November 28, 2014

Trailer Alert: Star Wars - The Force Awakens

Unless you've been living under a rock, you know that the trailer for the new Stars Wars movie was released today. Heck, it's even made the news. While I would have loved to have been surprised by its appearance in a theater, I easily broke down and watched it onlne. I love Star Wars, always have and always will. Yes, the prequels are not great cinema, but they all have aspects I love. With that said, as this trailer played, I could not happen but giddily smile with excitement. Now I just have to wait a year to see the movie.

November 27, 2014

Coming to Netflix in December...

As Netflix commits a culling of the queue, it does give back with a slew of new offerings during the next month. Here is a list of ten movies coming over the next few weeks that may be worth spending some time with. While I am always sad to lose good stuff from my queue, they always do a pretty good job of bringing some more stuff in that I can waste some hours with. I figured since I am going to do it, perhaps I should share some of these titles with you so that others can do the same. With that said, there are some pretty good movies on the service to check out.

November 26, 2014

Disappearing from Netflix Come December...

As we all know, Netflix cycles through movies on a regular basis. It seems that the big dumps of titles happen at the beginning of each month. It sucks, but it is a fact of life. I am sure it is not something Netflix wants to do, but it is the nature of the game and the contracts that get signed. I would love if everything was available in one place. Anyway, I thought I would highlight a few expiring titles that you may want to watch before they disappear, that is if you have time this holiday weekend. Yes, there are more than these, so check your queues for expiration dates!

Movie Review: Shock Waves (1977)

Nazi zombies. You have to admit, it is a heck of a combination. They must be the sort of thing that gives Indiana Jones nightmares, well, that and snakes. While there are not a whole lot of movies in the sub genre, there are enough people who thought it was a good idea for it become a thing. This is probably a good thing. Sure, there are some neat ideas and things you can do with a Nazi zombie, but it is still a limiting exercise, albeit one that has had renewed life in recent years with the Outpost and Dead Snow films. Still, when it comes right down to it, one of the best is also one of the first, Shock Waves.

November 24, 2014

Movie Review: The Hunger Games - Mockingjay Pt. 1

So, the first half of the final chapter for The Hunger Games franchise has arrived in theaters. With it, it snagged the biggest opening of the year, just as it fell well short of its predictions and expectations. I always wonder about things like that, with a franchise as well received and popular as it is, to open up some $36 million less than its predecessor, where did the people go? Granted, I am not all about the opening weekend as I am about the quality, but it begs the question what resulted in the disparity? I guess it really doesn't matter, the movie is going to make plenty of bank. So, aside from the money, was the movie any good? Yes and no.

November 21, 2014

Goblin Reborn with Goblin Rebirth – Signed to Relapse Records

Goblin is one of those bands whose music just sticks with you. They are primarily famous for their contributions to horror cinema, with their scores to films like Suspiria, Dawn of the Dead, and Deep Red. I absolutely love their music. I can listen to it over and over and not get bored. I was lucky enough to see a version of the band play live during their first ever tour of the United States, an absolutely transcendent performance in Philadelphia. Now, a new line up has signed with Relapse Records under the moniker Goblin Rebirth and we may soon get some new music and maybe some new versions of old material.

November 19, 2014

Movie Review: Birdman: or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

It seems that anytime we get to see Michael Keaton on the big scree, it is a treat. I did not always think that. Frankly, there was a lot of time when I really didn't give Keaton much thought at all. Still, over the years I have found his screen presence to be fascinating. The man is quirky, talented, and knows how to be his character. Even when he appears for a few scant minutes in the barely mediocre Need for Speed is a treat. Even White Noise sees Keaton working some magic. While it seems he is rarely on the big screen, he has been working steadily for the better part of four decades. Birdman may be one of his best performances.

November 18, 2014

Movie Review: Nightcrawler

Do you ever see a trailer for a movie that seems to come out of nowhere? An unassuming little thing that does not, on the surface, have any high aspirations?A movie that features a known actor, yet feels like it a B-side? That is what I felt with Nightcrawler. The trailers played and I was curious, but nonplussed. I cannot quite explain it, but this movie seemed mildly interesting, but it was not one that seemed to get much of a promotional push, and considering how it seemed to appear with little fanfare, I did not get all that excited about. Still, there was something alluring about it, there was something that grabbed my interest and it may have taken a few weeks, but I finally went to see it. I am glad I did.

November 16, 2014

Movie Review: Big Hero 6

For those of you who write reviews, whether professionally or just as a hobby, do you ever watch a movie, like it, want to write about it, but just can't? It happens to me from time to time. Sometimes I just give up and not write, other times I power through it and wind up with some really bad finished product (not that it is ever any good). The latest movie to strike me down with this is Big Hero 6. The first feature animated collaboration between Disney and Marvel is a wonderful success. No, it is not exactly groundbreaking, but it sure is a lot of fun. It's sense of adventure, comic timing, and general fun makes this trip to theater very worthwhile.

Movie Review: Laggies

Do you ever feel disembodied, boundless, like you are spinning helplessly through space? Of course you have, we all have. That is what is at the center at Laggies. It is a young woman hitting a quarter-life crisis, facing the dawning realization of adulthood and the impending responsibilities that comes with it. It is not a great movie, nor does it have any aspirations to be. Laggies seems to be a movie that has a lot in common with its protagonist, it does not aspire to be anything more than it is at this time, yet it faces expectations from the viewing public that it is not yet ready for. You could think it is a touch clever in that regard, or it could just be happy coincidence.

November 10, 2014

Movie Review: Interstellar

All right, I am going to warn you right up front that this is not going to be a full review, but considering what my writing schedule will be for the next week, I figured I should get something down before I can't write anything at all. With that said, I am not sure what is about to come from my fingertips, but should be spoiler free. The movie in question, of course, is Interstellar, the latest cinematic excursion courtesy of Christopher Nolan, a filmmaker I have become a big fan of ever since discovering Memento, a movie I am very happy to have seen in a theater. Over the years his movies have grown, gotten bigger, gotten bolder, and while opinions are generally split, they create conversation. Not a bad thing.

November 6, 2014

Movie Review: Horns

On the same night I was to see Dear White People, which got turned into Before I Go to Sleep due to a broken projector, I was slated to take in Horns. Fortunately, that projector was working and, somewhat surprisingly, I found I was the only interested in seeing it at a 10:30 on a Wednesday night. Go figure. It has been awhile since I had a private screening. Anyway, this was the movie I think I was more interested in seeing anyway, even though I knew very little about it. All I knew was that it starred Daniel Radcliffe, who has been somewhat impressive post-Harry Potter (The Woman in Black was really quite good), and that Radcliffe would sport a set of devilish horns. Frankly, that is all I really needed to know.

Movie Review: Before I Go to Sleep

The evening was supposed to begin with a screening of Dear White People, but that was not to be. A broken projector found me migrating into another movie, Before I Go to Sleep. I know, I know, it is not exactly a one to one equation if you compare the two titles, but truth be told, it was still on my list to see and I did not want to waste my time. Granted, I was not entering into this situation with the highest of hopes. Memory loss films are not exactly new, and I think more tend towards Clean Slate than Memento. Also, to be honest, the trailer did not leave me with the warm and fuzzies.

November 4, 2014

Movie Review: John Wick

I remember the first time I saw the trailer for John Wick. My first reaction was happy to see Keanu Reeves back in an action movie. Yes, I like Reeves and think he did a really good job with his directorial debut, Man of Tai Chi. Then my thoughts rolled the action around my mind, it looked pretty good. Then there were the story elements, a stolen car (a gorgeous 1969 Mustang), a dead wife, and a murdered dog. I immediately hoped that the thrust of this movie was a man getting revenge for his dog. Simple, elegant, emotionally gripping. Kind of like the reaction I had early in The Rover, hoping Guy Pearce simply wanted his car back. Sometimes simple is better.

November 2, 2014

Movie Review: St. Vincent

So, I have seen St. Vincent. The movie is not quite what I was expecting, but it was still good. It was funny, it was sad, it was melodramatic, it was real, and it tended for mushy sentimentality. The movie covers a lot of ground, but what I think it might be most notable for is for putting Bill Murray front and center on the screen. This is not a supporting role like in Monuments Men or a dramatic biopic like Hyde Park on Hudson. This is a movie that really seems to play to Bill Murray's strengths and where he is in his career now. It may also help people forget Tammy and realize that there is more to Melissa McCarthy.

Trailer: 12 Monkeys the TV Series

I am a big fan of Terry Gilliam's film 12 Monkeys. It is an amazing vision and one of the best time travel films I have seen. The idea that it was going to be turned into a series gave me pause, but it also intrigued me. It is a concept that could make a really good series and I am really looking forward to seeing if they are able to pull it off. Below is the series trailer.

10 New to Netflix for November

A few days ago I shared a list of ten movies that were disappearing from Netflix's offerings. I am back with a list of ten movies just added that would be worth spending some time with. While I am always sad to lose good stuff from my queue, they always do a pretty good job of bringing some more stuff in that I can waste some hours with. I figured since I am going to do it, perhaps I should share some of these titles with you so that others can do the same. With that said, there are some pretty good movies on the service to check out.