Friday, May 29, 2015

San Andreas



It is refreshing to have a film where you can just turn off you mind relax & float down stream....a stream caused by a tsunami. San Andreas is a fun flick, it have moments way out of the realm of reality but oh well, it it fun, and that is what you need in a summer blockbuster. The Rock is charismatic as always and actually does a pretty good job delivering heartfelt dialogue. In a day & age where disaster films are all over the place because of Asylum & the SyFy channel, this stands out, sure a few others have come to theatres in recent years but none grabbed my attention, this one did, and i am glad it did. What works is the characters, you actually get a chance to know them and invest in them, there aren't too many films that do that in this genre, usually cause by over stuffing it with minor characters and red shirts, in this film the red shirts are everyone else. This is a disaster film on every level, people are getting smashed, being swept away, on fire, drowning, shit is happening in the background, they went all out, it is chaotic and it works Alot ironically watch SyFy flicks, or buy Asylum films on dvd packs and watch em drunk.....do that with this film, it is a great drunk with your buddies, cut loose & have fun flick. If ya smell what the Rock....is cooking!

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Big Time in Hollywood FL



So Big Time in Hollywood FL is a fucked up, hilarious & bloody sitcom. Jack & Ben are two brothers, two filmmakers, filmmakers living in their parents house, jobless & seemingly sexless, but full of ambition. Their parents decide to kick them out but the two hatch a plan to con twenty thousand to fund their films. They get Jimmy Statts(played by Ben Stiller) to pretend to be a drug dealer that needs paid up by Ben. The parents get the police involved and Jimmy is shot to death....this is the pilot.
The show features the brothers entering rehab, befriending Cuba Gooding Jr(playing himself), breaking into houses, assault on the innocent, betrayal of their friend Del, Del nearly giving Harvey(Michael Madsen) a blowjob, Harvey sucking off a gun and blowing his head off, Jason Alexander(playing himself) shooting off Cuba's hand then being shot to death by him, drugs, drugs, more drugs and an awesome finale which had a fantastic shootout with a chimp & a cop played by Keith David.
How can you not love that? In a way parts of the show remind me of myself, at least the film making aspects, then as the show went on, i began to see this resembled some of my screenplays, this is the kind of dark comedy i aspire to make, and for a television series to be this balls out i applaud. I don't know if this will get a second season, if it does, i am all for it, if not, i am happy how it ended.
If you haven't watched this show, please do, it is obviously made in the time where stuff is a reaction to Breaking Bad, people doing shit out of their comfort zone(involving drugs), and that evolving into murders, lots of murders. Thank you Alex Angfanger & Dan Schimpf for creating this, thank you Ben Stiller for believing in this, thank you Comedy Central for taking a chance, and to everyone else for being a part of it!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Poltergeist

This is not a review of sorts but more or less things that stuck out in the remake of the Poltergeist. The original Poltergeist is a great film, to this day it is debated as the whether is was directed by Tobe Hooper or Steven Spielberg, alot see Spielberg is the film with the family element and suburban setting, that Spielberg charm, charm, that is key, and that is what is missing from the 2015 remake. There is no sense of wonder, even when the siblings are getting static shocked by the closet, it feels forced, in the original when events happened, it sent the family in awe. When the scares happened they meant something, in this everything happens at once, some of the key elements of the original just get forced into this one and wind up being rather lack luster. Ghost films are greatly influenced by the original, James Wan's Insidious being one of them, however to me that film's other world the Further, seems to be a go to for this films portal to the spirits world, the original had it in the unknown. Another film that felt semi inspired by the original was James Wan's The Conjuring, but that films paranormal experts the Warrens, seem to be the driving force behind the experts in  this film, not necessarily in the way they are portrayed but in the gaining trust sort of way, The Zelda Rubinstein character in this to me felt just like the Peter Vincent in the Fright Night remake, sure different career paths but it still felt to be a way to introduce a character by making them an icon, and the house is clean line gets beat like a dead horse in this film. I actually enjoyed the film but it didn't feel organic at all.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The Following



About one year ago i began watching a show on Netflix, a year later, it is over. When the Following debuted two years ago, it looked good but i never tuned in, both my mom & my buddy Fister were huge fans and kept telling me how awesome James Purefoy was as Joe Carroll, and they were not wrong.

The first season sees Kevin Bacon's Ryan Hardy tracking down Joe and his followers, Ryan was smart and you rooted for him, he was flawed, Joe was charismatic yet menacing. His followers were just as, if not more vicious than he was, especially the lovely Emma. There were multiple forms of manipulation and the crimes were multi layered, sure it was contrived but i was hooked.

The second season saw a family, the Gray's, of Lily and her twin sons Mark & Luke, fans of Joe's form an alliance with him, only for the falling out to lead to an almost babyface antihero turn for Joe, sure he was still a villain but you began to root for him at the same time. Ryan, along with his fellow officer Mike & his niece Max were stuck in the middle of an insane war between killers, Joe's story got even further out by taking over a religious cult, if that wasn't crazy enough, Luke has full on conversations & dinners with corpses. The body count took many characters in this season, and the body count on the whole show, is fucking huge. For network television, the show pushed the blood, i wish it had been on FX so it could have shown more.

The third season has many villains, some say too many, Joe, now a prisoner, and later the spiritual guidance of Ryan, as the two dream of each other as friends, and even later on as a vision that is there for Ryan hitting rock bottom in his struggle with alcoholism and there for his reemergence. Mark, who takes on a split persona of his brother Luke(died the previous season), Dr Strauss( the teacher of Joe and many other killers), Theo(a student of Strauss, whom is a master hacker with many identities throughout the country and total sociopath, with the only person he shows love for is his sister Penny), Kyle & Daisy(two more Strauss students), Neil(a man who specializes is removing spines and torture, such as fitting victims into a box), and Duncan(who has a whole cemetery with ears dangling from trees), as well as two crooked FBI agents.

The show is highly contrived but it is fun, all the characters are engaging and the blood is splattered everywhere.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Mad Max Saga



The Mad Max trilogy was one of my favorite series growing up. I fell in love with flicks similar to it or inspired by, such as The Rover, and films that are a love letter to it such as Bellflower.  Here we are with the fourth in this kick ass series. The first is pretty much the Night of the Living Dead of the series, it is right at the beginning of the downfall. The Road Warrior is the Dawn showing what is happening after shit hit the fan. No, Thunderdome isn't the Day......moving on. Fury Road is the film Land of the Dead should have been, a long wait for fans but with a kick ass payoff!

1. Fury Road
Early to say but this could be my favorite in the franchise, it is non stop action, from beginning to end. Sometimes people complain that the trailer gives it all away, it reality for this film, there was no other way.

2. The Road Warrior
It takes the apocalyptic nature of the first but goes balls out for it, the end shows a glimpse of what the third one should have been, instead the fourth was the answer!

3. Mad Max
The original is pretty straight foward, a man on a mission, it steamrolls the entire film getting better and better until the finale where you know the sequel will be great.....and it is. In terms of escalation it lays the foundation, the Road Warrior steps it up a notch, and the third film should have been insame, instead that was Fury Road.

4. Beyond Thunderdome.
Okay, well this films looks awesome, it looks batshit, but it isn't batshit, in fact the plot.....kind of sucks. I don't hate this film like many but it isn't that good, makes sense since it wasn't originally supposed to be a Mad Max film.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Agents OF SHIELD & The MCU TV shows.

                           
                                       Agents of Shield is a show that i wish never happened, mainly because i wish Agent Coulson had stayed dead after the events in the Avengers. None the less it started off with a good pilot, then it dwindled down to a by the numbers sci fi version of NCIS. Right before Winter Soldier is found it stride again, and then it followed through the rest of the remaining couple episodes. I thought they should have ended it there but they brought it back for a second season. Okay so SHIELD is still around, so um, let us fit this into the MCU canon, meh, not working so well so let's use it as a launching pad for the Inhumans. On paper it is a great idea to use this show to debut characters and plant seeds, however i have no interest in these characters, except Skye....and Hydra enlisted Ward. Anyhow back on topic, why would i want to watch a film based upon dull characters?
                       
                                Well the show was renewed for a third season, so hopefully they use it as a final season and fix mistakes, admit Coulson is some sort of android, let Shield either die or show it morph into the new Avengers Facility. Make it more of a Hydra show to set up future MCU films with minor super heroes, make the Inhumans do something that will make us want to follow them into the MCU films. The show's second season finale was decent, and showed off more of said characters, though the plot was still a tad jumbled. On the flip side the spin off was cancelled but now it looks like they may do it anyhow, i say let it be, we don't need it. In my opinion Agent Carter was a weak show, save for the Howling Commandos, which is what the show should have been, strong female lead Carter and the badass Commandos kicking ass & taking names.

                              Marvel needs to focus their tv attention to Netflix. Daredevil was amazing, the acting was solid, the humor worked, the story was strong and the action? Holy fuck! What a well show show, i say bring on season 2, i say bring on Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Jessica Jones. Make the Defenders show amazing, hook us in for the Infinity War. Make the Defenders & the Inhumans matter, make the Defenders want to defend their home, team with the Avengers, make the Inhumans need to stop a threat, a threat of Thanos, add in the Guardians, boom bitch, we got an amazing team up on our hands. So the point is, less focus on Shield, more focus on the Inhumans.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night




A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night starts off in a quirky manner but as soon as the credits roll you can tell it is going to be something else. Pretty atmospheric flick to say the least, the black & white helps. The message of misogyny  is strong but doesn't feel forced. When the vampire attacks it acts as a savior of sorts. I'd rather have a straight up vampire story but i enjoyed the undertones none the less, also like how it was left open ended.