Horror movies aren’t made like they used to be. I don’t think that saying that means that I want modern filmmakers to repeat the past, but rather that I’d like them to stop repeating the present. Most horror films today are very dependent upon the gore and jump scares thrown in to “surprise” the audience, but the filmmakers fail to realize that after a handful of movie like this, the effect of these methods wears off. My favorite horror films are the ones from the 70s and 80s, when the genre was starting to be pushed to limits that it never was in the past. One of the movies from this era that did a fantastic job capturing the true essence of horror was Stanley Kubrik’s classic, The Shining. Continue reading The Shining Movie Review
Those of you who know me well probably figured that it was only a matter of time before I reviewed this movie. Before summer 2012, I wasn’t even aware that there was a movie called “Aliens”. I just assumed that every single sci-fi sequel that wasn’t part of a pre-determined trilogy was just a cheap way to cash in on the success of a legendary movie, especially in the case of films with different writers and directors than the original. When I heard that Alien had a sequel, I assumed that it must have been no better than movies such as The Fly II or Die Hard 2. However, when I googled the movie, I found out that it received great critical acclaim upon its release, and that some fans even prefer it over the original. How could it be that this sequel, released seven years after the original film, could follow a movie that many consider to be the greatest sci-fi horror film ever made? Continue reading Aliens Movie Review
In addition to reviews of newer films, I’d also like to do reviews of older movies that I’m now catching up on because I never saw them growing up. Some of these are classic films such as Citizen Kane, others are cult classics that I simply hadn’t heard of until I got more into cinema, and the remainder are films that were recommended to me by either friends, websites, or “best of” lists online. I thought that I would start this series of “retro reviews” by summing up my thoughts on Point Break, one of the films that put Academy Award-winning director Kathryn Bigelow on the map. Continue reading Point Break Movie Review
Occasionally, there are films that are ill-received by both critics and viewers alike that are unfairly judged at the time of their release. John Carpenter’s The Thing, which originally opened to scathing reviews, is now considered a horror classic. The Boondock Saints was also hated by professional critics, yet soon achieved a cult status and is now adored by a major fanbase worldwide. This causes me to wonder, is X-Men: The Last Stand actually a much better film than we all thought it was when we first saw it in 2006?
Simply put, no. X-Men: The Last Stand is still as bad as it has ever been. However, it does have a few redeeming qualities to it. Continue reading X-Men: The Last Stand Movie Review