Many post-apocalyptic films tend to have grand ambitions in their messages, as several of these films often attempt to tell extremely allegorical or metaphorical tales of desperation and brutality in order to drive their themes home. The Rover is surprisingly not one of these films. It's a post-apocalyptic film that shows a lot of restraint, forgoing all heavy-handed attempts of providing a message on civilization, the human condition, or the state of the human soul, in favor of simply providing…
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While the main core of A Million Ways to Die in the West is packed with a campy heart and a sense of sincerity, the film itself struggles to show this through its inconsistent tone, especially in its first act. The first act of the film plays like a typical gross-out modern comedy, though it's heavily unedited and joke lengths stretch to enormous lengths, with most of them too gratuitous to hit the mark. This film…
There are few words to describe The Cabin in the Woods other than the greatest of adjectives: phenomenal, innovative, and inspiring come to mind. This works not just as a horror movie, but as a comedy, drama, and even a philosophical expression of art. It also does this without offending or desecrating the legacy of any of these genres. This movie is a glorious combination of everything that there is to be loved about horror movies, and even more. It is an exceptional film, and the best horror movie I've ever seen.
Chinatown is a great noir film with what I would consider now to be one of my favorite Jack Nicholson roles. Other than Nicholson and Faye Dunaway the performances are average, but the soundtrack alternates from classic noir to mostly-thriller-but-nearly-horror atmospheric elements, and the narrative is surprisingly easy to follow for a noir film, without sacrificing good writing in the process. Starting off slow but building gradually and becoming far more interesting as the film progresses, the narrative and its…