CHICAGO – The issue of gender identity, especially for those who are born with a vagueness as to what to call themselves between/beyond boy and girl, has come front and center in the U.S., both with the legalization of gay marriage and the callous repudiation of identity by trying to pass laws dismissing it (the North Carolina “bathroom” laws). The performance companies of The Living Canvas and Nothing Without a Company is currently staging “[Trans]formation,” which presents gender identity art by six performers, who perform most of the play in the nude.
Blu-ray Review: ‘Sinister’ Has Strong Visuals, Great Lead Performance
CHICAGO – Scott Derrickson’s “Sinister” was beloved in certain horror-loving circles (including a rave from our very own Adam Fendelman) and it’s indicative of the state of the genre that this film’s flaws were overlooked simply because it’s so undeniably vastly superior to junk like “Paranormal Activity 4” and “The Last Exorcism, Part II.” There are some great ideas in “Sinister” and a truly strong central performance from the always-good Ethan Hawke but the film meanders at 110 minutes and the final act proves that pacing problems will be the most horrific thing about a poorly-written horror film.
I was totally with the first act of “Sinister,” a film about a true crime writer who moves into a house with a mysterious past only to discover that he’s in the line of supernatural fire himself. There are some nicely creepy moments and truly shocking imagery (most of it on grainy film, giving it an even eerier sense of realism). The problems start when one figures where “Sinister” is going relatively quickly and then it takes forever to get there. The second half of the film sags because it becomes repetitive in its inevitability, like watching a man sink into quicksand. Hawke does his best to save it and I really like Derrickson as a filmmaker but this film just needed to be tightened on a script level to work. (And it would have been smart to keep Angela Bettis’ effective, mood-changing cameo, included here in the deleted scenes, just for the sake of variety).
Sinister was released on Blu-ray and DVD on February 19, 2013
Photo credit: Summit
Once you see him, nothing can save you.
Ten years ago, true crime writer Ellison Oswald made his reputation with a best-selling account of a notorious murder. Now, desperate to replicate success of his first book, he moves his family into a home where the previous occupants were brutally executed and a child disappeared, hoping to find inspiration in the crime scene. In the home, Ellison discovers a cache of terrifying home movies, unwittingly opening the door into a nightmarish mystery.
o Audio Commentary With Director Scott Derrickson
o Audio Commentary With Writers Scott Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill
o True Crime Authors Featurette
o Living In A House Of Death Featurette
o Deleted Scenes
o Digital Copy Included