Chase Gifford

"Cinema is the most beautiful fraud in the world"-Jean-Luc Godard

Horror-locker Movie Review: The Invitation

Thanks to Netflix I was invited to the party and the result is an underrated horror drama that demands patience with the promise of a major payoff. Paranoia is a crucial element to the story and as it progresses so too does the paranoia. The genius of this film is the misdirection of just where […]Read More

Nerdlocker Movie Review: Bad Times at the El Royale

“I believe that life is chaotic, a jumble of accidents, ambitions, misconceptions, bold intentions, lazy happenstances, and unintended consequences, yet I also believe that there are connections that illuminate our world, revealing its endless mystery and wonder.” – David Maraniss I’ve read “Tarantino rip-off” or “…an homage to Tarantino”. Either way is it a bad […]Read More

Nerdlocker Movie Review: Venom

I think if I knew the exact number of movies I’ve seen it would blow my mind. Of all those countless movies each was preceded by a trailer showcasing just why everyone has to see “insert movie here”. Some of the worst movies out there have produced absolutely stellar trailers fooling everyone into wasting money […]Read More

Horror-locker Movie Review: Honeymoon

With so much content being released every year unfortunately that means that from time to time great content will be missed, fly under the radar and altogether just forgotten. Luckily we live in the age of streaming services like Netflix that give overlooked films a second chance at life. I know if it weren’t for […]Read More

Horror-locker Movie Review: Creep 2

Creep 2 is a movie predicated on the idea that you liked the first film. If you did then you will find the good in this oddball horror indie that really goes off the deep end this time around. The first Creep was just dipping its toes into the water and Creep 2 is a […]Read More

Horror-locker Movie Review: Creep

Creep is a great example of a simple premise still providing intrigue and tension in a genre often filled with too much nonsensical fodder. It doesn’t have to be groundbreaking to be engaging and Creep is as to the point as it gets. A man, a serial killer has his process and we are now […]Read More

Nerdlocker Movie Review: Hold the Dark

With his latest feature film, director Jeremy Saulnier has given us Hold the Dark. Similar in tone to Wind River, Hold the Dark is a stark, unrelenting glimpse at the reality of human behavior as it devolves into malevolent behavior for no apparent reason. A scene early in the film shows a pack of wolves […]Read More

Nerdlocker Movie Review: Assassination Nation

Exaggerated though it may be, Assassination Nation is a exploitative look into the current climate of internet toxicity. It examines everything from the dangers of sharing sexual content like sexting to the overreaction of mob mentality over anything and everything people might not agree with. As we are all aware these days are overrun with […]Read More

Nerdlocker Movie Review: Life Itself

‘From the creator of This Is Us’ If this is what This Is Us is like, you sobbing wet blankets can keep Life Itself and the television show. By all accounts this should have worked. It has a lovely message, a stellar ensemble cast to convey that message and a supposedly strong creator behind the […]Read More

Nerdlocker Movie Review: The House with a Clock in Its

Harking back to a time of archeologists raiding lost arks and Extraterrestrials winning the hearts of humans everywhere, The House with a Clock in Its Walls is a lover letter to the eighties. This was a time when movies that even with a target audience of children still managed a large amount of bravery. The […]Read More

Nerdlocker Movie Review: White Boy Rick

I think with any movie no matter how hard I try to refrain from judgement before actually seeing a film I enter the theater with a bit of a preconceived notion of what it is I’m about to see. I thought I had a grasp on what I was about to experience with White Boy […]Read More

Nerdlocker Movie Review: The Predator

Predator, a classic Sci-Fi actioner, was released in 1987 and ever since studio execs have been trying to recapture the same magic but to no success. (I’m leaving out Predator 2) First they thought a watered down teen friendly approach was the best choice but even just typing that irritates the hell out of me. […]Read More

Nerdlocker Movie Review: The Nun

The Conjuring Universe continues its expansion with its latest addition, The Nun. Getting just a taste of Valak in The Conjuring 2, The Nun expands upon the mythos of the demon abbess as the origins of such an evil are unveiled. I’ll get right to the point and say that even though, as I write […]Read More

Nerdlocker Movie Review: Papillon

Undeterred by challenging roles, Charlie Hunnam flexes his acting muscles yet again in Papillon. By his side, Rami Malek helps propel a harrowing true story of innocence ignored and determination of spirit through even the most trying of situations. A journey of survival can be no bigger than a confined cell with nothing but lingering […]Read More

Nerdlocker Movie Review: Mile 22

Mile 22 marks the fourth collaboration between director Peter Berg and Mark Wahlberg. For the first three efforts, Lone Survivor, Deepwater Horizon, and Patriots Day the results were relatively positive. Each featured solid performances hoisted by fascinating stories about true life events. Now, with Mile 22 we have this regression to a lesser form of […]Read More

Nerdlocker Movie Review: Mission: Impossible- Fallout

“I love what I do. I take great pride in what I do. And I can’t do something halfway, three-quarters, nine-tenths. If I’m going to do something, I go all the way.” –Tom Cruise If you’re looking for a summation of Tom Cruise’s work ethic there it is. As he has proven time and time […]Read More

Nerdlocker Movie Review: You Were Never Really Here

A violent film that shows almost no violence sounds like the ramblings of an incoherent madman but I assure you despite the just off camera kills, this is a violence driven drama about being okay around death in the worst ways possible. Make no mistake however, there are still moments that showcase the savagery front […]Read More

Nerdlocker Movie Review: The Equalizer 2

I was supposed to review Skyscraper recently but I didn’t, sue me. Basically it wasn’t good for a number of reasons but I believe its greatest affront was its overwhelming predictability combined with a complete lack of entertaining action sequences and characters that were as dull as a paperclip in an office building. What they […]Read More