Long before Max Brooks and his ilk began the revival of zombie horror, a 1988 movie decided to take a very real look at Haitian zombies. While we mostly think of zombies as the flesh eating undead, that's not how zombies are portrayed in places like Haiti.
In our family, movies are a tradition during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. It's just a given that most of us will emerge from our turkey coma around mid-afternoon, check the football scores and then head out to the theater for a few precious hours of total escape.
My daughter and I borrowed the movie Aliens in the Attic from a friend recently, and I have to admit that the movie has some seriously funny parts. That said, it also has some seriously problematic moments—and much of it is pure groan-inducing humor, so you know your kids will love it.
Since it finally came out on DVD, I decided I would actually give the new incarnation of the Spider-Man franchise a try. I’ve always liked the Lizard as a villain so at the very least I wouldn’t be completely disappointed, right? And after the utter disaster that was Raimi’s Spider-Man 3, Marc Webb’s Amazing Spider-Man had nowhere to go but up.
Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on your life and look at what great and wonderful things are in it. For many, it's family and a good job or other loved ones. While I am thankful for those, I am also thankful for the four days of non-stop movie watching I can do while slowly digesting 30 pounds of turkey.
Is anyone in the world surprised that Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2 was the winner at the weekend box office? I didn't think so. I mean, come on people, this is the last Twilight movie after all! Still, believe it or not, some of us actually did hit the movie theaters to see other films, myself included.
Ah, the 80s. Where would crazy killer mutant alien creatures be without this glorious decade? Critters is one of those movies that isn't afraid to make fun of itself. I mean, it's hard to be scared of tiny little rolling fur balls with teeth.
The news that seems to be on everyone’s mind as of late is that concerning the acquisition of Lucasfilm by Disney and their promise that another Star Wars trilogy is on the way. Some greet this change with elation while others are a bit skeptical, albeit justifiably considering the last three Star Wars flicks and how much they physically hurt to watch. But the potential for Disney to turn out some great stuff
James Bond fans, guess what? I've got excellent news about Skyfall, the 23rd installment in the Bond film franchise. Not only is it a fantastic, fast-paced movie, it's also one of the best Bond movies I've seen in decades.
The 80s really were the heyday of R-movies since cable and video rental allowed lower budget movies to be seen by a large audience. Charles Band created an amazing series called Trancers that starred Tim Thomerson as Jack Deth.
I am, and always will be, a huge Battlestar Galactica fan. When I was a young kid, I watched the original series. And when it came back in its latest incarnation, I eagerly devoured every episode as they aired on television. So when I heard that they were doing a prequel movie, I was a very happy man indeed. And now that Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome is finally here, I am even happier.
When my husband and I watched The Clash of the Titans, we weren’t all that impressed. The effects were pretty cool, but the acting and plot were pretty much crap, and neither of us care for the blue cat guy, Sam Worthington. As fans of both Ralph Fiennes and Liam Neeson, we were a little disappointed, but overall okay with the mediocre film.
Many had predicted that Disney's Wreck-It Ralph would do very well in it's debut weekend, but I'm not sure anyone realized just how well the animated feature would do. Not only did Wreck-It Ralph win the top spot at the box office over the weekend, it shattered Disney's own records.
We had the pleasure of seeing Wreck-It Ralph, and I can tell you, this movie is a sheer delight! It's so much fun, so retro and for any of us who grew up playing those classic 1980s video games, it's a trip down memory lane, too. See this one folks, it's fantastic!
There was a time when the only place to watch an uncut R-rated movie was at the movies. When cable reared its head, suddenly we could watch R-movies on television, but they were mostly rehashed moves from the theater.
The theater is nearly devoid of R-movies these days, but streaming sites like Netflix have a treasure trove of moves that you've likely never even heard of. I admit that when I first started with Netflix, I stuck pretty close to that main page. They have a bevy of choices that they think I'll like and they were generally right.
Seeing this poster, you have to know how excited I was. Could this be some kind of Wicked adaptation? Would we get a Disney version of the Wicked Witch of the West? I didn’t care; I was just so excited. Oz was my very first fantasy experience, and it launched a lifetime love of paranormal interests, fantasy books, comics, even horror. Anything about it gets me excited.
But then, I realized that the title didn’t mean Oz as in the land of Oz, but the wizard himself. If you doubt this, just watch the horrid trailer above. Sure, there are some fun looking creatures, a couple of witches, and other interesting tidbits—but the majority of the trailer focuses on the fake wizard who lands himself in Oz and his stupid back story. Huzzah.
Quizzically staring at the blue screen, I could not stop wondering why. Why had I believed I would like this film? Sure, it starred a couple of people I like—Emily Blunt and Jason Segel—and it seemed like an entertaining notion enough, but I don’t normally like rom-coms in the first place. What was it that hooked me in and raised my expectations?
Oh, yes. The association with Bridesmaids. I suppose anything that’s associated with the funniest movie ever made—a movie that finally gets being female and surrounds female friendships rather than the whole “getting the boy” syndrome—is bound to get my attention.
It was a poor association, even if made by the same folks, because The Five Year Engagement was not engaging at all. It was annoying, sometimes gross, and more depressing than anything else. Blunt, typically a seemingly smart young woman, was made to appear quite stupid a few times in the film, while Segel’s character was so one-dimensional—and later, so bland and pathetic that you wonder why they are together in the first place—that it made my eyes burn to watch them. They had more chemistry in Gulliver’s Travels, for Pete's sake! Forget humor, forget romance; there was just this sort of hopelessness that makes you want to turn off the DVD player. I wish that I had.
Going Postal is one more chapter in the history and strange goings on that occur in Terry Pratchett’s mythical city of Ankh-Morpork. Though this one doesn’t feature Death as a character (my favorite by far), it does manage to tell a fun story that entertains. The movie shows up under the kids’ queue on Netflix, but it’s more complicated than being just another kids’ movie and at times it can even be quite dark.