May 27, 2015

Movie Review: Leprechaun 4 - In Space

Despite taking 1996 off, the Leprechaun franchise was clearly not over with. I mean, Leprechaun 3 (the first to be released direct to video) was the biggest selling direct to video title of 1995. Consider that the budget could not have been too high, there really wasn't a question that there would be another incarnation on the home video market. It doesn't really matter how bad the movies were, people were buying them, and when there is money to be made, movies will be made. Now, the key is to freshen things up. We have had the gold bit, the wife bit, and then more gold, what to do to bring some new life to the franchise? Send it to space!

May 26, 2015

Movie Review: The Guest (2014)

Sometimes the best movies are the ones you find when you aren't expecting them. The Guest is an example of that. Sure, I had seen posts and such buzzing about how good it was and how everyone needs to see it, but I really wasn't buying it. Granted, I never really looked into it. I remember seeing the poster and the title and just thinking absolutely nothing of it. The poster was boring, the title seemed generic and I felt no reason to look into it any further. I guess I made a tactical mistake. The Guest is pretty fantastic. Seriously.

May 25, 2015

Movie Review: Poltergeist (2015)

As soon as it was learned that a remake of Poltergeist was in the works, the interwebs caught fire with the usual chorus of ruining our childhood, and no original ideas, and why can't they just leave things alone. On one hand, they aren't wrong on some counts, but wrong on others (I never got on the childhood ruining aspect). I generally just wait and see if the movie proves to be good or bad. The final judgment is in the product. I had some hope going in based on the cast and Raimi's Ghost House imprint. Sadly, hope faded fast as the movie began to play.

Movie Review: Leprechaun 3

Sometimes I wonder how Leprechaun became a series. The movies are not particularly good and only two ever hit the big screen. The first one was modestly entertaining, the second was pretty awful, and the third falls somewhere in between. After the second film failed to gain cinematic traction, grossing $2.2 million (it opened in limited release to about $.25 million), the third film was changed from a 3D theatrical release to a direct to video title. To its credit it was the biggest selling DTV title of 1995. Still, the movie is not all that good. Its one saving grace? Warwick Davis.

May 22, 2015

Movie Review: Leprechaun 2

The Leprechaun series of movies are kind of an odd duck so far as horror franchises go. With six movies (seven, if you count the recent remake/reboot), only two ever landed on the big screen. After watching this first sequel it is easy to see why. The series is not particularly graphic or salacious, it is kind of a crossover horror/comedy you can use to introduce people to horror in a safe fashion. I guess. The original 1993 movie had a certain amount of charm, a delightful performance by Warwick Davis, and an early appearance of Jennifer Aniston. This one, not so much.

May 21, 2015

Cinema Theory - Mad Max: Fury Road

There may be some spoilery things within...

While scrolling through my Facebook feed on my lunch break today, I came across a piece by Devin Faraci at Birth.Death.Movies. In it he discusses and shreds a fan theory regarding Mad Max and how this current Max is not the same character as the Mel Gibson character in the original trilogy. The theory says that this Mad Max is the Feral Kid from The Road Warrior. It is a similar idea to the theory that James Bond is a code name used for the top MI6 agent. It is an interesting idea that could work, but does not hold up to the canon of the films.

May 18, 2015

Movie Review: Mad Max - Fury Road

Sometimes movies can be difficult to review. No matter how much you like or dislike it, or how many thoughts you have about it, it can be difficult to form them into a coherent piece. I also feel like, in this case, I am caught between a rock and a hard place. If I come out singing its praises, I do not want to be looked at as another voice in the echo chamber or someone feeding the hype machine. Conversely, if I come out and speak negatively, I do not want to be seen as someone being contrary for the sake of being a contrarian. The problem is that in the case of Mad Max: Fury Road, I do love it and it may be a little difficult to keep the exuberance out of it.

May 15, 2015

Movie Review: Starry Eyes

If anyone tries to tell you they don't make good horror movies anymore, you have my permission to scoff at them. Seriously, there are plenty of good horror movies out there, you just may have to search beyond the local cineplex in order to find them. Sure, we have the Insidious films and a few other solid to great mainstream horror films, but for the most part, they are just looking for a way to get the money out of teens pockets. Now, if you go beyond the theater and look a little deeper you may be surprised by what you find. The latest one to catch me by surprise is Starry Eyes.

May 4, 2015

Movie Review: Avengers - Age of Ultron - A Little Fun, a Little Meh

So, after years of waiting and years of build up, Avengers: Age of Ultron has finally arrived. As expected, it was a box office beast in its opening weekend, taking in more than $191 million on its way to becoming the second biggest opening film of all time (trailing only the $207 million take of its predecessor). Now, the crazy thing is that this is being seen as a disappointment, it had been expected to surpass the first Avengers film. One has to wonder what it was that kept it from taking the record, but then you have to think, it still took in $191 million! That is nothing to sneeze at. I also have to say I was amused at the idea that the boxing match had an effect on it. Geez, it made $191 million! Just be happy.

May 3, 2015

Movie Review: Roar (1981)

There are movies that as you walk out of the theater, you cannot help but wonder just what it was that you just watched. Some movies are just so wild and crazy that it begs you to wonder just what they were thinking when they made it. What could possibly possess someone to make such a film? I have seen a number of films like this, and continue to think that every time I watch it (movies like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Cannibal Holocaust come to mind). The latest to evoke that reaction is one that I was not expecting to have that type of reaction.

April 29, 2015

Con Experience: Chiller Spring 2015

This past weekend I made my biannual pilgrimage to Parsippany, NJ, for the Chiller convention. It has never been as fun as Monster Mania, but the day I spend there is always a lot of fun. This time, though, was a little different. The big change from events past is that I went on a Sunday, something I had never done before. My work schedule had changed and I now work on Saturday, so rather than take a day off I went on Sunday, and that turned out to be a great choice for me (probably not so much for the celebrity guests and vendors).

April 21, 2015

Movie Review: While We're Young

While We're Young is a movie I sort of feel I should like, but I don't. I really don't. Don't get me wrong, Noah Baumbach has made some good films, The Squid and the Whale and Greenberg come to mind. However, I think my taste has changed and his tendencies to the hipster side of life is kind of off-putting. This movie just dives into hipsterism and sort of looks at it through the eyes of an aging couple lamenting where they are in life and wanting to regain the free flowing, wherever life takes me of their youth. I don't know, it just rubbed me the wrong way.

Movie Review: Unfriended

I have to admit to being a little skeptical when I first saw the trailer for Unfriended. I think I was turned off by the title. There was something about it that just sounded silly, trying to cash in on the power of Facebook, or something. I don't know. Still, I have to admit to being a little bit curious about how they were going to pull of this computer screen movie. Seems like the sort of concept that could quickly go off the rails and just not work. Good for us, or me at least, it works. I could say it is interesting or daring, but I am not sure those are the right words. More like different.

April 17, 2015

Trailer Alert: Batman v Superman - Dawn of Justice..... who turned out the lights?

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.