“The Soul of This Country is Being Destroyed” – Fascism in Henry Bean’s “The Believer”
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“The Soul of This Country is Being Destroyed” – Fascism in Henry Bean’s “The Believer”

I’ve been thinking a lot about Henry Bean’s 2001 film The Believer. In it, Ryan Gosling plays a self-hating Jew who joins a fascist group with the intention of killing high-profile Jews in New York. I’m less thinking about what the point of the film is and more about a specific scene at the beginning … Continue reading

Bodysnatchers: The terror lurking beneath the skin of “They Look Like People”
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Bodysnatchers: The terror lurking beneath the skin of “They Look Like People”

  They Look Like People (dir. Perry Blackshear, 2015): The best horror movies always have something deeper than the masked man with the knife that’s meant to frighten the audience. Something else must exist at the film’s periphery, the primordial and instinctual horror for which the masked man with the knife stands in as a metaphor. In … Continue reading

“The Conjuring 2” Review: Apparitions in the UK
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“The Conjuring 2” Review: Apparitions in the UK

James Wan’s horror sequel has a British accent, and it’s not all that convincing ***WARNING: This review contains spoilers*** The Conjuring 2 (dir. James Wan): Renowned horror director James Wan brings famous ghost hunters Ed and Lorraine Warren back to the big screen—this time relocating their specter inspection from rural New England to urban London. … Continue reading

“The Witch” is a Time When Evil Roamed the World
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“The Witch” is a Time When Evil Roamed the World

***WARNING*** This review contains spoilers The Witch (dir. Robert Eggers): First-time director Robert Eggers’s period piece about a Puritan family banished from their community facing off with Satan is mired in details. It’s readily apparent that Eggers is obsessed with authenticity, from the clothing to the speech to the architecture. So obsessed, in fact, that he … Continue reading