August 31, 2012

Blu-ray Review: White Vengeance


Directed and written by Daniel Lee (Black Mask, Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of the Dagon), White Vengeance is a sprawling epic. It is a visual feast that must have been a joy for the director of photography, Tony Cheung. However, for as pretty as it looks and how expertly staged the action is, despite it being based on actual Chinese history, I found the movie to be more than a little on the dry side and awfully difficult to connect with. Clocking in at well over two hours, it became a bit of an endurance test.

August 27, 2012

Movie Review: The Awakening (2012)

It's times like this that I wish I was able to just sit down and write a review shortly after watching the movie. Sadly, this does not happen all that often. Quite frequently in those intervening hours, days, and sometimes more, the specific deals needed to properly convey my thoughts of a given film fade. I lame some of it on age and some of it on my inability to actually determine what it is I want to say. In this case the subject is The Awakening. It is a movie I quite enjoyed but will likely struggle to say anything worthwhile about. Just a word of warning.

Movie Review: Celeste and Jesse Forever

It was not that long ago that Celeste and Jesse Forever came to my attention. The railed played in front front of some movie I can't recall, but the tailed kind of stood out. It looked to be just another romantic comedy, but there was a twist. Instead of featuring a couple trying to make things work, attract each other, or even in the throes of a break up, this movie is about a married couple who are going through a divorce but are remaining best friends. It is an idea that flies in the face of what is socially acceptable and expected.

August 26, 2012

Movie Review: The Expendables 2

A movie like The Expendables 2, much like the first one, is pretty much critic proof. You will either like it or you won't, you'll buy into it or you won't. It is clearly a movie made to have fun with and not be concerned with actual quality. Now, this is not to say this is a bad movie, it isn't, it is just a movie that isn't really concerned with believability of plot. With that being said, this second go around is a step up from the first film.

Movie Review: Hit and Run

There are some movies that I go see for irrational reasons. Sometimes it is out of a need for something to do and sometimes it is for someone in the movie (why else would I have gone to Honey in a theater?). Fortunately some of those times result on a surprising experience in the movies. This is not to say I have stumbled across masterpieces in this fashion, but I have been pleasantly surprised on occasion. Hit and Run has proven to be one of those surprises. The reason I went? Some cool cars and Kristen Bell.

Movie Review: Premium Rush

Premium Rush is a film bursting at the seams with kinetic energy. It is a non stop race through the streets of New York. It is a movie that takes the typical chase formula and does a little tweaking, making it feel fresh and exciting. In short, this is a better movie than it had any right to be. I went in hoping for a fun diversion and what I got was something more. I am not saying it is a great film, but there is enough quality that it cannot be ignored.

Movie Review: Ek Tha Tiger

I have come to learn that Bollywood films are something of an acquired taste. They are a vastly different beast than Hollywood films. They mostly ignore genre boundaries, usually adding in comedic elements to romances or romantic and comedic elements to action films, not to mention the musical numbers. They will never be my favorite kind of movies, but there is still a lot to like. The latest film I have had the chance to see was Ek Tha Tiger, an action film from the Yash Raj production company.

August 24, 2012

Movie Review: The Apparition

The Apparition is a movie I will admit to being interested in. At the same time, I cannot say i was expecting all that much from it. Turns out that is a good thing as the movie proved to be awful. It is nothing more than a studio ploy to separate you from your money, and I fell for it. The movie is dull and does no give you much of anything to latch on to. It bypasses all of the story elements and goes right to the ghost stuff. Forget about having characters to care about or a haunting to actually be shared by, prepare for nothing.

CritCast: Sights and Sounds of Monster Mania XXII

Sorry it has been so long since I have posted. I hope to change that soon. I have been on vacation and attended Monster Mania XXII in Cherry Hill, NJ. It was a great show and I met some great people and amazing artists, plus met a good number of celebrities. Anyone that likes horror should check out these conventions. Anyway, below is a video I made at the show, there is an intro followed by the diary clips from my phone and finishing with a bunch of clips from the Hellraiser panel. Enjoy!

August 12, 2012

CritCast #22: Batman, Total Recall, Monster Mania!

My latest video. One day i will get it together and plan these things!

Movie Review: The Campaign

When I first saw the trailer for The Campaign, I have to admit I was actually looking forward to it. What is not to like about what appeared to be an over the top goofball political satire, it is, after all, an election year. Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis looked like they were a good team, both of them are certainly funny individuals. The problem is that I fmd hem to be a little to the inconsistent side, I was hoping this would be a moment that found both parties in the on position.

August 6, 2012

Movie Review: Total Recall (2012)

The works of Phillip K. Dick have been mined for cinematic adaptations for years. Why shouldn't they be? His stories are intelligent, interesting, and seemed perfectly suited to be adapted to the big screen. It has been done many times over the years with movies like Blade Runner, Minority Report, and Screamers. With this latest adaptation, it might be a case where they probably shouldn't have. It is not so much that the idea is bad, it isn't, I mean it had already been done once before. Of course, you remember the 1990 version, right?

August 4, 2012

Blu-ray Review: Get the Gringo

While I occasionally get some entertainment value out of celebrity news and revelations that they are not all nice people, I generally keep their off screen exploits out of my enjoyment, or lack thereof, of their films. Mel Gibson is a good example of that. The guy has made a real mess of his personal life, but put him on the screen (or behind the camera) and you still have a talented and charismatic personality. He has only begun getting back on the screen, with less than a handful of appearances since 2002's Signs, but with Get the Gringo (previously titled How I Spent My Summer Vacation), he shows that is still Has a little bit of the old school charisma in him.

August 2, 2012

Blu-ray Review: The Butterfly Effect 2

It seems to be inevitable these days; if a movie is even a modest success, it will somehow be turned into a franchise, whether it deserves it or not. A good example of this is 2004's The Butterfly Effect. That movie was a surprisingly well constructed thriller that went out of its way to push the envelope by going in some very uncomfortable directions. Not only that, but it took us into the characters' lives and showed how the choices affected them. It is a nicely constructed film. Anyway, the movie was successful enough to garner the sequel treatment and here it is, The Butterfly Effect 2.