Sick Fuck pt. II – “Hereditary” Film Review

It has been fascinating to watch opinions evolve around Ari Aster's horror film Hereditary.  It had incredible advance hype, with critics gushing about how it was the scariest, most traumatizing movie in decades. https://youtu.be/V6wWKNij_1M Meanwhile, audience response has been much more tepid.  Maybe a letdown was inevitable. Although the film did well at the box office (with that much …

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Sick Fuck: advanced musings on “Hereditary”

In rallying my friends to see Ari Aster's debut feature Hereditary, which has already developed a fearsome reputation as the most traumatically terrifying film to come out in decades, I was reminded of an anecdote from my movie-watching past. Years ago, myself and my girlfriend of the time, Jen, wanted to spend a quiet evening at …

This new movie song is unbearably manipulative … so why the fuck can’t I stop listening?

"This is Me," the original song written for the film musical The Greatest Showman by Oscar-winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (of La La Land fame) just won the Golden Globe for Best Original Song, and is probably on track to win Pasek and Paul another Oscar in the same category. Here's the video:   https://youtu.be/xthfyWV2sQk   I don't …

The Nolanator: Comparing “Dunkirk” to “Inception”

At under two hours Dunkirk is short for a Nolan movie.  It plays with time, perception, point of view, and drowning imagery like many of Nolan's past films (Memento, The Prestige, Interstellar, and The Dark Knight trilogy).  Avclub.com had glowing things to say about it ... so why did it leave me feeling cold and unfulfilled?   …

Screenplay Fragment: Untitled “Dunwich Horror” Adaptation (Horror/Thriller/Mystery)

INT: STATE POLICE HEADQUARTERS - CHAD'S OFFICE - DAY The massive, crumbling BOOK that was found in the Dunwich house raid is spread on the desk.  Police analyst CHAD, 20s or 30s, pudgy and frumpily dressed, sits behind the desk, addressing FBI SPECIAL AGENT FRANCES "FRANKIE" MORGAN.  A small POMERANIAN DOG named Pablo yips around Chad's …