Brian Marks, Author at Goomba Stomp

Brian Marks

April 20, 2018
Ghost Stories

‘Ghost Stories’ Makes for Compelling Horror — Until the End

It’s a pleasure to watch 'Ghost Stories' and see how well executed the segments are, and how they actually seem to fit together — at least until the ending.
April 19, 2018
The Terror

‘The Terror,’ Ep. 5 — The Beast Is Finally Revealed

There are many questions that have dogged AMC’s The Terror, but one of the most pressing has been about the nature of the creature that has slowly picked off the members of Terror and Erebus. This week’s episode, “First Shot a Winner, Lads,” finally reveals the beasts identity. That information […]
April 16, 2018
Dwayne Johnson in Rampage

‘Rampage’ Kindly Asks You Leave Your Brain at the Door

'Rampage' could have turned into something fun and absurd, but the filmmakers instead completely misjudge the material.
April 16, 2018
AMC's The Terror — Punished Boy

‘The Terror’ “Punished As a Boy” Relaxes – A Little – In Another Unsettling Hour

“Punished, as a Boy” returns to the daily struggles of the members of the Terror and the Erebus. Their situation is growing direr by the day, and the beast that stalks them has been emboldened.
April 8, 2018
Joaquin Phoenix in You Were Never Really Here

‘You Were Never Really Here’ Is Brutal and Stunning Neo-Noir

'You Were Never Really Here' is often frightening and traumatizing, but director Lynne Ramsay provides enough moments of sublime grace between visual assaults to keep us from looking away.
April 4, 2018
Ciarán Hinds in AMC's The Terror

‘The Terror’ Quietly Escalates the Dread in Its First Few Episodes

The first three episodes of AMC's new horror series "The Terror" find a mid-19th century expedition stranded in the Arctic. Starvation is on everyone's mind, but a creature is also stalking them across the ice.
April 2, 2018
Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey

50 Years Later: The Sounds of the Universe in ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’

As fresh today as it was upon release, Kubrick's masterpiece is a master class in soundtrack selections that both comment on and bolster the images on screen.
March 30, 2018
Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One

Spielberg’s ‘Ready Player One’ Is Poisoned by Fandom

'Ready Player One' was always going to be a flawed property, something that played off the basest, shallowest parts of fan culture.
March 27, 2018

‘The Terror’ Is the Rare Horror Show With Powerful Frights

Horror television has a poor record of delivering frights as effectively as films, but The Terror is an admirable exception.
March 24, 2018
Isle of Dogs

‘Isle of Dogs’ Is a Fairy Tale With a Heart of Darkness

With 'Isle of Dogs,' Wes Anderson reveals once and for all his love of humankind’s furry friend. He might even convert a few cat people too.