Bacurau (2020) delivers bleeding edge social satire and gleeful grindhouse thrills in equal measure.

There’s something disquietingly relevant about “Bacurau” that elevates it above the pack of class warfare movies vying to artistically interpret the current dystopian zeitgeist. Sharper than “Knives Out”, more metaphorical than “Parasite” and high calibre than “The Hunt”, there’s something in the premise of this brutal Brazilian satirical thriller that anticipated and therefore parallels the…

The discomfort movie of the moment. Contagion (2011) Review

Having been concentrating on comfort movies recently, I took a break to take in what, in the present climate, is almost the diametric opposite of a comfort movie. Steven Soderbergh’s chillingly prescient docudrama “Contagion” covers the terrifying rapidity with which an aggressive and deadly new disease emerges in the far east and spreads to every…

What Underwater (2020) lacks in depth it makes up for in pressure.

You know that scene in “Fast & Furious 8” when Dom, vacationing in Cuba, is forced into racing his nephew’s clapped out motor against the local street racing kingpin? Before the race, they strip that jalopy of every ounce of unnecessary weight, stripping it down to the bare essentials creating a lean, efficient racing machine….

Black Christmas (1975) is a seasonal slasher pioneer

Christmas has always been a time for scary stories and while there are the likes of “Gremlins” to choose from at the milder end of the spooky spectrum, there are also more than a few that register much, much higher on the festive fear scale. Chief amongst these is 1975’s “Black Christmas”, a film which…