I have to return some videotapes.
"You wanna play games motherfucker? Alright. I'll play."
Darren Lynn Bousman's 'Spiral' looks to reinvent the series by playing things straight and as grounded as can be, a police mystery where a new investigation centers on detectives murdered in traps evoking the works of the long-deceased Jigsaw killer, John Kramer. Chris Rock tries hard here, but the shouted exposition and idiotic moves turn him, and virtually everyone else, into unlikable protagonists - this helps me root against them when they're…
"Your conscience isn't a source of strength, it's your Achilles heel."
Colin Minihan's 'What Keeps You Alive' brings your typical 'cabin in the woods' tropes while offering up something refreshing at the same time. Beautiful looking and wonderfully scored by star Brittany Allen, the film thrusts a same sex couple into an idyllic lakeside cabin for a weekend getaway in celebration of their one year anniversary. The mysteries about the past quickly unravel and nothing is as it seems as…
"Happy New Year! Happy New Year!"
A series of nomadic interactions and vignettes under gorgeous, weather-stricken skies paints the beautiful picture that is Chloe Zhao's 'Nomadland,' emotionally driven by a wonderful performance from Frances McDormand, where each wrinkle and imperfection on her face reveals a painful memory or a shocking upheaval in her life. It's a film that speaks volumes by sometimes saying nothing, unveiling the way of the nomads that most of us likely never knew about - it's…
"I hope these assholes like hospital food."
Bob Odenkirk as a lighter John Wick? Check. A killer soundtrack that totally fits with what's unfolding? Check. Heavy gore blending well with incredible comedic timing? Check.
Ilya Naishuller's 'Nobody' is a wonderful treat, a great return to the cinemas after not having been in such a long time, and Odenkirk's Hutch Mansell, beyond sporting a damn cool name, makes for one of my favorite action heroes in a long while. He's highly…