In a time of #MeToo and endless sexual assault allegations, Assassination Nation is hands down the boldest and fearless film of 2018. It’s a film with a mission so ambitious that American audiences are not ready to watch. It’s a film so unapologetically direct and strikingly relevant that is sure to create controversy. Sam Levinson’s hypnotic political thriller will not be able to escape the inevitable Purge comparisons. But Assassination Nation is what The Purge tries to be and what it should strive to be.
Midnighters isn’t always consistent, but it’s undeniably fun
When approaching a self-proclaimed Hitchcockian thriller, I proceed with caution. When you make me expect a Hitchcock-level thriller, you better deliver and many times they often disappoint. It’s a bold move to take for your directorial debut, and while Julius Ramsay’s Midnighters is far from the Hitchcockian masterpiece I was hoping for, it’s still a fun and easily accessible little thriller filled with surprises.
With plenty of questions on its mind, Annihilation offers a mind-bending trip into The Shimmer
After catching my attention with Ex Machina, Alex Garland’s follow up was much anticipated. His stylistic and philosophically eerie sci-fi film was one of the year’s best. However, 2016’s Arrival had eclipse Garland’s status as one of the best sci-fi directors working today. With Annihilation, everything that was great with Ex Machina is back, and Garland has created another sci-fi masterpiece.
Just as it arrives at its destination, Murder On The Orient Express derails
No one can write a twisty murder story quite like the queen of mystery herself. Agatha Christie’s novels have been a particular pass time of mine since the day I’ve read the brilliant And Then There Were None, a story that inspired and continues to inspire many famous modern mystery films. Yet, I’ll be the first to admit that Mrs Agatha doesn’t get enough credit for her influence on TV and cinema. However, even in an attempt to give her the credit she deserves, this remake of Murder On The Orient Express just can’t quite capture the greatness of the novel.
Get ready for your spooky Halloween night horror movie marathon
For those of you who know me, Halloween is my Christmas. When my calendar goes from September 30th to October 1st, there’s a switch in me that just wants to visit haunted houses, drink warm tea, and my personal favorite, watch scary movies. Every October, I (re)watch A Nightmare On Elm Street, The Exorcist, and get to follow along AMC’s yearly Friday the 13th marathon. However, when Halloween finally comes around, I have a hard time finding Halloween-themed horror movies to watch. From years of research, it’s surprisingly not a popular setting for these types of movies, but I’ve managed to find 5 that will definitely help with your October 31st horror marathon.
Darren Aronofsky’s message is clear and a little too loud
Let me start by clearing out some confusion. No, mother! is not a straight-forward horror film or the home invasion thriller it so perfectly markets. With that said, it’s by no means an easy film to market. Darren Aronofsky’s latest film is his most ambitious and daring yet, even for him. Working on a purely metaphorical level, Aronofsky is able to craft a horror film so different, it will surely have casual movie-goers walking out of the theatre. However, as a critic and a fan of these types of film, mother! is at its best when delivering its harsh message even if it often seems self-assertive.
Death Note is a dull and simplistic YA that never truly finds its footing
From 13 Reasons Why to To The Bone, Netflix seems to be caught in the middle of controversy quite a lot. It comes from the very fact that the streaming service is willing to green light anything that passes through their desk. While that sometimes gives us some interesting movies like Okja, other times it leaves us with rushed and shallow movies like Adam Wingard’s incredibly simplistic Death Note.