Thursday, May 28, 2015

It Follows (David Robert Mitchell, 2014)

It shows

David Robert Mitchell's take on the horror genre is hardly that of a veteran, and easily the best thing about his sophomore feature effort (his first being a coming-of-age comedy). He's serious about teens, treats them as people worthy of attention and even trust, and in the lower-middle-class suburban neighborhoods of Detroit has found an evocatively memorable landscape for them to inhabit. If anything, perhaps the least interesting element in Mitchell's film is the horror, the ostensible selling point

Monday, May 25, 2015

Tomorrowland (Brad Bird, 2015)

Tomorrow belongs to me

Talk about optimists: Brad Bird's Tomorrowland was done for a largish $190 million, the makers hoping to make around twice that amount back--despite so-so reviews and a less-than-stellar first weekend

I know the question on your mind though ("Screw the money figures, what about the movie itself?").

Friday, May 22, 2015

Mad Max: Fury Road (George Miller, 2015) and the arguably greatest film ever made


Hell hath no Furi
 
In the beginning was the word.

And the word was Max. 

And Max's creator--George Miller, MD--cut his first feature film on a kitchen table. 

And the film was a hit, all frantic action and blaring trumpets and bug-eyed skulls hurtling at the big screen.

A bigger-budgeted sequel was done, with postapocalyptic dune buggies chasing a spike-crowned Mack truck, to the strains of Brian May's mythmaking music.

And Miller saw that it was good--maybe great. Definitely better than anything infidel Steven Spielberg has made, is making, will ever make.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Campanadas a medianoche (Chimes at Midnight, Orson Welles, 1965)



On the occasion of its May 15 at 8 pm Eastern TCM premiere, an old post

Also part of the Shakespeare blogathon

(Note: plot discussed in close detail--but at 450 years old and counting, is anyone still unfamiliar with the story?)

Bigger than life

What to say about this film? I first saw it on a pirated VHS tape I'd rented in New York back in 1991 (the tape startled me; I had no idea pirated tapes still existed in the USA), and despite the video snow, unstable vertical, wretched sound (not that the actual soundtrack was a model of clarity), thought it was the most amazing thing I'd ever seen. Haunted Theater 80 at St. Marks for the longest time, because I'd been told they have screened it before and might again, but it never showed up. Finally had a chance to see it on the big screen (in Detroit of all places!) in a cafe-style arthouse theater while served coffee and sandwiches. There were two screenings, and I went to both; had no reason to change my opinion.


Thursday, May 07, 2015

Unfriended (Leo Gabriadze, 2015)



 
Unimpressed

TC: OMG! Did u c Unfriended?

NV: Yes

TC: OMG! Wasnt it scary? LOL!

NV: It was all right

TC: WTF?!!! I near crpped in my pants!

NV: It was all right

TC: CMON! U DINT LIKE IT? 

NV: I didn't not like it, just liked it okay

TC: So wats wrong wid it?
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