Goldstone is an Australian film which gives director Ivan Sen a great platform on which to display his technical prowess and his passion for social justice.
Baker Dill is a simple man living on a tropical island running a small fishing business. One day he is given a deadly proposition to kill a woman's husband for 10 million dollars. Does he choose to accept her offer or will he decline so he may continue the chase for something else he truly desires?
During the James Bond craze of the mid 1960s, European B-Movie studios cashed in with dozens of knockoff spy flicks. Today these mostly forgotten films are referred to as "Eurospy" movies.
Searching utilizes a peculiar format that may seem odd at first, but it actually enhances its storytelling. Combined with an impeccable performance from John Cho, Searching is a theatrical experience that should not be missed.
Sherlock is famous for its fans, particularly those who root for romance between Holmes and Watson. Improbable, but not impossible. Hold onto your deerstalkers while we examine the evidence!
We cannot look at them. We will die if we do. There is only one thing we can do - go forward, blindly, into the world. Sight is a curse.
Following Batman's monstrous success in the summer of '89, Michael Keaton went on to star in this psychological thriller in which he gets to play a different kind of madman...
Darker and more violent than ever, it's no surprise that the series took a long, hard look at itself after this. Benjamin Cox takes a long, hard look at it now.
Washington has some serious fun in a rare bad guy role that finally earned him his Best Actor Oscar. Benjamin Cox looks back at a compulsive and gripping thriller that stands up well today.
Never cast a good guy as the baddie, right? Well, Benjamin Cox thinks Tom Cruise might just have something to say about that in this gripping, stylish thriller from Michael Mann.
In light of Tarantino's latest hitting the circuit, Benjamin Cox goes back to look at his electrifying directorial debut and wonders whether it's still worth a watch. Although he's keeping his ears covered up, obviously...
This is a non-spoiler review of “Red Sparrow” starring Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Matthias Schoenaerts, and more!
This is a non-spoiler review of "El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie" starring Aaron Paul, Jesse Plemons, Charles Baker, and more!
Children of Men is one of the more depressing great science fiction movies. It's a social dystopia about man's decline as a species. Extinction by infertility, the loss of hope for future generations and progress.
Is there more to this dark thriller than some famous lines and Eastwood's iconic Magnum? Benjamin Cox looks back at the original super-cop and finds it uncomfortable viewing.
So much can be seen by looking out of an apartment window. This is the story of L.B. Jeffries and what he sees out of his rear window. This is a story of the many lives of his neighbors and the death of one of them.
Despite Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker’s standing as one of the most notorious duos of the twentieth century, Hollywood certainly hasn’t brought their story to the big screen very often—Arthur Penn’s 1967 masterpiece Bonnie and Clyde is the only major production so far, in fact. And Texas Ranger ...
This is a non-spoiler review of “Glass” starring Bruce Willis, James McAvoy, Samuel L. Jackson, and more!
Bond gave the whole spy genre a boost, allowing Len Deighton's novels to also become notable films in their own right. Benjamin Cox looks back at Caine's first foray as Harry Palmer, as far from 007 as you could imagine.
Darren Aronofsky and Jennifer Lawrence deliver a unique, unexpected, and suspenseful thriller, though the execution of its subtext is an acquired taste and the pace falters in its early stages.
Most fans of the stellar anime 'Death Note' were disappointed, to say the least, by Netflix's film adaptation. Do they hope to make a sequel that will fix all the problems with the original? It's highly unlikely.
The long awaited sequel to Unbreakable. Crumb and his split personalities are reigning terror again only to be thwarted by David Dunn. In the mix, they both wind up in a mental facility along with the diabolical Mr. Glass. Together they must figure out if they're insane or superhuman.
Taylor Sheridan brings Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen into a masterful, grounded yet thrilling story about mystery and redemption, punctuated with atmospheric grace and a unique societal window.
Ever wanted a German ripoff of The Silence of the Lambs? Christian Alvart has you covered. Norman Reedus has been taking some German lessons and wants to show the handful of phrases he's mastered for a pro bono role.
The final chapter in Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy brings the film series to a gripping conclusion. Benjamin Cox revisits the dark world of Lisbeth Salander for the final time, a world he's gonna miss.
Part 2 of my investigation into the wild world of "Eurospy" movies - cheap, low budget secret agent flicks made in the '60s to capitalize on the James Bond craze.
An incredible cast, dialogue lifted from a Tarantino film, and the ambiance of a certain 2003 psychological thriller directed by James Mangold. Bad Times at the El Royale has too many influences and not enough unique traits to establish its own identity. Chris Hemsworth's hips don't lie, tho.
The Fantastic Fest 2017 film is screening in Houston for one-night only at 7:30pm at Alamo Drafthouse - LaCenterra. The South African western features a masterful pace with beautiful cinematography and a plethora of intriguing characters. Five Fingers for Marseilles is well-worth seeking out.
This is non-spoiler review of “Greta” starring Chloe Grace Moretz, Isabelle Huppert, Maika Monroe, and more!
The year is 1969. The place is the run down El Royale hotel. The players are a priest, a singer, a vacuum salesman, a hippy, a cult leader, and a concierge. The night is anything but ordinary as secrets are uncovered and madness ensues.
Not even fifteen minutes into Allied, I found myself wondering, “Who is the amateurish director responsible for this thing?” The whole movie has a feeling of artificiality hovering over it. The ...
The conclusion to Shyamalan's grounded superhero trilogy has a great story and awesome build-up, but the ending left something to be desired. That sadly seems to be a running streak in his films since The Village. I give Glass a 3.5 out of 4.
James Bond fans had two 007 movies to choose from in 1983 - Roger Moore's "Octopussy" and Sean Connery's "Never Say Never Again," which was made by a rival studio after a long legal battle.
Lizzie blends historical fact with an intriguing and plausible theory of what actually happened the day the Bordens were murdered. Was it Lizzie? Was it the housemaid that left town during the trial? We may never know, but I certainly love this theory. I give the film a 4 out of 4.
I don't normally do negative reviews of movies, but I figured someone might find this amusing. Who knows?
A dark and atmospheric psycho-thriller chiefly remembered for Christian Bale's extreme dieting. Benjamin Cox reaches for the Pringles as he discusses this seriously impressive movie.
'Breaking Bad' shook a nation with its epic television run from 2008 to 2013. Now, six years later, the world of 'Breaking Bad' returns to the living room screens. Is it a solid continuation of the show or does it let us down like a bad batch? Come on in and let's talk about it!
As James Bond 25 arrives in movie theaters, the franchise will achieve the record of most movies ever produced by one franchise. Here are some facts about 007.
This classic film noir not only inspired a number of remakes but remains a seminal film of the genre. Luckily, it's also in the public domain so Benjamin Cox doesn't feel so bad watching it online.
With Scandinavian noir all the rage, what better time to go back and reassess the films of the book that started it all? Benjamin Cox is gearing himself up for this second instalment.
Never before had Hollywood been so shocked by this brutal and erotic thriller that broke new ground at the time. But much like the film itself, Benjamin Cox has moved on since the early nineties.
Robert Rodriguez bids farewell to his most famous character in a complex and bloody tale of revenge and redemption. But does it improve on 'Desperado'? Benjamin Cox thinks it Mexi-can't.
Madonna's continued attempts to break into Hollywood resulted in this flaccid and derivative erotic thriller. Benjamin Cox doesn't know where to put his hands, other than across his eyes.
Hitchcock's 1958 film Vertigo features a man driven to obsession over his lost love. Scottie attempts to reconstruct a woman to fit his idea of beauty and perfection, but this new woman is merely an illusion that will not hold up in reality.
I examine Oliver Stone's greatest, most controversial film and why its lies reveal a truth to the tragic events of November 22nd, 1963.
Even if Red Sparrow hadn’t been beaten to the punch by the far-better Atomic Blonde seven months ago, it still wouldn’t be a worth the time of day. As movies go, it’s a grisly horror show that’s as...
A young married couple buy a beautiful house on several acres of land only to find out that the man they bought it from refuses to let go of the property.
Riding the Gone Girl wave of female-driven, dark thrillers, Paula Hawkins’ The Girl on the Train became an instant number-one New York Times bestseller in early 2015. It was such a gripping yarn ...
Are you looking for mind-expanding movies like Limitless? Well, you have landed on the right place. I have got you covered with this ultimate list.
The movie that launched Tarantino's career in the right direction. In theory, this could have been another boring heist movie, but Tarantino always makes a genre or plot his own.
Shocking and full of surprising twists, Searching takes the format that Unfriended used but actually succeeded in its efforts. I give the film a 4 out of 4.
With thrillers getting ever more convoluted and expensive, here's a low-budget offering that doesn't skimp on narrative. Benjamin Cox looks at a film that proves small needn't be a bad thing.
Roger Moore's swansong as 007 is a depressing reminder of how far the series had fallen. Benjamin Cox checks the film for a pulse.
In this article I am going to discuss the controversy surrounding Reservoir Dogs; a Quentin Tarantino film. It suffered from a lot of criticism at the time of its release, due to the high level of gore and graphic scenes. I shall evaluate all the obstacles this film had to overcome over the years.
Come with me as I go all the way back to 1978 and revisit one of the finest medical thrillers there is, Michael Crichton's "Coma" !
Two rival magicians try to outdo each other throughout their lives. This leads to the murder of magician Robert Angier. How will this end? Will either Alfred or Robert fall because of their obsession with each other? Is this movie worth your time and money? Let's find out!
Jesse Stone is still Paradise's Police Chief, he still drinks, he still likes women and he has a new dog.
Hitchcock's mastery of suspense is put to full effect in this pre-war spy thriller. Benjamin Cox looks back at the first film that nailed the fugitive drama for generations to follow.
M. Night Shyamalan has made a nice little name for himself trying to live up to the promise he delivered with The Sixth Sense way back in 1999. Though nothing he’s done since has quite matched the ...
Before last year, Taylor Sheridan was a relatively unknown actor, playing smaller parts in shows like Sons of Anarchy and Veronica Mars. Then he made his screenwriting debut with Sicario, and not ...
The details, and lack of details, within some films require considerable, imaginative dexterity to hold together in any frame short of irrealism. Those feats of imagination can be enjoyable to consider in retrospect.
Through intricate editing and clever plot development, Memento (Christopher Nolan, 2002) presents a psychologically manipulative conclusion which confronts themes of memory and identity. This can be identified through Memento’s non-linear editing style which reflects Lenny’s memory deficit.
This is a non-spoiler review of “Cargo” starring Martin Freeman, Simone Landers, Caren Pistorius, and more!
Back in 2014 when the George Clooney-helmed The Monuments Men limped into theaters, I said in my review that I imagined would just be written off as a good idea poorly executed. Clooney had earlier...
This is a non-spoiler review of “Bird Box” starring Sandra Bullock, Trevante Rhodes, John Malkovich, and more!
The first movie adaptation of Stieg Larsson's novel was so good that it rendered Hollywood's attempt pointless. Benjamin Cox stays indoors where it's warm and safe to look at a truly great thriller.
2015’s Sicario boasted an all-star quartet—director Denis Villeneuve, screenwriter Taylor Sheridan, cinematographer Roger Deakins, and star Emily Blunt. But only one of them (Sheridan) is back for the sequel, and though the other absences are glaring, Sicario: Day of the Soldado does manage to ...
Justin McConnell's latest film comes to DVD and Blu-ray on August 15. It's loaded with special features.
This is a non-spoiler review of “Terminal” starring Margot Robbie, Simon Pegg, Mike Myers, and more!
Nocturnal Animals (2016) is a thrilling and gloomy ride that reaches into the depths of our psyches. Jake Gyllenhaal, Amy Adams, and Micheal Shannon performances are mesmorizing and unforgettable.
Fashion Designer Tom Ford directs this psychological thriller starring Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal. Cue the 'Nocturnal Animals ending explained' videos on YouTube.
Run, Lola, Run AKA Lola rennt (dir. Tom Tykwer, 1998) It is hard to ignore a film with a narrative driven by such a strikingly motivated, mobile (and arguably potent) female lead. Surely, the simple fact of her presence must mean that the film has...
Bird Box is the new Netflix monster film which follows a woman and her two kids in an apocalyptic world as they struggle for survival.
Looking for movies like Donnie Darko? Can't get enough of mindfuck movies? Take a look at the list I have compiled for you.
The master of horror Stephen King's psychological thriller, 'Gerald's Game', comes alive in this Netflix original.
This is a non-spoiler review of “Joker” starring Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, and more!
This is a non-spoiler review of “Hotel Artemis” starring Jodie Foster, Sterling K. Brown, Sofia Boutella, and more!
Ever wanted Se7en, 12 Monkeys, The X-Files, and Frailty slapped together into one film? Solace has you covered.
Seven strangers, each with a secret to bury, meet at Lake Tahoe's El Royale. Over the course of one fateful night, everyone will have one last shot at redemption... before everything goes to hell.
This is a non-spoiler review of “Murder on the Orient Express” starring Kenneth Branagh, Daisy Ridley, Josh Gad, and more!
Ignoring the dreary title, Benjamin Cox fancied something dumb and action-packed for a rainy day. But this film surprised him in a pleasant way, even if it feels like he has seen it before...
Is Hitchcock's exhilarating spy thriller the best of his career? Benjamin Cox isn't sure but he applauds this influential and enjoyable film all the same.
We’re not even a full month into 2019 yet, and already we have the runaway contender for worst movie of the year. Truly, it will take a calamitous motion picture event to knock Serenity from its perch, and that’s not likely since the majority of the movie’s failure lies with the obscenely...
Bond goes to Japan and undergoes a radical transformation. But after five movies in as many years, the formula needed tweaking. Benjamin Cox reports from his volcano lair.
Yet another example of blatant disrespect to the author, or in this case, authors. Stick to the Swedish films and the books. The American films are getting everything wrong. I give the film a 2 out of 4.
Other than the obvious age-gap and Catherine Zeta-Jones' bottom, can you remember anything else about this twisted tale of hi-tech high jinks? Benjamin Cox will try to fill you in on the details.
Nerve isn't terribly original or especially exciting, but the charisma of the leads keeps it from feeling like a complete waste of time.
Apparitions in film have never been so boring, but Phantom of the Theatre does leave you with the question of, “Do ghost farts smell like garlic?”
Michael Fassbender plays detective Harry Hole (possibly one of the most unfortunate names I’ve ever heard), who hunts a serial killer that is running around Norway, decapitating young women.
There are already oodles of fan theories circulating through the interwebs, positing that Hotel Artemis and 2014’s John Wick (and its 2017 sequel) exist in the same universe. And it’s certainly easy to draw a very straight, very thick line between them. One of the more clever elements of Wick is ...
Are the Batman and the Joker really half-brothers? We say yes, with plenty of evidence from the movie Joker (2019). This article contains spoilers.
This is a non-spoiler review of “Black Mirror: Bandersnatch” starring Fionn Whitehead, Craig Parkinson, Will Poulter, and more!
The never ending battle between good and evil. Will it ever end? Should it? Check out this very interesting and philosophically energized looks at our society.
This is a non-spoiler review of “Fractured” starring Sam Worthington, Lily Rabe, Lucy Capri, and more!
Stephanie is a shy single mother who makes friends with another mother, Emily, who is extremely blunt as well as wealthy. One day, Emily goes missing, leaving Stephanie and Emily's husband to figure out where she disappeared to. From there, a set of twists and turns ensue in this mystery.
I continue my investigation of mid 1960s "Eurospy" films -the low budget knockoffs made to cash in on the then-current James Bond craze.
The problem with being the guy behind The Sixth Sense is… well— being the guy behind The Sixth Sense. Audiences have spent the last 20 years hoping writer-director M. Night Shyamalan could offer something as good as his 1999 juggernaut, but it hasn’t happened yet. His immediate follow-up, 2000’s...
The concluding chapter of a trilogy nearly 20 years in the making. Glass is a sequel to both Unbreakable and Split simultaneously. M. Night Shyamalan returns with a film that has a brilliant cast, but will likely leave audiences polarized.
The first film David Ayer ever wrote, directed, and produced is a crime film starring Christian Bale and Freddy Rodriguez. It's not Ayer's best and Bale's performance is the best part, but it's a decent watch that deserves to have a better reputation.
Marnie, by Alfred Hitchcock, is not an obvious noir film. Aside from the central female character, as distinct from the usual male, bright colour imbues the screen instead of monochrome. This article explores how Hitchcock used the devices of film noir to create an enduring and memorable movie.
Nearly twenty years have passed since I first watched this movie. I still love it, a worthy catharsis of the next generation. Battle Royale is a true dystopian murder fest.
The older a film is, the less interested most people are. Some people wonder why the films of Alfred Hitchcock are still even discussed. Here are five reasons in five films.
Just two years ago, Taylor Sheridan was best known (if he was known at all) as Deputy Chief David Hale on Sons of Anarchy. Since his departure from that show, however, he has emerged as one of the ...
Sadly nothing to do with Roberta's classic tune but instead is an erotic thriller that deserves plenty of Flack. Benjamin Cox opens fire.
A story between a mole in the police department and an undercover cop. Their objectives are the same: to find out who is the mole, and who is the cop—IMDB. 4/5.
Did you watch this movie and have burning questions that seem to remain unanswered? Have you heard the theories surrounding an alternate explanation? It's possible I have all the answers you need.
In the world of film, we are introduced to an extraordinary variety of antagonists. Here are eight awesome movies with crazy, manipulative, and scarily evil female villains.
Kidnap is one of those rare movies that you think will be B quality but surprises you with A+ quality. The film is perfectly acted and realistic, which adds to the terror. It gets 3.75 out of 4.
This is a non-spoiler review of “A Simple Favor” starring Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively, Henry Golding, and more!
Come with me as I take a look back at Gus Van Sant's infamous shot-for-shot remake of the 1960 Hitchcock classic and explain why it remains one of my favorite movie ever!
Though written well before this year’s A Quiet Place, 2016’s Hush, and also Tim Lebbon’s 2015 book The Silence, the new Netflix feature Bird Box will undoubtedly find itself labeled as a rip-off of a rip-off. The film, however, is a generally solid thriller that works well on its own, despite a ...
Coming to digital and on-demand services Friday, August 30, crazed fan Moose (John Travolta) scoots and sputters his way into action star Hunter Dunbar's (Devon Sawa) life. From the mind of Limp Bizkit's Fred Durst, The Fanatic is 100-minutes of pure, unfiltered anxiety.
A plethora of Harry Potter lol quotes, some lolcats with a Harry Potter twist, some famous Harry Potter quotations, as well as some fan pictures with hilarious texts to compliment them.
Following up his taut 2018 political thriller Beirut, director Brad Anderson has decided to join the growing throngs in offering up his latest feature on Netflix. Good thing, since it saves you from plunking down a ten-spot (or more) on Fractured in the theater and then grappling with the lousy ...
Unlocked your typical "whodunnit" mystery/conspiracy film, but the terrific acting makes up for the film's giant cliche problem. I give it a 2.5 out of 4.
In case you hadn’t heard, there are large tech companies based in the San Francisco area that are very interested in your internet habits--what products you buy, what topics you discuss, what ...
A case study of the femme fatale character Natalie and the significance of her role in Christopher Nolan's neo-noir thriller 'Memento'.
1995 proved to be a crucial year for both famous screenwriter Joe Eszterhas and the erotic thriller genre. Come with me as I look back at the film that endangered the commercial viability of both...
The Post, directed by Steven Spielberg, is an entertaining celebration of journalism based on a true tale. But truth be told, modern mainstream media is certainly unlike what is portrayed in the film.
The 2017 Taiwanese psychological thriller directed by Cheng Wei-Hao and starring Kaiser Chuang, Ko Chia-Yen, Mason Lee, and Christopher Ming-Shun Lee is now available on most VOD platforms.
This is a non-spoiler review of “Searching” starring John Cho, Debra Messing, Michelle La, and more!
These thrillers may not have been appreciated in their time, but they will still get your blood pumping today.
It's October (at the time of writing) so it's time for Benjamin Cox to throw himself into one of his least favourite genres - the horror film. Hopefully, the others he'll watch will be considerably better than this tosh.
She's back... after a lifetime away. Sharon Stone returns in her most famous role but was it worth the wait? Benjamin Cox takes a cold shower and takes aim at this boring, uninspired sequel.
The film is impactful and has a lot of meaning, but is by far the least of Eastwood's films. It felt more like a low-budget school project than an Eastwood masterpiece. I give it a 2.5 out of 4.
Between Worlds is the first film from Fantastic Fest 2018 that I watched and is one of the worst. Nic Cage sleazes up every frame of this thing while Franka Potente and Penelope Mitchell look on in dumbfounded disbelief.