Author Archives: John Smistad

Don’t wait as long as I did to see this Thing!

I can’t believe it has taken me this long to finally see John Carpenter’s 1982 cult Sci-Fi Horror classic “The Thing”. Actually, I can, as this is not the type of genre

What they found in “The Autopsy of Jane Doe” should have NEVER been extracted.

Not for the squeamish. Wanna make sure this is resolutely understood now. I said, not, not, not, not! for the squeamish! Oh, boy howdy, can I tell ya? This father and son

“Game Change”: Timely Take on the Future of America.

Fully aware that I am writing for what is largely a UK audience, I nonetheless don’t believe it comes as a startling revelation that here in America we stand on the precipice

“The Warriors” didn’t do it!!!

Hard to fathom that a flick about a ration of reprobates running for their lives from an onslaught of equally as reprehensible New York City gangs circa the late 1970’s would have

Guy Pearce impresses…again…as “The Rover”.

I am becoming ever more partial to Australian cinema.  And the futuristic thriller “The Rover” has only served to amplify my growing admiration. Set a decade into the future after a catastrophic

“Green Room”: Code Red in The American Pacific Northwest.

Didn’t think I really needed to see the skinhead suspenser (yep, I damn well may have just now invented this oddball genre description) “Green Room”.  And perhaps I didn’t.  But now that

“Bob and the Trees”: He can’t quit them.

Bob Tarasuk is a natural force in his first feature film leading role as a middle-aged, woe begotten woodsman in “Bob and the Trees“.  Tarasuk’s raw and realistic portrayal of a man busting his butt to