November 28, 2012

Blu-ray Review: The Day (2012)

WWE Studios was founded in 2002, in the ten years they have existed, a number of films have been produced for the theatrical and home video market based around wrestling personalities. None of them have been particularly great, but they do offer a certain amount of fun, like See No Evil (featuring Kane) and The Condemned (with Stone Cold Steve Austin). With The Day, we have the first WWE production that does not feature any wrestlers. It may also be their best movie yet.

November 27, 2012

Blu-ray Review: A Cat in Paris

Here is a film that I truly wanted to like, and I guess I kind of do, but not as much as I would have expected. The trailer was intriguing, the Academy Award nomination solidified my interest, and a desire to see something different all led me to this moment. A Cat in Paris is a family friendly animated noir film that barely reaches an hour in length as it tells the story of a cat burglar, a kidnapping, a mob boss, and, of course, a cat. It is not quite what I expected, although I am not quite sure what it was that I was expecting. Now, it is not without is moments, but it is not one I foresee many visits too.

November 23, 2012

Movie Review: Red Dawn (2012)

In 1984 writer/director John Milius followed up his epic Conan the Barbarian with a "what if" tale of an invasion of the US by a foreign army, Red Dawn. It is something that has never happened in the modern age. During the Cold War it was a real fear, it may not have been one talked about much, but it was a possibility. That movie saw the forces of Soviet Russia and Cuba invade America. Now, the movie had a healthy dose of cinematic bravado and was ultimately just an entertainment, but it had a certain believability about it. Now we have the remake, rejiggered for 2012 (well, 2009, when it was shot).

November 21, 2012

Blu-ray Review: Wrong Turn 5 - Bloodlines

I have to be honest, I had no idea there were five Wrong Turn movies. The original 2003 movie, starring Eliza Dushku, was a solid horror film, but I never looked at it as a franchise starter. I guess somebody above my pay grade saw it as the perfect vehicle to launch a direct to video series. I cannot say I am against the idea, but most of them have slipped past me. With that said, Wrong Turn 5: Bloodlines is over the top fun and does not seem to require any previous knowledge of the series.

November 18, 2012

Movie Review: The Man with the Iron Fists

When I first heard that RZA was directing a kung fu movie, I have to admit to being simultaneously skeptical and intrigued. I certainly was interested, but it also sounded like one of those things that was just talk, especially upon learning of Eli Roth and Quentin Tarantino's involvement. I just chalked it up to friends getting together and talking about things they would like to do. I honestly never thought it was going to be made. I am glad to be proven wrong.

Critical Capsule: Lincoln

As I left the theater the first thing to jumped in my mind was a question. Where we're the vampires? I could have sworn this supposed to have some real bloodsuckers in it. Sadly, the closest thing I got were some grimy politicians. After realizing I was mixing the wrong genres, the next thought that came to me was that it was definitely better than Warhorse, that movie may have had some nice cinematography but I was not all that good. Anyway, I walked out of Lincoln knowing I saw a good movie and also knowing that was not quite as enamored with it as many seem to be.

November 12, 2012

Movie Review: Skyfall

 The James Bond franchise is now fifty-years old. It is one of the few,,if not only, ongoing franchises that is older than yours truly. I cannot claim any deep or insightful knowledge into the series, but there is definitely something to be said for its ability to endure. It continually reinvents itself simultaneously providing an escape from day today drudgery and holding up a mirror to the current issues of the time. Through it all, it continues to maintain some semblance of the formula that it has come to use so well over the decades.

November 11, 2012

Movie Review: Flight (2012)

It's been twelve years since Robert Zemeckis directed a love action movie. In between 2000's Castaway and 2012's Flight, the Oscar-winning filmmaker has spent much time dabbling in motion capture animation, to varying degrees of success. In any case, he has made his live action return with a fine, if melodramatic, character study with one of the best in the game in the lead. It is true that Zemeckis and Denzel Washington make a potent duo, it is too bad the film wasn't just a little bit better.

November 9, 2012

Blu-ray Review: Outpost - Black Sun

Nazis and zombies always seem to make an interesting mix for cinematic bad guys, wether it be a recent outing like Norwegian export Dead Snow or a B-classic like Shock Waves (starring Peter Cushing, no less). Sadly, they are not all winners, no matter how much we want to like them, occasionally they stumble as the meander their way to the finish line. Such is Outpost: Black Sun. Sure, it has an interesting way of creating its zombies, but the movie just mopes along, ensuring that you never have any actual emotional investment.

November 7, 2012

Blu-ray Review: Chained

Jennifer Lynch is not a filmmaker I know all that much about. I have not seen Boxing Helena (I think I have a copy of it around here somewhere), Surveillance is sitting in my Netflix queue, and I have heard Hisss is a mess. So, Chained stands alone as my first exposure to the work of Jennifer Lynch. Is it a good movie? I would like to say wholeheartedly yes, but I can't. I think it is a very good movie spoiled by an awful ending. Seriously, watch it until the last five or ten minutes, shut it off and make up your own.

November 4, 2012

Movie Review: Cloud Atlas

I see a number of reviews praising Cloud Atlas, with some proclaiming it one of the best films of the year. I truly wish I saw the same film. Well, of course I saw the same film but I did not see it quite the same way. I found Cloud Atlas to be dull and not involving on an emotional level. I think the latter is the more egregious problem I had. This movie, and when you see it you might understand what I am saying. I felt no connection to the characters or the story and it seems like an important element.

Blu-ray Review: Chernobyl Diaries

Between Paranormal Activity and Chernobyl Diaries, co-writer and producer Oren Peli is making quite a career out of creating scares while never really showing much of anything. Much like his prior creation, this one, directed by first timer Brad Parker, seems to do everything it can to keep from really showing you anything related to the actual threat. In a way it is a bit of a cheat, a way to avoid showing any gore. Still, there is something to be said about the fear of the unseen creatures lurking in the dark waiting to grab us at unsuspecting moments. There is that and the fact that it isn't ghosts this time out.

November 3, 2012

Chiller Convention - Halloween 2012

My first Chiller experience was a positive one. It was amazing seeing the variety of stars, young and old, and the various rooms we could explore. Look on for pictures!

Monster Mania 23 - September 2012

This was my first solo convention trip. This Monster Mania was held in Hunt Valley, MD, quite the trip from where I live, but Heather Langenkamp's presence made it worthwhile. You see, when I met Robert Englund in March I started a poster for the film, and I really wanted to have her sign it as well. Anyway, it was a smaller show than I had become accustomed to, but it was still an absolute blast.

November 1, 2012

Monster Mania 22 - August 2012

Another entertaining show meeting celebrities, talking to artists, and general fun. Look on for pictures!