February 28, 2013

Movie Review: Sssssss

Do you like snakes? I don't. Well, they are pretty cool creatures and all, but I like to keep my relationship to them like Indiana Jones. Now, while I choose not to associate with them in an in person fashion, I have absolutely no problem with them on the screen. That brings us to today's film, the 1973 cult man versus nature flick Sssssss. I have to say it isssss definitely worth sssspending ssssome time with. Too much?

February 27, 2013

Critical Capsule: Dark Skies (2013)

Dark Skies is a movie that does not seem to have any aspirations. It arrived in theaters with little fanfare. As a matter of fact, I kept forgetting that it was even coming out. Every time I saw the trailer play, the same thought entered my head: "Oh yeah, I forgot about that." I know, not terribly dramatic, but it is not a film that left much of a mark during the advertising campaign. As it stands, the movie did not leave all that much if a mark at all, so guess it really doesn't matter how effective, or not, the advertising was.

February 24, 2013

Blu-ray Review: Skyfall

We are know six years removed from the introduction of the new Bond and onto his third outing. It is true when they say third times the charm as this movie is bigger, better, bolder, and perhaps a touch more familiar than they have been in years. This 23rd film in the official series feels very much like one of the classics, yet has a certain infusion of genuine emotion and character that is not seen all that often at this level. It is a fusion of the current run of grittier superhero tales (specifically Nolan's Batman run) and post-i revisionist spy tale. The result is something familiar, easy enough to digest, but still offers a complexity worth spending some time with.

Just Oscar Guesses... for the Record

The Oscars are here and I figured I should probably get my guesses/predictions on the record before the show starts. I know most probably don't care, so feel free to skip to the next piece. Besides, I probably got them wrong.

February 21, 2013

Critical Capsule: A Good Day to Die Hard

Bruce Willis is back at the controls of John McClane and I am not s sure that is necessarily a good thing. As much as I will not begrudge the making of a film, there are times when franchises probably should not be revisited. The creative talent may have their hearts in the right place, but it is not always possible to recapture the magic of a previous film or films, especially when the series was started some 25-years before.

February 19, 2013

Movie Review: Side Effects (2013)

Steven Soderbergh's latest, and possibly final, feature is two thirds of a good movie. Seriously. The movie starts off so well and right when I felt it was really going to take off for the climax, the rug gets pulled out from under me and I am left flat on my face just wondering what happened. You know, not every movie needs a twist and this is a good example of a film that is going along just fine, having an impact, and being a genuinely well made film before they decide to change everything up.

February 13, 2013

Movie Review: The Baby (1973)

Say what you will about Netflix's selection of current films, I am more than happy with their selection of older, weirder, and bizarre fare. During my browsing through the selections, I happened to stumble upon this bizarre offering from 1973. The move is called The Baby and it is certainly one of the stranger films I have come across that bears the PG rating, perhaps not quite as out there as The Devil's Rain, but it is certainly out there. If you are into cult oddities and like the weird, this is one you will want to check out, don't let the PG rating scare you off.

February 12, 2013

Zombie Coma: Zombie Lake and Oasis of the Zombies

There are bad movies and there are bad movies. There are movies that test your dedication to cinema. Let me tell you, there is nothing quite like a terrible piece of Eurotrash cinema to tempt you with tearing up your movie lover card. The double bill I watched the other day, wow. Seriously, if you have ever had a problem getting to sleep, these will put them to rest. The pairing would test even the most hardened bad cinema lover. At the same time, I do not regret taking the bullet. Hell,I might even recommend you try to take the same trip.

February 10, 2013

Music Review: Satan's Wrath - Galloping Blasphemy

Recent weeks have seen me exploring a few of the doom metal artists I have in my collection that I am not have listened too all that much. I have discovered that I quite enjoy the style they offer and am seeking more. One of the artists I stumbled across was Satan's Wrath, whose debut album, Galloping Blasphemy.  arrived last September via Metal Blade. I have to say, while this may not be a groundbreaking release, it certain, is a captivating one that has plenty to offer the metal fan's ear.

February 8, 2013

A Revisitation: Rob Zombie's Halloween I and II

I am not going to lie, I am a Rob Zombie fan. I have been me almost since I first heard White Zombie so many years ago. With that being the case, suspect my judgment may be a little clouded when it comes to his work. There is something about his approach, be it music or movies, that just draws me in. His passionate about his creations, he believes in them, there is love behind what he makes. This goes a long way and, love him or hate him, puts him ahead of the race when it comes to the moves he makes compared to those made by studio suits looking for a quick buck.

February 6, 2013

Movie Review: Bullet to the Head (2013)

On the surface, Bullet to the Head is a movie that probably shouldn't work. A mismatched buddy cop comedy that is an eighties throwback starring an aging action hero whose time was thought to have faded years ago. The thing of it is, the Walter Hill directed actioner is very entertaining, deliciously violent, and lives in that wonderfully grey area between good and bad where morality is always questionable.

February 5, 2013

DVD Review: Bedevilled

When it came to revenge films, there was a time that you needed go no further than your local grindhouse. With films like Last House on the Left, I Spit on Your Grave, and Death Wish you really had no need to look elsewhere. With that said, the past decade has seen Korea has seemingly taken complete ownership of the revenge film with films like Oldboy, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, and I Saw the Devil. Now we have Bedevilled from first timer Chul-soo Jang. No, it is not a perfect, but it is a rather intense look at friendship and the bigger idea of being complicit through complacency.