Buddy Cops: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)

Each week in November, the Deadshirt crew is partnering up for a look at cinema’s defining Buddy Cop movies. This week: David Uzumeri and Kayleigh Hearn face off against the noir-infused Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. David: While I really enjoyed this summer’s The Nice Guys Read More …

The Rockwellian Hell of the Coen Brothers’ Fargo

When Joel and Ethan Cohen’s 1996 film Fargo was first released on VHS, PolyGram Video produced two little promotional items that perfectly encapsulated the film’s bloody, sour take on Midwestern domesticity. These items were a pair of snowglobes recreating two of the film’s most memorable Read More …

Creed is a Captivating Knockout [Review]

For better or worse, there’s no arguing we’re in the era of peak franchise in Hollywood. Of the year’s top 10 grossers thus far, seven are sequels or spinoffs, one is based on a novel, and another on a fairy tale made into an animated Read More …

Crimson Peak is an Atmospheric Gem with Feet of Clay [Review]

“It’s not a ghost story,” says writer Edith Cushing of her manuscript, early in Crimson Peak. “More a story with ghosts in it.” Through Edith, we can hear director Guillermo del Toro cautioning his audience. Crimson Peak is populated with writhing specters and the occasional Read More …

Gravity: Disaster Movie As The Human Experience

Gravity Directed by Alfonso Cuarón Starring Sandra Bullock, George Clooney Your first indicator that Gravity is going to be something of an unorthodox film starts well before any actors appear on screen. The audience is first shown a bizarre variation on the classic Warner Brothers logo, Read More …

Magna Lager Holy Grail: Gary King and The Arthur Quest in The World’s End

Edgar Wright’s The World’s End came out in the US last week and, having seen it twice, it’s (in my mind) unquestionably the best film he’s made. Wright has always been one of the sharpest filmmakers around, but the command of visuals and theme on Read More …