A man awakens in a hospital to hear a doctor giving him the worst possible news: he’s been poisoned and has only a few days to live at best. Medical science can do nothing and he needs to make sure all his affairs are in order. Thanks to the 1949 classic D.O.A., this is a familiar premise, one that gets turned around and brought into modern times in Dead On Arrival.
Any place can be creepy when it’s quiet and dark, but there’s often something especially poignant and unsettling about a bustling, popular tourist area left empty during the off-season, perhaps still haunted by echoes of happier times. On the island of Nantucket there’s also a stark beauty about the place in winter, and in The Eve it’s perhaps partly this that lures a group of friends there to ring in the New Year.
There are few people who have truly risen to the top of their professions. For every athlete laden with awards and trophies, there are thousands of others who never made it past high school glory, and for every Roger Ebert there are a myriad of movie critics like me, who no one has ever heard of. In Who Is Elmore Dean?, the title character (Timothy J. Cox) has undeniably made it big — he’s a somewhat reclusive songwriter about to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Catastrophe can — and often does — happen in the blink of an eye, even in places that should be prepared for any eventuality. In The Rage, even a laboratory working with a dangerous virus, one place where everything had better be under strict control, can see all its safety protocols fall apart in an instant, leaving nothing but chaos behind.
Somewhere in Ireland in a wonderful old stone farmhouse in the middle of nowhere, a group of longtime friends gather for the weekend. At this point, given the sheer number of horror movies I’ve seen if I ever received an invitation to an isolated house for any reason I’d turn into a raving conspiracy theorist warning everyone to stay away, but this is why I’ll never be in a horror flick.
Continue reading “Beyond the Woods”
It’s happened to us all: the day seems to be going along much as usual and then something unexpected happens that upends your life in some way. Maybe it’s a betrayal by a friend, maybe an illness, but whatever it might be you find yourself suddenly unsure of what to do next, and that’s never a pleasant feeling. In For the Love of George, Poppy (Nadia Jordan) finds her life changed when she discovers that her husband of 12 years, Stephen (Henry Hereford), is cheating on her.
The wild west can seem like a pretty dangerous place to the modern eye, but a lot of that danger was a side effect of the seemingly endless possibilities the west also offered. With the right combination of nerve, skill, and a healthy dose of luck, anyone might strike it rich or win fame — or infamy. Of course, not everyone started on equal footing, and the resulting jealousy could be one of the strongest motivators. Cassidy Red, for instance, is a tale of love, hate, and quite a lot of envy.
Every part of the world has its own private mysteries. In a small English town called Hagley, the mystery of the dead woman found in strange circumstances has lasted for almost 75 years as of this writing, with still no definite end in sight, despite several intriguing theories. The story has spawned several movies and books over the years, with this film, Bella in the Wych Elm, taking a matter-of-fact yet eerie approach to the tale.
Ingrid Bergman, who knew a thing or two about women in Hollywood, is famously quoted as saying, “Until 45 I can play a woman in love. After 55 I can play grandmothers. But during those ten years, it is difficult for an actress.” And that was Ingrid Bergman saying that. Imagine what it’s like if you’re not one of the most recognizable actresses in the world, one who even survived working with Alfred Hitchcock.
The coast of the island of Trinidad is about what you might picture if asked to imagine a tropical paradise of white sand beaches, lush rain forests, and of course the clear blue waters of the Caribbean. Living there would be a dream come true for a lot of people even though the cell phone reception isn’t all that great. But even the most beautiful places have their dangers, and in The Cutlass, that danger is also all too human.