The halls of the macabre grotesque are decked with plate glass views of the machinations of hell as you continue on to the pathos of heaven. Some can only stomach this film as a statement against eugenics, though it’s not exactly that. It’s more a warning against meddling with those who are best left alone […]
Read more "Freaks (1932)"
When America goes to war in the modern era, the primary objectives are dubious at best. Amidst the popularity contest of a democracy, the story of brave soldiers dying in a foreign land to keep the populace safe is the basic presumed pretext for government and media unity regardless of political allegiance. Of course it’s […]
Read more "Apocalypse Now (1979)"
You could call this lost gem of a classic film sentimental, but then what’s wrong with sentiment? You could call it naïve but when you recall the best times of your life they probably contained a fair amount of naiveté. It projects a world of morality, common decency and an infectious optimism in “defiance” of […]
Read more "Five Little Peppers and How They Grew (1939)"
Through a combination of luck, some talent, and an atypical level (for him) of applied artistic brilliance, the bozo who helped bring you the Resident Evil films and Mortal Kombat (1995) was also responsible, once upon a time, for a forgotten cult classic that ranks among some of the absolute best horrors not only of […]
Read more "Event Horizon (1997)"