Dark, emotional, and way too short, Batman: Under the Red Hood stands… MoreDark, emotional, and way too short, Batman: Under the Red Hood stands as strong a film as most of the live action versions of the Dark Knight. Focusing on the Red Hood / Jason Todd storyline, Under the Red Hood is a thrill ride with great voice talents (although I miss Mark Hamill as the Joker) and solid animation.
Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes takes another household name in the… MoreMichael Bay's Platinum Dunes takes another household name in the horror genre and desecrates it with a useless, unscary, boring, overproduced, and incompetently written joke of a movie. This is the kind of film that really gives horror a bad rep, providing further proof that the only worthwhile horror movies are the ones made independent of the studio system.
Spider-Man was by no means a film that needed rebooting. But The… MoreSpider-Man was by no means a film that needed rebooting. But The Amazing Spider-Man is about on par in terms of quality; it's just a different interpretation. Director Marc Webb injects this film with his indie romantic sensibility, creating a film that is first and foremost about relationships. Andrew Garfield is a great Peter Parker and a better Spider-Man, and you couldn't find a better Gwen Stacy than Emma Stone. This origin story has just as much intelligence as it does special effects.
The next film needs to focus solely on J Jonah Jameson (J.K. Simmons).… MoreThe next film needs to focus solely on J Jonah Jameson (J.K. Simmons). He is the most entertaining element to Spider-Man 3, a film that is just filled with bland setups, predictable romantic tension, an emo Peter Parker, and the worst possible depiction of Venom - of which they never use this name. It's not just that there's too much going on. It's that none of it is interesting. A huge disappointment.
Spider-Man 2 is great fun in its action scenes and surprisingly… MoreSpider-Man 2 is great fun in its action scenes and surprisingly thoughtful in its dramatic ones. Peter Parker has to deal with balancing school, work, love life, and being a superhero and it quickly becomes too much. Comic book movies rarely venture into this territory, but Spider-Man 2 does, and emerges with a definition of what it means to be a superhero.
Spider-Man is a strong entry into the comic book cannon, and not least… MoreSpider-Man is a strong entry into the comic book cannon, and not least because it's based on my all time favourite superhero. It gives Peter Parker a great origin story. The web-slinging action scenes are awesome. Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Willem Dafoe and James Franco bring unique perspectives to their characters. Sam Raimi's unique style permeates the film and enhances the material rather detracting from it.
Blue is the Warmest Color is so much more than cheap exploitation. At… MoreBlue is the Warmest Color is so much more than cheap exploitation. At 3 hours long, it is shot predominantly in close ups, with long passages of dialogue, and is about so many things: coming of age, class differences, sexism, art, food, and of course, same sex relationships. We'll never know if its Palme D'Or win was more political than personal, but this is too beautiful and wonderful a film to be defined by its controversy alone.
When Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino team up to make a campy… MoreWhen Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino team up to make a campy B-horror movie, the result is true greatness as witnessed by From Dusk till Dawn. Chronicling the Gecko brothers on their escape into Mexico and culminating in a strip bar that is also a vampire haven, this film is the definition of cult classic, populated with memorable characters.
Prom night can be torture, and The Loved Ones takes that literally as… MoreProm night can be torture, and The Loved Ones takes that literally as Lola Stone captures Brent Mitchell and gives him a prom night he will remember, filled with hammering knives through his feet, lobotomy, cutting, and more. An incredibly intense and cringing addition to extreme horror that manages to explore many themes of teen isolation amidst all the violence.
Quite possibly the goriest film ever made by a Hollywood studio, Evil… MoreQuite possibly the goriest film ever made by a Hollywood studio, Evil Dead is a new Horror classic, a film that accomplishes the nearly impossible task of staying true to the original's roots while standing firmly on its own.