Possessor has me vexed. This sci-fi horror movie from the son of legendary director David Cronenberg, Brandon Cronenberg, is visually dynamic and compelling in a disturbing fashion. But, what is the movie about? I am not sure I know what Brandon Cronenberg is intending to say with this movie that carries themes about identity, gender, violence and psychopathy. It’s a film packed with ideas but none of those ideas resonates as much as I believe they should.
Cagefighter: Worlds Collide stars Alex ‘Mean’ Montagnani as Reiss Gibbons, the Light Heavyweight Champion of the World in Legends MMA, the film approximation of UFC. Gina Gershon co-stars as Max, the Dana White character, a promoter always on the lookout for the big money fight. Max appears to have found her next big money fight when she books a professional wrestler named Randy Stone (AEW star Jonathan ‘Moxley’ Good) to face Reiss.
The Lie is one of the dumber movies I have seen in a long while. This sleezy production from Blumhouse Productions, better known for cheap horror, than anything remotely like The Lie, wants to put you in the awkward position of being the parents of a child who has murdered a friend. The filmmakers want you to ask what you would do in order to protect your child from going to prison for murder. For a good person, this question is very easy. For the low brain-power characters of The Lie it’s a plot contrivance.
Once Upon a River is as close that movies have come to portraying unending despair outside of holocaust documentaries. The suffering on display in Once Upon a River may be mostly emotional for the protagonist, a teenage half native American girl, but it is so unending and unflinchingly presented, that it falls over viewers like London fog, deep, thick, and unsparing in its consumption of all around it.
This review is something of an experiment. I am hoping that by the end of this writing I will know for sure whether or not I actually like or don’t like the newly released horror movie, Alive starring Angus MacFadyen. I am genuinely of two minds on the movie. On one hand, I watched all the way to the end and I really wanted to know how it all turned out. On the other hand, the lead performances are mediocre at best and only the clumsy mystery at the center of the story kept me watching.
Now is not the time for the movie The Keeper. A movie highlighting a story of reconciliation between victims of the Nazis and a Nazi soldier has no place in a world where Nazi propaganda and fascism is once again on the rise. Regardless of the good intentions at the heart of the movie and at the heart of the filmmakers, we need not demonstrate compassion or acceptance for people who fight on the side of Nazi ideology no matter how much they claim that they did so against their will.