February 27, 2016

2016 Oscar Predictions.

The Oscars are tomorrow night. That means it is time for another round of Hollywood backslapping. Funny thing is, I still kind of enjoy watching the show It can be silly, stupid, boring, and yes, even exciting. Over the years I have seen my tastes go from being pretty in line with those films that get nominated to being quite a bit different. It is to the point that if a movie I legitimately love gets nominated, I get quite happy. In any case, I thought I would give a quick rundown of my guesses and predictions, if any of you actually care. So, anyone interested?

February 22, 2016

Movie Review: The Witch (2016)

In this young year, The Witch was one of my most anticipated films. I had friends who had seen it on the festival circuit and were raving about it. On top of that, the trailer looked utterly fascinating. So, as soon as the movie opened, I was there, sitting front and center, looking forward to what I was hoping would be greatness. Yes, there is always a gnawing feeling at the back of my mind that I am going to be let down, it has happened before and I am sure it is going to happen again. Fortunately, now is not that time. I found The Witch to be utterly engrossing, unnerving, and fascinating. I also recognized it as a movie that is sure to have as much hate tossed at it as love.

February 21, 2016

Screening Report: We Are Twisted F*cking Sister

As I have said many times in the past, I was really late getting into movies and music and it took a very long time for my taste to emerge. What this means is that I missed a lot of what should have been my glory years. I am left playing catch up with old school music and movies and exploring genres and styles and whatnot. While I have made up some good ground, I will never be able to get to everything, it is just impossible. With all that said, I am thankful for movies like We are Twisted F*cking Sister and events like the one held at the Alamo Drafthouse. I mean that will all sincerity.

February 16, 2016

Movie Review: Weaponized

Weaponized is the latest in a long line of direct to video science fiction, action, thrillers, and the latest to utterly bore the viewer. I generally try to go into a movie like this with positive thoughts, perhaps low expectations, but a desire to be surprised, a want to like it. You know the old saying, hope for the best but expect the worst. No, this is not exactly the worst, it is more like a non-entity that is forgotten as quickly as it is seen. It dangles some familiar names in front of you and lures you in with the promise of sci-fi action. As you watch, it sinks in that you were duped into watching a commodity rather than a movie. As the credits roll, you struggle to recall just what it was that you watched.

Movie Review: Deadpool (2016)

So, Deadpool came, saw, and conquered the box office. Seriously, who thought it would open as big as it did? If you say you knew, I bet you are lying. No one could have seen this coming. A cultish comic book character with mature leanings in a hard R-rated movie in the middle of February, there is no way it is going to connect with a widespread audience. Now, I am not trying to talk down about the movie or its audience, it is just an unlikely choice for a huge opening. Perhaps as unlikely as a NWA biopic. Oh, wait. That turned out pretty well, perhaps movies like this are a sign of an impending shift. I would not be against this.

February 13, 2016

Movie Review: Zoolander 2

Fifteen years ago the world was introduced to the somewhat inspired lunacy of Derek Zoolander and Hansel. The movie was not terribly well received, but has gathered something of a cult fandom over the years, sort of like Anchorman or Austin Powers. The problem is that, for some reason (most likely the idea of money), they have decided to revisit the character and return to the big screen with the cleverly titled Zoolander 2. Now, much like the sequel to Anchorman, the new film feels overlong, overdone, nowhere near as funny. Rather than try to make a new movie, they just try to outdo the original, the finished project feels more like an entry in the Sharknado series, filled with cameos trying to prop it up as an entertainment.

February 10, 2016

Movie Review: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

I never read the genre mashing novel when it came out a few years back. Although, now, after seeing the movie, I am curious to see if the book is any better. While I did not hate the movie, I cannot say I liked it all that much. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is a movie in search of an audience, a mash that forgets it is supposed to be entertaining. It is a shame as the prospect of this type of project is quite enticing. Somewhere along the way, they forgot who this was for and what the point was, aiming somewhere in the middle, sapping away any potential it had.

February 5, 2016

Movie Review: Jane Got a Gun

Jane Got a Gun has finally arrived in theaters, some three years after it was shot. The movie has a production history that is the thing of legends. Unfortunately, the product that ends up on the screen is less than legendary. In fact, the movie is downright forgettable. It is a shame, too, as the cast is actually a good one, and a lot of the shots look fantastic. It really had all the parts needed to make a good movie, everything just conspired to ensure that this movie ended up not being good. Beyond that, the studio just snuck it into theaters, even upping the theater count from 400 to over 1200, but with no ad campaign, it was almost assured to fail.

February 2, 2016

Movie Review: The Boy (2016)

The Boy. I have to say that title does not really inspire much, does it? It just seems ever so bland. Also, I kept forgetting that was what this movie was called. Whenever I saw listings or mentions of The Boy, I had to stop and think about what the heck it was. I more often thought of it as the movie that tests The Walking Dead’s Lauren Cohan with being the top billed star in a movie. Whether or not she passed the test, from a box office point of view, I am not sure as I do not know what standards they were judging on. So far as if the movie is any good, well, I am happy to report it is surprisingly good film that I have no qualms recommending.