Archive for June 1st, 2018


By Mark Saldana  Rating: 2 (Out of 4 Stars) Based on the acclaimed play by Anton Chekhov, this film features a spectacular cast whose talents are unfortunately wasted on a frustratingly dull adaptation.  Though I have not previously read the source material, I feel that better screenwriters and directors could have done much more than […]

SXSW 2018 Review/Interview: UPGRADE

By Mark Saldana  Rating: 3.5 (Out of 4 Stars) I went into this South by “Midnighter”with high hopes, but restrained expectations. Writer/director/actor Leigh Whannell had previously impressed me with his work on the Saw, Insidious, and Conjuring franchises, but my instincts told me that this foray into pulpy science fiction could be something really special.  […]