The Predator TIFF 2018 Review

The Predator TIFF 2018 Review 1

This year’s Midnight Madness slot at Toronto International Film Festival kicked off with a hell of a bang. Rather than show some indie underseen genre offering or that latest shock feature from a previously established horror master they went ahead and premiered The Predator. Accusations of selling out and populism came and went. Then the film premiered and goddamn it, The Predator was a great choice to kick off TIFF’s only program dedicated to explosions and entrails.

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The Top Ten Action Movie Heroines

The Top Ten Action Movie Heroines

If the summer of 2017 has accomplished nothing else, it’s confirmed that women can kick some blockbuster ass just as well as the boys. Whether it be Charlize Theron’s 80’s action acrobatics in Atomic Blonde, Zoe Saldana’s continued butt kickery as Gamora, or the long overdue cinematic debut of Wonder Woman, this summer blockbuster season … Read more

Praise for the Sequels of the Planet of the Apes

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The concluding chapter of the current Planet of the Apes reboot trilogy just hit screens and has already received praise for its searing social commentary and bitterly true allegory (including some praise lavished onto the flick by yours truly). That’s all fair and well deserved. War for the Planet of the Apes is a great movie, possibly even the best blockbuster of the summer. However, it is a bit odd to see everyone acting as if it’s a revelation that the Planet of the Apes movies are suddenly smart and allegorical. That’s been true from the very beginning. It was just hard to see through all the loincloths and ape makeup.

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Red Sparrow Review

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It’s time to give credit where credit is due and rank Francis Lawrence amongst the worst filmmakers currently working in Hollywood. After all, the guy somehow managed to ruin Alan Moore’s brilliant British supernatural sleuth in Constantine, completely missed the point of Richard Matheson’s masterpiece I Am Legend, and made three Hunger Games sequels so … Read more

Netflix Movie Review: Mute

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For some reason, there seems to be an explosion of dystopian science fiction flicks these days. Well, it’s not for some reason. Dark and paranoid times tend to be reflected in films, even if by accident. So in the same twelve-month period where Blade Runner got an unexpected sequel, Netflix keeps dropping dystopian series and … Read more