Posts By: Evan Kern

HallowRewind Review – The Grudge (2004)

Follow @theREELevankern When I was thinking of what to do for my first-ever HallowRewind Review—a new way to celebrate one of my favorite holidays—I wanted zero reservations towards whatever I chose. That knocked out the classics, like John Carpenter’s Halloween and The Thing, or tamer fare (such as The Nightmare Before Christmas), as they already… Read more »

The Birth of a Nation (2016) – Film Review

Follow @theREELevankern It’s rare that my theatre gets an independent film, even moreso when that film exceeds my expectations. Jumping right in, there are clear Biblical parallels that can be drawn. Nat, being brought up alongside his master’s boy, is reminiscent of the brotherhood of Moses and Pharaoh, before the Jews’ mass exodus from Egypt,… Read more »

Blair Witch (2016) – Film Review

Follow @theREELevankern Epileptics and claustrophobic types, be warned! If you’ve seen the trailer for this film—or remember the original from 1999—you should know what you’re getting into…but even I got a little nauseous watching this one. I don’t hold horror films to any kind of standard nowadays, and I wanted to get that out there… Read more »

Sully (2016) – Film Review

Follow @theREELevankern Welcome to Oscar season, everyone. While Morgan may be the official start to the fall line-up, surely this film can be seen as the beginning of the string of next-level movies that wow us in every way imaginable. This is Awards season, and Sully is a great sign that it is officially upon… Read more »

Stranger Things: Season One – Review

Follow @theREELevankern When I start talking to the TV, that’s how I can tell I’m invested in a show. It happened with the masterpiece that has been Daredevil, and it happened here, with Stranger Things. This show tackles real issues—like the burdens of loss and motherhood, and if there really is life after death—in an… Read more »

Morgan (2016) – Film Review

Follow @theREELevankern With anticipated films like Doctor Strange and Assassin’s Creed coming out later in the fall and winter, it’s easy for films like Morgan (made on a measly $8M budget) to get swept up in the mainstream madness. For those in the know as to coming attractions, however, gems like this are never overlooked…. Read more »

Don’t Breathe (2016) – Six Ups, Four Downs

Follow @theREELevankern This movie’s done rather well for itself at the box office—four out of five horror/thriller films do. Friday night at my theatre was the most hectic I’ve seen for an opening weekend in a while. Besides our primeval desire to be thrilled, though, this film had a lot going for it…but also fell… Read more »

The Night Manager (2016) – Event Review

Follow @theREELevankern Based upon the book of the same name by British espionage novelist John le Carré, this six-week mini-series event adapted by AMC had my attention from the very first episode. Full of strong performances—both lead and supporting—rich, contemporary backdrops, and pure, worldly cynicism, this show is a tension-fueled, entertaining romp through the world… Read more »

Suicide Squad (2016) – Film Review

Follow @theREELevankern I can’t speak for DC Comics fans, but this movie turned out exactly how I was expecting. While that’s neither good nor bad, there are several elements of David Ayer’s Suicide Squad that make it unique and, at the same time, very much ordinary. While the flair and pomp was refreshing—a nice, alternative… Read more »

Jason Bourne (2016) – Film Review

Follow @theREELevankern As one of the roles that catapulted Matt Damon to super-stardom, the Jason Bourne character will forever be revered by fans of his and of espionage thrillers. In interviews, he’s said, himself, that it’s one of his favorite roles of his career…but when is too much of a good thing a bad thing?… Read more »