REVIEW: UnSane

With UnSane, Steven Soderbergh has created a lean, tech-savvy psychological horror for the #metoo era.

Claire Foy stars as Sawyer Valentini, a bright-eyed, damaged businesswoman who, having recently upended her life to get away from a stalker, is tricked into having herself “voluntarily” committed

She’s understandably pissed off and scared. …

PODCAST: Ready Player One & Annihilation [Electric Shadows]

In episode 41 of The Electric Shadows Podcast Robs Daniel & myself journey deep into pop culture and sci-fi when delivering our verdicts on Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One and Alex Garland’s Annihilation.

In a typically all-encompassing discussion, Rob D explains why he dug the pop-culture geek-gasm of RP1, while I reveal his reservations about Spielberg’s latest.…

REVIEW: Scribe is a well-made but slightly rote conspiracy thriller

Scribe (French: The Eavesdropper) is a classic conspiracy thriller in ambition if not in atmosphere.

François Cluzet plays Duval, a conscientious, middle-aged office worker who suffers a drink-exacerbated breakdown.

Out of work for two years and abandoned by his wife, he seeks not only an income but a framework to his life.…

The Unknown Girl: unsatisfying mystery, impressive empathy

3 Stars (3 / 5)
Sherlock Holmes was a doctor – or at least the real-life inspiration for him was, Dr. Joseph Bell; a lecturer at the University of Edinburgh, at which Conan Doyle trained.

From that fertile wellspring there are, of course, innumerable adaptations, both period and modern, as well as House, weekly detective stories well-disguised as a medical procedural.…

Jackie reveals what we will do to put a mask on ambition & grief

4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

Blackness. Orchestral strings rise up magisterially but sink almost immediately in discord; the wooziest of dying falls.

A beautiful woman, resplendent in pink, with jet-black bouffant hair, porcelain hair, and cheekbones to shame Bette Davis, coolly applies her makeup in an airplane mirror.…