Month: August 2015

Look Back (It Follows, 2015)

Truthfully, anytime I see hype for a horror movie as the greatest in years, I get a bit hesitant.  Because there tends to be a bunch every year.  Last year the praise was heaped on the Babadook.  Which was a decent horror film.  But… Continue Reading “Look Back (It Follows, 2015)”

He’s Gonna Be So Mad(Sinister 2, 2015)

A couple things. Firstly, I really liked Scott Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill’s 2012 Sinister.  It was eerie and ended strongly (with real tragedy).  It was a challenge to the pursuit of selfish glory and especially at the expense of the needs of your… Continue Reading “He’s Gonna Be So Mad(Sinister 2, 2015)”

It’s the Little Things (Ant-Man, 2015)

Ant-Man is the 12th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  It has been the source of multiple controversies.  It was not always meant to be a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, instead it was the pet project of Edgar Wright.  With Iron Man,… Continue Reading “It’s the Little Things (Ant-Man, 2015)”

Coasting to the End(Playing It Cool, 2014)

There is a lot about Playing Cool that makes me want to like it.  The cast (both lead and supporting) is comprised almost entirely of actors I like a lot.  The film has some nice ideas it is playing with.  It has some clever… Continue Reading “Coasting to the End(Playing It Cool, 2014)”

Fantastic Lemonade

So…I was not a fan of the the latest stab f the Fantastic Four.  And I was not alone.  But Jamie Broadnax, whose writing I respect and enjoy, has voiced an appreciation of the film. This challenged me to think about the film a bit… Continue Reading “Fantastic Lemonade”

Blahtastic (Fantastic Four, 2015)

Truthfully, the Fantastic Four reboot is exactly what I would expect from someone behind Chronicle.  Chronicle was a good film, but it was tonally dark, focused on the breakdown of family bonds and friendship.  It was dark and sad.  None of these are really… Continue Reading “Blahtastic (Fantastic Four, 2015)”

The Humor of Suffering (Tig, 2015)

Tig Notaro tends to be what I think of as a comedian’s comedian.  One of those people that seems to fly under the radar with the public, but comedian’s love.  They often are hard working comics who get opportunities on late night talk shows… Continue Reading “The Humor of Suffering (Tig, 2015)”

The Walking Amended

So, yesterday brought news that Frank Darabont “updated” his wrongful termination suit against AMC and the Walking Dead. Specifically, he has added Fear the Walking Dead (debuting August 23rd on AMC) to the suit (among other changes). For the first time, the plaintiffs have… Continue Reading “The Walking Amended”

The Painter’s Way (Drew: The Man Behind the Poster, 2013)

If you started watching movies in the early 80’s, you have seen the work of Drew Struzan.  Actually…if you listened to music in the 70’s, you probably owned his artwork on your shelf.  The documentary Drew: The Man Behind the Poster is an opportunity… Continue Reading “The Painter’s Way (Drew: The Man Behind the Poster, 2013)”

We Got It All On… (UHF, 1989)

Back in 1989, Weird Al Yankovic tried to conquer the movies.  He did not quite succeed, as this was Al’s only starring role.  UHF was low on plot, mainly a vehicle for film and television parody.  The film has maintained a cult following, and… Continue Reading “We Got It All On… (UHF, 1989)”