‘The Who of You’ Frames Body-Swapping and Desperation Into A Premise That Feels Familiar

Ask yourself this question. What would you do if you could change identities seemingly on the fly? Would you use it as a temporary escape and could you do it knowing that you are upending someone else’s life entirely? These are the questions that ‘The Who of You,’ the third episode of the newest Twilight Zone series season, is a cross between Invasion of the Body Snatchers and frenetically paced premise mixed with comedy and drama. We meet Harry Pine (Ethan Embry) who is a struggling actor that

Z' Cautions About An Imaginary Friend Gone Bad, But Hints At Something More Sinister

At first glance, Z takes on the look like your conventional child-is-haunted by an unnamed entity horror movie. Directed by Brandon Christensen, the movie follows the Parsons family, Kevin (Sean Rogerson), Beth (Keegan Connor Tracy), and their song, Josh (Jett Klyne). Everything seems to be for them – a beautiful house and a fun-loving family unit to boast. If you are familiar with any horror movie, this arrangement is way too good to be true. This is until Josh starts playing with an imaginary

‘Downtime’ Presents A Quick and Classic Feeling Episode That Blurs the Lines Between Real and Artificial

The J.G. Dillard directed and Jordan Peele written ‘Downtime’ is a central narrative-based sprint. In most of the first season of the revived CBS iteration, many of the episodes offered a critique on current events. Every once in a while, it’s nice to pull back from that and dive into the more sci-fi character elements. It’s something that the original series balanced fairly well and ‘Downtime’ drops the audience into its story immediately. We meet Michelle (Morena Baccarin), a newly promoted m

Twilight Zone’s ‘Meet in the Middle’ Shows the Spendor and Delusions of Human Connectivity

Due to the ongoing pandemic, let’s just say human interaction is altered for the time being. Handshakes and hugs have been substituted for Zoom meetings and Netflix watch parties. Who knows how long will it go? As much as we entrench ourselves in a more digital background, the craving for shared human emotion will always be a prevalent thing. The first episode of CBS’ revival of The Twilight Zone, ‘Meet Me In The Middle’ tries to tackle this very notion within a 40-minute container. How far woul

'On the Record' Is A Compelling Watch That Gives Black Women A Voice Within MeToo

The ‘Me Too’ movement has its beginnings in 2006. It was first as a viral hashtag on My Space by activist/creator Tarana Burke. This was done to create a community around women of color who had been victims of sexual assault. Many people in the world have come to know the movement around #MeToo’s 2017 resurgence concerning Harvey Weinstein. Actress Alyssa Milano encouraged other women to speak out about their experiences. During the opening of the On The Record, Burke speaks about how Black wome

Batman Begins At 15: The Start Of A Legendary Trilogy

In a trilogy world whereexists, I feel thatis not talked about enough in being one of the great superhero origin films. After the extreme campiness of 1997’sthe franchise needed a definite restructuring. Christopher Nolan, who was coming off a directorial run of 2000’sand 2002’s, was the perfect choice to usher in a Batman who was steeped in realism and less in the high glitz of the past. The heart of 2005’s Batman Begins is that the Gotham in the movie could exist anywhere. It’s a slow rot fro

Two Episodes In, 'Stargirl' Proves To Be A Fun and Enjoyable Watch

DC’s forever growing roulette of T.V. shows has a lot of developing pieces to it at the current moment. This ranges from shows like The Flash and Supergirl on The CW to Titans and Doom Patrol on DC Universe’s streaming service. There are different flavors for everyone. From those who prefer more family-oriented programming to something a little more gritty. These stories and crossovers have grown to become more grandiose as the years have gone by. It’s an ideal time to introduce a lesser-known c

The Allure of the Snyder Cut and Where We Go From Here

I remember the first time I sat in my seat with my friends and watched 2017’s Justice League in theaters. You mean I get to see the likes of Batman, Wonder Woman, and The Flash on screen together? Was it a little rushed? I’ll give you that. Two movies rolling into a team-up is pretty quick. Now, if you’re looking across the row at Marvel, they were already two Avengers movie in and another team-up movie with Guardians of the Galaxy in the bag. Ok, DC – let’s see what you got. Unless you were li

The Death of Anakin Skywalker: 15 Years of 'Revenge of the Sith'

Within the beginning of 2005’s Revenge of the Sith, Yoda (Frank Oz) and Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) meet to talk about his reoccurring premonitions. Some of the words are a callback to Yoda’s warning of how fear can fester into darker emotions. A young Anakin stood before him in 1999’s The Phantom Menace speaking about missing his mother. In this scene, it’s not only Yoda’s words that have power, but also the framing of the lighting. Yoda’s face is not obscured by the darkness, but Ana

Ten Years Of 'A Nightmare On Elm Street' and the Pitfalls of Remaking A Classic Horror Film

Who could ever forget the opening of the late Wes Craven’s 1984 horror classic, A Nightmare On Elm Street? Charles Bernstein’s score is paired with the visuals of Freddy Krueger’s sharpening steak knives into his trademark glove. He chases Tina Gray (Amanda Wyss) through a dimly lit and desolate boiler room to what we would soon find out is a dream. When doing a remake, the pressure to live up to the substance of the original film is hard enough. Imagine doing this to one of the most famous slas

'The Way Back' Provides A Realistic Story About Recovery With A Strong Performance From Ben Affleck

Director Gavin O’Connor has more than enough experience when it comes to working with the “come-from-behind” sports stories. (He directed 2004’s Miracle and 2011’s Warrior). The flawed, unlikely, redemption seeking archetype is something that has been prevalent throughout movie history. We love to see people arise from their struggles and aspire to something greater. When you’re discussing things in terms of addiction, oftentimes, this is more difficult to obtain. Relapses happen and there are m

‘The Invisible Man’ Gets A Suspenseful, Modern Update Where Abuse and Use of Power Are the Horrors

I remember the first time viewing the 1933 version of director James Whale’s The Invisible Man which was an adaptation of H.G. Wells novel for the first time. Particularly, the scene where Claude Reigns unveils being invisible for the first time and the maniacal laughter that followed after. The special effects were well ahead of its time and the story dealt with the conundrum of having such power. Something like that can corrupt even the purest of men. 2020’s Hollow Man also explores this simil

‘The Lodge’ Is A Ominous Expose of Confined Horror and Accumulated Emotional Trauma

Being within a confined space can be a terrifying experience for some. The best examples of this in previous horror movies are 1980’s The Shining (oddly enough, in an enclosed, snowy setting) and 2005’s The Descent. Characters come face to face with their demons; whether it be a physical or mental personification of that. Sometimes, isolation brings out the worst of us. The experiences that hurt us previously turn us into the “monster.” The Lodge continues the recent trend in horror on how ugly

'The Photograph' Utilizes Solid Performances To Elevate A Time Spanning Love Story

Can you truly have it all? Love is always going to require sacrifice. Is it possible to experience it without losing a part of yourself? If you decide to defer it, can you ever get that moment back again? Think back to the 80’s rom-com movies where two characters lock into a gaze and it seems like the world disappears around them. Sometimes, love presents itself and you figure out the details later. The Photograph is a movie that ponders both sides of that coin. Director/writer Stella Meghie pre

'The Assistant' Is A Powerful Depiction of A Horrible Boss and A Workplace That Enables Him

Sit back and think about what the job type of an assistant means to you. You picture someone doing the most mundane tasks such as getting coffee or making copies. It’s also implied that there’s a certain amount of abuse that’s taken with the title. Think of depictions of media like old HBO show, Entourage with the characters of Ari Gold and Lloyd. In October 2017, the New York Times published 12 accounts of women who had accused film producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault and harassment. Th

'Fantasy Island' Is A Missed Opportunity To Re-imagine A Classic Show Into Something Suspenseful

The first episode of Fantasy Island aired on ABC on January 28th, 1978 starting Ricardo Montalbán as Mr. Roarke. A character who presided over a mysterious island that granted visitors their wildest fantasies – albeit for a price. There was usually a caveat or a lesson to be learned. Nothing can be given back without something being taken, right? You look at this basic plot and it seems ripe for a horror remake. Or at least a suspenseful update at best. This was the task of Blumhouse and directo

'Sonic The Hedgehog's Nostalgia and Simplistic Story Provides An Enjoyable Experience

In 1991, those who picked up a Sega Genesis got acquainted with a blue, speedy hedgehog with a penchant for gold rings and peace signs. Where Nintendo had Super Mario, Sonic the Hedgehog became the mascot for Sega Genesis. The first trailer for the Sonic the Hedgehog movie was met with intense backlash over the character’s redesign. Sonic sported a more human look that also came with human teeth. (The original game was only in 8-bit, but I don’t remember Sonic with molars.) With that, the movie

'Gretel & Hansel' is both a visually pleasing and an emotionally macabre update of an old tale

Fairy tales are a tough thing to adapt in a movie sense. Especially when they vary in length or have been ingrained in literary history for a long time. (In this case, Hansel and Gretel was originally published by the Brothers Grimm in 1812) Everybody should be familiar with the simple tale of a brother, a sister, an appetite, and a witch in the woods who is more than ready to provide food and shelter underlying a more insidious purpose. Director Osgood Perkins has shown his inventive muscle wi
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