The Outsider (2018) or – Oops! I joined the Yakuza

The Outsider is exactly what even a perfunctory glance at the byline would predict: a white-savior film set in gangsterland, in this case post-WW II’s Japanese yakuza. The film is pretty though. I mean, I always complimenting what I can, no matter what else goes...
Shin Godzilla (2016)

Shin Godzilla (2016)

It’s almost impossible to review Shin Godzilla (2016) – roughly translated as “True Godzilla” and also released as Godzilla Resurgence – without weighing its merits according to the three general audiences who may view the film. First,...
Suicide Squad (2016)

Suicide Squad (2016)

“Worst. Heroes. Ever.” reads that tagline for DC “dark action epic” Suicide Squad. Except: really, the film is like any other “underdog hero” film – of which we’ve seen precisely eleven thousand – and there is...
Bone Tomahawk (2015)

Bone Tomahawk (2015)

I suspect I watch “gritty” Westerns for different reasons than many others do. What can I say? I am just a dismal sonofabitch. I like bleak, plodding, bare-ass noir featuring a ragged heroism laid bare in a brief, tiny glory (my Netflix queue occasionally...
Crimson Peak (2015)

Crimson Peak (2015)

A gorgeous Gothic supernatural horror romance, Crimson Peak is best viewed by those who aren’t picky about a narrative – or by initiates to director Guillermo del Toro’s work. Otherwise, you’re sure to find the plot flabbergasting – and...