Review: ‘Fear Street Part 1: 1994’ (2021)

The Fear Street trilogy on Netflix is one of my most anticipated things of this summer, as it feels like an event. Three weeks – three new horror movies. The first one, Fear Street Part 1: 1994, premiered on July 2. With this new film, it knows its identity from the jump as it pays homage to the slashers of the 1990’s. It starts by paying homage to one of its biggest inspirations in Wes Craven’s Scream. Heather (Maya Hawke, Robin on Stranger Things) works alone at Shadyside Mall’s bookstore, which sells versions of R.L. Stine’s Fear Street novels (they say they’re written by Robert Lawrence, the R.L. in R.L. Stine). As the mall is closing for the night, she encounters a man in a Skull Mask and a fight ensues.


Netflix Review: The Prom (2020)

Ryan Murphy, showrunner of American Horror Story, revisits some of his Glee roots by directing The Prom, a movie adaptation of the Broadway musical of the same name. The story features a troupe of self-obsessed theater stars wanting to find a cause to make themselves feel better. They settle on a small conservative town in Indiana in support of a high school girl, Emma (Jo Ellen Pellman), who wants to take her girlfriend to the prom.

The Kissing Booth 2 (2020)

Directed by: Vincent Marcello. Starring: Joey King, Joel Courtney, Jacob Elordi. Runtime: 2h 14 min. Released: July 24, 2020. I didn’t care for 2018’s The Kissing Booth, and I liked Netflix’s The Kissing Booth 2 even less. In this sequel, Elle Evans (Joey King) deals with a long-distance relationship with her boyfriend Noah (Jacob Elordi) … Continue reading The Kissing Booth 2 (2020)

Love Wedding Repeat (2020)

Directed by: Dean Craig. Starring: Sam Claflin, Olivia Munn, Freida Pinto. Runtime: 1h 40 min. Released: April 10, 2020. Love Wedding Repeat is a meditation on how love revolves around chance and fate – described by occasional narration from The Oracle (Penny Ryder), but it’s realy just a standard and often annoying comedy with romance … Continue reading Love Wedding Repeat (2020)

In the Shadow of the Moon (2019)

Directed by: Jim Mickle. Starring: Boyd Holbrook, Cleopatra Coleman, Michael C. Hall. Runtime: 1h 55 min. Released: September 27, 2019. This film contains spoilers.  Netflix’s In the Shadow of the Moon is a film has ambition that threatens to knock it down, but its originality keeps it standing for the most part. Boyd Holbrook plays … Continue reading In the Shadow of the Moon (2019)

The Two Popes (2019)

Directed by: Fernando Mereilles. Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Jonathan Pryce, Juan Minujin. Runtime: 2h 5 min. Released: December 20, 2019. Behind Vatican walls, the conservative Pope Benedict (Anthony Hopkins) as he aims to step down from the Papacy, and the liberal future Pope Francis (Jonathan Pryce) as they find common ground to forge a new path … Continue reading The Two Popes (2019)

The Perfection (2019)

Directed by: Richard Shepard. Starring: Allison Williams, Logan Browning, Steven Weber. Runtime: 1h 30 min. Released: May 24, 2019. Some spoilers follow. When troubled musical prodigy Charlotte (Allison Williams) seeks out Elizabeth (Logan Browning), the new star pupil of her former school, the encounter sends both musicians down a sinister path with shocking consequences. Y’know, … Continue reading The Perfection (2019)

The Irishman (2019)

Directed by: Martin Scorsese. Starring: Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci. Runtime: 3h 29 min. Released: November 27, 2019. Martin Scorsese brings an all-star cast of Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci to the little screen in Netflix’s The Irishman, a mafia movie that follows Frank Sheeran (De Niro), a mafia hitman … Continue reading The Irishman (2019)

In The Tall Grass (2019)

Directed by: Vincenzo Natali. Starting: Laysla de Oliveira, Avery Whitted, Harrison Gilbertson. Runtime: 1h, 41 min. Released: October 4, 2019. Based on the novella by Stephen King and his son Joe Hill, In the Tall Grass does not overcome a complicated story. The set-up is simple enough. A pregnant Becky (Laysla de Oliveira) and her brother … Continue reading In The Tall Grass (2019)

Hold the Dark (2018)

Released: September 28, 2018. Directed by: Jeremy Saulnier. Starring: Jeffrey Wright, Alexander Skarsgård, James Badge Dale. Runtime: 2h 5 min. After the death of three children suspected to be killed by wolves, wolf expert Russell Core (Jeffrey Wright) is hired by Medora Sloane (Riley Keogh), the mother of the latest missing boy to track her … Continue reading Hold the Dark (2018)