Archive for February, 2010

Shutter Island

Posted in Film Review, Horror Movie Review with tags , , , , , , , on February 25, 2010 by xymarla

Marty! You are too old for this amateur bullshit!

I can’t even tell you how excited I was about this movie. A new Martin Scorsese genre flick?! (Dear people on the internet who keep insisting this is Scorsese’s first fright flick: rent Cape Fear. You can thank me later.) The film has a splendid cast, the absolute raddest instrumental soundtrack ever, and oh by the by, it’s directed by MARTIN FUCKING SCORSESE. So what went wrong? Let’s investigate, shall we? Continue reading

House (Hausu) 1977

Posted in Contributor: Jon, Fantasy Movie Review, Film Review, Horror Movie Review with tags , on February 24, 2010 by Jon

by: Reverend Jon

“House, HOUSE” moans a throaty man’s voice in time with the opening animation, and with that you know that you’re getting into something a little bit…different.

This movie is notorious in the weird-manga-loving community and I had only seen YouTube excerpts of it. It’s unavailable in any official format, and I had never tried looking for a bootleg to download. Then, much to my delight, they started screening a brand-new, never-before-seen-in-the-US 35mm print at the IFC Center here in New York. I got tickets and the BF and I went for the sold-out screening on Valentine’s Day. What can I say? I’m a romantic.

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It’s News Day Tuesday!

Posted in Movie News, News Day Tuesday, Television News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 23, 2010 by xymarla

 

Extra! Extra! Looks like I'm the one who has some words to eat!

 Yes, despite my taunting of Eric Kripke last week,  he actually is sticking with his original plan of ditching Supernatural after five seasons. Next season will bring a new arc and a new showrunner! Not sure how I feel about this; I may just pretend the series ends with this year’s finale.

Supernatural‘s Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Sam Worthington will star in a movie about League City’s I-45 “killing fields,” where as many as 70 bodies have turned up over the years.

Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, director of the excellent 28 Weeks Later, has a new film out called The Intruders, a fright flick centered around an 11-yr-old girl. No more details yet, but I’m excited!

The new international Tron Legacy poster is out and awesome. Continue reading

The Wolfman

Posted in Film Review, Horror Movie Review with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 17, 2010 by xymarla

The Wolfman just might be the worst movie I have ever enjoyed. A lot.

Disclaimer: It was Jerry’s birthday and we celebrated by enjoying margaritas before the movie, a quantity of which I will define as “some.” So it’s entirely possible that you might not enjoy this movie as much as I did. This could also depend on whether your specific tastes are as uniquely suited to The Wolfman as mine: camp, werewolves, bloody Victorian gothic, the word “prurient”, soap operas, and Benicio Del Toro. Oh and also camp some more. Unintentional camp, most particularly. This screenplay was just not in on the joke. The director, Joe Johnston (stepping in for original director Mark Romanek), wasn’t in on the joke either. But it certainly seemed as if the leads were!

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It’s News Day Tuesday!

Posted in Movie News, News Day Tuesday, Television News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 16, 2010 by xymarla

Extra! Extra! Time to get trashed on hurricanes and earn some beads!

 Happy News Day Fat Tuesday, everyone! 

 

Check out this interview with Linda Woolverton, wherein the screenwriter for Alice in Wonderland marvels at her own audacity. You can read more Alice soundbites from Tim Burton and Johnny Depp here

 

Sam Raimi hates giant squids as much as Zack Snyder does. Where’s the giant squid love, y’all? Continue reading

Happy Birthday, blog!

Posted in Blog News, Random Tidbits on February 12, 2010 by xymarla

That’s right everyone—Danny Isn’t Here is officially one year old! Thanks for sticking by me for 365 days of horror, sci-fi, fantasy, comic book flicks and other stuff I like!

To check out an archive of every review and post I’ve ever done over the past year, from Hellraiser to Zombieland, go here.

In the next year I hope to turn News Day Tuesday into a vlog, restructure my categories and just generally try to refine my messy little baby. If you have any suggestions, comments or feedback, hit me up! maborders@gmail.com

Zombieland

Posted in A+ Review, Film Review, Horror Movie Review, Quickie Review with tags , , , , , , , , on February 11, 2010 by xymarla

I’m going to keep this one short, because I was almost certainly the last person in America to see this movie, so you’re probably all, “Duh, Marla! Way to jump on the late train!”

Zombieland is riotous and original, perfectly timed at 88 breathless minutes that are jam-packed with action, superb effects, priceless one-liners and a surprising amount of heart. Jesse Eisenberg plays (of course) the awkward and nerdy Columbus, who is uniquely suited to survive the zombie apocalypse due to his neuroses, paranoia and cowardice. He meets up with Tallahassee, a reckless, Twinkie-obsessed, redneck Woody Harrelson at his very best. I’m not kidding—this movie could have starred ONLY Woody Harrelson and it still would have been my favorite movie ever.

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It’s News Day Tuesday!

Posted in Movie News, News Day Tuesday, Television News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 9, 2010 by xymarla

Extra! Extra! People still insist on reporting on the Terminator franchise!

Yes, that’s right, ladies and gentlemen. Terminator is back on the table after a furious bidding war for the rights to the franchise, held between Lionsgate, Sony and dubiously worthy company Pacificor, which won the day. Can’t wait for the repoop! 

 

This is all very grain of salty, but Warner Bros. is said to have brought in Christopher Nolan to “godfather” a reboot of the Superman franchise in the same vein of his wildly successful Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. Allegedly (hopefully?) the new inception would have nothing to do with Bryan Singer’s Superman Returns film and would not star Brandon Routh. Nolan would not direct, only sprinkle some of his gold fairy dust to make it awesome.  Continue reading

Smallville: Absolute Justice

Posted in A+ Review, Television News, Television Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 8, 2010 by xymarla

(Like this post? Check out my other blog Watchtower, your information home base for all things Smallville!)

Guys, how bad-ass was Smallville: Absolute Justice?! INSANELY BAD-ASS, is what I’m saying.

Stargirl, Hawkman, Dr. Fate, Icicle and Amanda Waller all dropped in to pay our beloved Metropolis residents a little visit. And then…shit got awesome!

Geoff Johns did a brilliant job of writing a standalone ep for DC Comics lovers while advancing the plot of several Smallville threads. I am loath to spoil any reveals of this spectacular 2-hour episode, so let me just say: the advances in respects to Martian Manhunter, Watchtower and the Justice League family, the fates of Clark, Chloe and Lois, and the little bomb Dr. Fate dropped on Clark regarding a certain nemesis were all mind-blowing! Continue reading

David Cronenberg Retrospective: Videodrome

Posted in A+ Review, Contributor: Jon, Film Review, Horror Movie Review, Retrospective, Retrospective: David Cronenberg, Sci-Fi Movie Review with tags , , , , , on February 4, 2010 by Jon

by: Reverend Jon

When Marla allowed me to choose which movie to review for the David Cronenberg Retrospective, Videodrome was my answer. The movies that resonate with me are those that explore real issues and fears and cause me to think differently about life and the world around me. Videodrome is undoubtedly that kind of movie.

Videodrome is about intersections, or perhaps even collisions, between loaded concepts: pain and pleasure, technology and the human body. I will say right now that it is easy to watch this movie and dismiss it as dated and irrelevant, cheesy even, but I argue that the underlying ideas are relevant today.

From the very beginning, we know that this is no ordinary movie. We are introduced to Max Renn (James Woods, whose waxy complexion lends itself to the manual effects) by his wakeup call, which at first seems eerily prescient, a woman on TV addressing the viewer by name and who knows the date, but then later we realize that this was recorded in advance. Continue reading