Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Tremors Franchise Ranked

Tremors Bloodline is now among us and i was stoked to sit back and eat some pizza and feel like a kid again watching a new Tremors. Let us take a quick look back at the series.

1. Tremors
This is a fun ass monster flick, rednecks vs giant worms, cheesy humor, shit blowing up, Kevin Bacon. I grew up with this flick and loved it, it still hold up, it is by no means a great film but it is a super fun one.

2. Tremors 2
It tries to one up the monsters of the first(and kind of does with evolution or spawns) but just feels like a STV 90s horror flick. It is still loads of fun, especially the last half.

3. Tremors 5
I really dug this, Burt was brought back and is hardened, but has more of an emotional core at the same time. The monsters are a bit more in line with the sequels but it has decent amounts of gore & humor that is just fine for a flick like this.

4. Tremors 3
It kind of lost it's heart with this one, and is kind of dull until the last act.

5. Tremors 4
THis is a boring ass flick for the most part, even the Tremor scenes make you yawn at times. It has Back to the Future 3 syndrome, the western aspect sucks, and i love westerns!

Monday, October 5, 2015

Rick & Morty season 2

Rick & Morty had an awesome first season but season 2 they knew their audience was rabid and they gave them what they wanted. Dan Harmon is brilliant, take everything you love about Community, put it in animated form, throw it sci fi, outer space, other dimensions & horror and you have Rick & Morty. The season premier is a straight up continuation of the end of season 1, they run with character traits for characters not as shown in season 1 and make them some of the best parts(Jerry), new characters are introduced in huge amounts in every episode, this show because of that has a Simpsons or South Park universe going on in it. Season 1 was the blue print, season 2 was the execution, season 3 will be the best shit we have seen!

Friday, October 2, 2015

The Martian

In 2012 Ridley Scott brought us Prometheus, a film many hated, a film i loved, since then we have seen two major "lost in space" films, Gravity & Interstellar. Gravity from Alfonso Cuaron was underwhelming for me, i LOVE Children of Men and waited for his follow up to be another masterpiece, i thought Gravity was solid but nothing great. Hell i even thought Halle Berry was the star of it earlier, i forgot that much of it, Berry was the star of the dull show Extant that seemed to be made in response to Gravity. Christopher Nolan's Interstellar was another film that i thought was greatly made but underwhelmed me, i love his films, namely Memento, Batman Begins, the Dark Knight & Inception and i wanted this to be amazeballs, it was well made but nothing i would want to watch again & again. None of these films are 2001 a Space Odyssey, only thing that comes close is Moon, hell Christmas on Mars & the American Astronaut are ones i prefer more but now Scott is back, back in space where he belongs. I am a fan of his work but i don't get excited for a film just because it has his name on it, i see his films and i love the Alien series, so i was stoked for Prometheus. I love Blade Runner, i think Legend & Hannibal are great, pretty much i am a huge fan of his genre work, his other films are hit & miss, so is the Martian another damn fine genre film? Yes it is, and since i didn't have the overhype that i did for Gravity & Interstellar, i was able to enjoy it a hell of alot more. It is a human story that gives time to Matt Damon on Mars, his crew on their ship, and the folks at Nasa on Earth. This might be Scott's best in recent memory, i highly enjoyed it.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Halloween Franchise Ranked

Since this is the ever of October, i thought i would go back and rank the Halloween franchise.

1. John Carpenter's Halloween
This is on my top five favorite films of all time, hell last year i watched it four times last October. It is not just a great horror film but a great film, a film directed by my all time favorite director. The film may not have been the first slasher but it laid the foundation of what we all know the slasher sub genre to be. It didn't just have slasher acting, it had genuine good acting, it is well crafted and has one of the best scores around.

2. Halloween 2
I love this film, it  picks up right where the first left off, and has one of the best kick off lines of all time, "you don't know what death is". Some say it is too post Halloween slasher esque, which is just silly, this film still predates many of the 80's slashers, sure it upped Michael's intensity but that is what slasher flicks do. Now sure the sister subplot may not be the best but atleast they don't delve oo much into the family or origins....wait a minute

3. H20
....wait a minute is right, before we get to families and origins let us look at the end of a perfect trilogy, I am a fan of this being the trilogy, i love the use of Mr. Sandman, i love the inside jokes throughout, plenty of great lines & gags for us hardcore Halloween fans.

4. Halloween 3
Yes i will put this before those others aswell, i love the plot, the vibe, and Tom Atkins. Too many seem to hate it for being Michael less but pretend it is its own film(semi ironic since i am not for this list, but shh it, tis my blog, my rules) .

5. Halloween 4
I hate the characters in this film but i love the kills.....

6. Halloween 5
......see above. I want them to die, they do, we celebrate, but fuck it i still love these two. Why? Grew up with them, and they resemble what slashers became.

7. Halloween 6
I hate the plot of this film but if i had to choose between this and 8, i would choose this.

8. Halloween 8
I no longer hate this film but much like 6, i hate the plot, but the kills are not bad.

9. Rob Zombie's Halloween
Yeah i am including the remakes, if only because this franchise has many different possible timelines anyhow so why not. As for the film, the dialogue is awful, the film feels forced and is way too mean spirited but i respect it for trying to be different. Plus it has the hottest line up of chicks in all the films for my money.

10. RZ's Halloween 2
Sigh, i hated it in  theatres, borrowed a friends copy when it came out, hated it more, So now i re watched it again....ugh, this is a terrible film. Laurie became a forced character, vegeterian, Charles Manson poster, unwashed hair, haning with some hot topic bimbos but at a local coffee chain(not that there is anything wrong with these things, just felt out of place). Her constant drinking and screaming was awful too, i loathe the white horse & the surreal moments, i should like them, i like weird and surreal but here, it also feels forced, RZ doesn't do art house too well. It is different sure, but fuck, at what cost?

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Black Mass

Much like David O Russell's American Hustle this is a film that resembles a Scorsese film, but without as much of the Russell/Scorsese film touches. It would play well as a double bill with The Departed, Johnny Depp's Whitey Bulger at times resembles Jack Nicholson's Frank Costello, and the irsh mob aspects easily bring up parallels. He lives by a code of honor however his temper gets the best of his quite often and he takes out folks without a second thought and will screw over his peers like they are nothing, he is a mob boss that is not afraid to get his hands dirty. The whole entire cast is great, especially Joel Edgerton, plus it was great to see Adam Scott in a different genre than we are used to. Some bit parts like Peter Sarsgaard serve their purpose, others like Juno Temple make you wonder if the casting was done as bait & switch to make you think they would have a bigger part before they meet their fate. It is a great crime film and Scott Cooper keeps getting better & better, Crazy Heart was solid but an actors film, Into the Furnace was also an actors film but he improved his technique, this is obviously an actors film aswell but he has upped his game greatly.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Burying the Ex

This is easily Joe Dante's best film in years, much more in tone with his films of the 80s, funny and gory. It is basicaly a nerds dream and nightmare all in one, you are boning a hot chick but she is an organic food, clean living uber heavy handed bitch. You try to dump her but ahe dies, even though you should be with the hot ice cream girl that knows about monster cereal. Well you get sad andget over it by going to a double bill, and there you run into the hot cool girl. How many of us would love to leave a midnight movie and meet a cool chick? All of us. This film celebrates what makes us, us.....film and Joe Dante is all over that. Those that know his work or know about the man know he is a cinephile through and through, and this film celebrates b movies all the way.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Maze Runner 2

So the first Maze Runner was your basic run of the mill young adult fiction adaptation, Hunger Games light if you will. The follow up was 10 times better, i was not expecting what i got. The first was rather kiddish, this had a more adult vibe, in both action and dialogue. The thing i did not expect was the huge zombie scene, yes a zombie scene, a rather well done zombie chase scene. That plua a Mad Max(light) vibe made this a film to enjoy.