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AUTHOR: Chris Bumbray

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Flatliners (2017 Movie Review)

PLOT: Five medical students ( Ellen Page , Nina Dobrev , James Norton , Kiersey Clemons and Diego Luna ) try to unlock the mysteries of the afterlife by experimenting with flatlining. What could go wrong? REVIEW: FLATLINERS is a remake of the 1990 Joel Schumacher cult classic. Love him or hate him, Schumacher was exactly the right person for it. The idea of med...

Exclusive: Nicolas Cage & Brian Taylor talk Mom & Dad and Ghost Rider 2

Part of the fun of attending a film festival like TIFF as part of the accredited media, is that you get access to a wide range of stars out there promoting their films. While I mostly stick to reviews, when the opportunity to sit down with the great Nicolas Cage presented itself, I couldn’t pass it up. Here’s my interview with Cage, and director Brian Taylor about...

Mom and Dad (TIFF Review)

PLOT: An inexplicable phenomena results in parents being uncontrollably compelled to murder their children. REVIEW: MOM AND DAD marks the solo directorial debut of Brian Taylor , one half of the famous Neveldine/Taylor directorial duo, which brought us such crazed classics as the CRANK series and GAMER. Despite a presumably lower budget then their last outing as a team, GHOST...

The Shape of Water (TIFF Review)

PLOT: A mute cleaning woman ( Sally Hawkins ) working the graveyard shift at a top secret government installation in the cold war era, befriends an imprisoned sea creature ( Doug Jones ) being experimented upon by an overzealous agent ( Michael Shannon ) and a mysterious doctor ( Michael Stuhlbarg ). REVIEW: The mark of a great director, in my opinion, is when, after watching...

mother! (TIFF Review)

PLOT: A young woman ( Jennifer Lawrence ) restoring her older husband’s ( Javier Bardem ) decaying home, finds their idyll interrupted by two abrasive house guests ( Ed Harris & Michelle Pfeiffer ). REVIEW: As far as big studio movies go this year, few are as shrouded in mystery as Darren Aronofsky ’s MOTHER!. Like a vintage Roman Polanski film, Aronofsky’s outing is...

The Killing of a Sacred Deer (TIFF Review)

PLOT: A cardiac surgeon ( Colin Farrell ) sparks up a friendship with the teen-aged son (Barry Keoghan) of a former patient who died under his watch. Soon, the boy begins ingratiating himself into the doctor’s home life, only to make a startling demand that seems linked to the rapidly deteriorating health of his two children. REVIEW: THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER is...

78/52 (Fantasia Review)

PLOT: An in-depth examination of Alfred Hitchcock’s approach to filming his 1960 masterpiece, PSYCHO, specifically, the infamous shower scene. REVIEW: One can’t help but feel the influence of ROOM 237 on director Alexander O. Philippe’s 78/52. No mere PSYCHO making-of, territory that’s been (too) well-mined over the years with books, docs and even a feature-film, HITCHCOCK,...

Terminator 2: Judgment Day: 3D (Fantasia Review)

PLOT: After failing to kill Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton), Skynet sends an advanced, indestructible T-1000 (Robert Patrick) back to kill a young John Connor (Edward Furlong), but not before the resistance is able to send a T-800 (Arnold Schwarzenegger) to protect him. REVIEW: TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY is one of, if not the , greatest action films ever made. A game-changer...

Mohawk (Fantasia 2017 Review)

PLOT: During the war of 1812, a young Mohawk woman (Kaniehtiio Horn) and her two lovers, a fellow Mohawk, Calvin (Justin Rain) and English Indian agent, Joshua (Eamon Farren) battle a squad of bloodthirsty American soldiers. REVIEW: Ted Geoghegan is a guy well known among us internet journos. A publicist long associated with the Fantasia Film Festival, he’s also a budding...

It Comes at Night (Movie Review)

PLOT: Two families band together in the aftermath of a horrific plague, trying to survive day-to-day in a world where compassion can be the greatest weakness of all. REVIEW: IT COMES AT NIGHT is the movie that will put “The Overlook Film Festival” on the map. A secret screening, this much-anticipated film beat its upbeat, genre audience in a state of shock, but...

The Overlook Film Fest wrap-up

Just over a week ago, I received a late-evening email from one of my bosses at JoBlo/Arrow in the Head. In it, I was asked whether or not I’d like to fly to Oregon, where I’d be put up in the famous Timberline Lodge, better known as the hotel Stanley Kubrick used for the exterior shots in THE SHINING. There, I’d be put up as part of the brand-new Overlook Film...

Mayhem (Overlook Film Festival Review)

PLOT: A newly fired attorney (Steven Yeun) is trapped in his office during a quarantine, after the whole building has been infected with a pathogen that, temporarily, makes the infected lose all inhibitions and become prone to violent behavior. REVIEW: MAYHEM is basically the lo-fi version of THE BELKO EXPERIMENT. While that movie had location photography, a Hollywood...

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