It’s not fair to say that Man of Steel is a boring film, or even a bad film, because it’s not. It’s an ironic film, because the action that takes over the latter third of the movie is far less engaging and powerful than the moments when we’re simply given the opportunity to learn who Superman is and what he represents.
Conor McMahon’s Irish horror comedy Stitches is pretty much exactly what you expect from a movie about a killer clown. It’s not bad, it’s not good, it’s just a mostly middling affair that has its moments and will appeal to those who don’t take their horror movies too seriously. So,
I’ve been sitting at this computer for the past hour, wracking my brain as I attempt to come up with the words to adequately describe Storage 24, the British alien flick co-written by star Noel Clarke and directed by Johannes Roberts. In the film, a young man, played by Clarke,
3 out of 5 stars For the past decade and a half, Brad Anderson has cultivated a rather impressive career in the horror genre, ingratiating himself to the throngs of genre fans with the cult hit Session 9 and the Christian Bale-fronted thriller The Machinist. The latter’s downward spiral into
As I sat through 21 & Over, written and directed by The Hangover writing team of Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, I couldn’t help but recall my own twenty-first birthday. On that warm Florida night nine years ago, I ventured to Bennigan’s with my mother, a few friends, and my
The short film “Mama,” written and directed by Andrés Muschietti, is an interesting little number. Shot almost entirely in one take, it follows two young girls as they seek to escape their home when the sinister “Mama” returns. Hindered by its short running time, “Mama” is less a vehicle for
I have been a devoted lover of the musical Les Miserables since I was about eight years old. I would often sing “The Confrontation” with my brother and sister for my grandmother (when I was nine), and have since seen it on stage twice. I know almost every song by heart, and consider it to be one of the greatest musicals ever made. Naturally, news of a film adaptation of the stage play, directed by Tom Hooper, piqued my interest, though it also exposed my bias.
An argument arose on Twitter the other day when a fellow critic and friend inquired as to whether or not he should see Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in 3D and 48fps or in standard 24fps and 2D. As is typical, everyone voiced their opinions, leading to some
One of the first scenes in Roger Michell’s Hyde Park on Hudson features Laura Linney’s Daisy giving Bill Murray’s Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s a hand-job in the seat of his modified car, away from the prying eyes of security and, perhaps more importantly, his wife Eleanor. Its awkward and humorous, yet
Quickly after The Blair Witch Project kicked off the found footage craze and blurred the line between fact and fiction, the supposed authenticity of found footage became relegated to little more than a marketing gimmick. No one believes it to be real, no matter how much you try and sell
When the earthquake hits, the gore never truly lets up, with people being crushed by giant slabs of concrete, hands being ripped off, and faces being splattered by speeding cars. Had this trend continued, sliding in a bit of humor as the group seeks to survive the night, then the film might be more than just an exercise in pushing every button possible.
With the popularity of the zombie having waned to the point where it exists primarily in the realm of pop culture obsessions and people who think it’s still somehow relevant to, well, anything, the possession film has taken the reigns as the next horror subject we’re destined to beat into
In the world of supernatural horror, it’s difficult to be scary and pay homage to your influences without giving off the appearance of ripping them off. So much has to be done right to make a legitimately frightening haunted house movie that each subsequent offering we receive, whether it be