Do you remember the time before the Marvel menace, when all comic movies were just the worst thing ever? Ha! Trick question, there was no such time! Alright, according to some there was, but quite frankly there's always been good ones and bad ones in my opinion, and largely since I'm just looking to be entertained and judge things on a personal enjoyment level more so than the critical gross profit success that companies really care about, I've enjoyed a comic-themed movie that was released way back in 1981 (which may not have been the actual first one I saw in my lifetime, but is probably one of the oldest ones film chronology wise). In recent years, I've become a bit burnt out on them - not because they are bad movies in any sense, but purely on the saturation of them. Still, I figured that we might as well go back at least a little ways and check out Constantine and see how that one holds up.Read More
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I wasn't super impressed with the last animated Batman movie that I checked out. Sure, it wasn't bad and it did have some bat-crap insane segments to it that I could appreciate, but there were moments when the quality just felt like it was subpar and I overall didn't think they really used the setting or concept to it's fullest. Well, of course they decided to make a Batman movie set just about in as old-timey not-London as it could possibly get. Color me interested, and remind your family to look at those MPAA ratings - it's time for the Bat to fight the Jack.Read More
Tonight's movie didn't exactly pass me by on the movie radar, it just wasn't one that I was super interested in. Fast forward to it being out for home video, and a friend mentions that they thought it was pretty fun. I've watched movies with far less exceptional recommendations, so I figured why not? As far as I know, "inspired by" very well could be the word of the day - but let's see how the house that guns built plays out.Read More
This movie is like Cotton Eye Joe - I have no idea where it came from, nor where it go. Most movies I find either form word-of-mouth suggestions (or reviews), although occasionally I'll also just peruse the pictures of titles on Netflix as though it was the isles of a Blockbuster Video, on the prowl for a tasty audio-visual morsel. Whichever manner caused this to be added to my list, I can certainly tell you that I didn't really know what I was getting into - for better or worse. Turn off the lights and flick the play button, it's time to see just how silent your house will be.Read More
I'm going to be honest, like at some point during these I'm not. It's been a little while since I watched the last Blade Runner movie - and I couldn't even tell you what of the thirty (exaggeration) versions I watched. I can tell you that although I can appreciate plenty of scenes within it, and some of the finer moments of the setting and pitch I largely wasn't a huge fan. I enjoyed it, but it didn't resonate with me in the manner that some do where it becomes heralded as one of the best movies ever and I feel compelled to dig into subtext that may not even exist so that I can prove "but this character is totally a robot too!" All of this in mind, when the new one come out my first thought wasn't really why - true, I didn't think it was necessary to follow up on anything from the first but the setting itself merits plenty of other stories to be told - but rather if I should eventually get around to it. That all brings us to today. Get your bathroom breaks taken care off, it's time to get dark with light hints of neon and color grades and chase some blades.Read More
This should be subtitled "The movie that gave me a headache." At first, I was a bit excited for this one - since Poughkeepsie isn't a made up place and the documentary style fit's something that I normally enjoy - documentaries and learning about things, even if those things are macabre. It's New York baby, and if there's one thing that would be real interesting to me it'd be learning about the things that make the apple bump in the night - be it art that imitated real life or the other way around, such dark things that you may be familiar with if you've ever heard of Cropsy. After the DvD arrived, i saw it said "Mockumentary" in the description, and my enthusiasm dimmed slightly, but I've seen a good many of those that at the least remained highly entertaining. The only way to figure out if this cranial illness I'm now plagued with is from good or bad is going to be to stick around though, so let's get to the point.Read More
It's cold and snowy, so that signifies it's roughly the season of giving - as though that's something that should only happen one time of the year right? Followers of this site will already know that I'm not big on Christmas movies, but love doing side-line things that I pawn off as "holiday spirit" - like Die Hard. Well, this time around, we are gonna push our giving spirit by giving Ghost in the Shell a chance. I'm inclined to think I'll like this one - largely because it wasn't met with a whole lot of positive input from most the sources I would hear about it from which tells me chances are it'll be fun. Let's ignore out the outcries for a little bit and boot up our augments for some cybernetic fun and see if this one's the good cop or bad cop.Read More
I've been playing a decent amount of that newer Ghost Recon game, and it may have influenced my choice of movie for the week. See, that game is all about taking down cartels, which is a similar pitch I've heard for Sicario. A buddy of mine actually reviewed it a while back and that also told me that it should be pretty good to boot. So, having my safety net of "This should be good" cast out in expectations, let's see if this movie can live up to it.Read More
From all the reviews this thing got, it hardly sounds like it needs another put to the mix. Zootopia was, as far as everywhere I saw, pretty much universally agreed on as being a good - if not great - movie. Another ball park hit by the old Disney movie machine. To be honest, it's been on the "to watch" list for quite some time, and I just keep putting it off and putting it off - but tonight, that's no more. Put on your leopard print and gather the family, it's time to hop to it.Read More
Buddy cop flicks are fun, haven't seen one in a while. This one came highly praised by a YouTube reviewer that I follow, so I added to the old list of movies to watch. It's day has arrived, let's see if this 70-style detective picture has enough heart to keep my thoughts in line with that reviewer's opinion. Maybe this time nice guys won't finish last?Read More
So you fancy yourself a sleuth aye? Got Sherlock level detective skills that would make Batman jealous huh? Such a hardcore private eye that your completely colorblind and only see black and white and shades of grey? Is this movie about you, or are you because this movie? This is another one of those movies that you've either heard of - it's kind of a big deal from what I can tell in the mysterious black and white world - or it's probably much too old for you and you've got no idea what a maltese is, let alone a falcon. Let's find out if you should really remedy that.Read More
Did you know there was a new Blair Witch movie coming out? Yeah, surprised me too - and after realizing how little about the first one I actually remember, you would think that I would cash in on that by doing the original or it's mostly down-trodden sequel right? Wrong! You get creepy folktale witch movie without found footage nonsense! How do you like them golden snitches eh?Read More
With so many Sherlocks floating about, one could wonder what sets one Holmes apart from another Holmes. Sure, we have the "best batman movie ever" action-fiesta Holmes staring Iron Man, and we have the Cumberbatch Holmes, and of course modern-spin Holmes and old-fashioned Holmes. Of all the Holmes on the market though, I've only really noticed this one Old Holmes movie. Dress for success, and let's see if this old Holmes still got it.Read More
Is it too late to cash in on the Ghostbusters crazy? Wait, you mean to tell me that it wasn't a craze? Well, with my home theater finally back in commission, this weeks "dark offering" is a drafty tale of a ghoulish romance that just might paint he peaks blood red.Read More
Did you enjoy that found footage giant-monster/alien thing movie Cloverfield? You did? Oh, wait, you said you didn't? Well, I'm not gonna call you crazy, because I can find reasons to not like it just as I can find reasons to enjoy it, but regardless I was pretty shocked to hear that there was a pseudo-sequel coming out when I heard the news. I mean, sure, I enjoyed the first, but most people seemed to be distinctly in the "nah, pass" crowd. Either way, color me interested and off we go to the prepper dream of 10 Cloverfield Lane.Read More
No one to trust. Everyone to hate.
I mean, most people already know if they will enjoy watching a Tarantino flick before they watch it. He has that particular style that bleeds into near any movie he's attached to. I'd say that this is at least in some extent true with The Hateful Eight, so the question becomes more if someone wants to sit through a near three hour long Tarantino drama. Well, I can't tell you for sure if you'll like it, but I can sure report what I thought of it.
Our plot here is one part who-done it and in a way a bit like a slasher movie. You see, this is a slow burn kind of plot - heck, you don't even really get to the main setting till about 40 minutes in! We start off with a horse carriage coming across a man standing in the snowy path in front of it. He declares who his is and his desire to hitch a ride with his three (dead) bounties, and the driver informs him that it isn't his call, but the man inside. The man inside would appear to be rather a bit untrusting - which is understandable considering his live bounty inside that he'd rather not share. Still, after having the man give up his weapons to the driver, he allows him to hitch a ride. The two exchange some banter, and we learn that they are both bounty hunters looking to cash in on their respective bounties in the next town.
It isn't long until they come across another man on the road - again without horse - looking to catch a ride. This time, it's a rather known southern rebel who claims to be the next-in-line for sheriff at the town they are heading to. He is allowed to catch a ride, but not trusting him at all the original passenger decides to re-arm his first hitchhiker - whom he does know to at least some extent - before letting him do so. We get some more exchanges passing out more information about the characters pasts, until they finally arrive at the midway point - the main setting of the movie. It is here the main story unfolds, and it is here we will spend most of our time.
Suffice it to say, there are plenty of little details sprinkled about the story (felt more so like a story thanks to "Chapter" text blocks intersecting portions of the movie) that end up being returned to at a latter point when the movie finally reveals everything that happened it previously left everyone guessing on. The characters, stuck in this environment and mostly all distrusting and with little knowledge of each other play off of each other rather well and the little stop-house ends up turning into a powder keg of paranoia threatening to explode into that typical Tarantino violence.
The main portion of the "who done it" comes from just plain trying to peace together what's all going on in the first place. One character will let on accusations or observations about something, while other characters may have something seemingly unrelated going on with each other. At first, it's all just a jumble of seemingly unrelated things that are to convenient to not be more than coincidences but by the end it all ends up laying itself out in a rather believable fashion - even with some things still feeling a bit like more than coincidence. A strange thing happens between two sections, where a narrator elaborates on something that the movie was apparently too busy to show previously after not existing for the entire movie until then by backtracking into the last chapter - and promptly isn't heard of again until pretty near the final act. I do suppose it works fine, but it would have been just as easy to show it the first time and not need to spoon feed the audience that particular part - especially after already leaving all sorts of bread crumbs throughout.
Actors do a splendid job here, as one would expect. It's a good thing they do, as well, as it's pretty near the only main draw to this movie in the first place. It's a bit of an issue when your playing out a big drama like this, so I won't particularly blame the movie itself, but it really is that slowly burning line of powder leading up to a keg - and despite those tensions rising, there isn't a whole lot that actually happens as it goes on. Still, the line delivery is great, and even though parts of the world cease to feel authentic each character is at least distinguishable from the rest at a glance and listen. It feels like there was care to give each character a personality, even if you don't care in the slightest about the character and whatever length of time they spend on screen.
Costumes play well into lending each character their own feel, and the set does a good job of setting the mood as well. There were moments when the imagery and music evoked images of The Thing as I watched, and although it may not have involved aliens it still provided an ample feel of isolation to make the tension easier to build. Outside of those few particular moments, I don't recall much of the soundtrack on display here, but that isn't a terrible thing considering that most the time my focus was on the characters and the story being told.
If you don't like Tarantino's movie DNA, then I can't say that this one will particularly be breaking any molds for people. It's a decent enough story that's told well and very well acted, but one can also expect that certain level of violence and language and subject matter than is oft displayed in one of his works. The ending wasn't entirely expected - at least not in the details - but it also felt that there was a bunch of the movie that probably could have been shaved down to get it a bit away from that 3 hour run time without causing a whole lot of damage.
We just did something on the water, so why not follow it up with something UNDER the water? Yeah yeah. it's a lame connection, but it'll do for this week. This flick promises aliens and underwater mystery, so it could go as terribly wrong as the situation for the characters in the movie. Let's dive into the picture and see just how much it does or does not sink.Read More
Remember when I mentioned back in Kingsman that it's been a while since I saw a spy flick that I really enjoyed? Well, I'd try and use the same setup for the whole under-ground art selling circuit movie, but I couldn't really think of any of them. I mean, my memory is bad yes, but totally drawing a null there - The closest I can come up with is Monuments Men, but that was more of a war-kind of flick then it was particularly a particular art-thief kind of flick. The closest thing I could think of with this installment of "Depp plays a weird character" was actually (maybe not so oddly) Mr. Bean. Is that a good thing? I guess that's a real mustache question.Read More
I find myself watching found footage movies as though one of these days the perfect one is going to happen around, and the entire world will realize how awesome they could be if done right. It's theoretically not something that should be that hard to do - and if anything building tension should be easier than through normal means, since it adds to the effect that the viewer is there (theoretically). It never seems to happen though, it always seems to somewhere go so terribly wrong - from either holding onto it's suspense for way too long, or pacing that's so dull you would rather go to sleep. Can this movie dig up some fun, or will it be destined to make your bones ache?Read More
Why do I keep watching found footage movies? I can only imagine that somewhere inside me I still believe that their is this completely untapped potential that each movie of the type I watch might be the one to be the Highlander or one ring to rule them all. Well, I can't say it's particularly a great hope to hold onto, but As Above walks calmly into the circle and throws off it's gloves to try and impress. Can this foray into the french underground prove to come out on top, or way below any expectations?Read More