Reviewing The Neon Demon, the latest film from director Nicolas Winding Refn, is a bit like reviewing a film made by David Lynch or Alejandro Jodorowsky. The normal rules of narrative and structure don’t apply, making it particularly difficult describe what the film is about and say whether or not it succeeds in what it sets out to accomplish. [Read more…]
Per those that should know, Finding Nemo is Pixar’s third highest grossing movie to date. Meaning that expectations are high for its 10-years later follow-up, Finding Dory. But is it worth the wait?
Pretty much, yes. [Read more…]
From what I can tell, I appear to be the only critic in North America who actually enjoyed this movie. Is it a cinematic masterpiece? No, it is not. Is it going to change the shape of cinema? No, it is not. Is it going to be the very best movie you see all year? Unlikely. Is it going to make anyone’s Top 10 Best List at the end of 2016? Probably not. But the real question that matters is this: Is it entertaining? Why yes, yes it is. [Read more…]
The first Conjuring was a tight, focused haunted house tale that was effectively creepy and that managed to present a mostly believable “true story” of what a haunting could be like (for those inclined to believe in hauntings). The Conjuring 2, by contrast, makes the classic mistake that tends to be made when major studios gets involved with horror movies. Namely, they go overboard. [Read more…]
If you saw Tim Burton’s 2010 Alice in Wonderland and you liked it, then odds are pretty good you will enjoy this one as well. It has the same over-the-top performances, colorful sets, elaborate special effects, and dizzying 3D. If, like me, you didn’t care for the first film then this one is more of the same. [Read more…]
As with comedians Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett’s previous work on Mystery Science Theater 3000, when RiffTrax shows are good they’re great and when they’re not good they can be particularly painful. [Read more…]
Noah Richman and Daren Gulsvig compare and contrast Captain America: Civil War and X-Men: Apocalypse, and where the one film succeeds beyond expectations, the other falls far from what the previous chapter in the franchise achieved. [Read more…]
It’s very easy to see how in this modern time of ours, many people might stop watching the film because of it’s slow pacing early on, and miss out on the shift when building towards the climax and conclusion. Maybe a few too many things were left behind because of budget reasons, it’s not easy to say. If you can hang in there beyond the too-slow pacing of the first half of the movie, there are some wonderful visuals and story twists to be appreciated waiting for you. [Read more…]
To coincide with the new game release, Sony has released a movie to bring Ratchet and Clank to a larger audience. A risky move no doubt, but if successful, the gamble would create more interest in the franchise. So, does the movie capture the wonderful charm and humor of the game? Unfortunately, no. [Read more…]
Jeremy Saulnier is a writer/director whose work has been interesting to watch evolve. His debut feature, Murder Party, had an entertaining premise but fell short in its delivery. His sophomore effort, Blue Ruin, was a notable step up with its very human tale of misunderstanding and revenge. However with his third feature, Green Room, Saulnier, as a creative force, seems to truly have arrived. [Read more…]
Another day, another movie trailer that misleads as to what the movie is actually about and how it’s going to play out and yet manages to share a vital plot twist that isn’t actually revealed to the viewer until near the end of the film. Well done, trailer creators. Another bang-up job of doing your best to wreck things.
However, the movie bests you, at least in some ways. [Read more…]
Noah and Daren saw The Jungle Book, and thoroughly enjoyed the live action remake with the updated CGI effects to create the jungle creatures. The voice performances from the all-star cast truly impressed them, and helped make the movie a solid story with a lot of heart. [Read more…]