If nothing else, Vice deserves praise for having one of the best trailers in recent memory.  Beginning with a low-key exchange between an instantly recognizable Bush (Sam Rockwell) and Cheney (Christian Bale) set to the opening strains of The Killers’ swagger anthem “The Man,” the song and trailer quickly build to an expertly synchronized crescendo.  The combination of audio and visuals whet the appetite the way all good trailers do, showing just enough to get the audience excited but never revealing too much.  It’s a masterclass in hype-building, and whichever anonymous editor stitched it together should be proud. Continue reading

Fast and Fentress Update

Hey all, I know it’s been a while since my last review.  I’ve been pretty swamped with work – exciting work, but work nonetheless – the past few weeks, but things are finally settling down.  Starting tomorrow, I’ll be getting back to publishing reviews regularly.  You can also expect a Best and Worst of 2018, though I still have to catch up on some key movies, so it might be a little while.  In the meantime, you can look forward to my Vice review, which I’ll be publishing tomorrow.  All the best, and thanks for reading.




Overlord, with its high-concept hook of Nazi zombies, itself practically a subgenre at this point, is the kind of movie that could have gone either way.  It’s easy to see how it could have been all concept and no execution, the kind of movie with little to offer besides a catchy gimmick at its center.  Thankfully it turns out to be anything but, taking its gonzo premise and running with it to create a perfectly satisfying slice of B-Movie cheese. Continue reading