Film Review: Alien 3 (1992)

The first 30 to 45 minutes of David Fincher's Alien 3 is filled with powerful, audacious filmmaking. Picking up directly after the rousing conclusion of Aliens, the third entry in the now long-running franchise is almost unbearably grim, taking the pseudo family-unit of Ripley, Newt, Bishop and Hicks that was established in Cameron's lighthearted romp…Read more Film Review: Alien 3 (1992)

Film Review: Memories of Murder (2003)

Bong Joon-ho's masterful Memories of Murder is a great work of humanism, one which easily transcends its genre-trappings. Utilizing the 1980s Hwaseong serial murders as its launching pad, the film formulates a searing indictment of South Korean society from that era. It also parses the psychic scars left on those who were caught up in…Read more Film Review: Memories of Murder (2003)

Film Review: Gone Girl (2014)

David Fincher once said that he has "always been interested in films that scar." It's easy to pick up on┬áthis ghoulish preoccupation in the director's own output, with barely a chuckle or ray of sunlight to be found throughout his nine features. Fincher's latest opus, the supremely accomplished Gone Girl (adapted by novelist turned…Read more Film Review: Gone Girl (2014)

Film Review: Side Effects (2013)

Side Effects is a delicious piece of cinema, one which gradually reveals hidden layers that play to one's base instincts. Now, that being said, the film is also preposterous. Additionally, its lurid treatment of the culture of psychiatry and big pharmacy can't entirely obfuscate a rather grating, moralizing tone. It's somewhat of a disappointment that…Read more Film Review: Side Effects (2013)