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The Borderlands 2013

THE BORDERLANDS: SLOW BURN FOUND FOOTAGE… SANS HEAT

Today, as Horror fans, we are now aware that the Found Footage format is not a fad but a film genre that is here to stay. I understand that for many the format is an acquired taste but for me it is just another way to tell Horror stories. The format has negatives and positives to overcome and to take advantage of all at the same time. Some film makers see it as a way to make a film on the cheap to get their foot in the door, while others see… Continue reading

Dark House 2014

DARK HOUSE: DECEPTIVELY INTERESTING, DISAPPOINTINGLY INCOMPLETE

At the end of the 1990′s I found myself in a discussion with a friend about how lean the decade had been in terms of Horror film production. Little did I know the resurgence that the Horror genre would make in the new millennium. This resurgence would happen in part by a world wide discovery and appreciation for the genre. Millions of global Horror film lovers growing up on American Horror exports were now coming of age and becoming Horror film makers. These new film makers were producing films in the genre they had… Continue reading

The Wrath of Vajra 2013

THE WRATH OF VAJRA: NEOCLASSIC KUNG FU CINEMA

As a child and even as an adult, I have always bought into the idea that Martial Arts films had a nugget of truth to them. The idea that if I were to train in the 36 Chambers of Shaolin like Gordon Liu, then I too could become invincible and protect the weak… or at least impress all the ladies with my Kung Fu skills. Yes, I know that cinematic Marital Arts are a romanticized or fantasized version a of the real disciplines but the advent of MMA has proven that Martial… Continue reading

I, Frankenstein 2014

I, FRANKENSTEIN: I, SUCKENSTEIN… BUT AT LEAST I’M PRETTY

In 2003 director Len Wiseman delivered unto audiences the incredibly fun and fresh for the time Underworld. The screenplay for the film was written by Len Wiseman and Kevin Grevioux and starred the lovely Kate Beckinsale as the no nonsense vampire assassin Selene. What made Underworld so interesting and fresh was that the film featured a very slick visual aesthetic and a heavy focus on action. Gone were the cinematic vampires that wore capes and hid in the shadows. Underworld’s vampires were leather wearing, gun toting and technology using badasses… Continue reading

Almost Human 2013

ALMOST HUMAN: ABSOLUTE OLD SCHOOL AWESOME!

One of the things that is so great about being a genre film fan is that one is always watching and waiting for that one film that surprises and reminds why genre film is so great. Yes, a genre film fan will watch a lot of disappointing stuff but with patience and time something very special shows up that excites and reaffirms a commitment to genre film. Those of us that are drawn to genre film material have our own various reasons why we patronize one genre or another or a variety of genre… Continue reading

Knights of Badassdom 2013

KNIGHTS OF BADASSDOM: NOT SO BADASS…

I always worry about a film’s prospects when film makers produce a Horror hybrid film that has Comedy as part of the hybrid formulation. Many would point to the success of films like Shaun of the Dead (2004) to counter my worries but films like Shaun of the Dead are the exception. These hybrids don’t normally work well… at least for me. I like my Horror films to go for “it”. I like my Horror films to focus on the Horror and not split there attention between trying to scare me and… Continue reading

V/H/S/2 2013

V/H/S/2: SEQUEL MORE CONSISTENT… AND FUN

Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez’ Horror opus, The Blair Witch Project (1999), introduced modern film goers to the format and term Found Footage. Helped by an incredible marketing campaign that put customers in the seats, The Blair Witch Project helped nurture the Horror cinema renaissance that began in late 1990′s with films like Ringu (1998) and the Japanese Horror wave. Yes, Myrick and Sanchez did not invent the Found Footage format but their film helped to cement it as a financially viable formula that could be repeated and exploited. The format began with films… Continue reading

Toad Road 2012

TOAD ROAD: THE HORROR OF BAD CHOICES

One of the best things about cinema as well as any kind of story telling is the contemplation and/or discussion that it elicits. I like to think of films as a kind of visual literature. Yes, I am comparing movies to literature because I love film as a medium and want it to have the same reverence as true literature. I am aware that film is to literature as comic books are to film. A dumbed down narrative platform simplified for easy consumption in a small window of time. I understand this but… Continue reading

The Protector 2 aka Tom Yum Goong 2 2013

THE PROTECTOR 2: CGI… THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM

Being a Martial Arts cinema fan, I rely Gordon Liu, Chang Cheh and the Venom Mob as well as Bruce Lee to get me through the 1970′s. In the 1980′s Jackie Chan and crappy Chuck Norris take over the wheel. Jackie Chan and Chuck Norris were hold overs from the 1970′s but they did not come into their own until the 1980′s. Hold over can also be used to characterize Jet Li’s rise to prominence as a Kung Fu cinema action star who’s career started in the late 1980′s but then… Continue reading

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

THE HUNGER GAMES CATCHING FIRE: THE REBELLION STRIKES BACK

When the original The Hunger Games film was released, I was skeptical about the film having not read the books. Having been numbed by the crap-fest that was the Twilight film franchise, I saw The Hunger Games as yet another attempt by the Hollywood film-eratti to nab my money with another tween-centric film franchise. I found myself sitting on the fence even longer when niece after niece did their best to convince me that the film had to be great because the books were so wonderful. Again, I had not read… Continue reading

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