What makes "It Follows" feel like such a reinvention of modern horror… MoreWhat makes "It Follows" feel like such a reinvention of modern horror is simply it's loving attempt to rekindle the flame of classic 70s and 80s horror past. It does just that, with style and infectious synths to spare.
Unlike most current horror movies however, Director David Robert Mitchell's film has been meet with near universal praise. Maybe audiences have finally shown a demand for something different! "It Follows" is the antithesis to the house that "Paranormal Activity" built. An atmospheric, chilling thriller which strictly abides by the old moniker that "less is more," and (surprise) it most definitely is.
Also notable is young Actress Maika Monroe. She's a terrific lead who, with "The Guest" and now this film, shows all the makings of a potential go-to queen of the genre. She's great.
If there's a single issue that some may have with the picture it's that it isn't terrifying. Factoring in the amassed hype, that may be a deal breaker for the more unforgiving. Though the term is broad, "It Follows" is scary both thematically and cerebrally, and as effectively horrific in hindsight as any of the persistent urban legends you've ever heard. It gets in your blood and stays there.
One of the most satisfying pieces of entertainment we'll see all year.… MoreOne of the most satisfying pieces of entertainment we'll see all year. Works in equal measure as a giddy send up and it's own awesome, stylish spy yarn.
"Furious" is a fitting title for this, the seventh chapter in the… More"Furious" is a fitting title for this, the seventh chapter in the increasingly ridiculous "Fast" franchise. How many films can boast two hours and twenty pummeling minutes of rampant, expertly directed action, chases, and a super car jumping from one building to another at 40 stories (TWICE)? Not many. Then there's Statham, The Rock, and friggin kurt Russell for good measure. Furious indeed.
What a refreshing take on a classic tale seemingly ready to hit the… MoreWhat a refreshing take on a classic tale seemingly ready to hit the glue factory as far as cinema is concerned. Kenneth Branagh's "Cinderella" works precisely because it plays it straight as a big screen fairytale; yet one smart enough to deviate from familiarly dated tropes in just the right ways. Cinderella is a flesh and blood character due to the effervescent, sensitive performance of Lily James. A real standout and quirky screen presence. On the other side of the coin so is Prince Charming, played by Game of Thrones' Richard Madden. These are extremely likable leads that we can stand behind and root for, no matter how familiar the beats of the plot are. The supporting performances (Cate Blanchet, Helena Bonham Carter, Stellan Skarsgard among others) are fun to observe, as are the film's impeccable choices in art direction, costume design, and seamless special effects. "Cinderella" is a loving ode to storytelling past, as well as a perfect example to the kind of modern family film that can be sweet, wholesome... and yes; charming, without recycling every trick in the book or talking down to an adult audience.