TICKLED is a documentary uniquely designed to subvert the expectations of its viewers. It begins with a lighthearted, almost whimsical premise – David Farrier, an entertainment journalist in New Zealand, stumbles across videos online that showcase “competitive endurance tickling”. It seems almost too bizarre to be real, and so Farrier decides to write a story on the “sport”. But when his request for an interview with a representative from Jane O’Brien Media (the source of the tickling videos) is declined,…
A comedy/horror film is a rare hybrid, but when they work – they’re incredibly enjoyable. TUCKER & DALE VS. EVIL is one such film. It’s got plenty of blood and scares, but it’s also self-aware and surprisingly cute. The film feels fresh, and it makes great use of tired horror tropes to elicit some big laughs. It’s certainly not perfect, but it is a fun ride.
Read the rest of my review at The Film Legacy: thefilmlegacy.com/2018/03/05/tucker-dale-vs-evil/
THE GREATEST SHOWMAN is a musical that tells the story of how the ambitious P.T. Barnum (Hugh Jackman) created the Barnum & Bailey Circus. As Barnum works against all odds to get his circus off the ground, he teams up with Phillip Carlyle (Zac Efron) to help his show appeal to the upper class. The film certainly takes some creative liberties with the actual story, but I didn’t have any problems with that. It’s a musical – creative liberties are expected.…
One of the freshest aspects of the SAW franchise is that the films were an annual tradition. The films were intricately connected, feeling more like a serialized television show than a film franchise. But it was also that connection that eventually led to the downfall of the franchise – mired in its own continuity and bloodlust. It took seven years for a new sequel to be created. For a series that had most of its loose ends wrapped up so…