Dark Summer – Review

“”Dark Summer” Isn’t The Season Horror Fans Are Waiting For (Though It’s Still Better Than “Ouija”).” Watching Dark Summer you can tell that the filmmakers thought that they were onto something special, and I can understand why. The movie has some beautiful cinematography and is shot and edited in a manner designed to heighten atmosphere and tension. Keir Gilchrist plays […]

The Visit – Trailer

“Bedtime is at 9:30.  It’s probably best that you don’t come out of your room after that.”   Oh yeah, nothing at all eerie about that.  No reason to suspect that something’s not quite right with Grandpa and Grandma. When I heard that quote, taken verbatim from the trailer from M. Night Shyamalan’s upcoming horror […]

The Ugly Side Of Fandom

If you’ve seen videos of cosplay or the various ‘Cons’ the first thing you notice is that they feature all sorts of quirky, colorful (and often brilliant) costumes, which is why it’s understandable if you thought that that was what comic geek culture was all about (besides costumes and the–virtual–worship of certain movies and comic characters). […]

‘As Above, So Below’ Trailer

The picture on the left is from the Catacombs of Paris, which I took myself.  If you haven’t seen them, they’re worth checking out.  They’re also a bit on the morbid side, but as far as I am concerned were the primary motivator for me visiting Paris in the first place.  I was so impressed that when […]

Postmortem: The Happening (2008)

Part 1: It’s All About The Benjamins I imagine that M. Night Shyamalan, coming off the blockbuster success of 1999’s “The Sixth Sense,” thought that he literally ruled the world.  That movie, on a $40 million budget, earned almost $673 million dollars. His followup,  2000’s “Unbreakable,” cost $75 million to produce, almost doubled the cost of […]

‘Elysium’ Trailer 2

Neill Blomkamp is the Real Thing.  By which I mean he’s managed to combine social commentary and action in a fashion that doesn’t alienate either audience.  His first film, “District 9” while excellent, could have easily been a fluke. After all, it wouldn’t be the first time that a director sees a decline in their […]

‘After Earth’ Trailer

I have heard some people complain that the Smith children–Jaden and Willow in particular–are (so far) largely beneficiaries of their parents’ success. I say: So what. Hell, if my dad were, let’s say Stephen R. Donaldson (the creator of “The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant,” The Gap Saga, among many others) and he offered me the […]

‘ParaNorman’ Review

“”ParaNorman,” particularly its story, is not as innovative as its animation, though it often uses established tropes in an interesting fashion.” Chris Butler and Sam Fell‘s “ParaNorman” is an interesting film primarily for two reasons:  The first is that it’s made in stop-motion, a painstaking method of animation that involves figures built upon a metal […]