(2003) Willard

The saga of Willard and Ben finally gets the treatment it deserves with Willard. It’s darkly whimsical, fluid, and engaging. Not to mention, a legendary performance by Crispin Glover.

It also just looks fantastic. The production is super tight and the memorably impressive visuals, inspired by the original, are elevated tenfold.

I loved it, fantastic film and I’m just in disbelief with Crispin Glover. He fucking killed this role.



(1971) Willard

I feel like stumbling upon this series was so random but I watched Willard so I’d be ready to watch the sequel Ben, because that’s me! Much like the Ben in Willard, I’m also a greasy, basement dwelling rat.

The movie is totally fun and completely retarded. Actually, I take that back, it’s like 64% retarded. Everything is somewhat campy and just the overall premise is a bit silly.

Don’t get me wrong, I fully recommend this but as an actual, quality film…eh.


(2018) Annihilation

Annihilation is a truly thought provoking film that seems to bridge multiple genres. I found it best to go in with zero knowledge and no expectations.

In terms of boldness and boundary stretching sci-fi, this film reminded me a lot of Tarkovsky’s Stalker. It’s challenging and tedious at times but that’s all part of building this whole new world. One of the most fantastic elements of the film is that as a viewer, you’re actually unfolding the mystery along with the characters.

It’s one of the best sci-fi films I’ve seen in a long time. The movie is incredibly balanced, mind-bending and original. I just can’t see someone not enjoying this.


(1966) Seconds

Beautiful film. Seconds is a powerful film that really takes a toll on you with a claustrophobic, psychedelic but ultimately, depressive tone.

Rock Hudson’s performance is instantly so memorable. He just encapsulates this man who’s totally unraveling which culminates in one of the most dramatically impressive scenes that exists from this decade.

Stylistically, the actually filmmaking and photography direction is so unique to this film in particular. Everything from the first half is shot in a way that’s almost unnerving.

The messages behind the film aren’t overly simplistic as the subtext reads a novel but overall, it attempts to highlight the importance of realizing what you have, in that moment that you have it.


(2018) The Cloverfield Paradox

I’m just going to jump into this one with zero bullshit. I enjoyed the film, its surprise release was awesome and it’s a solid space horror.

The bad aspects include forced, mistimed humor. There’s also some poor CGI. Possibly the worst mistake they made was a fumbled, dumbed-down, over-explained moment of exposition. We’ve seen this in so many films that I’m convinced filmmakers think their core audience is mentally retarded.

The good aspects are, well, good. It’s loud, chaotic and paced incredibly well. Once shit is unleashed it’s a non-stop ride until the end. Unfortunately any deeper thought into the somewhat contrived plot can lead to some disappointment.

Just go into this with an open mind and don’t compare it to something incredible like 10 Cloverfield Lane.


(1960) Village of the Damned

Fantastic. This film engages much like any great episode of The Twilight Zone in that familiar eeriness but keeps a creative sci-fi inspired depth.

The initial voice-over effects for the children can seem odd at first but that’s very much the point. Wolf Rilla finessed his way through this one with a generally sleek look, smooth camera work and effects that age (almost) timelessly.

I really loved this. This was one of those old horror films that instantly just felt like a warm blanket.


(1931) Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Brilliant. I loved the POV and transformation sequences. Performances were all solid and it’s a trimmed, concise story, like most films of this era.

Obviously everyone knows Jekyll and Hyde, to me it’s a really classic explanation of the duplicity of man; impulses and desires, etc.

That’s pretty much all I have to say, really fun watch.