Jordan Peele’s Nope displays the power and importance of original storytelling

My initial reaction as the credits rolled on Jordan Peele’s third feature film, Nope, was that I wished the extraordinarily talented writer, director, and producer would return to a smaller scale of filmmaking and storytelling along the lines of his 2017 debut, Get Out. However, as I have continued to reflect upon the experience of […]

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The Black Phone might answer the call for some horror fans, if you keep your expectations in check

Directed by Scott Derrickson in his first feature film since the Marvel Cinematic Universe entry Doctor Strange in 2016, The Black Phone is finally seeing a theatrical release after a couple years of Covid-related delays and conflicts. Adapted from Joe Hill’s short story of the same name, this movie finds Derrickson returning to his horror […]

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Let’s all rally for malignant

We are excited to welcome guest contributor Andrew J. Eisenman to the team here at The Run-Down on Movies. In his first piece, Eisenman walks us through the process of the newly added Oscars Fan Favorite Award, and specifically makes a case for James Wan’s “Malignant” to take home the prize. Last week, the Academy […]

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“Time Warp: The Greatest Cult Films of All-Time, Vol 2 – Horror and Sci-Fi” fails to coherently focus on its own subject matter.

Depending on who you ask, the term “cult classic” in regard to filmmaking may be applied as a compliment or an insult. Motion pictures acquire this status based on a variety of factors. Perhaps the film flew under the radar and has a deep well of technical and narrative proficiency to be appreciated by wider […]

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Planning to check out “Bloodline”? Go in with an open mind and a stomach of steel.

The unrelenting, brutally realistic, and “Hard-R” feature, Bloodline, from director Henry Jacobson, examines the atrocities of a serial killer from a unique perspective. Rather than the stereotypical villain who inhumanely preys on the weak and helpless out of sheer wickedness, the focus of this story, written by Jacobson, Avra Fox-Lerner, and Will Honley, is a […]

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Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho – Evaluation

  Psycho Film Evaluation Thomas Manning   Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho showcases all of his filmmaking skill and ingenuity. There are surprises around every corner, and incredibly innovative cinematic elements. A large part of this revolves around the story. Highlighted aspects of the story like terror, violence, and sex were generally avoided by filmmakers during Hitchcock’s […]

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