Matthew Monagle

Matthew Monagle is an Austin-based film and culture critic. His work has appeared in a true hodgepodge of regional and national film publications. He is also the editor and co-founder of Certified Forgotten, an independent horror publication. Follow him on Twitter at @labsplice. (He/Him)
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‘Give a Shit,’ and Other SXSW Film Commandments from Darren Aronofksy

By Matthew Monagle 

In this year’s SXSW keynote address, filmmaker Darren Aronofsky shared his ten commandments for independent filmmakers.

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‘A Quiet Place’ Review: We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Dialogue

By Matthew Monagle 

John Krasinski proves he’s up to the challenge in his debut horror film ‘A Quiet Place.’

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With ‘The Two-Bear Mambo,’ ‘Hap and Leonard’ Continues to Give Pulp Fiction a Good Name

By Matthew Monagle 

After a so-so second season, ‘Hap and Leonard’ comes roaring back to life with ‘The Two-Bear Mambo.’

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Does ‘A Quiet Place’ Prove Filmmakers Are Moving Towards, Not Away From, the Horror Genre?

By Matthew Monagle 

As horror grows in popularity, established filmmakers are choosing to try their hand at the genre, and the sky’s the limit.

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The Independent Spirit Awards May Just Cure That Oscar Season Hangover

By Matthew Monagle 

The Independent Spirit Awards are (still) the perfect award season antidote for those worn out by Oscar buzz.

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‘Red Sparrow’ Review: Prestige Political Thrills With an Exploitation Bent

By Matthew Monagle 

In rekindling the Cold War studio film, ‘Red Sparrow’ brings a little ’70s exploitation to the political thriller.

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‘Annihilation’ Review: We’re Into Hard Sci-Fi. Fantasy Is Bullshit.

By Matthew Monagle 

With ‘Annihilation,’ filmmaker Alex Garland has created one of the most challenging science fiction films of the decade.

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‘Black Panther’ Blends Blockbuster Distribution With Grassroots Activism

By Matthew Monagle 

By sponsoring ‘Black Panther’ screenings around the country, communities are taking a page from issue-driven cinema.

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‘Altered Carbon’ and the Challenge of Transhumanism and Representation

By Matthew Monagle 

Netflix’s new series is one small step for man, one slightly larger-sized leap for representation in science fiction.