Posts tagged movies
Posts tagged movies
Wait…so now Wonder Woman is in MAN OF STEEL 2?
Wow…someone really wants to make a JUSTICE LEAGUE movie without actually making a JUSTICE LEAGUE movie.
Yeah…this is going to end real well for everybody.
Crash zoom in, crash zoom in, crash zoom out, crash zoom in
GO TO SEARS!!
Crash zoom in, crash zoom in
More bad action
More bad acting
Woefully brief moments of genuine craft
Crash zoom in, crash zoom out, crash zoom out
Almost finished with MAN OF STEEL.
I’m now convinced Zack Snyder only had one good movie in him.
Ugh…shame. I was so excited for this movie too.
Watching A HAUNTING IN CONNECTICUT 2: GHOSTS OF GEORGIA…yes, you read that title correctly. And no, the ghosts are not from georgia…the haunting itself is in georgia, not connecticut.
It’s things like these that give me hope for my future in filmmaking. Everyone else out there is just going to make me look much more competant by comparison.
The father from DARK SKIES
Me, watching CLOUD ATLAS
Watching PUMPKINHEAD…which in my headcanon is a sequel to ALIENS in which Bishop’s AI slips into a wormhole and back in time to 1980’s earth where he mind melds with a farmer to fight a demon.
Let me start off by saying this…I watched this movie completely detaching it from the original. I did my very best to in no way compare it to the original when watching.
That being said…the EVIL DEAD remake doesn’t surpass it’s predecessor, nor does it defile it. It simply is.
I’m sorry to say that this movie is a solid “B” and nothing more. I’m really sorry to say that. You have no idea. I love the original EVIL DEAD…so much so, that when I first saw EVIL DEAD II, I was a little angry. It seemed to me that Dead by Dawn erased the entire first movie. But then I came to accept that it was a different movie entirely and the two can co-exist happily.
So, yeah…I really was excited when the first previews showed that this was going to be a spiritual rebirth of the series. Gorey as hell, twisted, and chock full of my beloved practical special effects!
However, the movie left me feeling like there could have been more done to truly make this as good, if not above the original. But let’s start with the “pro’s” about this movie shall we?
For one thing, it’s beautifully shot. The camera angles and lighting choices are very well done and give the movie a lot of character. It doesn’t look like the usual horror movie fare. The movie is very visual, and that’s a good thing.
Practical Special Effects…nuff said.
The gore is just glorious. I found myself cringing and yelling at the TV quite a bit. Thinking back, it’s the same experience I get when I watch the original today…yes, the gore of the original still makes me cringe. And the best part is that it is so different, it’s not the same gore we’ve seen before. Which I appreciate. The ending in particular made me laugh in approval.
The nods to the original were abundant, but subtle enough that it didn’t ruin the flow of the movie…and then there’s the end credit sequence which was delightfully indulgent.
Finally, they didn’t downright ruin any beloved characters or lore with this. There was no STAR WARS PREQUEL effect here. Everything that was from the original, was carfully adapted in a way that it was very much a spiritual and natural evolution.
That’s not to say this was a perfect movie…there were plenty of issues I had.
The biggest problem for me, was the music. Ugh…the music. I know people don’t normally complain about this when they talk about what makes a movie bad. But damn…the music was terrible. First of all, it was nothing unique. It was the same score we’ve heard for every horror movie before. In fact, it sounds like it was lifted right from a SCREAM movie. Even worse than that was it’s overuse. It was too present, and killed all tension in an otherwise intense scene. This movie screamed for a minimalist approach to the score…sadly it didn’t deliver.
Then there were the plot holes. I know it’s a horror movie, but even horror movies should have standards. Namely, don’t establish rules and then break them when it’s convenient. Without giving away spoilers, let’s just say, the ending battle should never have happened if the rules of the movie were to remain intact.
At this point I did accidentally compare this movie to the original…the horror didn’t work as a slow burn. In the original, shit hit the fan in a single scene, and although it slowed down in between, the initial burst of horror set the stage wonderfully. While I understand the slow-burn approach can be very effective, and could have worked in this movie, it just didn’t here. I found myself kind of bored waiting for things to get started. It might have helped if I actually cared about any of the characters…but I didn’t.
Finally, I felt that the ending itself was kind of…well…stupid. It kind of reminds me of the ending of CLOVERFIELD where the girl in the building should NOT HAVE BEEN ALIVE when they found her, and certainly not after they pulled a freaking re-bar out of her body. It makes sense for the character, true, that doesn’t mean I have to like it.
In the end, the two sides kind of balance out and leave you with a solid “B” of a movie. Not bad, but not great either. It lives in that terrible purgatory zone where you’re not sure how you feel about it and ultimately forget about the movie entirely in time.
But hey…at least it was a better remake than NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET.
Don’t even get me started on that one…
I tried to explain the problems with the Star Wars prequels to some friends and came up with a pretty good analogy (in my humble opinion) to movie making in general.
If you tell a joke to a large group of people, and you are the only one laughing by the end…you have a problem. Furthermore, if you tell a joke and you are the only one who laughs, and no one tries to help you make that joke funny…you have an even bigger problem.
Movies are a collaborative process between the director, his creative team, and the actors— producers can be a part of the process, but ideally they shouldn’t, that’s when you get “studio notes” that often kill a movie…example…BATMAN and ROBIN.
No one person should have full control over the project. Not even the director. The director needs to be challenged. He/She doesn’t have all the answers, and their ideas are not always the best (George Lucas the prime example.) You need people of the same mind, who care about the project on the same level, who will—respectfully of course—tell you when you have a bad idea and help you make it work.
This is how the first STAR WARS movies were made.
Compare that to the prequels where George had full creative control.
The same problem can happen with a studio. If you have a Director who bows to the studio’s every whim, you get terrible films. If you have a director who can deftly work with the studio and convince them against ideas, then you can help salvage this situation. But…this is very hard to do. Just ask poor Guillermo del Toro, who is notorious for refusing studio notes.