Film District

Sep 13 2013

Insidious: Chapter 2

Having only seen Insidious days ago, the memory of it is fresh in my mind as I write this review of its sequel, Insidious: Chapter 2. The things I liked about Insidious were its constant tension, the scares, and the first two-thirds of the movie, where things happen logically and organically, giving the movie a […]
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Sep 12 2013


(In preparation for Friday’s release of Insidious: Chapter 2, I caught up on the first film in the series… here are my thoughts.) Director James Wan sure can make deeply psychologically disturbing movies – he’s responsible for the first film in the Saw series, which (people forget) was a true exercise in terror, not gore, […]
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Sep 28 2012


(This review originally appeared at Reel Film News on September 28, 2012.) There are things I’d really like to write about Looper, yet I cannot, as I don’t want to spoil anything for you. Looper, as you may well know, is a time-travel movie having to do with criminal organizations from the future disappearing people […]
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Aug 26 2011

Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark

(This review was originally published on August 26, 2011 at The Rogers Revue) For a film as dependent on visual texture as “Don’t be Afraid of the Dark”, it makes sense that Guillermo del Toro would choose graphic novelist Troy Nixey to direct his updated vision of the 1973 made-for-television horror classic. Stepping behind the […]
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