Gareth Jones

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Film Review

Alice, Sweet Alice (1976)

By - Gareth Jones For fans of unusual 1970’s horror, “hysterical woman” and “monstrous motherhood” tropes The 70’s were an amazing time for American film.  The film student generation had been given the keys to the kingdom by the studios and independent film was alive and well.  Alice, Sweet Alice like many other genre films of that time fell in between.  It was written and directed by a former architect, […]

todayApril 11, 2024 11

Film Review


By - Gareth Jones For fans of Julio Torres, Tilda Swinton, Surrealism and Magical Realism, Michel Gondry I was introduced to the genius of Julio Torres first by interviews with Seth Myers and then with his show on HBO Los Espookys, which also starred the hilarious Fred Armisen and Ana Fabrega.  I was fascinated by this singular comedic style, his fashion taste, and his constantly changing hair color. Surreal, deadpan, […]

todayApril 4, 2024 20

Film Review

Blood Red Sky (2021)

By - Gareth Jones For fans of vampire movies with a twist, thought-provoking questions, A few days ago, I attended a great presentation on how feminism is a powerful lens when examining international relations. As part of the presentation, the instructor asked what monster feminism would be labeled as in the world of IR.  There were several suggestions. When the instructor revealed the answer, we all had an “of course […]

todayMarch 28, 2024 27

Film Review

Give Me Liberty

By - Gareth Jones For fans of Cassavetes-style dramas, disabled representation, films set in Milwaukee!  Right from the start, director Kirill Mikhanovsky plunges us into the chaotic life of medical transport driver Vic (played well by Chris Galust), as he is already behind picking up and dropping off clients. His clients are people with disabilities, but on this day, he is also trying to help out his Russian grandfather and […]

todayMarch 14, 2024 21

Film Review


By - Gareth Jones For fans of Sylvester Stallone, the 80’s, and documentaries about iconic Hollywood legends This spring, I am teaching a War and Film class for the first time.  We have arrived at the 80’s and the representation of the Vietnam War.  There were two main war film cycles in the 80’s, on one path lay the “realism” films of Platoon, Full Metal Jacket, Hamburger HIll, and Born […]

todayMarch 7, 2024 23

Film Review

Shock Waves  (1977)

By - Gareth Jones For fans of low budget zombie movies, late 70’s horror with a bit of art, innovative minimal scores, Peter Cushing and John Carradine cameos A few Sundays ago, I was lucky enough to be perusing one of my favorite places on Earth, Seasick Records.  I went in just to relax, say hello to friends, with no intention of buying anything.  I thought, why not just flip […]

todayFebruary 22, 2024 25

Film Review

The Killer (2023)

By - Gareth Jones For fans of David Fincher, Michael Fassbinder, slow-burn action, philosophical antiheroes David Fincher signed a deal with Netflix in 2020 for four years and has now renewed it for three more years. Both parties must be happy with the agreement.  From this contract, Fincher has released the feature films Mank and now The Killer.  He has also directed an episode of Love, Death, and Robots as […]

todayFebruary 15, 2024 34

Film Review

Poor Things

By - Gareth Jones For fans of fantastically absurd and surreal cinema, feminist and adult themes, Emma Stone, Yorgos Lanthimos I finally saw Poor Things and went in with high expectations.  It has been sweeping the awards with Emma Stone getting the prize for her full-bodied, accomplished, and moving performance.  It is a tour-de-force and will most likely result in her second Oscar.  I was mesmerized by her portrayal of […]

todayJanuary 18, 2024 94 2

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By - Gareth Jones For fans of Christian Petzold, modern angst with a bit of romance, meta-conversation about the apocalypse With ten feature length films and several made for television films, Christian Petzold has established himself as one of the premier German directors working today.  He is consistent in his output and critics and audiences have built up expectations of his work.  Afire is a brilliant continuation of this ascent […]

todayJanuary 4, 2024 44