Apollo 18 •• [two out of five]

Despite the bad press, “Apollo 18” deserves notice for trying to bring something new to the found-footage genre, breaking some pacing trends to deliver an almost real sense of fear.  Notice given?  Okay.  It’s still not a very good film, however, mistaking pacing accuracy for interest, and when it ends up giving into the demands of it’s genre anyway… well.

WELL

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The Chaser •••• [four out of five]

Tragedy is what seeps through even in the moments of levity.  On the trail of the killer, we continue watching the film because of how well woven the story is, how gracefully and directly Hong-jin Na captures everything, from interrogations to torture to chase scenes, and because maybe we’re supposed to seek out films that don’t just tell easy tales.

My moments of levity are tragic

Two For the Money – Max Allan Collins ♦♦♦♦ [four out of five]

I could’ve sworn this was a modern book, and yet “Two For the Money” combines two Max Allan Collins books published in the 80s – Bait Money and Blood Money – his first two with character Nolan.  This speaks of the timelessness of certain concepts that are popular in crime/noir books, but moreso of the strength of Collins writing, imbuing his stories with very distinct characters and dialogue that you can feel existing in the real world…

Would you believe I wrote all these reviews in the 80s?  …R… Really?