Month: May 2021

Paul Raci: Master of Reality

It was a long time coming, but Paul Raci finally received his dues when Darius Marder’s Sound of Metal was unveiled at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. Having grown up as the hearing child of

Jovan Adepo’s Extraordinary Everymen

Welcome to Filmographies, a column for completists. Every edition brings a working actor’s resumé into focus as we learn about what makes them so compelling. In this entry, we spotlight the filmography of Jovan Adepo. Jovan Adepo

‘All-American Murder’ Could Be the Funniest Movie You’ll Watch This Year

Vinegar Syndrome remains one of the great indie home video labels, and each month they bring forgotten genre gems and old favorites back to life on Blu-ray. Their latest releases include All-American Murder with Christopher


Did you ever wonder how Cruella De Vil, the vampy fiend from Disney’s “101 Dalmatians,” became evil enough to want to kill puppies and skin them for fur coats? You didn’t? Ah, well—there’s a movie about

Amazon Prime’s Panic Lacks Urgency of Youth

Amazon Prime continues its pattern of high-concept teen-driven shows like the incredibly effective “The Wilds” with today’s full-season drop of “Panic,” based on the 2014 book of the same name by Lauren Oliver. With a very smart


Since early notices following its world premiere at Sundance 2020, Surge – the first feature from director Aneil Karia – has been labelled a British equivalent to Falling Down, Joel Schumacher’s 1993 thriller in which


“This vacation is far from idyllic,” remarks Frankie, a former film star and reluctant matriarch played by Isabelle Huppert. The narrative mainstay of the horrible holiday during which repressed middle class emotion threatens to overflow

Skull: The Mask

It’s not often that you deeply wish a horror film would just treat its slashing killer with the kind of story that Roger hated, the dead teenager movie. But then there’s a Shudder title like

The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

The third instalment in The Conjuring franchise (which has already spawned spin-offs The Nun and the Annabelle series, with another one based around The Crooked Man in the works) is the first not to be

Ravin Gandhi on Directing “100 Days to Live”

Ravin Gandhi is a well-established entrepreneur and businessman in Chicago who loved movies so much that he decided to try his hand at writing and directing one. His film “100 Days to Live” debuted to “satisfyingly positive reviews,” he