Mike Vanderbilt

Mike Vanderbilt
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Mike Vanderbilt is a writer, bartender, and Malort enthusiast based in Chicago. He has appeared in the Chicago Reader, the A.V. Club, Fandor, and Fangoria. He is currently the assistant editor at Daily Grindhouse, a website dedicated to genre film essays and criticism.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
No Score Yet Without Warning (It Came Without Warning) (Alien Encounters) (1980) ...hearing Jack Palance scream "ALIEN!" during the final confrontation worth the being make this movie worth a look. - Daily Grindhouse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
76% The Standoff at Sparrow Creek (2019) ...a truly impressive feature debut for writer/director, Henry Dunham.There is a sense of authenticity that these characters. - Daily Grindhouse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
8% The Amityville Murders (2019) There are some groovy '70s costumes on display and features cool garage rock... THE AMITYVILLE MURDERS winds up another lackluster entry in the franchise. - Daily Grindhouse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
No Score Yet Fighting the Sky (2018) Director Conrad Faraj brings a light touch to FIGHTING THE SKY that elevates it from its low-budget, sci-fi brethren. - Daily Grindhouse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
87% Upgrade (2018) ...a wickedly funny, unassumingly smart, and ultra gory slice of cyberpunk. - Daily Grindhouse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
98% Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) ...a powerful, emotional portrait of the most genuine man to ever grace this Earth. - Daily Grindhouse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
100% Top Knot Detective (2016) . The filmmakers are so slick, playing the concept straight as an arrow, that the audience may even believe it to be real if only for a moment. - Daily Grindhouse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
75% Let the Corpses Tan (Laissez bronzer les cadavres!) (2018) A gangbusters soundtrack & healthy leather fetish propel this greasy, grimy neo-spaghetti western. - Daily Grindhouse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
70% Summer of '84 (2018) ...meanders for most of its run time and by the time the film goes somewhere interesting, it's already too late - Daily Grindhouse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
81% Buffalo Boys (2019) ...a super fun and romantic action tale. Gleefully over the top with ultra cool tough guy dialogue and romance, it's undeniably entertaining... - Daily Grindhouse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
89% The Night Comes For Us (2018) ...an assault on the senses...NIGHT essentially never bores us and always gets to the chorus. - Daily Grindhouse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
87% It Comes At Night (2017) The film never offers easy answers; perhaps we're only seeking a few moments of pleasure, because nobody gets out alive. - Daily Grindhouse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
93% Baby Driver (2017) ...a half-baked, juvenile script doesn't bring any pathos to the flashy film...it's ultimately a hollow experience. - Daily Grindhouse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Ron Howard outdid himself on this one, recapturing that intangible ≤i≥STAR WARS≤i≥ spirit with a film that's beautifully grimy and an absolute blast from start to finish - Daily Grindhouse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) THE LAST JEDI sits somewhere in the middle as a very good entry in the STAR WARS series. Johnson takes some risks with the story-maybe not enough of them to truly make THE LAST JEDI a classic - Daily Grindhouse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
100% Bliss (2019) A sleazy, rock 'n' roll, vampire fable, BLISS may find Begos at is darkest and introspective, but there is a sick sense of humor and a sense of rock 'n' roll fun that drives this tale of addiction, ambition and vampirism. - Daily Grindhouse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
C- 31% Shaft (2019) Shaft is a missed opportunity, particularly at the chance to comment on how being a "complicated man" has evolved since 1971, and how the world has never simply been black and white. - Consequence of Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
83% Show Me the Picture: The Story of Jim Marshall (2019) ...a wild look at one of the unsung heroes of rock 'n' roll: they played it, and he memorialized it. - Daily Grindhouse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2019
99% Amazing Grace (2019) Play this one loud. - Daily Grindhouse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2019
71% Tales from the Hood 2 (2018) ...fun, funny, thought provoking, and at times wonderfully weird. Tales From The Hood 2</I is indeed, the shit. - Daily Grindhouse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2019
76% Nightmare Cinema (2019) ...runs on energy. From the word go, it's high-octane entertainment, wonderfully weird at times, ultra-gory, and really, just a lot of fun. - Daily Grindhouse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2019
43% Satanic Panic (2019) ...it wants to be a sleepover movie for adolescent girls and boys...all the parts may be there, but Satanic Panic has no soul. - Daily Grindhouse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
53% The Dead Don't Die (2019) The Dead Don't Die is a genre film. It's a zombie film. But above all it is a Jim Jarmusch film..dryly humorous dialogue with laidback panache. - Daily Grindhouse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
67% Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich (2018) ...mean spirited, uncomfortable, and in poor taste..The Littlest Reich is not a toy box audiences-and especially longtime Puppet Master fans-are going to want to play in. - Daily Grindhouse EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
64% St. Agatha (2019) ...a perverse, creepy, and slickly shot slice of modern day nunsploitation. - Daily Grindhouse EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
79% Halloween (2018) ...whiffs on the promise of the character of Laurie Strode that Jamie Lee Curtis has embodied for forty years. Perhaps it's a testament to the power of the original film that no sequel or reboot will ever be as effective as the night he came home. - Daily Grindhouse EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
31% The Curse of La Llorona (2019) ...never leans too hard into weighty terror, visceral scares, or into comedy bordering on slapstick but comfortably hangs out in the middle of the road. - Daily Grindhouse EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019