Kate Winslet and Jim Carrey in 'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind'

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Review)

[This is one of my earliest film reviews, originally published in April 2004 for the defunct University of Washington publication ‘Right Turn’. This is actually probably the first and only time that I had a hard deadline for a print publication, at least where my contribution could not be easily replaced. At the time the…

Actress Þorbjörg Helga Þorgilsdóttir (Thora Bjorg Helga) as Hera Karlsdottir in the Icelandic film 'Metalhead.'

Metalhead: Icelandic film teases black metal

Director Ragnar Bragason delivers on drama, but leaves musical questions unanswered Metalhead is an Icelandic film from 2013 that played in Seattle as part of the 2015 Nordic Lights Film Festival. Directed by Ragnar Bragason, Metalhead was very successful in the Icelandic 2014 Edda Awards, winning for Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actor,…

Movie poster for the 2005 horror film 'Cursed.' Written by Kevin Williamson and directed by Wes Craven, the same creative behind 'Scream.' Image courtesy of Dimension Films.

Wes Craven ‘Cursed’ falls short of potential

Flawed production leads to disappointing results for collaboration between ‘Scream’ creative team of Wes Craven and Kevin Williamson 2005’s Cursed seemed to have all the elements of a great horror film, at least on paper. For starters, it was written by Kevin Williamson and directed by Wes Craven, the same creative duo behind the wildly…

Hostel: Part III cover. Image courtesy of Raw Nerve/Stage 6 Films/RCR Media Group

Hostel: Part III a missed opportunity

Review of direct-to-DVD film Hostel: Part III  In the opening scene of the 2011 film Hostel: Part III a young American backpacker, Travis, enters a dank hostel room. Surprise – it’s occupied by an attractive Ukrainian couple, Victor and Anka. Victor is hostile at first but soon lets his guard down and invites Travis to drink out of an…