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Authentic Performances Enhance Narrative

Gamma Rays (Les Rayons Gamma)

Experience the voyage into the lives of young hearts called GAMMA RAYS, which showcases a graceful blend of humor, drama, and genuine exploration of multicultural realities. With the lively backdrop of modern-day Canada, the film ventures into the complexities of growing up amidst a diverse cultural setting, illuminating the potential beauty and struggle interwoven within such a framework.

Village Skepticism Unleashes Power Dynamics

Mami Wata

In MAMI WATA, a tranquil coastal village named Iyi becomes the serene yet emotionally turbulent land where tradition and modernity cross swords. Under the direction of CJ "Fiery" Obasi, the film gracefully uncovers a narrative filled with spiritual undertones and earthly dilemmas. With black and white cinematography, the film resembles a visual art gallery come to life.

Chasing Shadows in a Grim Metropolis

Limbo (Zhì chi)

Stepping into the darkened streets of Hong Kong as depicted in LIMBO, we are invited into a haunting chase shrouded in the monochrome palette of sin and virtue. The grim tale unfolds fervently, directed with elegance by Soi Cheang. Our protagonists, a world-weary detective Cham Lau (Ka-Tung Lam) and his inexperienced partner, dive headlong into a labyrinth of danger and desperation. This is no ordinary case, as they're on the trail of a remorseless serial killer whose deeds leave the city in fear.

College Antics and Adult Angst Unfold

The Re-Education of Molly Singer

THE RE-EDUCATION OF MOLLY SINGER is something we’ve all seen before, but that doesn’t mean it's terrible. The film carries a whimsical charm, launching audiences into a comedy-infused expedition from courtroom antics to the college campus. Our protagonist, Molly Singer (played with delightful perfection by Britt Robertson), navigates the unsteady waters of professional life, finding herself steering back to the halls of her alma mater. Don’t be mistaken; this movie isn’t the next cinematic masterpiece, but it doesn’t claim to be. It’s a fun and mostly light-hearted comedy meant to entertain.

The Classic Anthology Movie Becomes an Anthology Series

Creepshow: The First Three Seasons

The original two CREEPSHOW films were a dream project for a group of horror icons led by George Romero and Stephen King. The films brought the classic EC horror comics to life in film. Each anthology film featured several shorts written, directed, and often starring icons of horror. The films are highly stylized, with each segment ending in comic book style with vivid colors, comic art, and over the top lighting, and Dutch angles. Both films featured some fantastic short stories and, yes, a few shorts that don’t quite land. That’s kind of the nature of an anthology film or series.

Dark Comedy Meets Crime in Artistic Showdown

The Kill Room

THE KILL ROOM takes on a bold venture as it dives into the clandestine realms where the illustrious world of art collides with the gritty substrates of criminal undertakings. With the sprawling and often murky world of New York City's art circuit as its backdrop, this narrative endeavors to thread humor amidst the thrilling contours of a criminal storyline. As viewers, we are ushered into a maze where art and crime are not just bedfellows but accomplices in an intriguing narrative dance.

Conjectures, Courtrooms, and Candace Owens

Convicting A Murderer - Episode 6

CONVICTING A MURDERER rides the wave of modern-day investigative docuseries, but it navigates through an ocean murkier and more enigmatic than most. The series kickstarts its journey with a profound dive into the shadowy narrative surrounding Steven Avery's case. With its inaugural episode setting the ground, the sixth episode titled "The Key & the License Plate Call" thrusts the narrative into a whirlpool of skepticism and unnerving revelations.

Bertolino Is in It for the Boos


On a brisk New England autumn evening in 1991, David Bertolino opened the gates of his Berlin, Massachusetts farm to hundreds of creatures of the night. Fear fanatics from miles around queued up for the Spooky Hayrides at what would soon be known as Spooky World, the first Halloween theme park. Monsters and zombies waited in the shadows to terrorize their willing and captive prey. The rest is the stuff of legend.

Adams’ Evolution: a Gruesome Narrative Arc

Where the Devil Roams/The Deeper You Dig

In indie horror, there is a deep competition to stand out and do something others haven’t done. The genre is packed with countless imitations, all fighting for their spot in the light. Yet, The Adams family steered their storytelling ship through its murky waters, bringing unsettling and touchingly real tales to the forefront of the festival circuit and beyond. Dive in as we explore two distinct chapters of their dark universe. So, little did I know that last year, when I watched this indie horror film called HELLBENDER, I was in for a much deeper exploration. I had never heard of The Adams Family (the all-in-one production company family) and their lofty goals in the filmmaking world. They star, direct, write, and produce their indie horror films and have made a name for themselves multiple times. HELLBENDER (see my review linked above) was their second prominent feature, and I saw their names pop up again for an upcoming festival for WHERE THE DEVIL ROAMS; needless to say, I was excited; HELLBENDER showed so much of what they had to offer. So I immediately reached out to get a screener for their newest venture; in doing so, I was honored with a screener of THE DEEPER YOU DIG, their 2019 premiere (there were a few titles before, but it seems this was really “the start.”) My double feature review of their first and most current films follows, and my thoughts on the family and where they are headed in the community.

Unmasking Silence of a Prestigious Household

A Silence (Un Silence)

Welcome aboard the intense narrative journey that is A SILENCE. The Schaars, a once revered family living the quiet suburban life, find their world rocked as whispers of a disturbing nature find their way through the hushed corridors of their dignified home. François Schaar, the patriarch and a lawyer by profession, is now the centerpiece of rumors that threaten to fracture the family. As the veil of silence gets pierced by Astrid and their teenage children, Caroline and Raphael, a quest for truth spirals into an arena of legal battles and societal judgment.

Unraveling Creativity in Countdown to Chaos

The Last Movie Ever Made

In the first scene of THE LAST MOVIE EVER MADE, I was instantly reminded of a personal favorite in what I can only assume is an homage to THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY. Under the discerning lens of Nathan Blackwell, this saga embarks on a path less traveled. It takes us on a whimsical journey different from the typical apocalyptic stories, ushering the audience into a realm where human aspirations dare challenge the ticking doomsday clock.

Resurrecting Rome’s Old Ghosts


Amidst the somber overtones of ambition and corruption, SUBURRA unfolds a sinister narrative in contemporary Rome, shedding light on a dangerous playing field where political dreams intertwine with criminal machinations in a grim dance of power and betrayal. Through the lens of a daring venture aimed at transforming an ancient harbor into a sanctuary of modern excess, the movie catapults its audience into a vortex of escalating tension that spirals towards a deadly climax over a harrowing week of deceit and anarchy.

Creepy Chronicles: Unveiling SpookyWorld's Veil


October's eerie whispers invoke a hunger for ghostly adventures in many souls. Amidst this spectral ambiance, David Bertolino's historical venture unfolds. He’s not just a creator of sinister spectacles but a dreamer whose ambitious endeavor, SpookyWorld, encapsulated the very essence of Halloween into an enduring, hair-raising spooktacular ride. The ghostly voyage of SpookyWorld is splendidly narrated in the documentary SPOOKTACULAR! under the meticulous directorial eyes of Quinn Monahan, with Tom Savini donning the cap of the supportive executive producer.

America’s Reproductive Discourse: a Cinematic Probe

Plan C

Sometimes, a movie is so important that a rating seems silly; this is one of those cases. This isn’t a topic that should be rated on a one to five-star scale; women’s health is more important than any rating. No shame to anyone who rates it; I just think that the topic of the film is far more critical. PLAN C strikes a chord, elegantly portraying a narrative infused with stern resolve, authentic struggles, and unyielding defiance against systemic encumbrances. The film flings open the curtains to a nerve-wracking discourse on medical abortion in the United States, more so following the unnerving overturn of Roe v. Wade in 2022.

From Ordinary to Extraordinary: Jack’s Journey

Three Quarters

The film THREE QUARTERS embarks on a daring venture, plunging deep into life's adversities and crafting a narrative that resonates personally with its audience. Dave Harlequin and the late Adam York are at the helm of this authentic portrayal, whose chemistry lays a foundation for a narrative filled with emotional storms and tranquil moments.

AI’s Stronghold: a Magnifying Glass!

AIMEE: The Visitor

Dive into the not-too-distant digital era where artificial beings aren't just a figment of our imagination but a reality we’re going to be forced to deal with. Full Moon Entertainment brings a playful twist to the AI realm with AIMEE: THE VISITOR. This isn't your typical flashy CGI, as the film's opening claims “The motion picture you are about to watch features a character using modern AI technology. AImee herself is not portrayed by an actor, nor was she designed using digital special effects. She is, in fact, the very first AI-created femme fatale in film history.” this is AI taking center stage. I won’t lie; this film posed many questions for me, even in terms of covering it. My deciding factor is that AI didn’t write the movie and that Full Moon Features is an independent studio. Still being a weird grey area that I don’t know 100% how I feel about, I decided to watch it and say it was an intriguing experience.

Metropolis Mayhem Calls Upon Canine Comrades

Scooby-Doo! And Krypto, Too!

In the bustling cityscape of Metropolis, something eerie breathes in the shadows, setting the stage for an adventure that melds the whimsical charm of Mystery Inc. with the daunting courage of superheroes. SCOOBY-DOO AND KRYPTO TOO! unfolds as a riddle-wrapped enigma, where our beloved gang steps into a realm brimming with larger-than-life adversities. This whimsical dive into the sinister heart of Metropolis unfolds under the creative vigilance of director Cecilia Aranovich Hamilton and scriptwriter T.K. O’Brien.

Wong's Radiant Cinematic Dance


The magnetic Anna May Wong leaps from obscurity in the US and shines brighter than ever across the pond in PICCADILLY, a genuinely riveting tale. Transported to the heart of the roaring twenties, viewers are given a sneak peek into the lives, the glamour, and the unanticipated twists of the Piccadilly Club. Oh, and when Shosho (Anna May Wong) steps out of the dark corners of her dishwashing duties into the enchanting glow of the stage? Hold on to your seats because it's an unforgettable ride!

Rhythmic Resilience Shines Bright

Finding Her Beat

If the chill of a Minnesota winter makes you think of cozying up indoors, think again. FINDING HER BEAT whisks you off your couch and dives deep into the pulsating world of taiko drumming right from the snow-covered landscapes of this northern state. There’s so much heart inside of those wooden drums!

Realism in Eerie Tales

Three Short Horror Stories

Attention all seekers of the extraordinary, the creepy, the spooky, and those who love the darkest corners of their imaginations! Andrew Valenza, fresh off his release of the Sci-Fi journey “Empire of the Void,” invites you to strap in and join the adventure with THREE SHORT HORROR STORIES. These tales of terror are more than just your average spooky bedtime stories; this is a thrilling ride through suspense, deep-seated emotions, and the always-intriguing unknown. From voices of the beyond, a trip down the brutal fight against cancer and the mystery that comes along, and a journey into the emptiness of space, Valenza will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Beautiful Darkness: a Noir Classic From Orson Welles

Touch of Evil

If you’re looking for a classic Noir film filled with mysterious murder plots, crooked cops, and a thick plot then TOUCH OF EVIL will likely be right up your alley. Stepping back into the 1950s in a grimy and happening U.S./Mexico border town this dark tale follows Mike Vargas, a Mexican cop who has just had his honeymoon derailed when the car of a wealthy businessman explodes right in front of him. During his investigation, Vargas takes the audience on a ride-along as the intense story unravels.

4K Revival, Resilience Amidst Revolution

Farewell My Concubine (Ba wang bie ji)

FAREWELL MY CONCUBINE celebrates three glorious decades with a 4K facelift that enhances its beauty and expands its narrative with an additional 20 minutes (which makes a massive difference for the epic.) For those who haven't had the pleasure yet, this cinematic gem isn't just a nostalgia trip—it boasts a spot on Time magazine's prestigious top 100 films roster. Oh, and did we mention this is the only Chinese film that has won the renowned Palme d’Or trophy?

Dive Beyond the Familiar Without Wick

The Continental: From the World of John Wick

Let's face it; taking a stroll down cinematic memory lane can be a tricky endeavor. Spin-offs are seldom met with consistent praise, but that should change now! Enter THE CONTINENTAL: FROM THE WORLD OF JOHN WICK, which navigates the world of 1970s New York City and leaves us marveling at the grandeur of an old hotel. Instead of just flashing glimpses of familiar sights, the series entices us into the hidden alleys of young Winston Scott's life, portrayed brilliantly by Colin Woodell, as we pull back the curtains of the infamous hotel's enigmatic beginnings.

What Leads to Tragedy?

Condition of Return

This film does show the events of a mass shooting, a deeply troubling issue that sadly confronts us all too frequently in America. It does not shy away from the harsh truths surrounding this devastating event. Be prepared, for there are moments in this film that are profoundly difficult to watch, as it delves into the gravity of its subject matter.

Officers' Roles Under Microscope

Convicting A Murderer - Episode 5

As we enter the realm of CONVICTING A MURDERER's fifth episode, "Manitowoc's Web," the story unfolds further into an intricate puzzle centering around Steven Avery. No sidelined as an ancillary portion of the story, the Manitowoc Sheriff's Department claims a central role, hinting at being more involved than previously let on, especially when a $36 million lawsuit looms large over Manitowoc County.

Love and Science: a Unique “Blend”

Designer $hit

When you marry the worlds of groundbreaking medicine and heartfelt narratives, you get DESIGNER $HIT, a delightful cinematic offering from director and subject Saffron Cassaday. This is a front-row seat to the exhilarating world of Fecal Microbiota Transplant (FMT) and the whirlwind of emotions accompanying such a journey. Yep, I couldn’t have imagined typing that sentence before watching this, either.

Jessica Lange, a Journey Through Iconic Years

Film Focus: Jessica Lange (1982 – 1995)

Prepare to hop aboard a “reel” journey (okay, it sounded funnier in my head) highlighting the ebbs and flows of Jessica Lange’s career. Over a span that encapsulates a little more than a decade, we witness the metamorphosis of an artist who combines vulnerability with an undying spirit in every performance. Through each frame, from the brooding streets of FRANCES to the heartbreaking performances in LOSING ISAIAH, Lange steals our attention every time she appears on the screen.

Power Dynamics Explored Unapologetically

Sex, Power, and Money: Films by Beth B

Beth B broke the mold of traditional cinema, making waves in an industry where sticking to convention is all too common. Originating from the iconic “No Wave film movement” in New York during the end of the 20th century, she's sculpted a space for herself that few can parallel. But think again if you're in for a regular movie night. SEX, POWER, AND MONEY: FILMS BY BETH B isn't here to fit the norm but to challenge it. These films will make you think and will, at times, make you uncomfortable.

Love, Identity, and Family Entwine

Single, Out (season 1)

Ever wondered how the picturesque world of Melbourne could turn into a backdrop for a gripping emotional saga? Lee Galea, known for his sharp cinematic vision, gives us just that in SINGLE OUT. Here, the audience is invited on a journey led by Adam, an individual striving to find himself amidst a whirlpool of emotions, discoveries, and, yes, those pesky twists in life that you don’t see coming. Credit goes to Will Hutchins, who brings Adam to life, allowing his raw emotions and vulnerability to resonate with the audience.

A Nostalgic Nightmare Awaits

Final Summer

In John Isberg's FINAL SUMMER, past meets present in a dance of dread and delight. Transported to Camp Silverlake in 1991, you'll feel the retro pull of the 80s while the glint of the neon 90s looms large. But there's more here than just a nostalgic tug; lurking shadows threaten to rewrite the tales of summer camp we once knew. Can all of this be blended to form a cohesive scare fest?

Shadows and Technology Collide

Dark Asset

Embark on an escapade with DARK ASSET, helmed by Michael Winnock. Here, the future's tech marvels meet the dusty cobwebs of espionage. Within moments, Byron Mann's portrayal as John, an undercover agent with a past deeper than most, becomes the center of our attention. Alongside, the cold, calculating Dr. Cain, played by Robert Patrick, and the multifaceted Jane, brought to life by Helena Mattsson, set the cinematic stage.

Behind the Glitz: Unveiling Icons

The Super Models

Returning to when Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista, and Christy Turlington were more than glamour shots and magazine spreads. They were shaping history, one fierce strut at a time. Apple TV+'s THE SUPER MODELS invites viewers on this whirlwind adventure, highlighting how these dazzling divas weren’t just hanging pretty in showrooms but were setting fashion's gold standard.

Buirski's Deep Dive Into '60s NYC and More

Desperate Souls, Dark City and the Legend of Midnight Cowboy

When you think of New York's gritty streets during the transformative era of the '60s and '70s, you might envision neon lights, bustling avenues, and perhaps a cowboy? Nancy Buirski delivers just that with DESPERATE SOULS, DARK CITY AND THE LEGEND OF MIDNIGHT COWBOY, serving us a feast of cinematic nostalgia. It's as if she's inviting us to hop into a retro time machine, complete with groovy tunes and vintage film reels, to revisit that bygone era.

Legends in the Making, a Film Lovers Must!

Early Short Films of the French New Wave

If you don’t own a Blu-ray player, now is the time to go out and buy one! Sure, this is also available on DVD, but the stunning 2K restoration is evident in almost every frame of this must-own set on Blu-ray! Delve into the vibrant epoch where French cinema was turned on its head, thanks to the EARLY SHORT FILMS OF THE FRENCH NEW WAVE. Here's a time capsule, a shimmering anthology, ready to whisk you off to an era spanning the late 1950s to the mid-1960s. Imagine a world bursting with innovation, where mavericks like Jean-Luc Godard, François Truffaut, Agnès Varda, Melvin Van Peebles, and more were busy painting the canvas of cinema with new strokes and fresh colors.

Corporate Politics Meets Family Intrigue

Succession: The Complete Series

Dive into the captivating universe of the Roy dynasty with HBO's SUCCESSION. Here, the towering media colossus, Waystar RoyCo, is the stage, and Logan Roy's looming decision to possibly step down is the main event we’re focused on. But brace yourself: this isn't your typical family feud or corporate saga. It's an intricately crafted story of ambition's highs and lows, the ties that bind (or sometimes strangle), and humanity's ever-shifting ethical dance.

Youthful Passion, 80s Edition

Valley Girl

Step into the vibrant world of the 1980s with Martha Coolidge’s VALLEY GIRL. It’s an electrifying journey that resonates with both heartbeats of the past and universal truths of the heart. Deborah Foreman plays the role of Julie Richman, a stylish suburbanite with grace and flair. When she unexpectedly crosses paths with Randy, a “punk” from Hollywood magnificently portrayed by Nicolas Cage, her world gets chaotic and turned upside down.

Supernatural Meets Real World Struggles

Beneath Us All

If you haven’t heard of Harley Wallen, you should remedy that; my guess is within a few years, the entire horror community will know the name. This is the third film I’ve reviewed of his, following ASH AND BONE and THE DEVIL’S LEFT HAND and this was my favorite of the three! BENEATH US ALL is like a mesmerizing dance between historical folktales and the sharp echoes of dark fantasies. With the resurrection of the age-old vampire, Frey (Yan Birch), we’re thrust into a cinematic adventure that spans time and emotion.

Nostalgia's Cinematic Charm

The First Time

Embarking on a journey back to the spirited year of 1969, THE FIRST TIME unravels a youthful misadventure brimming with aged awkwardness that makes the film even more amusing than it was at the time. Our journey begins with three teens; their paths intertwine with the mysterious Anna, encapsulated with grace by Jacqueline Bisset. A missing passport, a misconception, and suddenly, our teenage trio believes Anna is involved in a centuries-old profession. With enthusiasm (and a dash of naiveté), they decide to aid her across the U.S. frontier, only to be met with unexpected lessons on growing up.

Double the Trouble, Double the Action

Double Trouble

In the realm of cinematic enjoyment, the dynamic duo of Peter and David Paul, affectionately known as the Barbarian brothers, have consistently embodied the spirit of entertainment. "Double Trouble," released in 1992, further solidifies their reputation as purveyors of sheer amusement. This offbeat action-comedy stands as an epitome of the B-movie genre, unabashedly embracing its irresistibly "so-bad-it's-good" allure, ensuring an uproarious and captivating viewing experience.