March 31, 2013

The Movies of Brandon Lee: Rapid Fire

It is hard to believe it has been 20 years since Brandon Lee was tragically killed on the set of The Crow. The movie has gathered a cult following and I consider to be one of my all time favorite movies. It is a shame that his life was cut down at such a young age, just as he was about to become a big star, in my estimation anyway based on his iconic performance in The Crow. In any case, I have decided to revisit his brief filmography.

The Movies of Brandon Lee: Showdown in Little Tokyo

It is hard to believe it has been 20 years since Brandon Lee was tragically killed on the set of The Crow. The movie has gathered a cult following and I consider to be one of my all time favorite movies. It is a shame that his life was cut down at such a young age, just as he was about to become a big star, in my estimation anyway based on his iconic performance in The Crow. In any case, I have decided to revisit his brief filmography.

March 28, 2013

The Movies of Brandon Lee: Laser Mission

It is hard to believe it has been 20 years since Brandon Lee was tragically killed on the set of The Crow. The movie has gathered a cult following and I consider to be one of my all time favorite movies. It is a shame that his life was cut down at such a young age, just as he was about to become a big star, in my estimation anyway based on his iconic performance in The Crow. In any case, I have decided to revisit his brief filmography.

March 27, 2013

The Movies of Brandon Lee: Legacy of Rage

It is hard to believe it has been 20 years since Brandon Lee was tragically killed on the set of The Crow. The movie has gathered a cult following and I consider to be one of my all time favorite movies. It is a shame that his life was cut down at such a young age, just as he was about to become a big star, in my estimation anyway based on his iconic performance in The Crow. In any case, I have decided to revisit his brief filmography.

March 26, 2013

Movie Review: Olympus has Fallen

Last weekend I saw the latest Gerard Butler vehicle, Olympus has Fallen. What can I say but, "Well, that happened." Seriously. As the theater erupted into applause as the credits began to role, I couldn't help but think this was just another entry in a long line of lackluster actioners. Simply put, this is no all that great a movie. It relies on a faux sense of patriotism rather than give us any interesting characters. The best thing about it is that it gives us the chance to use the old action descriptor phrase "Die Hard on a ..." You Remember how that phrase popped up after the success of that film? Like Under Siege is Die Hard on a battleship.

March 25, 2013

Movie Review: Spring Breakers (2013)

Now, here is a movie I had no idea what it was going to be about. Even now, some time has passed since I saw the movie and I am still at a loss to really explain all that happened. I think that may be part of the point. It is certainly a strange trip, a fever dream exploitation film, a smashing of Disney and the Grindhouse through an MTV generation filter. It is an experience more that a movie, better experienced as stream of consciousness as opposed to any type of traditional narrative.

The CritCast watches Rawhead Rex

The CritCast returns with a modified format. The CritCast will now take a look at a single film in a video, likely a more onscure genre film. This time out I check out the pre-Hellraiser Clive Barker outing Rawhead Rex. Is it worth your time? Watch on!

March 19, 2013

Movie Review: Oz, the Great and Powerful

Considering how bright, colorful, and broad the Oz universe is, I find it surprising that we have not had more attempts to create films in its playground. I cannot say that I have done a lot of research, but since the 1939 classic feature was released there have been but three features that use L. Frank Baum's books as a basis, The Wiz, Return to Oz, and Oz, the Great and Powerful. I know there has been at least one televised take with the mini-series Tin Man. I guess all I am really getting at here is that this is a great playground with plenty of room for ideas and interpretations to play in and I wish this new movie was just a bit better.

March 18, 2013

Movie Review: Dead Man Down

It was just a few short years ago that I found myself debating an hour long drive to see some two and a half hour long Swedish thriller called The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I has never heard of it, knew nothing about it, but I am so glad that I decided to take that drive. The movie was absolutely fantastic. It was that experience that gave me high hopes for Dead Man Down. Why? Well, it reunited the director and star of that film for the director's first English language film. This film was directed by Niels Arden Oplev and stars The original Tattoo girl, Noomi Rapace.

March 17, 2013

Monster Mania Convention 24 is a Memory

The 24th edition of the Monster Mania Convention is now over and done with and it was another great time. i am so glad that I stumbled across them back in 2011. The con promoter, Dave Hagan does a fantastic job of putting together consistently entertaining and diverse shows. This is no exception. Look on to see a collection of photos from the weekend.

March 5, 2013

Movie Review: The Last Exorcism Part II

Three years ago horror fans were treated to The Last Exorcism, another in a long line of exorcism themed films that. One that seemed predestined to join the long line of Exorcist wannabes. Surprisingly, the found footage exorcism flick won me over and proved to be a rather interesting look at a man going through a crisis of faith who was letting you in on the sham of exorcism, but still believing in helping people. It was pretty interesting, even up to the end that brought him face to face with a very real evil. Now we are presented with a sequel of a rather different vintage.