Slasher flicks structured around a home invasion are nothing new, but in Hush, Mike Flanagan has managed to craft something quite original through a collection of limitations on the characters and story. By maneuvering around these limitations and using them to his advantage, Flanagan imbues novelty into this oft-tired subgenre and keeps our attention frozen on the screen as a horrible scenario unfolds: a psychopathic killer with no need for ulterior motivations discovers that his next quarry is deaf.
Craig Zahler’s Bone Tomahawk was a surprising hidden gem from 2015. Starring Kurt Russell, Patrick Wilson, Richard Jenkins, and Matthew Fox, this Western horror film takes its time to get rolling. In the interim, the film establishes an almost survivalist tone, but is still comfortable with its own brand of humor. With a title derived from the preferred weapon of the insane savage antagonists, Bone Tomahawk offers much more attention to detail than your standard slasher flick, and by placing the action in the Old West, we also get to see Kurt Russell’s mustache in its full glory.
After an abysmal series of failures in the early 1990s, Bluth and Goldman were able to rebound from the terrible offerings and produce Anastasia (1997) and Titan A.E (2000) with Fox Animation Studios. These would be the last feature films to be produced by Bluth, as much of the time since then has been spent providing the animation for various videogames. However, there are plans from the team to continue producing animated features, but funding remains an issue to this day. Regardless, this period should be viewed not as a petered-out ending, but as a brief return-to-form for Bluth’s particular style of animation.
In the basement that has haunted Barry Crimmins since he can remember, the acerbic comedian’s tongue falters for a moment as he hums and haws in the darkness. Eventually, unrehearsed words pour out and assemble themselves into a poignant justification for Bobcat Goldthwait’s documentary Call Me Lucky. Though the film ends up in this strange place, it begins as a seemingly garden-variety portrait of the political satirist and comedy club patron told mostly through interviews with his friends and family. But Goldthwait’s keen directorial eye and editing choices reveal the film’s sinister kernel – one that we won’t fully understand until much later (if ever).
Keep your eyes peeled for this Criterion Blogathon in November; yours truly will be participating by posting a review of Roman Polanski’s “Macbeth” (1971)!
Hello, fellow film buffs. We have been quiet for a little while, but with the #CriterionBlogathon just under a month away, we are about to roar!
Most importantly, we are imposing a deadline for topic choice submissions as of this Friday, October 23, 2015. We have updated the Blogathon roster here, and are currently at 170 topics. If you want to participate, this is the last call for you to secure a topic. After checking the roster, please complete this form to participate.
You may also be interested in the podcast that we recently recorded with Kristina over this past weekend. We discussed not only the blogosphere, blogathons, and online film community, but also this specific blogathon. Hopefully you will find it to be an interesting discussion. We certainly enjoyed it! Kristina blogged about her experience here.
The Blogathon will take place over six-days, from Monday, November 16th…
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