The last movie I reviewed, Calvary, was a pretty good film, despite a lack of balance between dramatic and comedy elements. I mention it because I think that I found a movie that gets it right. Gerald Johnstone‘s Housebound revolves around a woman (the aptly named Morgana O’Reilly) as Kylie Bucknell, the partner of a not-too-competent criminal who’s caught while failing to rob an ATM.
I assume that she’s considered to be be just an accomplice, a first offender, or perhaps she’s underage because instead of going to prison she has to stay with her mother in the boonies, and wear one of those electronic anklets that inform the police if she leaves the residence.
And Kylie hates living with her mum, who appears a bit daft, though it appears that that’s the least of her problems. The house seems to be haunted (her parents, for whatever reason, didn’t pick up on the signs, such as lights that go on and off for no apparent reason, doors that open without the presence of a draft or a person on the other side, etc) by a ghost with murderous intent.
As I said, it looks like fun because it’s all about balancing the humor with the horror.
Tusk comes courtesy of Kevin Smith, a director that I find more interesting as a media personality than as a director. The last film of his I saw, Red State, I recall being disappointed over because it advertised itself as one thing–a horror film–when it was actually quite another–essentially a thriller about religious zealots.
His most recent effort appears to be vaguely similar to Stephen King’s Misery, in that someone (Justin Long) is held captive by a nutcase, though in this case it seems that the protagonist is less interested in breaking bones than changing the very form of his captive.
Into a walrus, by surgical means, if the trailer is at all accurate.
Looks like fun.
You don’t watch a movie called Hot Tub Time Machine expecting any sort of high-brow humor–and if you did it’s all on you because there wasn’t any be found–but what you did get was three actors thrown in the pretty bizarre situation, and their idiosyncratic ways of coping and adapting.
When you think about it, it could actually be the Citizen Kane of hot tub time machine movies.
The first time around apparently appealed to more people than just me, because Lou (Rob Corddry), Nick (Craig Robinson) and Jacob (Clark Duke, which can’t be the name he was born with) are back in Hot Tub Time Machine 2.
This time around it seems that the guys have, predictably, fraked up the future. This really bothers someone (whom I am willing to bet is either Nick or Jacob), who then attempts to kill Lou. Nick and Jacob get Lou back into the time machine, and attempt to stop the would-be killer.
It goes without saying that they bring their own special brand of incompetence to the proceedings.
I haven’t heard of this before it turning up in my Twitter account, but for my money anything done in a Mike Mignola-style (or perhaps done by Mignola himself) is pretty awesome.
I found this interview with Steven DeKnight, the showrunner for Netfilix’s upcoming series based on Marvel’s Daredevil, on Superherohype. He actually give very little away, but does say that the series takes place in the 1970’s and that Vincent D’Onofrio is a really scary Kingpin.
He also mentions that things are going really well, though I suspect that he could be making the next Heaven’s Gate, and he would probably say the same thing.
There may be more Guardians of the Galaxy trailers coming, but seeing that the movie is coming out in a bit less than two weeks, this is the last one (unless a new one has something more interesting to reveal) that I intend to post. The reason being, as far as I am concerned they’re just preaching to the converted.
This trailer revolves around the coming together Peter Quill/Star Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket & Groot, the beings that will come to be known as the Guardians of the Galaxy. They meet in the intergalactic prison known as the Kyln (an awesome name, by the way), though if the trailer is at all accurate, they won’t be there long.
The movie looks awesome and early reviews are positively glowing, so unless all of the sudden everything goes off the rails, I am expecting it to be pretty awesome.
In the TV Spot No. 17, from Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy you see a bit more of Groot and his relationship to Rocket. Though what interested me most about the trailer is the way Rocket speaks. He says: “Yes, you did, I just saw you do-ing it. Why you ly-ing.”
And he sounds awfully ethnic, in fact, Hispanic. Since Rocket is voiced by Bradley Cooper it’s seems unlikely that’s the feel he was going for; but don’t take my word for it, listen around the 0:04 mark.
It’s an odd bit of voice work.
I enjoy horror and science fiction movies, primarily, but they’re not the only type that I enjoy. For instance, John Schlesinger’s Marathon Man, Sydney Pollack’s Three Days of the Condor, George Roy Hill’s Slap Shot and Robert Altman’s M.A.S.H are four films that I hold in particularly high esteem.
Which is primarily because they’re so different than what I typically view, which gives me a greater appreciation for them, as well as the movies that I watch more often.
Which is why I the last movie that I saw was Boyhood. It’s not something that I would normally seek out, but was rewarding in its own way.
The same thing applies to John Michael McDonagh‘s Calvary. I missed his last film, The Guard, so I want to make sure that I catch his latest.
And what better way than at an Advance Movie Screening!
I don’t get this movie. There’s a small town, heinous crimes involving young women and someone played by Daniel Radcliffe growing horns. Horns was written by Joe Hill, who happens to be the son of Stephen King. He’s probably not as prolific as his dad (which means that he’ll produce a full-length novel only every other week).
What’s in the movie’s favor is that it was directed by Alexandre Aja, who did High Tension, the reboot of The Hills Have Eyes (awesome movie, for my money the most wholesome horror film I have ever seen. I’d make it mandatory family viewing) and Mirrors.
If anyone had asked me if a movie about a twister being turned into a shark-delivery system was a good idea, I’d humor them a bit before I said: “A twister full of sharks?! That’s the dumbest idea I have ever heard of!”
“Now get out of my office!”
Which would have, in hindsight, been the wrong approach entirely because the original Sharknado somehow was able to overcome the dopiness of a pretty silly concept to become a genuine phenomenon.
Cheesy special effects, terrible acting and a dumb premise. Not traditionally the stuff hits are made from.