Day 1: ‘The Christmas Bunny’ – 12 Days of Christmas Movies

With little ability to concentrate on a movie due to an excessive backlog of paying work, our 12 Days of Christmas Movies begins with whatever crap I can find on Netflix. The pickings are slim, probably so you’ll feel compelled to run out and buy your favorite films on Blu-ray or DVD, thus feeding the for-profit beast that Hollywood sends out to devour moviegoers every season.

If you’re tired of the rich, white families on the Hallmark Channel who inexplicably learn the value of Christmas despite their obsession with material possessions, turn to Netflix and watch The Christmas Bunny. It features white people who are down on their luck. So, it’s a little different. Continue reading Day 1: ‘The Christmas Bunny’ – 12 Days of Christmas Movies

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It’s the 12 Days of Christmas Movies!

Ho Ho Ho! Merry Christmas!

We would say “Happy Holidays,” but for some reason that seems to piss people off. Plus, Donald Trump is President now, and we’re trying to stay in his good graces. That dude really loves Christmas.

Anyway, in an effort to be less cynical about holiday joy, The Cinematic Tangent will be counting down the days to Christmas with our very own 12 Days of Christmas Movies extravaganza!

Over the next 12 days (including Christmas Day!) we will be watching the best and the worst films this wonderful season has to offer. Continue reading It’s the 12 Days of Christmas Movies!

Review: ‘Don’t Breathe’

2-5-starsThe film opens on the unsettling scene of an unconscious girl being dragged down the street by her hair; the surrounding scenery shows the cracked sidewalks and overgrown backyards of an abandoned neighborhood somewhere in the suburbs of Detroit. It’s a brilliant hook, one that sets an intense tone for the unnerving home-invasion flick that follows.

The story focuses on three down-on-their-luck millennials (Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette, and Daniel Zovatto) who have taken up burglary in hopes of stealing enough to start a new life. Despite targeting a blind Gulf War veteran (Stephen Lang), the trio are instantly sympathetic due to the extreme nature of their personal circumstances, coupled with an effort to preserve life during the course of their criminal activities. In a strange way, writer/director Fede Alvarez (Evil Dead) is able to paint them as underdogs worthy of our support – a feeling that is later confirmed when the blind vet becomes a hulking psychopath, murdering one of our heroes with his bare hands. Continue reading Review: ‘Don’t Breathe’

Review: ‘Swiss Army Man’

.5 starsIn a brilliant opening laden with dark comedy, a man looks out at the ocean as he struggles to kill himself with a necktie, haplessly unable to get the job done. Luckily, the corpse of a well-dressed man washes up onto the beach, releasing a series of nasty farts to prove he’s dead. It’s then that our protagonist robs the cadaver of its belt and moves to continue his suicide attempt – the scene is hilarious, sad, and intriguing. And it was the first and last moment of Swiss Army Man that I found the least bit interesting. Continue reading Review: ‘Swiss Army Man’