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A sociopathic odyssey, SIMON KILLER is less explicit horror
and more the true nature of psychological thriller. Simon is unknowable; his
intentions, actions, words and the truth behind them, unknown. This, in effect,
Possibly the most striking thing about how AMERICAN HORROR
STORY: ASYLUM has wrapped itself up is that, in a show and season so imbued
with a love of and homage to cinema, “Madness Ends” really went to bat for the
power of television. Really, Ryan Murphy’s extended, warped odyssey through a Massachusetts
mental institution could not have been told any other way. Brutal, soap operatic,
involved, indulgent and even massively transformed from beginning to end,
ASYLUM laid down with grace via a 60 MINUTES-esque sit down and a horrifying
exposé reminiscent of Geraldo Rivera’s own investigations of the squalor at
Staten Island, New York’s Willowbrook State School.
The best thing in HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS isn’t
Hansel or Gretel or the witches—though they have their moments—but a character
with the deceptively genteel name of Edward. He doesn’t have a big part, but he
makes a big impression.
VIDEO DIARY OF A LOST GIRL, the first feature directed by
Lindsay Denniberg, is not made for the masses; it’s a completely bizarre,
surrealistic art-house film that’s not quite comparable to anything, except perhaps Nobuhiko Obayashi’s 1977 horror phantasmagoria
There's a weirdness to the circumstances of JUG FACE’s plot
that doesn't quite take hold of the entire film. That is to say, a bit
disappointingly, that a movie about prophetic pottery, incestuous pregnancy and
a pit that demands sacrifice is a lot more of a straightforward horror picture
than it sounds.
Let’s make this clear: WRONG COPS is a party. Oh, and don’t worry,
it’s appropriately blood-infused. While writer/director Quentin Dupieux (STEAK,
RUBBER, WRONG) may deny the “experimental” classification, he is certainly
known for his authentic filmmaking choices, so expect WRONG COPS to exceed all
levels of dissidence.
As a reviewer, there is a level of professional integrity
one must consider when reviewing a film whose quality beckons for a complete
analytical annihilation. However, my responsibility is to you, the reader and
potential customer, who may be drawn in by the DVD or Blu-ray cover that
egregiously misuses such phrases as “all star cast,” “unrated director’s cut”
and “edge-of-your-seat,” and shows off bound hands and bloody knives.
DVD/ Blu-ray Reviews
The heir to the hysterical, frenzied, toweringly at wit’s
end, woman-on-the-edge throne is apparent. In MAGIC MAGIC, Juno Temple has lost
her mind. We are all the more uncomfortable for it.
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