Category: Indie

“My Salinger Year”

6.8

There’s a great deal of firepower in this cast for the story being told. It’s essentially “The Devil Wears Prada,” but with books instead of clothing. An interesting tale of a pen name and the journey of an intern finding her way in the world. Really well done by all involved, as long as you’re not bored to tears by so much literary subject matter.

“Terrifier 2”

7.3

An absolute masterclass in practical effects!

The most unabashedly brutal film this side of “Cannibal Holocaust.”

Possibly the most blood I’ve ever witnessed painted across the big screen.

Art the clown cements himself as a horror icon, in my opinion.

Definitely not for the faint of heart. If you enjoy the classic slashers of old, and don’t mind a loose storyline, this is the film for you this spooky season! What feels like a guerrilla film that no studio in its right mind would green light. One of my favorite scores of the past year. This fall has been phenomenal for original horror films!

“Sundown”

5.4

Well, the trailer had me sold. By the time the credits rolled, I felt like I, too, wanted to fake losing my passport and spend some time with a mistress in an exotic beach town contemplating what it is that I’m doing with my life.

Honestly, the movie’s best scene, coincidentally bringing the most excitement and momentum to the film, was a fellow tourist being gunned down by jet ski hitmen. If that sentence has you confused, welcome to the mindset this one leaves you in. I’ll save you the hour and a half runtime – the best aspect of this movie.

“Red Rocket”

8.1

Not your typical A24 film… Although, it is horrifying in its own way.

A cross between “Shameless” and “Boogie Nights.” Twisted love stories seem to be the official theme of the 2021-2022 Oscar season. Bookending the film with an NSYNC song was a bold move but is oddly fitting in this oddball of a movie. Still not sure if I’m rooting for or against Mikey…

“Going to hell for laughing at this” filmmaking at its finest. Much better than last year’s “Zola.” Definitely not suitable for children. (It’s right there in the title.) And yes, you get to see his red rocket. Or is it in reference to the redhead, Strawberry? I’m confused again about what I just witnessed. If you’re looking to feel like you have your life together, this is the film for you!