Zombie has always been hit and miss for me and this is definitely a miss. It borrows heavily from a number of different classics (most notably the giallo style of the first half and heavy overtones of "Rosemary's Baby") but it just doesn't work. It starts off well enough but after the 30 minute mark it goes off the rails - and not in a pleasantly surprising way. It's just an "all over the palce" kind of mess that tries to bring together too many ideas and styles.
Sheri Moon Zombie has never bothered me much in Zombie's movie's but she seems particularly bad here, completely uninteresting and sometimes it seems like she's just throwing out lines.
The movie isn't without some positives. The music and soud design are excellent as are many of the sets and I love the chemistry of the radio DJs but overall, this is a big missfire.
An interesting take on the nordic forest spirit. Writer/director Aleksander Nordaas's film offers up equal parts fantasy and thriller in a tight, efficient package. The limited location and cast are excellently utilized and I appreciate that the story isn't stretched thin for the sake of a longer running time. It clocks in at just under 80 minutes and every one of them is intense. Great trio of lead performances.
It's a little bit cheesy and not exactly new but I really enjoyed watching Julianne Moore go through the ups and down she's put through here.
Good performances, particularly from Jessica Hecht and Norbert Leo Butz who are gloriously hilarious as the Principal & VP. They play well off of eachother and the characters are perfectly matched. I only wish they had more screen time.
A marriage of "Election" and "Hamlet 2" it's not quite as smart as the first and not quite as over the top as the second but straddles the line between the two quite nicely. I laughed out loud a few times.
An entertaining mix of action adventure and story. Also looks gorgeous.
An interesting and very personal look at bipolar disorder.
Full review: www.rowthree.com/2013/05/13/dvd-review-of-two-minds/
Not every short is great but overall, the movie is successful (if a little long).
I haven't read this early Max Barry novel but it's easy to see where some of the influences for "Jennifer Government" came from. This story pits a Scat and Six (Shiloh Fernandez & Amber Heard) as a duo of marketers going up against the canniving Sneaky Pete (Kellan Lutz) in the world of energy drink marketing.
It's not as stilted as the trailer suggested, offering up a few great lines of dialogue and though it manages to be entertaining, it doesn't really offer up any insights into anything. This works because Heard is fantastic while everyone else seems to pale next to her. The voice over and fourth wall breaks start off as a point of interest but they quickly get old. Great use of animated sequences.