I didn’t expect this to be a movie that was likely to capture the subversive spirit of the original. I was completely taken off-guard by just how much of a good time it turned out to be. There was barely a scene in the film that didn’t have me rolling in my seat with laughter. I found it to be smart, sarcastic, over the top funny, and thoroughly engaging. [Read more…]
I can’t count how many low budget, independent horror films I’ve seen which seem to think they are doing something innovative and cutting edge by filling the screen with the most sickening imagery that the director can dream up, while casting aside niceties such as plotting, pacing, and character development. [Read more…]
I don’t know that I can write an objective review of Elysium, because my expectations going into it were so sky high.
I was looking for something to examine some of the complexities surrounding world poverty and inequality. Instead, I got a straightforward good-guys vs. bad-guys shoot ‘em up. [Read more…]
I have long believed that if the Wolverine miniseries were made into a movie, it would be well received and would attract attention. I never had any particular issue with Hugh Jackman’s portrayal of Wolverine, but somehow none of the X-Men movies captured the sheer grittiness of the character that so captivated me all those many years ago. Never, that is, until now… [Read more…]
This is another effective supernatural thriller, designed to keep you on edge and make you jump out of your seat at just the right moments. If you’re the sort of person that likes to visit haunted house attractions during Halloween, then this film will be right up your alley. [Read more…]
Set in the year 2022, The Purge is a movie that depicts an America of the near future where unemployment and violent crime have virtually been eliminated… with one notable exception. On one night, every year, all crime is completely legal and citizens are free to act upon their basest and most violent instincts. By permitting this annual purge, the US Government has found that society functions without the violence and instability that existed prior to its implementation. The end result is the creation of a somewhat bland, somewhat fascistic culture that erupts into extreme violence during the one night every year and then returns to business as usual the following morning. [Read more…]
Oblivion is set in a near future where Earth has been invaded by an alien race known as the Scavengers (or Scavs), who have unleashed devastation by destroying Earth’s moon. Those humans who survive the ensuing earthquakes and tidal waves, caused by the Moon’s destruction, fight back by moving into space stations and using nuclear weapons on the alien invaders. [Read more…]