flourishing found footage sub-genre of horror. If you absolutely hate the found footage conceit, then you're probably going to miss The Sacrament, and that is a damn shame. The film is quite interesting,…

Let’s talk Blue Ruin

Netflix. That collection of digital entertainment where television series and bad movies go to retire. Netflix. That collection of digital entertainment where a patient subscriber can find the occasional gem. Last weekend I watched Blue Ruin. I had read the AVClub review of the film and knew it had received some critical love. Sign me…