If I had to characterize a Michael Bay film, I would say explosions. Why? Because “BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM” is all one hears and fiery metallic limbs are all one sees during one of his movies. Want proof? Watch this video.
Did you see the BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOMs? Thought so. I mention this Bayacteristic to emphasize how un-Baylike Pain & Gain is. Want to know the number of explosions I can remember from the film? One, and it is not exactly a massive one. Most of Bay’s films are stereotypical action flicks with little to no plot and loads of explosions. This one is not like the others. I reiterate for emphasis: this one is not like the others.
Hey guys! It’s me, Madeleine! Last week I went on this awesome podcast that my awesome buddy Will Link hosts with my other awesome friend Sean David and it was awesome.
We talk about You Won Cannes as a concept, how winning awards doesn’t necessarily make a movie good as to be “good” is an individual bias, and some other projects I’ve been working on, like this TV pilot called Fluff, and my upcoming album. I actually have an alter-ego that makes music named Erik Leafinson. We also talk about how this Japanese splatter film called Meatball Machine makes me cry. Anyhow, I highly recommend checking out their podcast, Will Sean Podcast?, my episode and others, because they are both really funny characters. Once more, this is a link to it!!!
Warm Bodies is the most recent in a string of non-horrific horror-themed films aimed at a teen audience. It’s recently become pretty trendy to borrow elements from horror film and recycle them in movies aimed at youthful audiences, I guess as a result of the successful Twilight franchise.
I remember In Search Of.. a little bit from my childhood as it ran from when I was seven to thirteen. What remember most vividly is the show’s opening and the music. Every time I hear it, I take an impromptu trip back to my childhood, but I don’t hear it often. In Search Of had not even crossed my mind until I heard months ago that it was being released on DVD.
The Twilight franchise finally comes to an end. Although I’m sure given enough time, Hollywood will try to convince Stephenie Meyer to author more books so that they can make more films and an obscene amount of money. Breaking Dawn Part 1 was slow and suffered the same fate as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, in that it attempted to stretch one book into two films. In Harry Potter, we had great moments of nothing as Harry and friends wondered around the wilderness for a sword – in Breaking Dawn, we had long moments of flat conversations about love and other concerns. Well, all that changes in Part 2.
Irish director Ciarán Foy is the man behind the new low budget horror film, Citadel. I’m a few minutes late to our interview, and I apologize immediately. Foy doesn’t seem to mind a bit; he is very relaxed. “I was finishing up a photo shoot.” He’s just arrived in New York from Chicago, and in just a few days he will be in London. Foy is touring the festival circuit with his new film, and since scoring the audience award at SXSW, its very first screening, the reaction all over the world has been amazing. “The more I’ve gone around the world with it, the more I’ve been surprised,” he tells me.
It was labeled the ultimate experience in grueling horror, or as horror writing godfather Stephen King put it, ‘The most ferociously original horror movie of the year’. It’s a film with over the top gore and plenty of scares, a real grungy punk rock feel, but with plentiful artistic flair. So, here are my thoughts on revisiting one of the best 80s cult horror films: The Evil Dead.
The best performance of last year was Tilda Swinton’s cold yet heartbreaking turn in We Need to Talk About Kevin. The film itself quickly became a personal favorite of mine. It’s not an easy film to watch, and that’s exactly why I loved it. When I went to see it during its unfortunately futile Oscar qualifying run at The Silent Movie Theater in Los Angeles, I brought along a handful of friends. When the end credits rolled I was left speechless and devastated. As we left the theater, my friend Lorenzo went on and on about what we had just seen. Finally he concluded “I think I hate this film.” The conversation continued and eventually, without prompting him, Lorenzo reversed himself, “I think I love this film.”After all what’s not to love about a film feature teen violence, pregnancy anxiety, dead pets, and ocular cavity hygiene?
I don’t care if the talking teddy bear from Seth MacFarlane’s first feature film Ted is just a straight version of Roger or Stewie; foul mouthed stuffed animals in movies will always be funny. The perverted Baby Oopsie Daisy doll made Full Moon’s Demonic Toys an instant direct-to-video classic, and who can forget the most famous living children’s toy of all… Chucky!
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