BATTLE: LOS ANGELES

March 30, 2011 1 comment

3 / 5

When formulating an opinion on postapocalyptic/alien invasion movies it’s important to consider their relevance and overall strength within the genre– not just their acknowledgement from high-horsed critics and overall box office success. Inside the genre Battle: Los Angeles hits, outside it fails miserably. The biggest downfall of this movie are some of its directorial decisions. While it could be interpreted as helping add a parallel to the pandemonium going on in the movie it might make sense, but the shaky camera approach seems to be most prevalent during scenes of unimportance and little action.  If you are someone who is willing to set aside their criticisms and come along for the ride you will most certainly enjoy this movie.

PAUL

March 30, 2011 Leave a comment

3 / 5

Comedies these days need to be laugh-out-loud funny, and often. While Paul had its moments and is a fun overall ride it refused to produce any of the belly-busting laughter people look to get out of your average comedy release. It succeeds nicely as a caper-filled road trip movie and attracts some colorful characters along the way– even making references to some past “Extra Terrestrial” movies.  Comedy duo Simon Pegg and Nick Frost once again prove they have the potential to make another big hit like “Shaun of the Dead,” but fall short in this instance on what seemed to be an ideal opportunity.

ENSLAVED: ODYSSEY TO THE WEST

March 16, 2011 Leave a comment

4 / 5

Post-apocalyptic worlds aren’t anything new to video games. If you track releases back over the past three to four years with the plot device in mind their would be a lot to count, especially the inclusion of releases and upcoming releases in 2011. While the genre is considered common game developers have succeeded in creating games that maintain a true identity and are still enjoyable, without success based solely on the popularity of the genre. Ninja Theory follows up their 2007  release of Heavenly Sword with Enslaved: Odyssey to the West. The game play is reminiscent of Heavenly Sword and is without doubt the games strong point–attack mechanics are smooth and intuitive and scaling buildings and jumping from one beam to the next before it begins to crumble before your eyes brings back exciting moments from a first play through of Uncharted 2. The post-apocalyptic New York City setting is beyond over-done but the game did a nice job of not straying too far from its aforementioned strengths. With a lot of post-apocalyptic games slated for release this year, there is no question that the genre will be left with few original approaches to carry on strong down the road.

THE RITE

February 6, 2011 1 comment

1 / 5

Only people with attention disorders could possibly see past the fact that this movie goes nowhere at a relatively quick rate. The Rite, besides falling extremely short of being considered a good movie in any possible way, created a sizeable rift in the stretch of well-executed exorcist films. Though some may feel differently about the “Exorcism of Emily Rose” approach, or the controversial success of “The Last Exorcism,” they were strong in their originality and didn’t unanimously create argument over the sub-genre wearing thin. The set up seemed like it could be promising up until an ever-lasting flat-line where the movie starts to become relentlessly repetitive.

THE LAST EXORCISM

January 20, 2011 1 comment

3 / 5

The Last Exorcism does more than just satisfy through a series of thrills and periodic blood-spatterings. A film whose most important character is almost without question the region of Louisiana in which the events take place, The Last Exorcism also offers a satisfying glimpse into the world of show-man priests; priests who are simply doing that and that alone, putting on a show.  The act of exorcising demons and evil spirits certainly isn’t new to the horror movie genre and the Last Exorcism provides some interesting and original insight into the exorcism practice without being the first to spoil the streak of well-executed approaches.

Exit Through the Gift Shop

January 10, 2011 1 comment

5 / 5

Whether or not you think Mr. Brainwash is a hoax shouldn’t take away from the fact that this is an awesome film; in fact, the hoax talk should grant it even more praise. Exit Through the Gift Shop offers a first-hand glimpse into the tight-knit yet ever-intriguing world of street art through the lens of Thierry Guetta, a video enthusiast whose adventures with his camera ultimately lead him to meeting the elusive street artist known only as Banksy. The film not only highlights Guettas passion for film-making but his growing interest into the mythos behind the underground street-art scene; a scene that thrives through its’ anonymity.

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THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL

January 10, 2011 Leave a comment

 4 / 5

A stylistically directed film — mixed with convincing period-oriented wardrobe and props that make the film feel like more of a horror movie from the 1980’s — a time when horror movies were significantly more suggestive in their horrors than the much too frequent over-the-top approach that has plagued so many films of late. The film also maintains a steady, lingering sense of eeriness throughout its’ 90-minute run time that satisfyingly escalates through the films climactic conclusion; a conclusion which, fortunately, isn’t easy to see coming. While John Carpenter showed us what Michael Meyers was capable of doing to babysitters, writer/director Ti West approaches the challenge with confidence when Samantha, a local college student, answers an ad for a babysitter.