We’re introduced to Eva Khatchadourian (Tilda Swinton) when somebody throws a bucket of red paint over her car and the front of her house. We see her applying for a low-level office job, ignoring the whispers and dirty stares of everyone in the room. On her way out, a random passerby angrily yells at her and slaps her in the face. Eva barely reacts, to any of it. We wonder if she is even alive.
Sometimes, I’ll watch a movie and read the reviews that critics have given it, then think I watched a different movie. Carnage is like that. I didn’t think anything could beat Your Highness for the worst movie of 2011 until I saw this. I’m sure on paper this movie sounded like a good idea. You have a talented director who has made excellent movies before. You literally have a cast of nothing but talented actors and actresses. How can you have Roman Polanski directing Chris Waltz, Jodie Foster, John C. Reilly and Kate Winslet yet, the best you can up with is the most boring movie I have seen all year?
My Secret Santa this holiday season is none other than Jonathan MacFarlane, our resident Batman expert. And being a Batman expert he decided it would be best for me to review Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story. Receiving this film for Christmas, from Jonathan, actually stems from a debate that took place on an episode of our wildly popular podcast of the same name. Our debate was whether Walk Hard was a strong enough selection to qualify as his favorite comedy or if he should submit to me and choose a time tested comedy such as Airplane, Ghostbusters, or Country Strong. Read the rest of this entry
A friend mentioned that in her opinion Hollywood is destoying Vampires. I will second that motion, while adding that it’s the entire fiction genre that has destroyed the Iconic Vampire over the last few years. Ever since Francis Ford Coppola version of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, we have seen the Vampire swift from a being of true terror to a being misunderstood by the world because of superstition. We have seen this being, once human, struggle internally to seek that balance between supernatural being and morality. It’s plight is an extreme version of, wait for it…Redemption. Read the rest of this entry
Animated films these days basically fall into one of two categories: Disney or Pixar films of high quality, and features made by other studios that are usually of much lower quality. The success of Pixar also helped propel CGI into wide production, which now has a slew of films to its credit that are despised by critics but still rake in plenty of dough to make a profit (including Bee Movie, TMNT, and Aliens in the Attic). Occasionally, an animated feature comes along by an outside studio that is both critically and commercially successful; among them are Shrek, Howl’s Moving Castle and Kung Fu Panda.
When did vampires become a reason for guys to wear eye liner? What’s more, what the hell is the deal with the Twilight vamps sparkling in the sunlight? I am not a fan of vampire revision. I want it bloody, I want it cool. I do however enjoy the campy vamp movies. The original Buffy the Vampire Slayer, My Best Friends a Vampire, and the classic Jim Carrey film Once Bitten.