My first commentary track features the first entry in the “Saw” franchise. This film was made in 2004 with a budget of $1.2 million, however it went on to gross $55 million and spawn six sequels. Requires the “Saw” blu-ray or DVD for viewing and about 1 hour 45 minutes of your time.
“It Follows” is a low budget independent horror film that has gained a following over the past year after it has been making the festival rounds. I was finally able to catch a screening of it after it had been given a nation-wide release and while the film doesn’t quite live up to the hype it’s been receiving, it is certainly a new and different take on the horror genre but ultimately leaves the audience with more questions than answers and not enough scares along the way. Continue reading
A man (Josh Brolin) is held in confinement against his will for an unknown reason in Spike Lee’s adaptation of a Korean comic book and subsequent film. Suddenly, after 20 years, he is released and filled with vengeance as he tries to find the men who locked him away. To get to these people he uses the aid of a nurse (Elizabeth Olsen) and karate moves he learned from the television in his locked hotel room. Continue reading
Lance Clifton, an unpublished author and high school poetry teacher, walks into his home to find that his troubled teenage son, Kyle, has killed himself by erotic asphyxiation. To save embarrassment, Lance not only hangs his son in a closet, he also pens a suicide note. However, what Lance didn’t expect was that the entire high school would become inspired by the note. Continue reading
In writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson’s debut film, we meet a man named John (John C. Reilly) who is taken from the street into a diner by Sydney (Philip Baker Hall.) We learn that John is completely broke and can’t even pay for his mother’s funeral. Sydney offers to take him to Reno where he can show him how to turn his life around.
With the Thanksgiving Weekend now upon us, a thought crossed my mind that many people face when they have some free time on their hands. “I have a couple of hours on my hands what should I watch on Netflix?” Continue reading
Lloyd Dobler goes on a date with the valedictorian of his high school even when his friends tell him it’s a bad idea. His attitude is what’s the worst that could happen? He finds out the answer to that question but refuses to let her go in Cameron Crowe’s directorial debut. Continue reading
One of the most anticipated films of the year has finally arrived with a new director, new cast members and a throng of excited fans filling theatre seats. Does it live up to the hype or will it fall into the “let’s just move things along” middle chapter category?
I am looking at the poster for John Carpenter’s “The Ward” and it has a quote from a critic that says “Carpenter proves he is still the master of shock.” That is clearly a statement taken out of context because the next sentence must be something like, “This movie is so bad it is shocking Carpenter could be involved.”
Apologies for my absence over the past year. I’m back with a vengeance and the resources to write even more and I plan to do so. Please spread the word on social network sites, all of which can be found all around the site. Again, thank you for coming back to the site with me and now let’s talk about movies.