You’re Next (2011)

Film Title

You're Next (2011)

Synopsis

A wedding anniversary turns into a brutal attack and one victim fights back.

Director

Adam Wingard

Cast

Sharni Vinson
Nicholas Tucci
Wendy Glenn
AJ Bowen
Joe Swanberg
Amy Seimetz
Rob Moran
Barbara Crampton

Is You’re Next (2011) a good film? Yes! It is very well made. Should anyone see this film? If you are into cut above average horror, yes! Did you, Jaimes Palacio, personally enjoy it? [crickets] Well, did you ? (I’m thinking… I’m thinking…) Here is the thing. I don’t get scared film wise. I get […]

Cockney’s vs. Zombies (2012)

Film Title

Cockneys vs. Zombies (2012)

Synopsis

After a bank heist, a gang of cockneys must battle zombies in London

Director

Matthias Hoene

Cast

Rasmus Hardiker
Harry Treadaway
Michelle Ryan
Georgia King
Tony Gardner
Alan Ford
Honor Blackman
Dudley Sutton

Bumbling bank robbers get more than they bargained for when the heist go awry. While escaping with hostages, they discover that London has been over taken by zombies. This is a wonderfully cheeky concept that works well in this movie. This film has stylistic flashbacks and jump cuts reminiscent of LOCK, STOCK & TWO SMOKING […]

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

Film Title

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

Synopsis

Jack Skellington cannot resist the urge to try to upgrade his personal holiday after witnessing ChristmasTown

Director

Henry Selick and written by Tim Burton

Cast

Danny Elfman
Chris Sarandon
Catherine O'Hara
William Hickey
Glenn Shadix
Paul Reubens
Ken Page

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) What can you possibly expect from a movie that was made before CGI, a musical, and one that features stop motion animation? A dazzling masterpiece, that’s what. Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas is a Halloween-Christmas hybrid that is wildly original and infinitely watchable. The cinematography, sound track, and yes, the […]

Jennifer’s Body (2009)

Film Title

Jennifer's Body

Synopsis

A demon turns Megan Fox into a succubus who eats people and nobody cares.

Director

Karyn Kusama

Cast

Megan Fox
Amanda Seyfried
Johnny Simmons
J.K. Simmons
Chris Pratt
Amy Sedaris
Adam Brody

We don’t even get to see her body. (Note: I originally wrote this review in 2010. Reviewing the cast now and seeing J.K. Simmons and Chris Pratt listed is hilarious.) One of these days, I’m hoping that all of this writing is going to lead me to a place where I might get to interview […]

Dead Snow 2-RED VS DEAD (2014)

Film Title

Dead Snow 2-RED VS DEAD (2014)

Synopsis

Another Nazi Zombie Movie for Halloween

Director

Tommy Wirkola

Cast

Vegar Hoel
Orjan Gamst
Martin Starr
Jocelyn Deboer
Ingrid Haas
Stig Frode Henriksen
Hallvard Holeman
Kristoffer Joner

Obviously this is a sequel to DEAD SNOW, a movie about Nazi Zombies coming to life (or un-death) and killing a group of friends. DS2 brings everyone up to speed in the 5 minute prologue and we learn that DS’s hero accidentally killed his girlfriend with an ax; had to chop of his arm because, […]

Prisoners (2013)

Film Title

Prisoners (2013)

Synopsis

When two young daughters go missing Keller Dover goes off the rails and gives in to pure evil

Director

Denis Villeneuve

Cast

Hugh Jackman
Jake Gyllenhaal
Viola Davis
Maria Bello
Terrence Howard
Melissa Leo
Paul Danno
David Dastmalchian

After being totally blown away by the current epic Blade Runner 2049, I decided to pick up and screen a copy of Prisoners (2013), one of Villeneuve’s earlier movies. A rainy, gloomy, but joyous Thanksgiving afternoon quickly morphed into two parents’ worst nightmare, the disappearance and abduction of their children. What followed for the next […]

Blade Runner 2049- A cinephile’s dream come true

Film Title

Blade Runner 2049

Synopsis

“I didn’t want anyone else to fuck it up” -Denis Villeneuve

Director

Denis Villeneuve

Cast

Ryan Gosling
Harrison Ford
Robin Wright
Jared Leto
Dave Bautista
Anna De Armas
Edward James Olmos
Mackenzie Davis
Sylvia Hoeks
David Dastmalchian
Ana Steline

I have seen a few movies in my lifetime, but seldom had I been as moved as I was with this cinematic masterpiece. Blade Runner 2049 is a cinephile’s dream come true. I just returned from my second viewing and although it did not have the Wow! of the initial, unspoiled viewing, the second viewing […]

The Snowman

Film Title

The Snowman

Synopsis

The documentary of a retired porn-star-turned-detective living in Oslo.

Director

Tomas Alfredson

Cast

Michael Fassbender
Rebecca Ferguson
J.K. Simmons
Charlotte Gainsbourg
Jonas Karlsson
Toby Jones
James D'Arcy
Val Kilmer

The Iceman Cometh. The Snowman. Oh man, am I proud of that tagline. I always try to avoid using clunky puns in my taglines, and this movie just begs for something hacky like “This movie leaves everything out in the cold” or “You just got snowed in” or “‘Snow joke this movie is bad.” For […]

The Foreigner (2017)

Film Title

The Foreigner

Synopsis

An IRA headman’s worst nightmare – an old man bent on revenge.

Director

Martin Campbell

Cast

Jackie Chan
Pierce Brosnan
Katie Leung
Rufus Jones
Mark Tandy

Jackie Chan for the win. Of all the actors you’ve seen in a film or television, can you name one that appears to love their job more than Chan? You know when you hear he’s in a new movie, you are in. You don’t even need to know the title; just when the film opens […]

The Foreigner (2017)

Film Title

The Foreigner (2017)

Synopsis

A businessman fights terrorism, his past, and government officials

Director

Martin Campbell

Cast

Jackie Chan
Pierce Bronsan
Katie Leung
Rufus Jones
Mark Tandy

Film Review- The Foreigner (2017) Fair Value of The Foreigner: $5.00. Its worth watching on the in-flight movie, but there’s little that’s memorable about this film. Is This Film Worth My Time? The Foreigner is a taut and engaging mixture of vigilante action and espionage. Its one of the better, more well assembled examples of […]