One day after a bad bootleg video began circulating, Warner Brothers has released the official high definition version of the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. It was a few days before the expected date of 4/20, but I guess they would get ahead of the boot and just get the real thing floating around. Why not? It's just a couple of days and it is promotional material as it is. I guess the question really is whether or not it is any good. The answer is are sounding, it looks interesting.
I am pretty sure you are already tired of all the Star Wars stuff since the release of the new The Force Awakens teaser the other day, so, feel free to pass on this as it is not going to be objective and it is not going to be overly analytical. So what is this about? Well, it is just a moment for me to gush about the beauty of this teaser, the affect it had on me and my anticipation level. If you feel like that is up your alley, read on, otherwise, stick around and check out some of my reviews.
Who says a horror loving guy like me can't enjoy a romantic film? It is certainly possible to cross those barriers, a good movie is a good movie, and movies affect different folks in different ways. If I sound a touch defensive, I just might be because I love film in all it's forms. This is not to say I love all movies. In any case, I saw a early screening of The Age of Adaline and while it is not perfect by any stretch, large portions of it were very effective and I can honestly say I quite enjoyed it.
If you are like me, you likely have a number of titles floating around your Netflix queue that have been sitting there a little longer than they probably should. Sitting there, teasing you, waiting for you to finally press play. Well, that finally happened for this little almost gem. I was looking for something a little over the top, something fun, perhaps even a little twisted. I am pretty sure I succeeded with God Bless America, a splattery satire of modern society. It all comes courtesy of the mind of Bobcat Goldthwait. Yes, that Bobcat Goldthwait, star of Hot to Trot and also the director of the Robin Williams movie World's Greatest Dad.
It is a little out of season, but the other night I checked out The Houses October Built. Ideally, this is a movie that would best be viewed on or around Halloween, perhaps an October marathon. I don't know and in the end I guess it doesn't really matter. What matters is that this is actually a pretty good film. Despite feeling a bit unfocused on what it really wants to be, it still manages to build an atmosphere, feel creepy, plus it is actually interesting. Once you accept the fact that the characters are not going to be as interesting as the subject matter, you are all set.
I just recently found out about this indie thriller called The Upper Footage. They had started following me on Twitter for some reason. The other day they sent out a call for direct messages, with the first handful getting a link to watch the film. Wouldn't you know it, I was one of the chosen. I will admit to being curious about the “Like the Blair Witch Project, only real” marketing they were putting out for it. A little digging uncovered all sorts of interesting viral marketing. They were very successful in this alternative marketing method. It is a shame the movie fails to deliver much of anything.
Fourteen years later, it is the franchise that just keeps on giving. I can honestly say that when The Fast and The Furious arrived way back in 2001, I never thought anyone would still be talking about it in 2015 (not that I was thinking that far ahead), much less be anticipating a sixth sequel! At the same time, it is hard to fathom that the series has gotten better as it has aged, stepping up its game beginning with the fourth and never looking back. It has long since outgrown its street racing roots and has become a sort of gear head James Bond series filled with big stunts and international intrigue.
Do you ever feel like someone is following you? Get that creepy feeling up the back of your spine? I would be really surprised if you haven't. After watching It Follows, you will likely experience that sensation. It is not really a pleasant one, it is like someone is after you, a sense of dread that you cannot shake, cannot escape. It is not unlike the spectre of death. It is inevitable, there is no escaping it, no talking to it, no deals to be struck, it just keeps coming after you. Sure, you can take care of yourself, but in the end, death will be there. With It Follows, you get a visual representation of death, a metaphor for STDs. It is creepy, has no escape, and is not graphic.
I remember with the first Human Centipede movie came out back in 2009, there was so much hype around how gross and disturbing it was. When I saw it, it did not live up to the expectations. Still, I liked it, although I do not believe there was anything else to it other than trying to gross out a mainstream audience. On that note, they succeeded. The mainstream press jumped on it, at least until the next thing came along (currently, that seems to be the Sharknado franchise). It should come as no surprise that a sequel sprang up a couple years later (2011), the surprise may be that it took until now for me to see it.
The other night is was scrolling through my Netflix queue looking for a movie to watch. I did not know what I was looking for, just something older that I may want to write about. I chose poorly and ended up with the 1954 science fiction feature Gog. What a bore that was, sure it had some interesting ideas, but I had no interest in writing about it. So, last night I went back to the well and stumbled across Killing Car. It had a release date of 1993 and had some interesting cover art. As I pressed play, I had absolutely no idea what I was in for. Some would probably say I struck out again.
There has been a lot going around on Facebook of late concerning the rising costs of conventions. This is nothing new, but a firestorm was kicked up by a picture someone took of the price list for an actress on a currently hot television show. I am sure you all know who I am talking about and the show I am talking about. . The picture was taken at the recent Horrorhound convention and I cannot really say I am against the trouble or brewed up. Seriously, it was a cash grab taking advantage of fans and nothing less. I would have walked away too.
The other day I went to the movies and saw a pair of recently released action films. The first one I saw was really bad, the second one, fortunately, was really good. It made me take pause and wonder about why there was the chasm between them in terms of their quality. They both had competent directors and cast that has seen success. The difference in their relative effectiveness was pretty stark. I did find that a lot of it came down to emotional involvement, an element I have found to really want in recent years, not always, but more often than not. I also wondered if the filmmakers stopped o watch the finish product before unleashing it.