Review of “Test Pattern (2019)”

When looking for a new film to watch this week, I saw this listed in the SNF Parkway’s virtual theater and its synopsis sounded as though it would be pertinent to 2021. Having never heard of this film or its director beforehand, I wondered what kind of experience I would be in for, and I was not let down in the slightest. What follows is a deeply personal story of sexual assault and the nature of fractures that occur in life after- not any form of easy viewing.

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Halloween in December: “Us”

Party time is over (for now) and for the 26th I thought I’d revisit Jordan Peele with his horror follow-up to Get Out: a new venture starring Lupita Nyong’o, Us. While certainly serving up some new offerings in terms of technical ability, there are inevitable comparisons to Get Out, and I’m not entirely sure that trade-off quite pays dividends. That isn’t to say that this film is not an easy recommendation, though, because it is!

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Review of “Song Without a Name”

Song Without a Name (Canción sin nombre) had its debut at numerous film fests throughout the second half of 2019, and finally became available for me to watch fairly recently. Despite hearing some positive buzz about it, I deliberately attempted to view this film as blind as possible: only knowing that it was set in 1988 Peru during a huge time of political turmoil, and the disappearance of the main character’s newborn child. What was it that gave such positive hype to those who have seen it? I wanted to know. And now I have a multitude of my own thoughts. Continue reading

Thoughts on “The Lodge (2019)”

Billed as an “arthouse horror” film, The Lodge (2019) certainly puts forth the effort of Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz. However, while the film has its merits, it certainly falls short of doing anything spectacular, even though it still has its moments and redeeming qualities. Why did this film fall short in comparison to instant classics like Ari Aster’s Hereditary and Midsommar, or Robert Egger’s The Witch? Let’s explore.

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