Friday, July 25, 2014

QftWo 7/21-7/27: Imposters #58 - Deliver Us From Evil

I like what they're doing with the different fonts here, just like I like the film's title (heavy-handed, but likeable anyway). I LOVE the graphic - very creepy and tense.

So I don't want to take anything away from a job done well, but the line about the "NYPD Sargeant" makes me want to laugh my ass off. No one who's from here would give a lot of weight to that...

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Inappropriate Soundtracks tackles The Matrix

In March '13, I featured the work of Youtube user called Boonehams. I found his Inappropriate Soundtracks work to be clever and funny, and I really hate that Youtube took down some of them. But time marches on, and we all love a good laugh, so let's look at Boonehams' take on the lobby fight sequence from The Matrix.

I really hope it's not just me, because this song is just wonderful - it's dead-funny, and a great accompaniment to the beautifully-choreographed violence:

God, it even matches Neo's character progression for the first film...

Monday, July 21, 2014

JJ Abrams Promotes Star Wars, UNICEF Like A BOSS

Holy s--t, I have my concerns with the man's work, I really do, and I wasn't thrilled about JJ taking on Star Wars, but according to the article I just read he sure knows how to promote a movie and a charity, in style.

Impressive. Most impressive.

This has been going on for a while now, but upping the game in the final week of the event to include an advance screening for 20 people, announced via that cool little video? That is killer. Thanks to my buddy Jamie (remember those filmumentaries he makes?)for letting me know about the article.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Happy Trail(er)s: The Congress

If this trailer were any more meta, my TV would show a pair of hands that would reach out from the screen and choke me to death right now.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Bill Murray Foodiness

It's a pretty odd choice to have an actor/artist/comic force of nature on a food show. Then again, I don't think many people would pass up a chance to chow down with Anthony Bourdain on No Reservations, much less to dine at X20 in Yonkers. And who in their right mind wouldn't want Bill Murray's company?

As always - hell, as expected at this point - Mr. Murray truly made the best possible use of his (and our) time:

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

QftWo 7/14-7/20: Imposters #57 - Birdman

Major props go to the style of the painting itself, which reminds me of Russian propaganda posters or something. I also love the way the names of the cast are written, with such odd spacing...

And the overall effect of the image - a painting of Michael Keaton looking confused with a miniature version of Hawkman perched on his head - prepares me for some sort of satire and makes me want to laugh. It's the subtitle that drives home the idea.

For a poster that doesn't directly say anything about the film (save the title's connection to the thing on MK's head), I find this to be quite evocative. Lovely.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Honest Trailers: The Wolf of Wall Street

Gotta give it up to the Honest Trailers crew - their take on The Wolf of Wall Street is so damn funny:

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Reviewing with Others, pt 74: Coherence

Hi, everyone! Today's indie review is for Coherence, an incredible piece of low-budget, high-concept science fiction from a first-time writer/director. It's still in some theaters (e.g., Tucson, Denver, San Diego) now, which you can check on the film's official site, and it comes very, very strongly-recommended by yours truly.

My prior Reviewing with Others entries have all been films submitted for review, but I liked what I heard so much that I contacted the distributors and asked them to let me check it out. I was not disappointed, and you won't be, either. In many ways, this pic reminds me of Shane Carruth's Primer, and that's pretty high praise for lovers of sci-fi. It also gets bonus points for featuring Nicholas Brendon, from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, an he's in fine form here...

Anyway, you can read my thoughts here, at Man, I Love Films.

Friday, July 11, 2014

QftWo 7/7-7/13: Imposters #56 - From Dusk Til Dawn, the TV Series

From Dusk Til Dawn, the TV series...

Well, this is where we're at now, and it's only going to get worse. There was a Fargo TV show in the works when I took this pic - that one has Billy Bob Thornton, and a solid budget, so I thought it probably wouldn't stink. And, hey, it's gotten some pretty solid reviews.

I would be less cynical about this if there weren't even more TV remakes/reboots of old films that are on the way or in development.

Now, I have serious issues with Robert Rodriguez's pulp horror film. I can put all those aside, however, to tackle the overall reasons why this show is a bad idea.

For starters, the movie told one complete story. Spoiler alert - there are two survivors at the end, and we don't need to learn what happened to them next. The antagonists are all dead, so it's hard to think of a need to develop this further into a general "there's vampires in Mexico" ongoing concept.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Scream Review - Bloody, Perfect

The start of Wes Craven's Scream seizes your attention, like dirty words spoken at the moment of orgasm. A calm and familiar scene is made uneasy, then horrible - and most of the work is done through a series of phone calls and the bland voice on the other end of the line. Over that 13-minute stretch, I had one of my most tense and terrifying film experiences. It's why I go to the movies - to feel exhilarated.

With this harsh tone set, what follows is simple atmosphere: we move on to Sidney Prescott, a smart high school senior. After some sexy times with Billy, her boyfriend, Sid goes to school the next day. Only then does she learn of what happened the night before - the town is now buzzing from the worst act of violence since her own mother's murder one year ago. What will Sidney do now with violence all around and unwanted memories rising to the surface?

This 1996 pic was box office gold for Mr. Craven. He took a $15 million budget and an R-rating, then went on to earn over $103 million in the US from his work. Although it was so bloody and filled with so much malevolence, Scream did better than his previous 5 films combined. The secrets to its success were simple...

As with A Nightmare on Elm Street, Craven's most-famous effort, Scream focuses on a group of teens living in a quiet California town where hidden dangers come out through vicious antagonists and gruesome violence. But the similarities end there, since Wes didn't simply repeat himself: the kids were smarter, the threat wasn't supernatural, and the humor was even stronger than before.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Great Moments in... Mouthed Dialogue

Thaddeus's recent post on the tight Villain/Henchman chemistry between Donal Logue and Stephen Dorff in Blade made me think about my favorite moment in the movie, from the climactic fight between Wesley Snipes' Blade and Dorff's souped-up supervampire Deacon Frost (SPOILERS, obviously):

At the end there, Blade's "What the fuck?" isn't vocalized, even though the movie is rated R and has featured several F-bombs along the way. It's a great choice. The sequence is set up by Blade's habit--repeated throughout all the movie's action scenes--of posing with his back to his enemies after he has mortally wounded them.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Reviewing with Others Pt. 73: Greenwich Village: Music That Defined A Generation

If you like folk music, then you'll be interested in today's Reviewing with Others entry, Greenwich Village: Music That Defined A Generation. This documentary is all about the rise of folk music in Greenwich Village during the 1960's. You can watch it for the topic, or because of the big names who are interviewed herein, or just because Susan Sarandon provides the narration.

My review just went up today and you can read it here at Man, I Love Films.