Top Gun: Maverick (2022)

We are halfway through 2022 and over a decade into what I can only describe as the ‘nostalgiacene’ epoch of blockbuster evolution. And it doesn’t look like the world is ready to move on. Though, I most certainly am.  

Ambulance (2022)

If you were taken into a screening blindfolded and asked to definitively say – in the absence of opening credits – who directed the movie based solely on what it looked like, how many minutes would it take you to identify a Michael Bay movie? One? Two? Under a minute? Fair enough, the jig would … Continue reading Ambulance (2022)

X (2022)

Ti West and Rob Zombie are two sides of the same coin. Although superficially their movies do not look alike at all, their connected at the hip because both filmmakers through their work express similar emotions; only differently. And X might be the definitive lynchpin between them.  

I’m Still Here

I don’t like the idea of writing a personal update. It honestly feels defeatist even as I am typing these words. My brain is actively fighting against me here and all of my inner voices (and there are a few) are screaming in unison that if I have the time to write this pile of … Continue reading I’m Still Here

Belfast (2021)

There’s more than one Belfast. There’s Belfast you know from history classes or from accruing knowledge about the world in your own capacity. There’s Belfast you find on postcards – “Venice of the North” as Belfast City Council would like you to see it as – brimming with nightlife, greenery and tourist attractions. There’s Belfast … Continue reading Belfast (2021)

Nightmare Alley (2021)

What is the point of a remake? Even more fundamentally, what is the reason for retelling any story? Well, at the most basic level, the idea of recounting the same stories is probably the most ancient way of record-keeping that predates the invention of writing, so it’s hard to criticize the general concept of reaching … Continue reading Nightmare Alley (2021)

Don’t Look Up (2021)

I think it goes without saying that Adam McKay’s movies are about as subtle as a fart in a bathtub and despite their seemingly wide-reaching appeal, their purpose may not be that obvious. Even though he has made a departure from making out-and-out comedies like The Other Guys or Anchorman and moved towards making socially and politically aware satires … Continue reading Don’t Look Up (2021)

The Uncut Gems Podcast – Episode 49 (End of Days)

In this episode of the show we marked the arrival of 2022 by talking about the devil. And photos in pickle jars. And corpses in hydromassage bathtubs. In other words, we trained our sights on Peter Hyams’ 1999 Arnie vehicle End of Days.


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