Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City Review (from Someone Who has Played the Video Games)

Year: 2021 Runtime: 100 mins Director: Johannes Roberts Writer: Johannes Roberts, Greg Russo Cast: Kaya Scodelario, Avan Jogia, Hannah John-Kamen, Robbie Amell, Tom Hopper By Mique Watson Alas, the Hollywood machine’s unhinged devotion to cold, hard capitalism persists. I should preface this review by stating that I have played “Resident Evil 1 & 2”, the games which this film is based on (and I love … Continue reading Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City Review (from Someone Who has Played the Video Games)

Interview: Scarecrow Video Chats About Their Favorite Films of 2021 Directed by Women

By Joan Amenn It’s already that time of year when film fans start compiling lists of their favorites and the great team at Scarecrow Video are jotting them down and checking them twice. We got to sit down with Emalie Soderback and Kevin Clarke from Scarecrow’s fun YouTube program, “VIVA PHYSICAL MEDIA!” which you should definitely check out (VIVA PHYSICAL MEDIA episode 28 – YouTube) … Continue reading Interview: Scarecrow Video Chats About Their Favorite Films of 2021 Directed by Women

The Big Sleep and the Femme Noir: #Noirvember Retrospective

By Joan Amenn Few actresses are indelibly linked to the genre of film noir as Lauren Bacall. Thanks in no small part to her falling in love with her co-star Humphrey Bogart while making her film debut in “To Have and Have Not” (1944) Bacall became the female counterpart to his noir “tough guy” image. Their chemistry was so electric they were teamed up two … Continue reading The Big Sleep and the Femme Noir: #Noirvember Retrospective

“Fallen Angel”: #Noirvember Review

a noir classic, “Fallen Angel” is an interesting case study in how the gender roles of the 1940s have transformed into what we deem acceptable in today’s society. The film’s narrative is hardly spectacular, and is rather formulaic with a twist that you can see a mile off. However, what makes the film memorable is its performances, especially from Alice Faye who manages to bring some much needed humanity and depth to this pulpy B-movie noir.  Continue reading “Fallen Angel”: #Noirvember Review

Only Murders in the Building and the Modern Noir Femme Fatale

By Joan Amenn Caution: Spoilers! When “Only Murders in the Building” (2021) premiered a few months ago, it was bound to receive some mixed reviews. Both co-stars Martin Short and Steve Martin can be polarizing in their unique brands of humor. You either like them or you don’t. However, the real star of the show is Selena Gomez who plays Mabel Mora, a reimagined femme … Continue reading Only Murders in the Building and the Modern Noir Femme Fatale

Film Review: Son of Monarchs

Year: 2020 Runtime: 97 minutes Director: Alexis Gambis Writer: Alexis Gambis Actors: Tenoch Huerta, Noe Hernandez, Alexia Rasmussen, William Mapother By Tom Moore Outside of filmmaking, writer/director Alexis Gambis also works as a biologist and his newest film, “Son of Monarchs”(2021), brings these two worlds together in a personal story about facing past trauma. The film follows a Mexican biologist living in America named Mendel … Continue reading Film Review: Son of Monarchs