Review: Cocaine Bear

Year: 2023 Runtime: 95 minutes Director: Elizabeth Banks Writer: Jimmy Warden Actors: Keri Russell, Alden Ehrenreich, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Ray Liotta, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Brooklyn Prince, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Margo Martindale By Caelyn O’Reilly As Anne Boleyn probably once said, execution is everything. Every year, dozens of movies with attention-grabbing animal attack premises flop onto streaming services (I remember the days when they clogged up … Continue reading Review: Cocaine Bear

Femme Filmmakers Festival 7 Review: Love is Just a Death Away

Year: 2022 Runtime: 11 minutes Director: Bára Anna Stejskalová By Caelyn O’Reilly “Love is Just a Death Away” is a beauteous little film about finding love in unlikely places.  It’s also about corpse-puppeteering brain parasites. Stop-motion animation seems to always have a fascination with the macabre, the misunderstood, and societal outcasts. From Burton-produced features like “The Nightmare Before Christmas”(1993) and “Frankenweenie”(2012) to the entire filmography … Continue reading Femme Filmmakers Festival 7 Review: Love is Just a Death Away

Femme Filmmakers Festival 7 Review: Cimetière

Year: 2022 Runtime: 10 minutes Director/Writer: Sophie B. Jacques Actors: Sophie B Jacques, Jason Roy-Leveillee, Marianne Farley, Marc-Andre Doucet-Beauchamp By Caelyn O’Reilly “Cimetière” is a comfortingly Halloweeny short from French-Canadian writer/director (and in this case, actor) Sophie B Jacques. It follows two people sneaking into a graveyard before beginning a probing conversation about life and death that gets very personal. I love the film’s pumpkin-flavoured … Continue reading Femme Filmmakers Festival 7 Review: Cimetière

Mini Review: Like the Ones I Used to Know

Year: 2022 Runtime: 18 minutes Director/Writer: Annie St-Pierre Actors: Lilou Roy-Lanouette, Steve Laplante By Caelyn O’Reilly “Like the Ones I Used to Know” (or “Les Grandes Claques”) is the latest short film from Quebecois director Annie St-Pierre. An emotionally hard-hitting tale of a distant father and daughter at Christmas. First off, I love the way the two titles each use their different connotations to hit … Continue reading Mini Review: Like the Ones I Used to Know

Review: Fall

Year: 2022 Runtime: 107 minutes Director: Scott Mann Writers: Jonathan Frank, Scott Mann Actors: Grace Caroline Currey, Virginia Gardner, Mason Gooding, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Jasper Cole, Darrell Dennis, Bamm Ericsen, Julia Pace Mitchell By Caelyn O’Reilly When I first saw the trailer for “Fall” I got so excited to see the latest entry in my favourite hyper-specific genre of film; thrillers about extremely competent women … Continue reading Review: Fall

Review: Ultrasound

Year: 2021 Runtime: 103 minutes Director: Rob Schroeder Writer: Conor Stechschulte Stars: Vincent Kartheiser, Chelsea Lopez, Breeda Wool, Tunde Adepimpe, Rainey Qualley, Bob Stephenson By Caelyn O’Reilly “Ultrasound”(2021) is a film that seems to be pitching itself as cerebral or head-trippy, compared in review quotes in its trailer to “Memento”(2000) and “Primer”(2004). It’s clear from the outset that the creators are indeed attempting to create … Continue reading Review: Ultrasound

Don’t Breathe 2: A Ghoulish Failure: Review

Year: 2021 Runtime: 98 minutes Director: Rodo Sayagues Writers: Rodo Sayagues, Fede Alvarez Actors: Stephen Lang, Madelyn Grace, Brendan Sexton III, Adam Young, Rocci Williams, Christian Zagia, Fiona O’Shaughnessy, Bobby Schofield By Caelyn O’Reilly Content Warning: Discussions of physical and sexual abuse  I find that every year there are cinematic trends that seem to keep popping up, not just in the obvious ways in production … Continue reading Don’t Breathe 2: A Ghoulish Failure: Review

Review: Escape Room – Tournament of Champions

effects, snappy pacing and genuinely engaging characters you wanted to see survive. It was perhaps lost in discussions of recent horror successes under the fawning praise for the Jordan Peeles and Ari Asters of the world, but it definitely deserves more attention. It ends with an extremely blatant bit of sequel bait, something that – done poorly – can seem obnoxiously self-assured or if attached to a complete bomb that never gets a follow-up, accidentally hilarious (hello, Dark Universe). But this film’s sequel hook was exciting and made me earnestly look forward to a potential second entry. And after the slight disappointment that was “Spiral” earlier this year, it made me look forward to this puzzle-heavy serialized horror sequel all the more. And unlike that film, “Escape Room: Tournament of Champions” largely delivers on its promise.  Continue reading Review: Escape Room – Tournament of Champions

Review: F9

Year: 2021 Runtime: 143 minutes Director: Justin Lin Writers: Daniel Casey, Justin Lin, Alfredo Botello Actors: Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Nathalie Emmanuel, Charlize Theron, John Cena, Helen Mirren, Kurt Russell, Sung Kang By Caelyn O’Reilly ** Spoiler Alert: There are spoilers in the review below. If you haven’t seen “F9” yet, please be aware major plot points will be discussed.** … Continue reading Review: F9

The Conjuring 3 Forgets What Made The Series Great

By Caelyn O’Reilly The “Conjuring” franchise has been a consistent player in multiplexes worldwide since the first film’s debut back in 2013, and the series has remained in the top five grossing horror films every year that one has released since. Only two years have gone by since then without a new entry in cinemas, 2015 and 2020 (the latter for obvious reasons). To put … Continue reading The Conjuring 3 Forgets What Made The Series Great