August 31, 2013

Sci-Fi Invasion: Welcome to Blood City

I will not quit on you, Sci-Fi Invasion box set. No matter what kind of lame, bizarre, and boring junk you throw at me, I will keep coming back until the last movie is done. It may take some time, but I will get through. I just have to look at each movie as an opportunity, a new experience, and hopefully I will walk away with something. Good or bad, every movie adds to your experience. I know its been awhile, but i am back. This latest experience was not bad. Of course, that is comparatively speaking and does not really say all that much.

August 27, 2013

Movie Review: The World's End

The Cornetto Trilogy has come to an end. As the final movie ends, I felt a little sadness knowing it was over, but at the same time I am hopeful that the trio of Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, and Nick Frost, will work together again at some point. I think it is inevitable, I doubt you will be able to keep these three away from each other. I was also left with a desire for Cornetto, or at least a Drumstick. For those not in the know, this trilogy is comprised of Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World's End.

August 26, 2013

Movie Review: You're Next

You're Next is one of those horror movies that has been left collecting dust on a shelf somewhere for years. So many films suffer this fate that sometimes I wonder what great gem may be hidden away, never to be seen by an audience hungry for what it's frames contain. After two years of sitting around, it has finally been given a clean bill of health and allowed to play in cineplexes around the country. It leaves behind such titles as The Poughkeepsie Tapes and All the Boys Love Mandy Lane (although it appears that Mandy may yet see the light of day).

August 25, 2013

Monster Mania Con 25 has Come to an End

Over the past few years, convention going has become a highlight of my year. No, I don't go to a lot of them, but when I do go, I make sure to make the most of it. This most recent stop was at Monster Mania in Cherry Hill, NJ, a convention that has become a regular twice a year stop. This was their 25th show and is a featured part of their ten year anniversary. To that end, show promoter Dave Hagan along with his sons Doug and Dave have pulled out all the stops and have brought a lineup littered with big name talent.

August 24, 2013

Movie Review: Kick Ass 2

Kick Ass arrived in theaters back in 2010 and brought with it a subversive blast of vulgarity and bloody action. It was a movie that acted as a deconstruction of the superhero movie, offering a different perspective on the idea of a regular person putting on a costume and playing the role of vigilante. We were faced with watching what was essentially anarchy, eagerly cheering on children whose childhood had been taken from them. It was an interesting movie that touched on some worthy topics. Now, the sequel has arrived and has taken the interesting bits of the first and turned it into generic slop.

August 11, 2013

Movie Review: Elysium (2013)

It has been four years since I first learned who Neil Blomkamp is. It was 2009 when District 9 arrived in theaters and proceeded to wow audiences all over, even earning four Oscar nominations (including Best Picture and Adapted Screenplay). Needless to say, I loved that movie and have been anxiously anticipating his follow up. It has finally arrived. The big question is whether or not it lives up to Blomkamp's prior outing. I will say I did have a few worries based on the trailer, so with cautious optimism, I eagerly entered the theater and experienced Elysium.

August 10, 2013

Movie Review: We're the Millers

I'd like to say that watching a lot of movies has given some deep insight into storytelling or filmmaking. I think the only thing I can honestly say is that I've seen a lot of movies. Still, it has afforded me perhaps a ouch more recognition of where a movie could have been better, missed opportunities if you will. I have no idea how I would go about making it better, mind you, I just know that it could be. The latest to kick this buzzer off inside my skull is the comedy We're the Millers.

August 7, 2013

Did You Know Patty Mullen Only Made Two Movies?

While you are watching a movie, or a couple of movies, notice an actor or actress and wish they had made more movies? I am sure you have. The names do not always stick with me, but every so often I will be watching a movie and wonder why so and so did not make more movies. I will likely never know why they do so few movies. Why did this come to mind, simple, I have had an actress running around my head for a little while now, the incomparable Patty Mullen, who only starred on two movies.

August 5, 2013

Big Budget Compromises and Stopping the Hate, Incoherence is Thy Name

As The Conjuring crosses the $100 million mark, fans of quality movies have to feel good about it. I have realized long ago that, by and large, big budget summer movies, and studio backed projects at large, are fashioned in a state of compromise. The original creations, rebellious thinking, and unfettered creativity that sprang up in the 1970's is long gone. In its place are big budget features that are built on compromise and target lowest common denominator.