Category: Reviews

To Avoid: Ten Minutes Gone

So this was a bust. Perhaps a bit of explanation is in order.  I’ve been painting a LOT of figures for miniature wargames lately, and chewed through most of what YouTube has to offer a hobbyist in my preferred genres.  That means trawling the muck of streaming services for...

Wander – Solid Recommend

For the second time in a row, I find myself recommending a film about a guy who loses his daughter and in the aftermath goes a little off his rocker.  Do I have a type, or is this a trend? From the wet and cold wilds of the Pacific...

The Silencing – A Conditional Recommendation

If you’re struggling to find anything worth watching on Amazon’s Prime stream, you could do a lot worse than “The Silencing”.  It’s a tight little thriller about a former badass tracker whose daughter went missing a couple of years back.  Since then he has tried to become the man...

Take Shelter

Not sure I can recommend this flick, but it’s worth talking about why. First, the good news: It’s one of the most interesting character study films I’ve seen in a while.  For those who don’t know, a character study is a film whose overt plot is just an excuse...

An Eerily Good Show

The good stuff. Back in the early 1990’s director Joe Dante (Matinee, Gremlins) made a little low-budget anthology show called Eerie, Indiana, that deserves a lot more love than it gets. The simple premise is that 14-year old Marshall Teller’s family drags him from New Jersey to a small town...

Confederacy Ascendant

Been thinking about A Confederacy of Dunces a lot lately. For those who haven’t read it, this picaresque novel by John Kennedy Toole is about a bona-fide dyed-in-the-wool gamma male who bumbles his way through life. He is the kind of guy who goes to movies specifically to hate on...

Counterpart: An Early and Hesitant Recommendation

You guys might like this one. The marketing kind of kills a big reveal – suprise! there’s an alternate earth and our main character’s double shows up in “our” timeline to wreak havoc.  J. K. Simmons plays two very different Howard Silk’s – one casual and friendly if a...

True Detective Season Three: One Final Thought

Most of Hollywood’s offerings are dismissive affairs, driven in part by a desire to hack away at the roots of Western Civilization. And then you have True Detective. The third season features one of the most profoundly pro-Christian messages ever shown on TV. One of the threads that runs through...

True Detective: Season Three

True Detective is an anthology series – a rarity in American television – and each of the three seasons produced…to date.  Everyone loves the first season, a gripping delve into weird sex cults and powerful pedophile rings down in the bayou.  Most people hate the second season, a look...

A Testament to True Detective

There is a strange thing about the show True Detective that I haven’t seen anyone mention before, and it’s a good thing. These shows – each season represents a self-contained 8-10 hour movie than one episode in an on-going narrative – are at their heart mysteries on tow orders:...