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Cabins in the Woods

Last week, after watching Cabin Fever, I started to think about this particular subgenre, and wondered how it would be to watch some of these films side by side.  I discovered that four of them have very similar run-times, check it: The Evil Dead, 1981, 85 min Cabin Fever, 2002, 92 min Tucker and Dale […]

Consent, entitlement, and zombies (Deadgirl, part 2)

Trigger Warning: this post discusses sexual assault and harassment. Spoiler Alert: this post discusses plot points in Deadgirl in detail. This is not a review of Deadgirl.  For that, you can see this post.  Instead, this post reflects on some resonances I see between the ideas at work in the film and recent flare-ups of […]

The psychopathy of teenage boys: Deadgirl

Trigger warning: this post explores issues of sexual assault. Deadgirl is one of the most disturbing movies I’ve ever seen.  I knew, from what little I’d read, that it would be hard to watch, but the film’s surprisingly believable dive into the torments of unbalanced teenage boys cuts to the core.  It’s awful, and stunning.  […]

Movies you missed me not missing – one sentence reviews (part 3)

During my hiatus from blogging, I saw a bunch of movies.  And I didn’t review or mention them here.  I know, you’re crushed. So here I continue a series of one sentence reviews of most of the movies I watched between 2 December 2013 and 5 September 2014. X-Men: Days of Future Past – A […]

Cabin Fever is not a zombie movie, but it feels like one

Cabin Fever I knew the early Eli Roth movie Cabin Fever is not a zombie movie before I watched it, but it comes up in the recommendations and mentions of such films that I thought it would be a nice change of pace.  The story tells the tale of five college students who travel to […]

Sappy vs. Humor/horror – Simon Birch and Frankenweenie

Simon Birch and Frankenweenie Every now and again, I page through the upcoming movies on the channels we get to see what might be worth recording for a casual future viewing.  This net caught both films reviewed here today. Frankenweenie expands Tim Burton’s famous early film (which Disney did not like, at the time) about […]

Get the F*ck out of London, You Goddamn Zombies! (Cockneys vs. Zombies)

Cockneys vs. Zombies is a solidly enjoyable zombie comedy, which great production values, a funny scenario, and a bit of pathos.  The film follows two storylines during a zombie outbreak in East London — a group of old-age pensioners trying to survive as their caregivers and the people in streets around them all succumb to […]

Movies you missed me not missing – one sentence reviews (part 2)

  During my hiatus from blogging, I saw a bunch of movies.  And I didn’t review or mention them here.  I know, you’re crushed. So here I continue a series of one or two sentence reviews of most of the movies I watched between 2 December 2013 and 5 September 2014. Rio 2 – Amusing […]

A few more SPOILERY thoughts on [REC]3

I had a few more thoughts to share about [REC]3 that, frankly, stray into cranky rant territory.  Nearly every comment below will also be a spoiler.  Consider yourself fairly warned. (Here’s my original review, if you missed it.)So as to keep your wandering eye from accidentally seeing a spoiler, I now include a photo of […]

Movies you missed me not missing – one-ish sentence reviews (part 1)

During my hiatus from blogging, I saw a bunch of movies.  And I didn’t review or mention them here.  I know, you’re crushed.  So here I begin a series of one sentence reviews of most of the movies I watched between 2 December 2013 and 5 September 2014. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – […]

[REC]3: Genesis – Not the movie you wanted it to be

I really like the [REC] series.  Both the original and its sequel tell provocative, interesting zombie stories using the “found footage” model that prompts a claustrophobic intensity that works really well in zombie movies.  As such, I was primed to like [REC]3: Genesis, which suggested a continuation of the story developed in the first two […]

J. Edgar and the Imaginarium

J. Edgar is a complex biopic that shows the multifaceted life led by the egotistical and patriotic J. Edgar Hoover.  The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus tells a fairy tale of an immortal man in a struggle with the devil, a kind-of Dr. Faustus story for the 21st century, but with Heath Ledger.  A few thoughts: […]

Covering old ground – Zero Theorem and The Incredible Hulk

Terry Gilliam’s Zero Theorem tells the tale of an idiosyncratic office drone working a data analysis job in the cyberpunk, blade-runner future of the city we first met in Brazil. (Not technically, but aesthetically.)  Not satisfied with the normal things that drive the other drones in his world, Qohen spends his time waiting for a […]

Spies and psychics (double movie review)

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Odd Thomas A double review is a review of two movies united only by the fact that I watched them around the same time.  That’s what this is. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is a classic cold-war era spy story based on the novel by John Le Carre.  It’s meditative and […]

Ice, Magic, and Studly dudes: Frozen and Thor 2 double review

It’s been a while since I posted one of these double reviews, but I got a chance to see a couple movies over the holiday break, so I thought I’d give it a go. Frozen tells the story of two sisters who are princesses, one is cursed with ice powers that she cannot control, the […]