Five of our favorite ferocious and frightening films for Halloween

Halloween is right around the creepy, chilling corner, so here are five of our critic’s favorite, ferocious, and frightening horror films! All-time: “The Thing” (1982) – John Carpenter’s remake of “The Thing from Another World” (1951) has a deserved reputation for its extreme gore and wild practical effects, but it’s much more than buckets of blood and innards thrown at the screen.  It’s an intense whodunnit and works exceptionally well in the isolated confines of a U.S. Government station located on Earth’s most lonely continent.  Kurt Russell leads an exceptional…

Ten essential Werner Herzog documentaries

Ten essential Werner Herzog documentaries Werner Herzog turns 79 years young on Sept. 5, and this forward and fearless Oscar-nominated filmmaker frequently makes narratives and documentaries.  One of the most celebrated aspects of Werner’s documentaries – at least to this critic – is his narration.  His one-of-a-kind cadence, eccentric and blunt word choices, and old-school perspectives make him a most welcome verbal chaperone for his daring on-screen choices. Well, in honor of this legend’s birthday, I’m looking back at ten essential Werner Herzog documentaries. “Land of Silence and Darkness” (1971)…

‘CODA’: Bring tissues. You may sail away on an ocean of tears.

“CODA” (2021) – Ruby Rossi (Emilia Jones) loves her family.  She also works on their fishing boat practically every day.  For anyone who labored with their mom, dad, brothers, or sisters in a family-owned business, you know that you’re locked into a 24/7 commitment.  Okay, Ruby doesn’t immerse herself in everything-fish for every waking or sleeping moment.  Still, she regularly sets her alarm for 3 a.m. to accompany her dad, Frank (Troy Kotsur), and her older brother, Leo (Daniel Durant), on their vessel, The Angela Rose.  The three sail the…