It Follows (Review)

Trolling around the internet, I didn’t find many negative opinions about It Follows. It’s notable that the two I did both had the same complaint: it can’t stick to its own rules. That’s what I was fixated on too while watching it: the rules – what they were, and whether they worked. Those reviews, by…

Spetters (Review)

Spoilers throughout. Spetters is a film by Paul Verhoeven, so you know it’s nasty, brutish and long. In this case, it’s also a kind of response to Saturday Night Fever, for what that’s worth. We have a gang of directionless, ethnically-identified youth who are nominally friends but the bonds don’t seem to run very deep,…

Knock-down Argument, Bra!

Idiot Strawman Argument of the Day award goes to Nick Martucci, who tweets the following: Birth control? BAN IT! Abortion? BAN IT! Gay marriage? BAN IT! Guns? Look, banning things never works. People will find ways to get them. Oh SNAP! You gotem’, Tiger! Except … wait, what "ban" on gay marriage? Was there ever…

The Changeling – 1980 (Review)

If you were writing a manor ghost story set in America, where would you put the house? Connecticut? New York? Savannah? New Orleans? Everyone will have his own list, of course, but Seattle is at the top of none of them. It’s just not the sort of place you think of for a manor ghost…

Nightcrawler (Review)

There are those movies which lean on the performance of their iconic lead. Then there are those movies that are trying to be one of the movies that leans on the performance of its iconic lead. Nightcrawler is thoroughly and obviously in the latter category. It’s not that the lead is bad. He’s not. Jake…