June 12, 2013
Comedy, Fantasy, Horror, Movie Reviews
Craig Robinson, Danny McBride, Emma Watson, James Franco, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, Rihanna, Seth Rogen, This is the End
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James Franco, Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel and Danny McBride.
“This is the End” is a film that suffers from a serious identity crisis. On one hand, it’s a funny, winking look at celebrities coping with the apocalypse while on the other, it’s a comedy where the filmmakers threw ideas against a wall and used everything that stuck, smeared or stained.
With just a little more focus and restraint, this first-time directorial effort from Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, the writing team responsible for “Superbad” “Pineapple Express” and “The Green Hornet,” could have been a classic instead of just being unpredictably crass. More
June 4, 2013
Cinema Convo, Horror, Trailers
Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, David Morse, James Badge Dale, Matthew Fox, World War Z
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Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt at the Global Premiere of WORLD WAR Z at Leichester Square in London.
Brad Pitt and his “World War Z” co-stars came to London on Sunday for the world premiere of his new zombie film. I’m beyond fascinated by the fact that I can’t figure out who has the better hair: Pitt or girlfriend Angelina Jolie. More
May 30, 2013
Figures, Horror, Science Fiction
Aliens, Colonial Marines, Hicks, Hudson, NECA
I’m a few weeks away from being a very happy action figure collector with NECA’s release of the first series of “Aliens” figures featuring two of my favorites – Hicks and Hudson.
NECA’s sent along some shots of the figures in packaging as well as some action photos just for fun. More
April 5, 2013
Comedy, Horror, Thriller, Trailers
Charlie Sheen, Lindsay Lohan, Scary Movie 5
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Lindsay Lohan in “Scary Movie 5.”
If your life has become a joke, you may as well get paid for it, right?
That’s what looks to be the case for tabloid-regulars Charlie Sheen and Lindsay Lohan in this new clip for “Scary Movie 5.”
Don’t know about you all, but I’m not even remotely anticipating this one so with super low expectations, it could be a pleasant surprise when it comes out April 12.
February 26, 2013
Action/Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, New on DVD/Blu-Ray, Thriller
Amy Adams, Chasing Mavericks, Gerard Butler, Joaquin Phoenix, Kristen Stewart, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Robert Pattinson, Silent Hill Revelations, The Master, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2
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ROBERT PATTINSON and KRISTEN STEWART star in THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN-PART 2
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 – Some people will hate on this series just because it seems like the thing to do, but for those who can lay off the sarcasm triggers long enough, this final installment of the “Twilight:” series was a lot of fun with one of the best fake-out scenes I’ve seen in years. This also has a special release date so instead of the normal Tuesday, it’s coming out this Friday just in case you were planning on camping out in front of Best Buy or Target to get it tomorrow. More
February 15, 2013
Film Flashbacks, Horror, Movie Reviews
Jamie King, Jensen Ackles, Kerr Smith, Megan Boone, My Bloody Valentine 3D, Patrick Lussier, Todd Farmer, Zane Smith
2013 FF – Before seemingly every movie had to be in 3D, this little-appreciated horror film made great use of the gimmick. Granted, horror movies are an easy genre to utilize 3D, but this was nearly a year before “Avatar” was released and the full impact hadn’t been realized save for a few random movies like this and 2008′s “Journey to the Center of the Earth.” It’s not a classic horror film, but it has some nice scares, is surprisingly solid in following the “invincible boogeyman style” where the unstoppable foe continues hunting down unsuspecting villains and fun 3D effects. Here’s a look back: More
February 1, 2013
Comedy, Horror, Movie Reviews, Romance
John Malkovich, Jonathan Levine, Nicholas Hoult, Resident Evil, rob corddry, romeo and juliet, Teresa Palmer, The Walking Dead, Twilight, Warm Bodies
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R (Nicholas Hoult) and Julie (Teresa Palmer) in “Warm Bodies.”
I’ve reviewed movies for almost two decades now, but this will be a first for me as I’ll conditionally endorse a movie I didn’t like.
It’s unusual, but “Warm Bodies” easily fits that category as it’s about a zombie falling for a human teen girl. For those who gleefully go along with the premise, the film is surprisingly touching and hilariously funny. Those reared on a steady entertainment diet of playing “Resident Evil” video games and watching “The Walking Dead,” like me, probably can’t buy into a zombie romantic comedy. Especially when the zombie kills his crush’s boyfriend and eats his brains. That was when the film, based off Isaac Marion’s novel, with a healthy dose of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” lost me. More
January 25, 2013
Action/Adventure, Horror, Movie Reviews
Famke Janssen, Gemma Arterton, Hansel & Gretel Witch Hunters, Jeremy Renner, Peter Stormare
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Gretel (Gemma Arterton) and Hansel (Jeremy Renner) learn their next target in “Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters.”
“Hansel & Gretel Witch Hunters” is a movie a bit unsure of its identity.
At times it wants to be this snarky take on fairy tale characters with a modern twist. Then it’s this comically violent film so absurd you’ll wonder if you’re supposed to be laughing. Then occasionally, you’ll find a brainless, but fun, buddy action film with decent, if unremarkable fight scenes.
Somewhere in the midst of all this is probably an exhilarating movie you don’t need to take too serious to enjoy, but the frequent shifts in tone make it hard to do more than count the numerous ways it could have been improved. More
December 27, 2012
Horror, Movie Reviews
Anna Hutchison, Bradley Whitford, Brian White, Chris Hemsworth, Fran Kranz, jesse williams, Joss Whedon, Kristen Connolly, Richard Jenkins, Serenity, The Cabin in the Woods, Thor
[From left] Curt (Chris Hemsworth), Holden (Jesse Williams), Jules (Anna Hutchison), Marty (Fran Kranz) and Dana (Kristen Connolly) in “THE CABIN IN THE WOODS.”
One of the reasons I like horror movies is because they’re simple. They feature some evil force whether some near indestructible boogeyman finding creative ways to kill teens or some creepy curse possessing people and slowly wiping them out. It’s a good and safe formula and one that’s worked pretty well for a long time.
To paraphrase Ke$ha (and how many times do you think those words have been uttered?) horror movies are what they are. Occasionally there’s room for a horror movie with a twist ending you don’t see coming like a “Friday the 13th” or “Scream,” but since horror fans are the least demanding fans, it’s not necessary.
Director/Writer Drew Goddard (“Lost”) and co-writer Joss Whedon (“Serenity”) unite to put a new spin on the genre with “The Cabin in the Woods,” a hodgepodge of every horror cliché with a bit of reality TV thrown just for fun. More
November 30, 2012
Horror, Movie Reviews
Emma Fitzpatrick, graphic horror, Josh Stewart, Lee Tergesen, Marcus Dunstan, Patrick Melton, Saw, slasher film, The Collection, The Collector, The Dark Knight Rises
Randall Archer and Josh Stewart in Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan´s “THE COLLECTION”.
“The Collection” is a perfect marriage of two very different horror styles making for a throwback slasher film that succeeds in channeling horror fans inner child and having them think twice about sleeping without a nightlight. More