Hurm. Not bad. Kinda reminded me of Kill The Irishman. Not an outright hero-ization of a horrible man(based on a true story), but it definitely cleaned up some DARK edges. Nice try at showing how Shannon's character kept his darkness in check by killing...but Shannon never really convinced in the 'family man' role. Nice work by Ray Liotta and Chris Evans(completely wasted in the end) but simply a decent flick that got away from the director as it rolled downhill. Coulda been special.
Another heartbreaker. Heard it was a Drunken Irish Tremors...they lied. Not horrible, but about as lightweight as it gets.
Both on Netflix streaming
I personally really liked The Iceman. It's not perfect but it's better than most movies new I've watched in the past 6 months. I honestly can't name a single one off the top of my head now that I'm thinking about it. I guess I haven't seen very many great movies this year.
I watched Henry a while back, I was only half paying attention so I decided to give it another watch because I didn't remember it being particularly disturbing. Now I see where the film's reputation comes from. Pretty ****ing morbid. Probably won't watch again anytime soon.
12 Years a Slave is an amazing film. Great performances all around. Michael Fassbender is brilliant as a ruthless, heartless plantation owner, possibly the best performance of his career. But the one that really stands out is Lupita Nyong'o who plays Patsey, a slave who is regularly abused, beaten, and raped. She's a parallel to the main character, except while Northrup embodies hope and determination Patsey embodies a slave that has long given up hope. Her performance is absolutely heart-wrenching. Can't wait to see it again.
World War Z - Not bad, not great. With all the troubles they had and the re-shoots they had to do, I'm actually a little impressed that the film managed to be as good as it was.
The Devil Rides Out - Disappointing. The first half of this movie was pretty ****ing awesome, culminating in an appearance of Satan that I thought was one of my favorite moments I'd seen thus far in a Hammer film. The second half, though, is pretty ridiculous, and I don't just mean the bad special effects. The rules that everyone is playing by seem to get made up on the spot and it just goes overboard with the hokey stuff. Still an enjoyable film overall, and, ****, I am practically mesmerized by Christopher Lee anymore, but you could do much better.
Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol - Hadn't seen this in a while. I think it deserves to be mentioned amongst the best action movies ever made.
Identity Thief - This got such bad reviews that I went in with really low expectations and ended up enjoying it more than I thought I would. It's still not great, maybe not even good, but it's got enough laughs to keep you watching. I've wasted 90 minutes in worse ways.
Dark Shadows - Another one I went into with low expectations, but this one I went out of feeling like I got what I expected. I wanted to watch this because we saw Danny Elfman do some of the music live, and I will still watch anything Johnny Depp does, but that's just about all this had to offer. It wasn't even bad, it was just... there.
The Taking Of Pelham One Two Three - I had only seen the remake of this before, and I was really surprised at how funny it was. I really enjoyed all the New Yorkers swearing at each other all the time. Beyond that, it was a pretty good thriller and an interesting flick. I liked it quite a bit.
Scanners - Just... yes. **** yes. I ****ing love Michael Ironside. Hurry up and Blu this already, please.
The Ward - As bad as I'd heard, but I still had to see for myself. There were some small flashes of that Carpenter talent, but this flick was otherwise as generic as can be. Nice eye candy in the form of Amber Heard, but that's really about it.
John Dies At The End - Pretty entertaining, but I get the feeling that the book is a million times better. Like the Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy movie. There's only so much you can fit into an adaptation. I know the book is pretty big, and it's now on my want list.
The Amityville Horror - Parts of this were pretty cool, but for the most part I thought it was fairly underwhelming. I think the formula for this has been repeated a number of times since this came out and that may have ruined it for me some. Or maybe the later films were just better. I'm not sure. It had it's moments, though.
Evil Dead - The only redeeming thing about this remake was the gore in the last 30 minutes or so. I was so close to just shutting this off and forgetting about it, but as things escalated in the end, some of the maiming and killing was pretty cool. It's not a good movie at all, though, and I wouldn't recommend it. Go watch High Tension or something if you want to see awesome gore. Ignore this.
Frankenweenie - Cute, and it had some decent laughs, but I didn't enjoy it as much as I was hoping I would.
Haze - Holy ****, I've been wanting to see this Shinya Tsukamoto short film for 8 ****ing years and I finally found out that it was available on Amazon Prime. It's never been released out here and Tsukamoto is one of my favorite directors of all time and it's been EATING AT ME THAT I COULDN'T WATCH IT. But now I've seen it. Based on an Edogawa Rampo story about a man who wakes up in a very small space and keeps finding himself in more and more uncomfortable/painful situations. I liked it a lot, though there isn't a whole lot to it. One of the situations was really tough to watch. I wish he would make movies more often.
Taking Of...may be one of my all time faves. All the players are terrific including the gone-too-soon Robert Shaw. The almost lazy 'ah hAH!' at the end was just the capper on a great movie. Matthau, for me, was never better than when he was a schlubby shoe faced reluctant action hero. I will not even acknowledge the remake. And Coscarelli actually ran out of money making JDatE. The book is swell Adgy, but the movie does fine by it. But by all means, you SHOULD read it. Amityville, I saw that in a theater when it originally came out. And yes, it was VERY effective back then...but time has not been kind. Maybe I had my Carpenter glasses on, but I didn't think the Ward was terrible, and I am glad you agree with me on Evil Dead. The only part of that turd that I enjoyed was the Ash cameo that payed out at the end. That short film sounds like something worth checking out...time to fire up the Amazon Prime.
I plan to. I actually saw a girl reading it at the airport the other day and it's size is what really cemented my "the book must be so much better" feeling. It was pretty damn huge! One thing that I thought was sorely lacking from the movie: Clancy Brown. I was hoping for more of him. I would watch a movie about him as that character.And Coscarelli actually ran out of money making JDatE. The book is swell Adgy, but the movie does fine by it. But by all means, you SHOULD read it.
I was actually kind of pissed off/disappointed with that. After it happened, it was "THAT'S IT?!?!!" for me. Why even bother at that point? I mean, I'm never not happy to see The Chin, but I was expecting them to actually work him in or give him something to do. **** that movie and it's blood rain.I am glad you agree with me on Evil Dead. The only part of that turd that I enjoyed was the Ash cameo that payed out at the end.
Well I think the 'team-up' was what they were trying to establish. Not sure what the status is now because conflicting reports have Fede Alvarez moving off the sequel and the elephant in the room is the potential Army of Darkness sequel. Raimi got the franchise active again and I guess the rest is up to him.
And yeah...I might watch 2hrs of Clancy Brown doing laundry.