Film

The Stanford Prison Experiment

The Stanford Prison Experiment

| January 12, 2016

I’m constantly thankful for the opportunities writing for Filmmonthly affords me.  Inevitably, some of my favorite films from each year are ones I get to review.  Many are like The Stanford Prison Experiment in that I had no idea they existed before the offer to review them comes through. I was somewhat familiar with The […]

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Everest

Everest

| January 9, 2016

Climbing Mount Everest has evolved from a rare endeavor for those bold enough to attempt it to a commercial enterprise where anyone with enough money and guts can hire a guide to help them get to the summit.  In 1996, a record number of people all attempted to get to the top at the same […]

The Gambler

The Gambler

| January 8, 2016

They say the house always wins.  Vincentas (Vytoutus Kaniusonis) knows this firsthand as he’s managed to accumulate a hefty gambling debt at the race track.  Being beaten by debt collectors and constantly falling deeper and deeper into debt might be enough to motivate anyone to turn things around and realize that gambling is not a […]

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Cherry Tree

Cherry Tree

| January 8, 2016

One of Hammer Films’s first productions after its 2000s resurrection was David Keating’s Wake Wood, a tale of grieving parents who make a bargain to bring their daughter back to life. It was fairly well-received, but did not receive much attention here in the States. Keating makes a return to British occult horror with his […]

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Sinister 2

Sinister 2

| January 8, 2016

Sequels are always a tricky thing to get right, and horror sequels have their own unique demands. Stray too far from the things that made the first film a success and people will be confused; stick too close to formula and they might get bored. It’s a tough balancing act that only gets more difficult […]

The Look of Silence

The Look of Silence

| January 6, 2016

When I first witnessed the trailer for Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Act of Killing, I honestly thought it was a joke. It seemed so surreal and bizarre that in Indonesia there would be men that were celebrated for slaughtering millions of people and then going to recreate such atrocities in videos. After I saw the film, […]

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Artsploitation Films 2015 Update

Artsploitation Films 2015 Update

| January 6, 2016

Artsploitation Films returned in 2015 after a hiatus with a strong slate of varied international films. Their stated mission is to distribute “intriguing, unsettling, unpredictable and provocative films from around the world,” and the films they have released since their return have certainly lived up to that standard. We at Film Monthly have covered some […]

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Deathgasm

Deathgasm

| January 5, 2016

New Zealand has a proud history of horror comedies, and in 2014 Gerard Johnstone’s Housebound became a new entry into that country’s canon of fun, inventive genre cinema. In 2015, two more horror comedies made a big impression on the international film scene: Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi’s What We Do in the Shadows and […]

The Green Inferno

The Green Inferno

| January 5, 2016

“I wanted to make a Werner Herzog movie” – Eli Roth, talking about the impetus behind his latest film The Green Inferno. Eli Roth’s long-awaited follow-up to his cult smash Hostel series finally gets a release this weekend. The Green Inferno is already the stuff of horror legend—with a storied production and delayed release (it […]

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The Maneater

The Maneater

| January 4, 2016

At first, this one reminded me of a Shakespearean story.  Jez (Mylene Jampanoi) and her occasional lover Erika (Mathilde Bisson) make a wager that Jez can’t successfully seduce a local priest, David (Marc Ruchmann), who recently performed her father’s funeral service.  It’s a good setup with some interesting characters, and the struggle David faces between […]

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