June 26, 2013

Movie Review: Man of Steel

Well, it's been a few weeks since Man of Steel was unleashed upon theater screens. It took me a little while, longer than I normally like, but I have seen the movie. After seeing it I had some distinct feelings about it, not all positive, that left me wondering of I really wanted to right about it. You see, it is the sort of movie that has already been covered to death, analyzed to pieces, and praised/criticized to both ends of the spectrum. Do I really want to just be another voice shouting into the void? Not really, but hear I am.

June 25, 2013

Movie Review: Much Ado About Nothing (2013)

It was just a few weeks ago that I first learned of Joss Whedon's new film, am adaptation of William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing. I must say that it very much intrigued me. The movie was shot on black and white and featured a host of faces familiar to fans of Whedon's work, which definitely got my attention. It is also set on the present while retaining the old English dialogue. Still, I was not sure I wanted to make the trip to go see it.

June 21, 2013

Reviews in Retrograde: Blade

Critical Outcast isn't my first attempt at a website, I had a few stutter steps in the late 1990's and early 2000's. These attempts generated a whole bunch of poorly written, often very short and spoilerific reviews. I recently stumbled upon them in my archives and thought you may be interested in seeing some of these early attempts at writing. They are as they were then, I make no apologies for how bad or how short they are. Feel free to have at them with reckless abandon! I present to you: Reviews in Retrograde.

June 19, 2013

Movie Review: The East

Have you seen The East? It does not seem like many people have. The studio indie reached a small spread of theaters this past weekend. I had seen the trailer in theaters a few times in recent weeks and I have to say, I was intrigued. Sure, it looked like it was going to be a pro-Eco message movie, but the trailer and its pro terrorism slant was presented in an interesting fashion. So, off I went, I saw the movie, and saw something very different than what was advertised.

June 17, 2013

Movie Review: This is the End

I can honestly say that I did not see this coming. I expected a fun but potentially dodgy time in the theaters. What I got was an incredibly funny comedy that is great whether you look at it as a whole or in parts. There is just something about this movie that is very appealing. It is crass, over the top, vulgar, funny, violent, and just utterly ridiculous, but it as this underlying thread of friendship and even something of a reflection on celebrity.

June 15, 2013

Reviews in Retrograde: The Big Hit

Critical Outcast isn't my first attempt at a website, I had a few stutter steps in the late 1990's and early 2000's. These attempts generated a whole bunch of poorly written, often very short and spoilerific reviews. I recently stumbled upon them in my archives and thought you may be interested in seeing some of these early attempts at writing. They are as they were then, I make no apologies for how bad or how short they are. Feel free to have at them with reckless abandon! I present to you: Reviews in Retrograde.

June 13, 2013

Blu-ray Review: 12 Rounds 2 - Reloaded


Four years ago the theaters around the country played host to a WWE Studios film called 12 Rounds. It was not a success, but apparently did well enough to garner a sequel, albeit of the direct to video variety, evidenced by the movie I am covering here. The movie starred wrestling star John Cena, making his second big screen appearance after 2006's The Marine. It was a decent time waster, an action flick reminiscent of 80's style fare. This sequel serves up the same formula but attempts to make it darker and just sucks the fun right out.

June 11, 2013

Movie Review: The Purge (2013)

When I first saw the trailer for The Purge, I thought it looked pretty darn good. Then I sat back and started to think about it and the results were not all that pretty. Just think about the real world logistics of the concept of legalized crime for one night out of the year. It is patently ridiculous. There is no way such a thing would work, it just makes no sense. So, I began to wonder how the would tell the tale. Then came word it only runs 85 minutes. Needless to say, my hopes dwindled.

Reviews in Retrograde: The Black Hole

Critical Outcast isn't my first attempt at a website, I had a few stutter steps in the late 1990's and early 2000's. These attempts generated a whole bunch of poorly written, often very short and spoilerific reviews. I recently stumbled upon them in my archives and thought you may be interested in seeing some of these early attempts at writing. They are as they were then, I make no apologies for how bad or how short they are. Feel free to have at them with reckless abandon! I present to you: Reviews in Retrograde.

June 9, 2013

Hudson Horror Show 7: The Experience

So. Hudson Horror Show 7 is now in the rearview mirror. Parting such sweet sorrow. As the show enters its fourth year, I have come to realize that their two shows a year are among my most anticipated of the year. My interest was initially about the movies, but it as changed as the sow has grown. It is now as much about the movies as it is about the experience.

June 2, 2013

Movie Review: After Earth

So, let me get this straight. Will Smith turned down Django Unchained, a role that was written with him in mind, in order to embark on this project dripping with nepotism, personally hiring M. Night Shyamalan along the way? Sounds like when he turned down the role of Neo in The Matrix in favor of Wild, Wild West. It seems to me that whenever his instincts guide him in one direction, he should go in the other. Much like Wild Wild West, After Earth is not a good movie.