April 29, 2015

Con Experience: Chiller Spring 2015

This past weekend I made my biannual pilgrimage to Parsippany, NJ, for the Chiller convention. It has never been as fun as Monster Mania, but the day I spend there is always a lot of fun. This time, though, was a little different. The big change from events past is that I went on a Sunday, something I had never done before. My work schedule had changed and I now work on Saturday, so rather than take a day off I went on Sunday, and that turned out to be a great choice for me (probably not so much for the celebrity guests and vendors).

April 21, 2015

Movie Review: While We're Young

While We're Young is a movie I sort of feel I should like, but I don't. I really don't. Don't get me wrong, Noah Baumbach has made some good films, The Squid and the Whale and Greenberg come to mind. However, I think my taste has changed and his tendencies to the hipster side of life is kind of off-putting. This movie just dives into hipsterism and sort of looks at it through the eyes of an aging couple lamenting where they are in life and wanting to regain the free flowing, wherever life takes me of their youth. I don't know, it just rubbed me the wrong way.

Movie Review: Unfriended

I have to admit to being a little skeptical when I first saw the trailer for Unfriended. I think I was turned off by the title. There was something about it that just sounded silly, trying to cash in on the power of Facebook, or something. I don't know. Still, I have to admit to being a little bit curious about how they were going to pull of this computer screen movie. Seems like the sort of concept that could quickly go off the rails and just not work. Good for us, or me at least, it works. I could say it is interesting or daring, but I am not sure those are the right words. More like different.

April 17, 2015

Trailer Alert: Batman v Superman - Dawn of Justice..... who turned out the lights?

One day after a bad bootleg video began circulating, Warner Brothers has released the official high definition version of the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. It was a few days before the expected date of 4/20, but I guess they would get ahead of the boot and just get the real thing floating around. Why not? It's just a couple of days and it is promotional material as it is. I guess the question really is whether or not it is any good. The answer is are sounding, it looks interesting.

Trailer Alert: Star Wars - The Force Awakens is Love

I am pretty sure you are already tired of all the Star Wars stuff since the release of the new The Force Awakens teaser the other day, so, feel free to pass on this as it is not going to be objective and it is not going to be overly analytical. So what is this about? Well, it is just a moment for me to gush about the beauty of this teaser, the affect it had on me and my anticipation level. If you feel like that is up your alley, read on, otherwise, stick around and check out some of my reviews.

April 16, 2015

Movie Review: The Age of Adaline

Who says a horror loving guy like me can't enjoy a romantic film? It is certainly possible to cross those barriers, a good movie is a good movie, and movies affect different folks in different ways. If I sound a touch defensive, I just might be because I love film in all it's forms. This is not to say I love all movies. In any case, I saw a early screening of The Age of Adaline and while it is not perfect by any stretch, large portions of it were very effective and I can honestly say I quite enjoyed it.

April 11, 2015

Movie Review: God Bless America

If you are like me, you likely have a number of titles floating around your Netflix queue that have been sitting there a little longer than they probably should. Sitting there, teasing you, waiting for you to finally press play. Well, that finally happened for this little almost gem. I was looking for something a little over the top, something fun, perhaps even a little twisted. I am pretty sure I succeeded with God Bless America, a splattery satire of modern society. It all comes courtesy of the mind of Bobcat Goldthwait. Yes, that Bobcat Goldthwait, star of Hot to Trot and also the director of the Robin Williams movie World's Greatest Dad.

April 8, 2015

CritCast #31: Critical Outcast... The Movie! (not really)

This Outcast is embarking on a new project. No, he is not leaving, just dividing up a little more of his time. Want to hear what it is? Check out the latest episode of the CritCast!

April 6, 2015

Movie Review: The Houses October Built

It is a little out of season, but the other night I checked out The Houses October Built. Ideally, this is a movie that would best be viewed on or around Halloween, perhaps an October marathon. I don't know and in the end I guess it doesn't really matter. What matters is that this is actually a pretty good film. Despite feeling a bit unfocused on what it really wants to be, it still manages to build an atmosphere, feel creepy, plus it is actually interesting. Once you accept the fact that the characters are not going to be as interesting as the subject matter, you are all set.

April 5, 2015

Movie Review: The Upper Footage

I just recently found out about this indie thriller called The Upper Footage. They had started following me on Twitter for some reason. The other day they sent out a call for direct messages, with the first handful getting a link to watch the film. Wouldn't you know it, I was one of the chosen. I will admit to being curious about the “Like the Blair Witch Project, only real” marketing they were putting out for it. A little digging uncovered all sorts of interesting viral marketing. They were very successful in this alternative marketing method. It is a shame the movie fails to deliver much of anything.

Movie Review: Furious Seven

Fourteen years later, it is the franchise that just keeps on giving. I can honestly say that when The Fast and The Furious arrived way back in 2001, I never thought anyone would still be talking about it in 2015 (not that I was thinking that far ahead), much less be anticipating a sixth sequel! At the same time, it is hard to fathom that the series has gotten better as it has aged, stepping up its game beginning with the fourth and never looking back. It has long since outgrown its street racing roots and has become a sort of gear head James Bond series filled with big stunts and international intrigue.

April 2, 2015

CritCast #30: Summer Movies....

Here is the latest edition of the CritCast. I talk a little bit about the movies I am looking forward to this summer. Click at your own risk....