Posts by Phil Brown

Hot Docs 2016: Fear Itself Review

From the director of Beyond Clueless comes another essay film about pop culture, this time settling on horror films as a subject as it weaves together clips from the entire history of the genre.

Hot Docs 2016: Nuts! Review

Nuts! is about a man who nearly a century ago implanted goat testicles into the sacks of thousands of lost souls to cure their impotence and how this is a thing that really happened.

Hot Docs 2016: De Palma Review

Filmmakers Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow sit down with legendary director Brian De Palma for a career spanning chat, De Palma will be loved by those who already love him, but that's about it.

Death Becomes Her Blu-ray Review

Death Becomes Her was a 90s oddity remembered mainly for its special effects and hammy performances, if at all. Leave it to Shout! Factory to remind us of this forgotten unofficial tale from the crypt with the release of a brand spanking new Blu-ray.

Eye In The Sky Review

While it doesn't quite reach Dr. Strangelove levels of absurdity, Eye in the Sky takes a tongue-in-cheek approach to modern drone warfare.

The Lobster Review

At this point it’s safe to expect the strange from Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos (Dogtooth) and yet The Lobster still comes off as a completely, uniquely, twisted experience.

Invasion U.S.A. Blu-ray Review

Make room on your Dork Shelf next to Commando and Cobra for Invasion U.S.A, another so-ridiculous-its-great 80s action movie co-authored by cocaine.

Chi-Raq Review

Chicago meets Iraq in this Greek play set in modern day, Chi-raq is one of Spike Lee's most powerful and funniest films in a long time.

The Big Short Blu-ray Review

Last year's surprise award contender The Big Short comes to Blu-ray this week with some nice extras giving insight into this odd film that found comedy in tragedy.

The Legend of Barney Thomson Review

Robert Carlyle's directorial debut The Legend of Barney Thomson is a twisted little crime comedy that shows the influence of great directors Carlyle has worked with in the past.

A Perfect Day Director Talks Tonal Shifts and Working in Bosnia

Fernando León de Aranoa speaks to us about how A Perfect Day was influenced by his personal experiences working with international aid workers in Bosnia, his close collaboration with Benicio Del Toro, and his love mixing tones to capture all the beautiful grays of life.

Where To Invade Next Review

Michael Moore's latest doc Where To Invade Next is a light, comedic hodgepodge of ideas that probably would have worked better as a TV series.