Tag: Matthew Blackwell

GRAPHIC NOVEL: Mayor of Shark City by Matthew Blackwell

For the majority of movie fans, Jaws is a total classic, though the same cannot be said for its sequel (and let’s not even get into the other two). For me, Jaws 2 is half of a really interesting film. Before it settles into a maritime take on the slasher movie, with teens devoured by

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FILM REVIEW: Toni Erdmann

2016’s Toni Erdmann was a huge critical success. The German-Austrian comedy of manners won the Palme d’Or at Cannes, was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2017 Oscars (narrowly missing out to The Salesman), and was at the top of many critics’ lists of the best films of last year. There’s also the

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FILM REVIEW: Certain Women

There is an America largely unseen. It is ordinary, mundane. Peopled by a folk half-forgotten. Overseen by a pitiless beauty. It is the America of Edward Hopper, and Walker Evans, and of Kelly Reichardt. For years now, the director has been bearing witness to this place and its people, and telling their stories with her

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Mist’ – Revisited

For all its Lovecraftian horrors, Frank Darabont’s 2007 adaptation of Stephen King’s novella The Mist is actually a film about power and the terrible consequences it can have for both those that wield it and those that follow them. 2017 will not only see the tenth anniversary of Darabont’s film but also the release of

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FILM REVIEW: The Fits

First-time director Anna Rose Holmer’s The Fits is a beguiling combination of coming-of-age drama, dance movie, and quasi-horror, made on a shoestring budget and starring mostly undiscovered or non-professional young actors, including the lead, 11 year-old Royalty Hightower. As the quietly watchful but determined Toni, she is on screen for virtually the entire running time,

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