Author: Becky Belzile

The Big Sick is Exactly What We Need

Overview: A new couple is challenged by familial, cultural, and medical issues. 2017; Apatow Productions; Rated R; 119 minutes. Some Background: Before getting into the movie as a whole, it’s important to talk about how Kumail and Emily got to where they are today. Back in the early days of podcasting, I met the couple through The Indoor Kids, a podcast where the couple and a guest played and talked about video games and the culture that surrounds them. When I watched The X-Files for the first time last year, it was Kumail Nanjiani who was my point of...

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The Beguiled’s Beauty is Skin Deep

Overview: During the Civil War, an injured yankee soldier in Virginia is taken in by a group of women who begin to fall for him and conspire to ensure he never leaves. 2017; Focus Features; Rated R; 93 minutes. A Pretty Picture: At its best, The Beguiled is an aesthetically pleasing movie. Dimly lit, even hazy at times, we are surrounded by delicate florals, long sweeping willow trees and beautiful women serenaded by the natural sounds of Virginia. Each moment is a painting that begs you to pause and admire it, but you’re given little time to do so....

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The Untamed Teases out Our Primal Desires; See the Trailer Here

Just in time for the sticky sweet heat of July, Amat Escalante’s new drama-horror jam The Untamed is peeking from its mysterious depths. Simone Bucio plays the alluring Verónica who leads a troubled couple to a cave promising something inside that “only gives pleasure.” Hints of family drama and societal commentary about sexuality abound in this one. Personally, I don’t need to know much more than that to be ready to party, and The Untamed just shot to the top of my summer list.  Check out the gorgeous trailer: The Untamed hits theatres July 17. Featured Image: Adomeit...

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FSR’s Love Letter to The Man of a Thousand Faces

Meg Shields over at Film School Rejects has put together an almost-love-letter tribute to Lon Chaney (and his son, Lon Chaney, Jr.) of the silent film era. For those unfamiliar with his work, it’s an excellent primer to his multi-faceted contributions ranging from The Phantom of the Opera and beyond. For those who are, it’s a veritable treasure chest of historical gems and tie-ins to today’s themes in horror. Most interestingly, she cultivates an appreciation for Chaney’s deep understanding of humanity and the grotesque. “Chaney advocated for a space that collapsed the distance between horror and heartbreak. “Virg, make...

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Cinema Saint: Nicole Kidman- A Career’s Worth of Receipts

It turns out Nicole Kidman is the star we took for granted. She’s always been there on the peripherals of our adoring Hollywood gaze, but lately she’s been front and center thanks to her four projects screened recently at Cannes (The Beguiled, The Killing of a Sacred Deer, How to Talk to Girls at Parties, and Top of the Lake) where she won the 70th Anniversary award. But we should have kept her front and center from the start. With the recent Kidman Renaissance seemingly underway, it seemed time to look back at her career and cultivate an appreciation...

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Midnighters Trailer Gets Away With Murder

Alex Essoe is back! Since her role in Starry Eyes, Essoe has been at the top of my list of who to keep an eye on as her career expands (and hopefully explodes.) In Julius Ramsay’s directorial debut Midnighters, she plays Lindsay Pittman, one half of a failing marriage that’s about to be marred by secrets and lies. It’s New Year’s Eve, the start of a new year and a new life, until the couple run into someone in the road who becomes added heavy baggage to their already struggling marriage. Everyone in this trailer seems almost too intense,...

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Vox Unwraps the Appeal of the Mummy, Ubisoft Not Far Behind

With news coming out of E3 that Assassin’s Creed:Origins will be taking place in Ancient Egypt, and the recent release of the Tom Cruise-flavoured The Mummy, it seems like a mysterious fascination with Ancient Egypt is making a comeback. Critics and audiences alike are considering the recent Blockbuster a lackluster start, but could this just be the beginning of a renewed celebration of one of the most complex and interesting times in human history? Aja Romano over at Vox has put together a great piece on why mummies are so fascinating, and why this year’s action hit was a...

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Happy Death Day Trailer Offers an Endless Celebration… Literally.

It’s never too early to start thinking about horror season, and today Universal Pictures dropped the full trailer for Happy Death Day, hitting theatres on Friday the 13th of October. Blumhouse is on a roll lately, now bringing us the story of Tree, a girl who seems doomed to repeat the same day reliving her own murder over and over again. In order to escape this personal nightmare, she has to find out who her killer is. It might seem like we already have too many weird Groundhog Day rip-offs, but just a second: Happy Death Day seems like...

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The Playlist Talks It Comes At Night and Tree of Life with Trey Edward Shults

Yesterday, Jordan Ruimy at The Playlist published an interview with recent horror film It Comes At Night director Trey Edward Shults. This is one of those rare conversations where the interviewer knows and deeply appreciates their subject’s work. Hot on the heels of It Comes At Night‘s theatrical release, Shults’ conversation covers his work with Terrence Malick’s Tree of Life, his first film Krisha, and how he got into making movies in the first place – by teaching himself. Much like his films, Shults is open about his influences no matter how difficult they might be. That’s just part...

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Nightmother’s Unholy Matrimony, June 2017

Hi. Welcome to Nightmother’s new monthly horror post where I (your Nightmother, obviously) bring us together in unholy matrimony with the time-honoured tradition of collecting Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, and Something Bleu. Just stay with me here; it’s gonna be really good. Since this is our inaugural post, I’ll provide a little breakdown so you know what to generally expect. Something Old will feature an old horror movie that may be celebrating an anniversary of some kind, or a renewed relevance. For example, this month’s entry is Wait Until Dark which was released 40 years ago this...

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It Comes At Night, Emptyhanded

Overview: A family escaping an apocalyptic illness is disturbed by an intruder. A24; 2017; Rated R; 91 minutes. Who’s There?: I can be a bit of a pessimist at times. I’d rather be delightfully surprised than sadly disappointed, but sometimes it’s safer to expect the worst. But every now and then, something comes along that I can’t help but be excited about. It Comes At Night was one of those bright moments of excited cinematic anticipation. A year after his wonderful directorial debut Krisha, Trey Edward Shults took his dark bend further with an appetizing psychological horror that tells...

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Killing Ground Trailer Amps Up Tent Terror

Summer is the best time for camping horror, and IFC Midnight brings us another promising Australian thrill with Killing Ground.  It has everything you need to feel alive this summer: a secluded beach, local weirdos, and a baby in danger. It doesn’t take much to sell me on another brutal Aussie kill-fest (remember Hounds of Love?) and watching a couple on a romantic getaway get more than they bargained for is almost always entertaining. Check out the trailer here: Killing Ground is in Theaters and On Demand on Friday, July 21, 2017 Featured Image: IFC...

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New It Comes at Night Trailer Ups the Paranoia

One of the most anticipated horror movies coming this summer is Trey Edward Shults’ It Comes at Night, a psychological flick that looks dark and exciting as hell. Shults is known for his directorial debut, the brilliantly nightmarish family drama Krisha, proving he can work with the uglier parts of humanity—a key ingredient in good paranoia horror. It Comes at Night plays with the apocalyptic scenario in what seems to be a fresh and newly frightening way when a family is threatened by an outsider. How far will they go, and how afraid should they be? Check out the...

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New Atomic Blonde Clip is Extremely Hot

I’ve never wanted to be any character more than Charlize Theron’s in Atomic Blonde. She’s cutthroat and hot as hell, I could watch her kick ass all day in that stunning wardrobe. Already rumblings from the depths of the internet deign to label Atomic Blonde the ‘female John Wick.’ If we’re talking about two top-quality actors who seriously trained and put their whole selves into a sleek action film, then sure. But not beyond that — Lorraine Broughton is her own force to be reckoned with, and I am almost salivating waiting for more. Check out this new clip...

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Sister Act and the Roles We Play 25 Years Later

There are two movies from my childhood that I’ll never get sick of. The kind I sit down and watch when I catch them on TV, simply joyful movies that made me laugh and comforted me through bouts of the flu. They were released within a year of each other (1992 and 1993) and both of them feature characters whose survival or happiness depend on convincingly becoming different people. The first of these is Mrs. Doubtfire, and the second, 25 years old today and so worthy of celebration, is Sister Act. The early ‘90s comedy warmed many hearths with...

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