The Power of Clarice & The Silence of The Lambs

There are very few films that flirt with perfection. “The Silence of the Lambs” is one of those. This is partly due to Jonathan Demme’s eerie resonance throughout, the apt camera work, and the malformation of horror, thriller, mystery and pure character drama.

One thing that did it for sure? Clarice Starling. Our heroine is unlike others to grace the screen before her. Jodie Foster completely personifies this intelligent and brave FBI agent in training. She’s a tough southern belle with an openness and honesty that makes her intrinsically relatable. Her portrayal is one that is stunning in its ability to marry strength and vulnerability without it being a weakness Continue reading The Power of Clarice & The Silence of The Lambs

31 Days of Horror, Day 4: Honeymoon

By Kristy Strouse “Honeymoon” (2014) takes what should be one of the best moments of your life and ultimately makes it the worst. For contrast we’re first introduced to the leads of this limited cast: Bea (Rose Leslie) and Paul (Harry Treadaway) through their wedding video. They’re happy, telling stories about how they met and specific details that make their shared experiences so special. We … Continue reading 31 Days of Horror, Day 4: Honeymoon

31 Days of Horror, Day 1: The Invitation

An underrated mastery of the psyche “The Invitation” (2015) directed by Karyn Kusama is one of my favorite horror/thrillers in recent years. We’ve seen a lot of psychological distress on screen, but this is truly at its finest here. That churning tension of uncertainty that is introduced early, ruminates throughout, giving us a party that’s not quite what it seems.

Will (Logan Marshall-Green) and girlfriend Kira (Emayatzy Corinealdi) are invited to his ex-girlfriend Eden’s home (Tammy Blanchard) for a dinner party, he’s not really sure what to expect. When they arrive, they’re surrounded by several old friends, Eden’s new boyfriend David (Michiel Huisman) and some wildcard new acquaintances of the hosting couple, including Pruitt (John Carroll Lynch) who brings an extra element of creepiness. Continue reading 31 Days of Horror, Day 1: The Invitation

Retrospective Review: Leave No Trace

Debra Granik is an expert in creating stories with a naturalistic sense and giving us characters that are vulnerable, and organic. “Leave No Trace” (2018) is no exception. Will (Ben Foster) and his thirteen-year-old daughter Tom (Thomasin Mckenzie) live alone in a remote part of the woods. There they’ve survived, without technology or material things, and he’s taught her the skills needed to make it away from the world. Will desperately does not want to be found and the two practice drills to ensure Tom is ready if something happens. Is it for the best? The film tackles the familial impact in a new and gradually compelling way. Continue reading Retrospective Review: Leave No Trace

Appreciating Sofia Coppola & The Lasting Effect of The Virgin Suicides

Despite having the name Coppola, which some would consider to be a shoo-in within the film business, Sofia Coppola has made an imprint all on her own. As a prolific female writer and filmmaker, she’s brought intellectually stimulating, beautiful stories to life. Continue reading Appreciating Sofia Coppola & The Lasting Effect of The Virgin Suicides