Creep (2014)

Creep isn’t so much a movie as a goof, an 82 minute micro-budget riff on Mark Duplass’s inflated New Age persona (as in seen in the likes of The Mindy Project). Despite assuming a found-footage horror genre, the film isn’t especially scary or suspenseful; despite the title, Duplass’ character, “Joseph”, isn’t so much pathologically creepy…

Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972)

The Andes are thick with fog, its white all-encompassing tendrils consuming the conquistadors descending into its depths. Even as it clears, revealing the pale blue sky above a mottled green canopy and rotten brown rivers, the atmosphere of portentous doom remains. Only Aguirre, “the wrath of God” (Klaus Kinski) seems immune to the heavy weight…

Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975): Cheat Sheet

This week marks the 40th anniversary of Peter Weir’s seminal Australian New Wave film Picnic at Hanging Rock. As part of my series of “cheat sheets” on films taught in secondary schools, unpacking their themes and detailing related texts, I examined the film for SBS Movies. Check it out via the link below! Read Picnic at Hanging Rock: Cheat…

HEALTH – DEATH MAGIC

The Loudness Wars are over. One of the last over the trenches were L.A. band HEALTH, though their contributions to the victorious effort – measured in the maximalism of modern pop music – were overshadowed by the final wave of reinforcements. In the wake of the searing synths of their compatriots Crystal Castles, the drum-machine…