Random Brain Spew for the Force Awakens 5

This is pretty much nothing but spoilers, so if you haven’t seen the movie, fuck off until you have. Or don’t complain to me about getting spoiled.

[Movie] Victor Frankenstein 1

I’ve been curious about this film ever since the first trailer made my friend David Annandale‘s soul shrivel up into a black little cinder of pain. To me it seemed to be trying to hit a lot of similar notes to the Guy Ritchie Sherlock Holmes movies. Which I actually like. I was right, by ...

[Movie] Secret in Their Eyes 7

The first movie I thought about when I got out of Secret in Their Eyes was Prisoners, interestingly enough. I think because Secret in Their Eyes is the movie Prisoners kind of wanted to be–a story about the destructive power of revenge without getting sidetracked by an unnecessarily convoluted mystery investigation. The movie jumps between 2002 and ...

5 Indie speculative films you should watch, no excuses 5

All (except one, sadly) of these are Hugo Eligible in 2016. Just sayin’. And you literally have no excuse to not watch them. They are available online, streaming, for less than the price of a movie ticket. Links are to the trailers on youtube. **I cannot speak for availability outside the US. Input from readers in ...

[Movie] Crimson Peak: Love and Monsters 29

Buckle in, kids. I have thoughts. First, a generally spoiler free quick review. (The spoilers will be coming hard and fast later, never you fear.) I’ve seen this movie twice now, and I like it more on second viewing than I did the first time around. Which is to say that I enjoyed it enough ...

Initial thoughts about Crimson Peak 2

It’s late and I’m tired, but I did get to see this movie today. I also definitely want to see it again, so I can properly take notes and pay attention to the details more this time around. I think I’ve seen on Twitter, some back and forth over if Crimson Peak is a horror movie or ...

[Movie] Cooties

I think Cooties was either written by an elementary school teacher, or written by someone who is good friends with one. I don’t necessarily say this because of the basic concept of kids turning into flesh-eating zombies after eating tainted chicken nuggets that are a plain call back to the pink slime scare.  And it’s not ...

[Movie] Mr. Holmes 1

I have been incredibly excited about this movie ever since I heard about it. Sir Ian McKellen, playing an aging Sherlock Holmes? Goodness, yes. You don’t even need to be a giant fan of the detective to want to see that. There’s a lot to like about the movie. McKellen is every bit as wonderful ...

[Movie] It Follows

[Movie] It Follows
Whoops, I thought I’d written something about this movie already. Then I realized that I was probably thinking about the extensive discussion I had with Shaun Duke and David Annandale on the Totally Pretentious podcast. If listening to podcasts is a thing you do and you don’t mind spoilers, I definitely recommend that discussion to you. ...

[Movie] Hitman: Agent 47. Not as bad as you’d expect.

It says volumes about this movie that the praise I can give it is, it’s not as bad as you’d expect. Actually, I think it might edge a toe toward good territory, depending on the criteria you’re using to judge if something is good or not. Action sequences, explosions, a white dude with a decent ...