Thursday, February 9, 2012


     No more polls. No more "Trailers" in the side bar. Instead, there is a brand new page in the banner. "Coming Soon to a Theater Near You!" is the place to see new trailers and talk about new releases. Speak up! Post a comment about an upcoming movie, explain why you think all the choices suck, post what you'll be doing this weekend instead of watching a muddier, more jumbled Star Wars: Episode 1!


The Grey (2012)

     It has to be said: The Grey is the first great film of 2012. It's also the first horrifically mis-marketed movie of the year. Don't get me wrong, the trailer was great. It totally hooked me and got me incredibly excited to see Liam Neeson: Wolfpuncher. Really, what could be more testosterone-pumping than Liam Neeson taping broken bottles to his fists, ready to beat the bejesus out of a pissed-off wolf? The only problem is, The Grey isn't that movie at all.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Celeste and Jesse Forever (2012)

     Thursday night at the Coolidge Corner Theater in Boston, I had the great privilege of screening Celeste and Jesse Forever. Being fresh from it's premiere at Sundance, I honestly knew nothing about the film apart from a few cast members and the fact that it was purchased by Sony Pictures Classics earlier this week. I don't often get the chance to go into movies knowing so little about them, so it was a different experience all around. I'm glad I went into the film cold. It turned out to be a very unexpected surprise.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Haywire (2012)

"Set eye lasers to kill."

     What happens when you take MMA fighter Gina Carano, a handful of veteran A-list actors, a few up-and-comers, and sometimes commercial filmmaker with an indie-film soul, Steven Soderbergh? You get this awful pun: "An art-minded action film experiment that went a little Haywire". Now that I got that out of my system...Haywire was a film conceived with the intention of making Gina Carano an 80's-style female action star who is believably capable of kicking wholesale ass. The finished product does deliver on that promise, but it may not be the action extravaganza some were hoping for.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Melancholia (2011)

This is your brain on Melancholia.

     I'm not a fan of the films of Lars Von Trier. There. I said it. He is an amazingly talented artist with an absolute command of the visual language of cinema. I "get" it. I know that it's "cool" to like his films because of his use of symbolism, manipulation of the conventional narrative, and knack for conveying abstract emotions in an understandable way. I just can't get past his pacing. His films are so methodical and so well conceived that they feel three times as long as they actually are. It's like watching a top surgeon performing brain surgery. You see what he's doing, you understand it, you appreciate the complexity of his movements, you know that every motion will lead to something larger. It also takes goddamned forever. On top of this, you have the fact that every single one of Von Trier's films are excruciatingly dark and depressing. I simply don't enjoy witnessing the death of a human soul for what seems like six hours. With all of this said, and without contradicting a word of what you've just read, I honestly think Melancholia is among his better efforts and may even be his most widely accessible film to date.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Upcoming Sequel Alert!!! - Paranormal Activity 2 (2010)

Scared yet? Just wait. An iguana pops out in the end.
     With yet another sequel (Paranormal Activity 3) being released next week, I thought I would try something new. The week before a sequel is to be released I'll post a review of the previous installment in the series. Maybe this will help jog your memory or just bring you up to speed with a series you've missed a chapter of. This week the film is Paranormal Activity 2. This is a review I wrote right after seeing the film in the cinema. It's actually one of a group of reviews that inspired me to start up this site. Without further ado, Paranormal Activity 2:

     I like scary movies. Sure, they aren't always the most well-crafted films but they are often more than entertaining enough to get the job done. I thought the first Paranormal Activity was a classy and clever little film that earned it's big scares. It wasn't threatening to nab any major artistic awards, but it certainly hit more often than it missed. I went into Paranormal Activity 2 hoping to find more. More of what worked and less of what didn't. I can't say that I was completely disappointed, but I definitely was not impressed.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Drive (2011)

Yes, this picture is big. This is because it's one of the best movie posters ever made. This is a fact.

     Purely and simply, Drive is a love story to 70's and 80's Carsploitation action extravaganzas. It's a film that embraces the genre, warts and all, and packs it neatly into an art-house box. Nicholas Windig Refn's unique take on this type of film makes it play more like a slow-burning character study than a down and dirty crowd-pleaser. While this direction keeps Drive from being as easily accessible to mainstream audiences as the films it pays homage to, it still keeps the fast cars, gruff gangsters, helpless ingenues, cheesy synth-pop and all else needed to induce white-line fever. You just need to give the film time to seduce you. Drive is beautiful, violent, poetic, and brutal.