Movie Review: COLD IN JULY

COLD IN JULY movie poster | ©2014 IFC Films

Rating: Unrated Stars: Michael C. Hall, Sam Shepard, Don Johnson, Vinessa Shaw Writers: Nick Damici & Jim Mickle, based on the novel by Joe R. Lansdale Director: Jim Mickle Distributor: IFC Films Release Date: May 23, 2014 Adapted from a novel by Joe R. Lansdale, one can see the elements that should make COLD IN JULY a sharp thriller. It’s got a great cast, headed up by Michael C. Hall, Sam Shepard and Don Johnson, an intriguing premise and, in Jim Mickle, a director who wants to make sure that the scenes look interesting. So what’s the problem? Without having […]Read On »

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CD Review: WE ARE WHAT WE ARE soundtrack

WE ARE WHAT WE ARE soundtrack | ©2013 Milan Records

Those expecting the kind of orchestrally ferocious, percussion-gnashing cannibal family score that usually comes with the rural, inbred territory aren’t going to get the expected soundtrack serving, in spite of one clan’s gruesome steadfastness that WE ARE WHAT WE ARE. The credit for this unusually intelligent, and delicate approach to a genre that splatters both flesh and instruments with equal helter-skelter abandon goes to the collaboration between composer Jeff Grace and director Jim Mickle, who previously collaborated on the apocalyptic vampire fable “Stake Land,” and now has relocated a Mexican meat-eater film for upstate New York with the same brand […]Read On »

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Movie Review: WE ARE WHAT WE ARE

WE ARE WHAT WE ARE movie poster | ©2013 Entertainment One

Rating: R Stars: Bill Sage, Ambyr Childers, Julia Garner, Jack Gore, Kassie DePaiva, Kelly McGillis, Wyatt Russell, Michael Parks Writers: Nick Dimici & Jim Mickle, based on SOMOS LO QUE HAY, written and directed by Jorge Michel Grau Director: Jim Mickle Distributor: Entertainment One Release Date: September 27, 2013 Families that keep to themselves tend to draw social suspicion, and are therefore a staple of horror movies, with the original TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE still the prime example of the form. However, what if there was nothing outwardly strange about the family at all, with their reticence assumed to be simply […]Read On »

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Movie Review: STAKE LAND

STAKE LAND movie poster | ©2011 IFC

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Nick Damici, Connor Paolo, Danielle Harris, Sean Nelson, Michael Cerveris Writers: Nick Damici and Jim Mickle Director: Jim Mickle Distributor: IFC Films Release Date: April 22, 2011 STAKE LAND works on some basic levels – one can reasonably go into this post-apocalyptic horror movie expecting action and blood and be rewarded with plenty of both. An added bonus is some really gorgeous cinematography by Ryan Samul, which makes us feel like we really are somewhere bleak and abandoned, yet weirdly beautiful. In STAKE LAND, adolescent Martin (Connor Paolo) sees his family slaughtered by vampires, but he […]Read On »

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