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How the Other Half Lives… ‘Hustlers’ (2019) & ‘Promising Young Woman’ (2020)

Directed by: Lorene Scafaria [1], Emerald Fennell [2] || Produced by: Jessica Elbaum, Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, Jennifer Lopez, Benny Medina [1], Margot Robbie, Josey McNamara, Tom Ackerley, Ben Browning, Ashley Fox, Emerald Fennell [2] Screenplay by: Lorene Scafaria [1], Emerald Fennell [2] || Starring: Constance Wu, Jennifer Lopez, Julia Stiles, Keke Palmer, … Continue reading

‘Forgotten’ (2017), ‘Below Zero’ (2021), & ‘Red Dot’ (2021): The Existential Dread of Guilt

Directed by: Jang Hang-jun [1], Lluís Quílez [2], Alain Darborg [3] || Produced by: Park Joon-shik [1], Josep Amorós, Pedro Uriol [2], Niklas Larsson, Anna Odenhall [3] Screenplay by: Jang Hang-jun [1], Fernando Navarro, Lluís Quílez [2], Alain Darborg, Per Dickson [3] || Starring: Kang Ha-neul, Kim Mu-yeol, Moon Sung-keun, Na Young-hee [1], Javier Gutiérrez, … Continue reading

Brad Anderson’s ‘Session 9’ (2001), ‘The Machinist’ (2004), & ‘Fractured’ (2019): When Your Mind is Not Your Own

Directed by: Brad Anderson || Produced by: John Sloss, Dorothy Aufiero, David Collins, Michael Williams [1], Carlos Fernández [2], Neal Edelstein, Mike Macari, Paul Schiff [3] Screenplay by: Brad Anderson, Stephen Gevedon [1], Scott Kosar [2], Alan B. McElroy [3] || Starring: David Caruso, Peter Mullan, Stephen Gevedon, Paul Guilfoyle, Josh Lucas, Brendan Sexton III … Continue reading

‘Sputnik’ (2020): The Beast in Me

Directed by: Egor Abramenko || Produced by: Mikhail Vrubel, Aleksandr Andryushchenko, Fyodor Bondarchuk, Ilya Stewart, Murad Osmann, Pavel Burya, Vyacheslav Murugov, Alina Tyazhlova, Michael Kitaev, Ilya Jincharadze Screenplay by: Oleg Malovichko, Andrei Zolotarev || Starring: Oksana Akinshina, Fyodor Bondarchuk, Pyotr Fyodorov, Anton Vasiliev Music by: Oleg Karpachev || Cinematography: Maxim Zhukov || Edited by: Aleksandr … Continue reading

‘Tenet’ (2020): The Film that Killed Theatrical Blockbusters?

Directed by: Christopher Nolan || Produced by: Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan Screenplay by: Christopher Nolan || Starring: John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Dimple Kapadia, Michael Caine, Kenneth Branagh Music by: Ludwig Göransson || Cinematography: Hoyte van Hoytema || Edited by: Jennifer Lame || Country: United Kingdom, United States || Language: English Running Time: 150 … Continue reading

‘Polar’ (2019): A Lowbrow “John Wick”

Directed by: Jonas Akerlund || Produced by: Robert Kulzer, Mike Richardson, Keith Goldberg, Jeremy Bolt, Hartley Gorenstein Screenplay by: Jayson Rothwell || Starring: Mads Mikkelsen, Vanessa Hudgens, Katheryn Winnick, Matt Lucas Music by: Deadmau5 || Cinematography: Pär M. Ekberg || Edited by: Doobie White || Country: United States || Language: English Running Time: 119 minutes … Continue reading

‘Sordo’ (2019) & ‘O Matador’ (2017): A Latin Western Double-Review

Directed by: Alfonso Cortés-Cavanillas [1], Marcelo Galvão [2] || Produced by: Juanjo Lopez [1], Marcelo Galvão, Letícia Marques [2] Screenplay by: Alfonso Cortés-Cavanillas, Juan Carlos Díaz Martín [1], Marcelo Galvão [2] || Starring: Asier Etxeandia, Marian Álvarez, Hugo Silva, Aitor Luna, Imanol Arias, Olimpia Melinte, Ruth Díaz, Jorge Basanta, Stephanie Gil [1], Diogo Morgado, Nill … Continue reading

‘El Hoyo’ (2019): ‘Cube’ (1997), But Vertical

Directed by: Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia || Produced by: Angeles Hernandez, Carlos Juarez, Elena Gozalo Screenplay by: David Desola, Pedro Rivero || Starring: Ivan Massague, Zorion Eguileor, Antonia San Juan, Emilio Buale, Alexandra Masangkay, Zihara Llana, Mario Pardo Music by: Aranzazu Calleja || Cinematography: Jon D. Dominguez || Edited by: Haritz Zubillaga, Elena Ruiz || Country: Spain … Continue reading

‘Burn Out’ (2017): A Motor Vehicle Crime Drama

Directed by: Yann Gozlan || Produced by: Wassim Beji, Thibault Gast, Matthias Weber Screenplay by: Yann Gozlan, Guillaume Lemans || Starring: Francois Civil, Olivier Rabourdin, Manon Azem, Samuel Jouy, Narcisse Mame, Nael Rabia, Sam Louwyck Music by: Gregoire Auger || Cinematography by: Antoine Roch || Edited by: Valentin Feron || Country: France, Belgium || Language: … Continue reading

‘The Gentlemen’ (2019): The Return of the English Crime Comedy

Directed by: Guy Ritchie || Produced by: Guy Ritchie, Ivan Atkinson, Bill Block Screenplay by: Guy Ritchie || Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Charlie Hunnam, Henry Golding, Michelle Dockery, Jeremy Strong, Eddie Marsan, Colin Farrell, Hugh Grant Music by: Christopher Benstead || Cinematography: Alan Stewart || Edited by: James Herbert || Country: United Kingdom, United States || … Continue reading