Alternate title: How The Avengers turned me around on one of the most beloved proprietors of genre franchisement of the modern age.
A daring foray into an ongoing real-world disaster, accented by some great, spooky, atmospheric imagery, doesn’t do anything more with its concepts than serve up sub-standard horror driven by amazingly bad decision-making skills.
Another week, another guest appearance on Outside the Envelope, the DearFilm podcast. Actually, it’s been more than a week. Several, in fact. But it was worth the wait, because Brian, Rick Sandlas, and myself all had a great time discussing Battleship, which I despised, as well as a bevy of other films– including Melancholia, The …
In this week’s recap of Game of Thrones: matters of honor, respectability, personal identity, and forward plot progression. Also, good, clean, healthy, romantic love. For once.
Paul Thomas Anderson has unleashed a hypnotic, attention-grabbing, evocative teaser for his latest, The Master– and if you haven’t guessed already, it really made an impression on me.
I absolutely adored this mesmerizing, eerie, and breathtakingly composed film– inasmuch as something this unsettling can be adored– and it’s all thanks to some top-drawer editing and a startlingly assured debut by Elizabeth Olsen.
If one word describes In the Loop, Armando Iannucci’s 2009 political satire, it’s almost certainly “scathing”. If two, that and “unforgiving”. Going further would only yield an entire novella of words meant to convey intense discontent or outright anger, and indeed the only declarative statement I can make about the film in the positive is …
Peter Berg’s latest offering is irredeemably terrible.
I’ve finally gotten around to catching up on the rest of ‘Girls’– a show that’s honestly just as much for men as it is for women– and I really dig it.
What do you do when you’re the person to make first contact with a highly advanced alien race from some unknown reach of the galaxy? Make room on your couch, pass the popcorn, and dig in for a movie marathon. Obviously.
My review should make it immediately, abundantly clear, but I really didn’t like Tim Burton’s latest gaudy, Gothic opus, a re-interpretation/adaptation of the 1960s/70s TV show Dark Shadows. Diehard fans who worship at the Nightmare Before Christmas director’s altar will probably find themselves quite dazzled by what he’s done here, and in fairness I think …
The Large Association of Movie Blogs’ annual awards feature is up, running, and waiting for your nominations– and I’m campaigning for your votes.