A couple things that I thought about during this film.
The Carrie Nations play legitimately good music.
Russ Meyer definitely has a very specific way of writing dialogue, and getting his dialogue performed by his female actors. Given that Roger Ebert also contributed to the writing of the film, Meyer's dialogue gets somewhat toned back, except for the Ashley St. Ives character, and whenever women are being particularly diabolical or seductive.
It has been stated that The Neon Demon took…
When was the last truly funny american mainstream comedy? At a quick glance, the last thing to make me laugh consistently was 21 Jump Street. Four years ago.
So Compare Ghostbusters to any other Hollywood comedy of the last four years, it's more or less the same. It's got the fart jokes, it's got the Apatowesque ad-libbing, the low hanging fruit humour, the cameos, it's all there and that's the problem. It's bland and painfully so, it does nothing you…
I'm pretty sure James Wan's last name actually has a silent 'k' at the end.
Based on true eve..OH STOP RIGHT FUCKING THERE YOU LIAR
The Conjuring 2 once again lays bare and pokes at the open nerve that is the horror genre; it is oblivious to the difference between scaring someone and making someone afraid.
Scaring someone is the easiest thing there is. Make lots of noise and you're basically done. Making someone uncomfortable, making them dread what might…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I thought it was fairly decent up until the scene where he smashes her head in and it cuts to reveal that she was just imagining it. For me, that't one of the worst things you can do. There was no indication that she was imagining it, and it was only done so the filmmakers could go "we really got you there, huh?". Complete fake-out that was not earned at all.
I put this on after yet another failed attempt to go to sleep at a decent hour, mostly because I want to watch the sequel as it was written by Mr. Larry Cohen (aka the Magnificent Cohen). As I remembered, it's sort of inexplicably a slog, despite its killer loaded cast and its rep as one of those popular classics that everyone has seen or at least knows about. I'm a big fan of John Sturges too, so I really…
Movie history is littered with films that were critically panned at the time of their release only to be reappraised and, in many cases, become embraced as unquestioned classics.
And in a lot of those cases I can understand why they were treated somewhat harshly on their release. Usually they tended to be films that were rather off the beaten track or didn't quite deliver something from a star or director that audiences or critics expected. But in the case…
Alfred Hitchcock didn't like it. I didn't like it. Watching Jamaica Inn was rather like going back to his pre-The 39 Steps crime melodramas. With a muddled tone, long scenes of boredom, and little of Hitchcock's visual flair on show, it's almost as if he couldn't stop himself from regressing into bad habits.
Based on the Daphne Du Maurier (she didn't like it either) story, it sees Maureen O'Hara arrive at the titular inn via peculiarly pompous squire Charles Laughton…
After I finished the movie, I ran into the bedroom to wake Tim up and said, "So I just watched The Mist." He rolled over half asleep with a big shit eating grin and said, "Hell yeah you did. How bout that ending?" I said, "Five out of five with a heart."
I can't believe this was a first time watch and I have no idea how it wasn't spoiled for me.
After forgetting to download the horror film I was going to watch tonight, I decided to get back on the Hitchcocks - something I was all the more keen to do when I realised the next one was The Lady Vanishes.
After Hitchcock followed up his first true classic, The 39 Steps, with a trio of good but unspectacular thrillers, there may have been some suggestion that that was as good as it was going to get from the rotund…
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Razzie Winners: The Adventures of Ford Fairlane (1990)
Did this really win a Razzie for Worst Picture? Not sure why because I thought this was a laugh, I'm sure there was way worse that got released in 1990. Anyway, comedian Andrew Dice Clay stars as a foul-mouthed detective working in L.A's music industry. His character is pure manufactured "cool", he has the keys to a 1957 Ford Fairlane (hence his name), cherishes a white Stratocaster…
Sully is pretty much exactly what you would expect from Clint Eastwood these days. There is very little style, anything that is not literally happening is handled extremely bluntly, and old people love it. I enjoyed the actually portrayal of the incident, but the first act, with the dream sequences is not great, and the third act with the flight simulator tests is also not great. The film is conventional all the way around, but it has been somewhat chopped…