Sean Smithson
Contributor; Salt Lake City, Utah

Sean "The Butcher" Smithson left the world of music, in which he helped found the thrash genre in the early 80's, to pursue his first love... cinema. Now a writer at both Fangoria magazine and Twitch Film, Sean is able to bask in his slave-like addiction to films from any and every genre. These days instead of banging heads, he bangs the keyboard, dispensing his love of all things film related. Be afraid. Be very, very afraid.

Review: IN FEAR Takes A White-Knuckle Ride On A Dark Night

New couple Tom and Lucy are on their way to a music festival, to meet up with friends, camp, and explore their new relationship, when things go terribly awry. In Fear opens with Lucy in the loo of a pub,... More »
  

Sundance 2014 Review: RICH HILL Is A Striking Look At Poverty In America

When writing/directing team Andrew Droz Palermo and Tracy Droz Tragos focus their lens on three kids growing up in the ramshackle Missouri town of Rich Hill, it's not a pretty picture that is captured. Once a thriving mining village, now... More »
  

Review: IN FEAR Takes a White-Knuckle Ride on a Dark Night

New couple Tom and Lucy are on their way to a music festival, to meet up with friends, camp, and explore their new relationship, when things go terribly awry. In Fear opens with Lucy in the loo of a pub,... More »
  

Guillermo del Toro Opens Up His Private CABINET OF CURIOSITIES

Oh for joy! If I had one single Halloween wish, it would be to hang out with one of my favorite living directors, Guillermo del Toro, and be given free reign to run around his creative headquarters, known as Bleak... More »
  

F The Whales, Help Save The Tower Theater In Salt Lake City!

When I first moved to Salt Lake City a year ago, many of my friends and cohorts lamented the fact that a cinephile like myself was not going to be in a major market area, where seeing something besides the... More »
  

Review: WE ARE WHAT WE ARE, Tastefully Macabre

Let's get this out of the way right off the bat: We Are What We Are is not a remake. Differing greatly from the original Jorge Michel Grau Spanish-language version, the creative team of Jim Mickle (writer/director) and Nick Damici... More »
  

Review: LOVELACE, When A Bio-Pic Is Hard To Swallow

Hot on the heels of the sexual revolution, 1972's pornographic breakout hit Deep Throat brought conservative America to its proverbial knees, raking in millions and turning its lead actress, Linda Lovelace, into a bona-fide star. In Lovelace, actress Amanda Seyfried... More »
  

Review: FRUITVALE STATION, For Anyone Who Believes In Love And Community

When I first heard that a film based on the shooting of Fruitvale, California resident Oscar Grant had been made, it set off an explosion of hopes and concerns for me. You see, I have a very close connection with... More »
  

Review: STOKER Triumphs With Beauty And Violence

Stoker is what you've come to expect from Park Chan-wook: A twisted tale of familial obsession, sexual repression, buried histories, and, in the loosest and grimmest sense, self-liberation. Park's uber-violent Vengeance trilogy, and political thriller JSA: Joint Security Area, are... More »
  

Danny Trejo Is Out For Blood And Funding For SNAP SHOT

Check out this very strange and cool campaign ad with grizzled action and genre star Danny Trejo and director Frankie Latina. Their new project Snap Shot, a noir-ish crime thriller, is hitting the bricks today through the Sundance Institute Artist... More »
  

TIFF Next Wave Review: Droids, Dreams and Destiny Come Together In 5-25-77

Whether you were one of the first to see it back in '77, or whether you were born well after the pop-culture bomb built by the man named George Lucas blew sky high, chances are Star Wars has impacted your... More »
  

Meet The STOKER Family In A New Behind The Scenes Featurette

As Stoker's March 1st release date approaches, let this new peek into the twisted members of the family whet your appetite for Park Chan-wook's highly-anticipated English-language debut.  After India's father dies, her Uncle Charlie, who she never knew existed, comes... More »
  

Danny Boyle's TRANCE Red Band Trailer Looks Bloody Good

My excitement level just shot through the roof. Danny Boyle's upcoming crime opus Trance now looks longer on bloodshed and shorter on laughs than first impressions suggested. Either way, his flair for the visual and knack for high-octane storytelling looks... More »
  

Sundance 2013 Review: WE ARE WHAT WE ARE Is Tastefully Macabre

Let's get this out of the way right off the bat: We Are What We Are is not a remake. Differing greatly from the original Jorge Michel Grau Spanish language version, the creative team of Jim Mickle (writer/director) and Nick... More »
  

Sundance 2013 Review: STOKER Is A Triumph Of Beauty And Violence

Around these parts, a new Park Chan-wook film is an event to be highly anticipated. So I was quite excited to have the chance to see the maestro's latest film, Stoker, his first in English to boot, at Sundance last weekend. His uber-violent... More »
  

SUNDANCE 2013 Review: LOVELACE Is A Revisionist Ordeal

Hot on the heels of the sexual revolution, 1972's pornographic breakout hit Deep Throat brought conservative America to its proverbial knees, raking in millions and turning its lead actress, Linda Lovelace, into a bona-fide star.In Lovelace, actress Amanda Seyfried does... More »
  

Sundance 2013 Review: IN FEAR Takes a White-Knuckle Ride on a Dark Night

New couple Tom and Lucy are on their way to a music festival, to meet up with friends, camp, and explore their new relationship, when things go terribly awry. The film opens with Lucy in the loo of a pub,... More »
  

Sundance 2013 Review: FRUITVALE Is The Real Deal

When I first heard that a film based on the shooting of Fruitvale resident Oscar Grant had been made and was coming to Sundance, it sent up an explosion of hopes and concerns for me. You see, I have a... More »
  

Kidman Kills It In New STOKER Clip

As my anticipation ramps up to see (and review) Park Chan-wook's English language debut Stoker here at Sundance, we now have a clip of actress Nicole Kidman, who plays the horrifying mother "Evie Stoker," chewing the scenery in this sure-to-be... More »
  

More News On GODZILLA Comes Stomping In

More news on the upcoming Gareth Edwards (Monsters) directed reboot of Godzilla has come stomping in over the last couple of days.Even with the drama between Legendary Pictures and the producers they are trying to trample like tiny cardboard buildings... More »
  
 
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