THE VIGIL MOVIE REVIEW
Yakov (Dave Davis) has recently left the only life he’s ever known within the orthodox Hasidic community. Somewhat adrift and decidedly broke he’s uncertain but a bit without choice when his former rabbi and friend offers him a single night job. It’s something he’s done before, an overnight ‘shomer’, which is watching over the body of the deceased. But he’s not done it since the change and the guilt and grief connected to that are what puts him in danger when it turns out a dark spirit is attached to the dead man whose body he’s been put in charge of watching. A dark spirit that feeds on these feelings. This IFC Midnight horror is unbelievably from first-time director Keith Thomas and Chris, Adrian, and Mark would all like to shake his hand. We call this a solid hit WAY out of the park. Check out their review here.
DIRECTED BY: Keith Thomas
STARRING: Dave Davis, Menashe Lustig, Malky Goldman, Fred Melamed, Lynn Cohen, Ronald Cohen, Nati Rabinowitz, Moshe Lobel, Lea Kalisch, Efraim Miller
Christopher Lawrence Cox (Founder, Da Boss)
Born in the wilds of northern Virginia, in 1992 Chris managed to put all of his survival skills to use and barely escaped with his life to Austin Texas, where ever since he’s dabbled in everything from plumber’s assistant to sandwich maker, from band to bar management. An opportunity to see theatrical release films for free by becoming a critic on a local public access show called “The Reel Deal” turned into a full-time job when Chris and his friends decided to take it to the internet. They built the site Spill.com, adding multiple podcasts and animated features, to no small amount of success. During this time, a fortuitous friendship sprung up between Chris and young Brian Salisbury, who was also a local film critic, and they merged their forces of will, and their laundry list of ideas for shows, to eventually build this paradise you see before you. Follow Chris on Twitter and Facebook and check out his Amazon Wish List.
Adrian El Critico (Screener Squad)
Though born and raised in Chicago, this film critic is Mexican to the bone. Adrian has been watching movies since he was a child, many of which might not have been age appropriate. Still, he couldn’t get enough. All throughout his life, friends and family would look to him for his recommendations and reviews on whatever films had come their way. Inspired earlier in life by the likes of Ebert and Roper at The Movies and then later Spill.com, Adrian decided film criticism and analysis provided a great outlet to further his love of film. He began to craft his reviews and thoughts on film in ways he thought would be accessible to devout film hounds as well as the casual viewer. Mixing in jokes, entertaining observations and robust critical analysis, Adrian El Critico may be new to OneOfUs, but he is already making a name for himself on our site. If Horror movies are your thing, get ready to hear his voice.
Matt Foster (Screener Squad)
Matt Foster is a stand up comic, podcaster, and movie critic currently living in the greater Salt Lake City area. His lifelong love of genre film began early, when he realized they freaked out his mom. He performs (epidemics permitting) regularly on Dungeons and Comedy, a DND live play with standup comedians, and is the slightly less mustache-y half of the Nighthawks Podcast, a cinema-centric discussion cohosted by Trevor T. Trujillo.
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