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Film Review

Knock at the Cabin

Basically: A home invasion descends into horror and madness, asking the impossible question: Who would you sacrifice to save the world? Eric (Jonathan Groff) and Andrew (Ben Aldridge) are a married couple with an adopted daughter, Wen (Kristen Cui). On vacation at a remote lakeside cabin, Wen is happily catching and studying grasshoppers when an imposing figure emerges from the surrounding forest. He sits and talks with the girl, identifying himself as Leonard (Dave Bautista). While they chat, he seems to be waiting for something…and soon enough Wen sees three more people walking toward them, carrying strange homemade weapons. Eric… Read more »

Film Review

Film Review: Nope

Basically: NOPE is Jordan Peele’s JAWS turned up into a sensory spectacle Jordan Peele, much like Hitchcock, Serling, Clouzot, and even Shyamalan, has sculpted a niche out of the horror-tinged thriller genre—to such a stylistic degree it is a fingerprint. Exhibit A: During the first third of his films, Peele creates a symbolic framework of backstory, objects, trauma, character idiosyncrasies, and music. Those become the 3D glasses we as the audience use to fully experience the context as well as the denouement of the story. Exhibit B: Black American culture. Period. Blackness in all of its hues is another signifier… Read more »

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