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Bill Bria

David Cronenberg Essay - Crimes of the Future (1970)

Death Is Not the End: Self-Destruction in the Films of David Cronenberg

“Perhaps David Cronenberg is owed another kind of reputation: that of a humanist filmmaker who observes and questions, who understands our pain and sorrow as well as our ambitions both intellectual and libidinous.”

Emily the Criminal Movie Review - 2022 John Patton Ford Film

Sundance Review: John Patton Ford’s ‘Emily the Criminal’

“‘Emily the Criminal’ is the most vibrant crime movie to come along since 2019’s ‘Uncut Gems.'”

Dual Movie Review - 2022 Riley Stearns Film

Sundance Review: Riley Stearns’ ‘Dual’

“While Stearns’ comedy is frequently dark and sardonic, ‘Dual’ is a bit warmer and more spiritual than the average satire, which is surprising given its subject matter.”

Nightmare Alley Movie Review - 2021 Guillermo del Toro Film

Review: Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Nightmare Alley’

“Those who’ve come to love del Toro for his auteurist elements may be put off by ‘Nightmare Alley’ — it’s recognizably his film, yet it jettisons the presence of a supernatural element as well as twists the usual empathy found in his movies toward darker ends.”

Great White Movie Review - 2021 Shudder Film

Review: Martin Wilson’s ‘Great White’

“‘Great White’ may not be a groundbreaking or unique film, but it’s made with respect, and that deserves to be reciprocated.”

Last Night in Soho Movie Review - 2021 Film

Review: Edgar Wright’s ‘Last Night in Soho’

“The multifaceted, nuanced quality of music is vital to ‘Last Night in Soho,’ in which people aren’t so easily defined.”

V/H/S/94 2021 Movie - Film Review

Review: ‘V/H/S/94’

“‘V/H/S/94’ is a thoroughly decent installment despite its relatively slight nature. It’s a film which invites the audience to have a lot of fun but keeps an air of spooky credibility intact…”

Medusa 2021 Movie - Film Review

TIFF Review: Anita Rocha da Silveira’s ‘Medusa’

“‘Medusa’ is so overstuffed that it can’t find a way to tie its myriad conflicting tones together…”

Dashcam 2021 Movie - Film Review

TIFF Review: Rob Savage’s ‘Dashcam’

“‘Dashcam’ unintentionally reinforces the idea that protagonists must be likable in some fashion, even if depiction obviously doesn’t equal endorsement.”

Martyrs Lane 2021 Movie - Film Review

Fantasia Fest Review: Ruth Platt’s ‘Martyrs Lane’

“Hopefully, as the horror genre continues to grow and deepen, it won’t lose sight of itself as ‘Martyrs Lane’ sadly does.”

Hotel Poseidon Movie - Film Review

Fantasia Fest Review: Stefan Lernous’ ‘Hotel Poseidon’

“Like any work of surrealism, one is likely to get more out of ‘Hotel Poseidon’ based on how much one puts into it.”

Old Review

Review: M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Old’

“While ‘Old’ never quite fully connects emotionally, the themes inherent in the story help lend the movie the depth it doesn’t get from the performances”

Richard Donner - Wikipedia Commons

In Memoriam: The Verisimilitude of Richard Donner

“It’s fitting that Donner leaves behind a body of work that champions open-mindedness, films that illustrate how everyone is deserving of understanding. With understanding, even the impossible has the potential to become possible.”

Miami Vice Movie Film - Movement and Melancholy

Mannhunting: Exploring Masculinity in the Films of Michael Mann – Part Four

“Masculinity in Mann’s world is its own prison, a conundrum of duality, a question of what someone will stand for and the masks they may wear while striving for an identity.”

The Justice of Bunny King

Tribeca 2021 Review: Gaysorn Thavat’s ‘The Justice of Bunny King’

“The single element that carries ‘The Justice of Bunny King’ – as well as saves it during its spottier moments – is Davis, who gives a performance so good that it cements her as being in the top tier of film actors currently working.”

Italian Studies Movie Film

Tribeca 2021 Review: Adam Leon’s ‘Italian Studies’

“If ‘Italian Studies’ is indeed a film about mental illness, with Alina suffering from a fugue state, Kirby’s performance is brilliantly subtle, as it never slides into showy grandstanding or Oscar-baiting dramatics.”

Mark, Mary & Some Other People Movie Film

Tribeca 2021 Review: Hannah Marks’ ‘Mark, Mary & Some Other People’

“‘Mark, Mary & Some Other People’ ultimately has little to say on the big, unwieldy ethical topics it brings up, but it successfully paints a picture of how cluttered and confused dating continues to be…”

Michael Mann Film - Ali

Mannhunting: Exploring Masculinity in the Films of Michael Mann – Part Three

Mannhunting #3 by Bill Bria (‘Ali,’ ‘The Insider’ and ‘Collateral’)

The Amusement Park Movie Film

Review: George A. Romero’s ‘The Amusement Park’

“‘The Amusement Park’ may not be Romero’s angriest film, but it’s one of his most deliberately disturbing…”

Heat Movie Film

Mannhunting: Exploring Masculinity in the Films of Michael Mann – Part Two

Mannhunting #2 by Bill Bria: “In Mann’s duality of man, cop and robber are, in Stevenson’s words, ‘radically both’ one and the same.”