Screening Room: Dune: Part 2, Spaceman, Io Capitano, Dr. Cheon and the Lost Talisman
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Dune: Part Two, Spaceman, Io Capitano, Dr. Cheon and the Lost Talisman, Oscar picks The post Screening Room: Dune: Part 2, Spaceman, Io Capitano, Dr. Cheon and the Lost Talisman appeared first on Maddwolf ..read more
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The Doctor Is Real In
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3d ago
Dr. Cheon and the Lost Talisman by Hope Madden Modern horror is littered with fake ghosthunter tales, films about scammers who come face to face with the evil they’re certain doesn’t exist. Kim Seong-sik’s Dr. Cheon and the Lost Talisman begins down a similar path. Dr. Cheon (Gang Dong-won) leads his assistant/technician In-bae (Lee Dong-hwi) into the garden of a wealthy family whose bitchy teenage daughter they presume is possessed. She is, of course, just teenaged. Dr. Cheon convinces the family that it’s the house, he exorcises the house, tells the family what they want to hear, and all’s w ..read more
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Fright Club: Skeletons in the Closet, 2024 Oscar Nominees
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4d ago
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! We get to celebrate the terrible decisions some of this year’s Oscar nominees have made in their careers. Why? Because we sincerely love them—the movies and their stars. Join us as we comb through this year’s Oscar nominees’ bad horror past. 5. In Dreams (1999): Annette Bening  and Robert Downey Jr. It’s a twofer! Nominees for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor, Annette Bening and Robert Downey Jr. joined director Neil Jordan (In the Company of Wolves, Interview with a Vampire, Byzantium) for this gender fluid serial killer/fairy tale mash u ..read more
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The Worm Will Turn
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4d ago
Dune: Part Two by Hope Madden and George Wolf Never trust the white guy. Is that the theme of Denis Villeneuve’s second installment of the Frank Herbert sci-fi epic? A colonizer twists religion to convince a huge population to act in their own worst interests? Sounds more like modern times, but maybe the blandly named Paul (Timothée Chalamet) really is The One. Dune: Part Two is as breathtaking a vision as Villeneuve’s 2021 Part One. And it’s a better film, benefitting immeasurably from the freedom of exposition that weighed down Part One. The sequel rides intensity and action from its opening ..read more
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Coen My Way?
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1w ago
Drive-Away Dolls by Hope Madden and George Wolf Is the flattery still sincerest if you’re imitating yourself? Because about 15 minutes into Drive-Away Dolls, the first installment of a lesbian B-movie trilogy from director/co-writer Ethan Coen and co-writer Tricia Cooke (Coen’s longtime producer/editor/wife), you can’t ignore how much this film reminds you of Coen Brothers movies. And yes, better Coen Brothers movies. Like The Big Lebowski, Burn After Reading, Barton Fink and A Serious Man, all of which get subtle and not-so-subtle nods in a twisting story of two young women and a mysterious ..read more
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Glad I Spent It With You
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by maddwolf
1w ago
Perfect Days by Hope Madden Wim Wenders is having a year. Though his epic 3D documentary Anselm somehow regrettably missed out on a Best Documentary nomination from the Academy, his unhurried slice-of-life Perfect Days caught their attention. Nominated for Best International Film, Wenders’s lovely drama tails Hirayama (Koji Yakusho, perfection) through about two weeks in his life. Hirayama doesn’t have a lot to say, but he misses nothing in his days driving from public restroom to public restroom with Tokyo Toilet written on the back of his pristine blue jumpsuit. Tools in rubber-gloved hand ..read more
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Community Organizer
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1w ago
Ordinary Angels by George Wolf It’s understandable if Ordinary Angels seems familiar. Hilary Swank playing a tireless do-gooder in a based-on-true-events drama with a vaguely inspirational title is probably going to feel that way. And while the film does rely on plenty of broad-brushing, it ultimately mines enough nuance to find some genuine feels, as well. Swank plays Sharon Stevens, a hard-partying beauty salon owner in Kentucky who’s hoping one day to mend the relationship with her estranged son, Derek (Dempsey Byrk). While waiting at the grocery store checkout, a local newspaper story give ..read more
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A Walk in the Woods
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1w ago
Lovely, Dark, and Deep by Hope Madden What is the draw of the deep woods? Ticks? High likelihood of injury with haphazard chances of rescue? Cocaine bears? Even the obvious reasons to steer clear of the woods can’t deter a lot of people. Writer/director Teresa Sutherland’s Lovely, Dark, and Deep links two risks that have haunted writers and creators throughout existence. Some people go crazy in the woods, and many get lost in there and never come out. “And into the forest I must go, to lose my mind and find my soul.” John Muir said that. The “father of the National Parks” may not have predicte ..read more
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Holy Sanctimony
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1w ago
God & Country by George Wolf When Rob Schenck was a young pastor, he was told never to prepare a sermon without consulting the Theological Dictionary of the New Testament, edited by Gerhard Kittel. Years later, Schenck learned that Kittel was also the man who gave Hitler a Christian blessing for his Final Solution. “That was an eye opener,” Schenck admits. The point—that there is no limit to what radical Christianity can be used to justify—is what drives God & Country. And much of the film’s success comes from how it combats that fanaticism with a measured, confident deconstruction. Di ..read more
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Fantastic Mr. Fox Corpse
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1w ago
Stopmotion by Hope Madden There will be moments when you’re watching Robert Morgan’s macabre vision Stopmotion that you’ll think you see the twists as they’re coming. That’s a trick. Morgan, writing with Robin King, assumes you’ll catch the handful of common horror twists, but he knows that you won’t predict the real story unfolding. Although you should because he’s given you every clue. Aisling Franciosi (The Nightingale) is Ella. She’d like to make her own stop-motion animated film, but instead she’s helping her mom finish hers. Ella’s domineering mother Suzanne (Stella Gonet, very stern) is ..read more
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