Humanity’s soul must be shaken to its very depths, frightened by unfathomable and seemingly senseless crimes. Crimes that benefit no one, whose only objective is to inspire fear and terror.
Fritz Lang returns eleven years later with a sequel to his four and a half hour silent film crime epic Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler. Calling it a crime film doesn't even properly describe it as the 1922 film defies even modern day conventions of what constitutes that genre.…
African vampires don't like Chinese blood.
-Asian Hawk/Jackie Condor
My first time revisiting this film in over a decade and my first time viewing the original cut with it's Cantonese audio. Incredibly it lived up to my fond memories of it's slapstick take on Indiana Jones with martial arts film making sensibilities.
The film was made five years after the original, but more importantly Jackie Chan had the chance to direct four other films during that period and the gained…
When you're born in the gutter you end up in the port.
A long time ago, in a movie theater far far away, the only film I had seen from director Jean-Pierre Jeunet was Alien: Resurrection. It didn't exactly ignite a desire in me to pursue anything in his filmography. Although my opinion on the director was dramatically changed after seeing Amélie for obvious reasons, it took over 15 years for me to finally see what I believe is…
I AM SPETZNAS!
A by the numbers action film that is unique in the fact that it's a Rambo II clone with the twist being that the United States is replaced with Russia and of course has the only logical choice cast for a "Russian Rambo" in Dolph Lundgren. Everything possibly memorable about the film was mentioned in the previous sentence.
This is stupid.
This is the result of aspiring film makers using Robert Rodriguez's book, Rebel Without a Crew, as a film making bible. The Rogriguez and Quentin Tarantino inspirations, or adulation, is in your face and anything but subtle. Now I don't think the end result is actually a good film, but I find it hard to shit on the directors knowing how they got to it.
I've known many women, but with you, I'm afraid.
-James Addison Reavis
Inspired by the true story of James Reavis, even though the film is about a man that spends years on ONE ultimate scheme to falsely claim ALL of Arizona that involves using an orphaned child, joining a monastery, gypsies, romancing a wife of an aristocrat and inventing a baronhood this still ends up as the most straight forward and "normal" film I've ever seen from director Samuel Fuller.…
Home. Family. Future.
DotPotA is a not only rare for a summer blockbuster in that it has heart and intelligence, but it's also incredibly rare for a rebooted franchise in what it pulls off, not the least of which is that it almost makes everyone forget Tim Burton's Planet of the Apes remake.
Let me tell you the part I'm having a hard time with: ALL OF IT!
Michael J. Gallagher makes his feature film directorial debut by giving us an old school horror throwback. He takes a modern day twist on Candyman and gives us a generic 90s slasher film in 2012 complete with predictable twists and a cast of Abercrombie & Fitch rejects.
He made it possible for a bigger audience, a wider audience, to appreciate cinema as an art form because he really loved films.
Roger Ebert was my favorite movie critic, like so many others, not because I always agreed with him but because I felt like I knew him through his writing. Often he could even write a negative review and I'd come away from it knowing that I'd actually like the film, because by that point I…
Let's go bag ourselves a Dingwhopper!
Roger Corman films from the 70s and 80s were a special breed. I don't even think their the same breed as the films from the 60s as there were some serious (yet cheap) attempts at horror mostly back then, entering the 1970s Corman went full on exploitation film maker. There's no greater example (although not the ONLY great example) then Forbidden World.
You don't need to wonder much while watching the film…
You made a new enemy today.
The insane martial arts action of The Raid: Redemption breaks out of the confines of it's condemned apartment building to end up in an Indonesian gangster film. Friends know I'm a sucker for either individually, martial arts films or gangster movies, but this? I won't lie, I'm the proverbial "pig in shit" right here.
Freed from the confines of that dreaded building director Gareth Evans brings the chaotic action last seen in The…
Worry is just meditating on shit.
Decent performances, decent production value and decent directing don't add up to much when you're film about addiction has no consequences for it's main character if he falls off the wagon. Mark Ruffalo is Adam, a very successful professional (his character is so bland I don't even remember what he does) New Yorker who is a 5 year sober sex addict. The problem is that if he strays and goes back to his…