Many favorites, as well as a small handful of films that I don't care for... in no particular order (1960-2014).
John Dies at the End
Just so you know...they're sorry for anything that's about to happen.
It's a drug that promises an out-of-body experience with each hit. On the street they call it Soy Sauce, and users drift across time and dimensions. But some who come back are no longer human. Suddenly a silent otherworldly invasion is underway, and mankind needs a hero. What it gets instead is John and David, a pair of college dropouts who can barely hold down jobs. Can these two stop the oncoming horror in time to save humanity? No. No, they can't.
At one point, a character grabs a doorknob and it turns into a penis.
I shouldn't have to say more.
John Dies at the End is almost as hard to form an opinion on as it is to describe its deliriously convoluted premise. It is both joyously ridiculous and annoyingly indulgent - a movie that is engineered for future cultdom but almost a little too try-hard to really deserve it. Yet its indulgences and flaws also help make it one of the more interesting and unforgettable horror-comedies of recent years.
Directed by Don Coscarelli (no stranger to cultish horror movies) and based on the novel by David Wong, John Dies at the End is a fantastical apocalyptic comedy about a pair of deadbeat pals who discover an invasion plan from an alternate dimension thanks to a mysterious drug called soy…
It is amazing to think that Don Coscarelli was only 25 when he directed Phantasm in 1979, it is crazy to think that in the past 34 years he has only directed 11 films (including an episode of Masters of Horror). I find it refreshing that even though he has been a known name in the genre (mostly thanks to the Phantasm series), he is still perfectly capable of releasing a great horror film in 2012. He has adapted with the times, using both practical effects and computer animation simultaneously with great results. I am sure the fact the source material was a novel is a major reason for John Dies at the End being so god damn good, but…
This movie ain't for everyone, but it's totally for me. There's freaky space insects, freaky space drugs, interdimensional travel, people exploding, and the main character takes a phone call on a bratwurst. Easily my favorite film of 2013 so far.
Naked Lunch meets eXistenZ meets some other movie that is crazy and confusing. Deadpan, off-beat, dry humor in abundance, most of it doesn't work but there are a few good moments. The plot is so complicated and messy that it's hard to even explain it. It has to do with some kind of drug that causes powerful hallucinations and gives the user psychic abilities. It also has to do with alternate dimensions and all kinds of creatures. All of it is very confusing but it's done on purpose. It can turn out to be one hell of an enjoyable ride if you're into the humor and the zaniness of it but it didn't quite work its magic on me. I…
Soy sauce is a mysterious drug that promises an out of body experience every time it is ingested, as users traverse time and other dimensions. But some no longer return as human, which means it started a silent invasion coming from another world and it's up to our big heroes, John and Dave Wong, to save mankind.
Don Coscarelli establishes a very fast pacing and a quirky atmosphere to unfold his twisted storyline that leaves us confused during most of the film. Yet, that's where the film's magic is, the acclaimed director turns out to be a master of the audience as he leaves us completely intrigued with his messy, yet captivating script. John Dies at the End is another…
I liked it, but not as much as I thought I would. It’s randomness and absurdity feels at times a little bit too forced for my taste, also the constant pseudo philosophical bullshit dialogue got pretty annoying. Although this might have been a deliberate choice from the writer. And at the end it felt a little bit too much like a TV pilot. Granted, I would watch the shit out of this show, but it caused this “Oh, that’s it?” feeling, that a standalone movie shouldn’t cause.
There were some interesting things going on in this, and while I expected it to be pretty bat shit crazy, ultimately it was just too disjointed for me to really get into it. I am kind of intrigued about the book it was based on though, I may very well check it out.
I often read the Wikipedia entry for a film after I've seen it, especially if it's a film I know nothing about. I was expecting to find out that this was based on some obscure comic but it is on fact adapted from a webserial that became an edited manuscript and then eventually a published paperback.
A comicbook influence is still felt though thanks to the comedic tone, along with countless other references and concepts from the worlds of Sci-Fi and Horror...
I'm not going to attempt to summarise the plot as it's quite convoluted and to do so would give stuff away. The story takes several unexpected turns but unfortunately never really lives up to the mystery, humour and excitement of the dynamic opening scene.
However, this is worth a watch if you want to know how time travel, drugs, dogs, soy sauce, bugs and Paul Giamatti are all connected...
Still a believer in that Don Coscarelli should've just made it like a four/five hour film that sticks closely to the book, though it still is ridiculously entertaining.
una de esas películas filmadas con escasos recursos ─económicos y de producción pero también técnicos y de imaginación─ pero con una premisa genial de tan deschavetada y unos actores sorprendentemente comprometidos con su material de trabajo. desde ya, una película a la que le guardo cariño. la veré incontables veces más.
John Dies at the End is one of those films that shows just what can be down with a limited budget when given to a director with some vision. The meager budget is used to create one of the most involving and bigger worlds than pretty much any 200 million dollar blockbuster. Every cent is on screen and Coscarelli knows exactly what the viewer wants and has created one of the silliest, zaniest, down right charming films ever made.
There's an awful lot going on in John Dies at the End and to try and condense it down into a paragraph would be a disservice to the film but in order to convince you to give it a chance, I'll…
Works with great ideas and
Underwhelms with them.
Not really good, but pretty fun. A bit like the book in that way.
love child of Scott Pilgrim, Hey Dude Where's My Car, and Shaun of the Dead/The Cornetto Trilogy
very very enjoyable
***EDIT (March 30, 2014)***
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