Hey, if you absolutely must make a live-action adaptation of Where the Wild Things Are, letting Spike Jonze assemble an esoteric meditation on the emotional instability of a lonely eight-year-old boy is likely one of the better way to go about it. The end result, however, ends up being more interesting than good.
It'll be labeled sci-fi/horror, but I firmly believe Annihilation is a fantasy film. (Hey, it features a party of reluctant warriors who travel through an exotic, otherworldly land, fighting monsters on the way to a mysterious tower. What does that sound like to you?!) It does get scary, though. There's some serious nightmare fuel here. I just wish the characters felt like more than mere sketches.
Still, the startling imagery makes it worth catching on the big screen. Too bad…
An effective and minimalist horror flick with a great concept and an even greater synth-driven score. (And the latter isn't the only thing that will make you think of John Carpenter here.) Maika Monroe plays Jay, a bored suburban teen who has sex with her newest fling in a parked car and ends up relentlessly stalked by a methodical supernatural entity as a result. Sure, the film is a metaphor for STDs and the dangers of intimacy, but writer/director David…
There was some thought pre-release that, this being the middle section of a new trilogy, writer/director Rian Johnson would be putting a spin on saga high-point The Empire Strikes Back. Which starts out kind of true until you realize that Johnson is putting a spin on Empire AND Return of the Jedi AND still finding time to create something truly new and daring for the Star Wars universe. This is not a bridge film to Episode IX. It’s a nearly…