February 2, 2016

Movie Review: The Boy (2016)

The Boy. I have to say that title does not really inspire much, does it? It just seems ever so bland. Also, I kept forgetting that was what this movie was called. Whenever I saw listings or mentions of The Boy, I had to stop and think about what the heck it was. I more often thought of it as the movie that tests The Walking Dead’s Lauren Cohan with being the top billed star in a movie. Whether or not she passed the test, from a box office point of view, I am not sure as I do not know what standards they were judging on. So far as if the movie is any good, well, I am happy to report it is surprisingly good film that I have no qualms recommending.

January 31, 2016

Movie Review: Ride Along 2

Two years ago theaters were graced with the presence of Ride Along, the buddy comedy that paired Kevin Hart with Ice Cube. Despite not being all that good of a movie, it proved to be a hit at the box office, assuring that we would see the pair again. It also seems to have been around this time that somebody, somewhere decided that Kevin Hart was going to be the next big comedy movie star. He was no stranger to the cinema, having been appearing in films for the better part of a decade. Now, while I think he can be funny, his outings of late have just not been funny. Ride Along 2 included.

January 30, 2016

Movie Review: The Forest (2016)

The Forest tells the story of twin sisters, played by Natalie Dormer (Hunger Games series). Like twins tend to go in the movies, you have the good twin and the bad (or in this case, troubled) twin. Fortunately, this movie doesn’t go down the usual path of the evil twin doing stuff and blaming the good twin. Unfortunately, this movie never really does much of anything interesting. It is a shame, as I thought the trailer and premise showed some promise. It is hard to see where exactly it goes off the rails. I feel pretty sure that it was never on the rails.

January 29, 2016

2015: My Favorite Films

Wow. It has been awhile, hasn’t it? Believe me, I know. I am sorry about that. January has been a strange month of projects and issues, like my DVD collection condensing project (which is still ongoing). I am planning on getting back into the groove and providing you faithful followers with a bunch of new reviews. To that end, I figured I should try to get my top 10 for 2015 up at least before February hits. As a bonus, I have decided to give you my top 15 instead. How’s that sound? I am not sure what a list like mine actually means, but I like to share.

January 18, 2016

2015: My Least Favorite Films

So, we are two weeks into the new year and I have not, until now, posted my best or worst of the year lists. I know on some level these are unnecessary, especially from someone such as myself. Still, here it is, my bottom ten movies of the year list. I will try to make it short and sweet, seriously, how much do you need to know? You probably already had an idea of how bad these are. Still, for some reason, I am always ready to jump in front of that bus for you and take the bullet. That’s right, this is the kind of movie where a guy could jump in front of a bus and die of a bullet. Read on, brave souls….

January 13, 2016

Movie Review: The Revenant (2015)

Going in to seeing The Revenant, I found it hard to ignore some facts regarding the production. It is not that I was seeking this information, but when you travel in certain circles, it becomes,a bit difficult to completely avoid it. With regards to this film, much has been made of Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu shooting it entirely with natural light, leading to some days only having twenty minutes of shooting time. The there is Leonardo Dicaprio who did much of his own work, going through the rigors of the elements and having some issue with the raw liver. Not that this should have an impact on the movie itself, but sometimes it can color an opinion.

January 5, 2016

Movie Review: Point Break (2015)

Way back in 1991 an action film hit theaters that saw some success, featuring Keanu Reeves starring as an FBI agent who goes undercover with a group of bank robbing surfers who wore masks of presidents, led by Patrick Swayze. I recall liking it, but have not seen it enough to really have any attachment to it, so when it was announced that a remake was being made, I cannot say I had a strong reaction either way. Then the trailer came out and I knew it was going to be a disaster. Then I saw it and it was definitely a disaster. Seriously, this movie is just bad, not because it is a remake, but because it is, well, bad. Point Break is here.

January 3, 2016

Movie Review: The Hateful Eight

When is a Quentin Tarantino simultaneously like a Quentin Tarantino movie and not like a Quentin Tarantino movie? When it is the eighth movie by Quentin Tarantino. It is a movie that is also known as The Hateful Eight. I am sure you are wondering what that opening statement means. I will get to that. Let me start by saying one of my first thoughts was wondering when I am going to see a Broadway billboard advertising the first play by Quentin Tarantino. That is what that opening alludes to. This movie feels a lot like a play, the limited locale, the focus on dialogue, but it still feels very cinematic at the same time. Rather contradictory, I know, but it fits.

December 28, 2015

Movie Review: Joy (2015)

At first I was going to take a pass on Joy. I have never been the biggest fan of David O. Russell, although I did like Silver Linings Playbook was pretty good (American Hustle on the other hand…. well, let’s say it was not so). The trailers for this movie didn't exactly leave me thrilled, there was a scene it that just makes me cringe just like the Rosie O’Donnell quip in the Deadpool trailer, in other words, not good. Still, I found myself sitting in the theater watching Joy unfold before me. It did not exactly bring me joy, but it was a bit better than I was expecting. I still won’t be lining up to sing the praises of Russell, but at least I was entertained.

December 21, 2015

Movie Review: We Are Still Here

In 1981, Lucio Fulci completed the unofficial Gates of Hell Trilogy with House by the Cemetery (it follows The Beyond and City of the Living Dead). The movie centered on a family who move to an old house with a secret. I do not want to give away the secret, but let me say it is a good one. The film is another winner in the late Fulci’s filmography. It has a great score and features the great Catriona MacColl. Of course, it has the most annoying screen child this side of the Babadook boy, the infamous Bobby. Now, I am sure you are wondering just what this has to do with We Are Still Here, right? Well, rest assured, it is not another remake.

December 19, 2015

Movie Review: Star Wars - The Force Awakens

It is finally here. Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been in theaters nationwide for barely 24-hours and it is already decimating box office records. I know the movie has its detractors, those who never got the fuss over the franchise, or just those who have grown tired of the marketing blitz. I get it. Really, I do. There are things that got insane hype and whatnot from various sectors that I don’t get. Honestly, I am not sure how to explain it without some serious research into the film’s history, which I am not likely to do right now. Just know that I get it. I love the Star Wars films and can even defend the prequels (the Holiday Special is another story). This new entry is one that gets it.

December 14, 2015

Event Recap: Hudson Horror Show XXII - Slasher Sequels, Killer Hands, Heavy Metal, and Gang Warfare

I am so sad that it is over. You honestly have no idea. For a day the whole world just disappears and all I have are the movies. Well, not just the movies, I have the friends. I probably sound like a broken record, but I am sure some of you can attest, the two annual Hudson Horror Show marathons are among my favorite days of the year. Nothing else matters. I get to sit in a theater, watch movies, get some cool stuff from cool vendors, and hang out with friends. There really is nothing quite like it. Even if the movie is a bit lackluster, there is always something special about seeing it projected from 35mm with a crowd.

December 10, 2015

Movie Review: Turkish Star Wars - Video Vortex Screening

Every so often I see a movie that leaves me absolutely stunned, perhaps even flabbergasted. There are movies that leave me in a state of awe from their greatness, there are movies that leave me in a similar state by how bad they are (regardless of their entertainment value). Then there is Turkish Star Wars, or The Man Who Saves the World, which defies all explanation. I was alternating between hysterical laughter and sitting there with my mouth open and jaw resting on my chest. It is a movie that boggles the senses and melts the mind. It is one of the most amazing things I have ever seen.

December 7, 2015

Movie Review: Creed (2015)

Earlier this year I saw trailers for two boxing movies, one was obviously Creed, the other was the Kurt Sutter penned Southpaw. Knowing nothing other than the two trailers, I predicted that Creed would be the better of the two. Boy, was I right. It is not that Southpaw was all that bad, but aside from a strong lead performance, it never really grabbed me. Now. Creed on the other hand, while it is not exactly the most original film, but the movie is so well executed, it has this great build up. It grabs you emotionally and drags you into the moment. It is the sort of movie that will leave you exhausted.