"The Man With the Iron Fists" being a fairly satisfying slab of cinematic mayhem, particularly if seen in under conditions like the ones I describe from my younger days.
| Original Score: 3/5
Devoid of energy and direction, 'J&D' settles for faux-naif posturing and arty color design.
| Original Score: 2/5
Tonally, the film swings between whispery romance and ominous horror as it explores the dark side of love and lust ...
| Original Score: 2/4
Throughout, the filmmaking is tentative, as though Gray is unsure whether he wants to make a fantasy-tinged romance or a hyper-sexualized blood-fest. (He winds up with neither.)
"Jack & Diane" offers a glaring example of a writer and director, Bradley Rust Gray, unable to trust in the simple strength of his material.
Felt like someone misinterpreting the most extreme bits of Gregg Araki and Harmony Korine and turning it into an unwatchable film made marketable by putting its leading ladies into lesbian situations.
Bradley Rust Gray's over-Freuded exercise in semi-horror/gender studies ...
| Original Score: B-
There's no heft to these supernatural suggestions, just a sense of stale horror tropes being trotted out to embellish otherwise routine indie material.
Bradley Rust Gray's attempt to weave horror elements into a fairly conventional narrative yields diminishing returns in this overly stylized effort.
Starts with an irresistibly trashy premise and proceeds to treat it with the po-faced pretentiousness of a film-school thesis.
A well-constructed, well-intentioned but too deliberate attempt to provoke the unprovokable.