Archive for April, 2010

Dolan’s Cadillac

Posted in Action Movie Review, Film Review, Horror Movie Review with tags , , , , on April 28, 2010 by xymarla

Dolan’s Cadillac is a reasonably faithful adaptation of the Stephen King short story of the same name, from his excellent compilation Nightmares and Dreamscapes. It’s a story I truly enjoyed, but it probably never should have been adapted into a film. Because yiiiikes! This baby is incoherent!

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It’s News Day Tuesday!

Posted in Movie News, News Day Tuesday, Television News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 27, 2010 by xymarla

Extra! Extra! James Cameron knows how to make some money!

Surprising no one, Avatar destroyed DVD and Blu-Ray records with its release on Earth Day. I’m curious to see if Pandora holds up on my (admittedly awesome) 2D television. (Read my Avatar review here.)

The internet’s abuzz with news of a new 3D sequel to The Ring. Why anyone cares is a mystery to me.

Bryan Singer and Usual Suspects writer Christopher McQuarrie are reuniting for Jack the Giant Killer. Sometimes this team is flawless. Sometimes they make Valkyrie. Continue reading

Kick-Ass

Posted in Comic Book Movie Review, Film Review with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 21, 2010 by xymarla

You guys! Hit Girl and Big Daddy is totally the best movie I’ve seen this year! It’s so heartwarming and original and provocative at the same time! I love their relationship and their fearlessness, and…oh wait.  This movie is called Kick-Ass? Well, I guess it’s still pretty awesome.

Matthew Vaughn’s adaptation of Mark Millar’s comic book  is fiercely entertaining. The superhero genre has been taking itself far too seriously of late (Dark Knight, I’m looking at you!), and Kick-Ass takes those gloomy conventions, drenches them in twisted irony and spits them back out.

Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson, center) is an ordinary, somewhat nerdy high school student. There’s no romantic devastation to his life. His mother died of an aneurism when he was young, but he lives with a loving and attentive father. He’s got a couple of friends, a curly moptop, no special powers and no all-consuming lust for vengeance. Dave’s understated voice-over tells us early on not to expect a lot of melodrama from his origin story: “Like most people my age, I just existed.” Continue reading

It’s News Day Tuesday!

Posted in Movie News, News Day Tuesday, Television News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 20, 2010 by xymarla

Extra! Extra! Jane Lynch does a better Madonna than Madonna!

Yes, that woman can do ANYTHING. In other Glee news, Matthew Morrison (Mr. Schuester) gives a charming interview to Vulture and blows my mind with a breakdance-off versus Other Asian. Look forward to the Madonna episode tonight!

Big Tits Zombie 3D wins the award for awesomest title and most promising trailer of the week. Ping-Pong Zombie! Sushi Zombie! And most importantly, Strippers vs. Zombie!!

The legendary Samuel L. Jackson talks about his role as the legendary Nick Fury in Iron-Man 2 and teases us with some Avengers scoop. Continue reading

Why Twin Peaks Is the Greatest Show in the History of Television

Posted in A+ Review, Random Tidbits, Television Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 15, 2010 by xymarla

Twenty years and one week ago, Mark Frost and David Lynch’s Twin Peaks premiered on ABC and changed television forever. I was eight years old and only peripherally aware of the revolutionary series. I recall watching an early ep and feeling strangely drawn to it, but being tied to the TV whims of my parents, I never saw another episode until college—at which point I became completely consumed and have cycled through the series on a continual loop ever since.

Other, more intelligent writers than I have expounded on what makes Twin Peaks so brilliant, so compelling, so avant-garde and yet so timeless. I’m a shallow lady, however, indulging in shallow delights, and so will merely present to you my superficial reasons that Twin Peaks is the Greatest Show In the History of Television.

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David Cronenberg Retrospective: The Dead Zone

Posted in Film Review, Horror Movie Review, Retrospective, Retrospective: David Cronenberg with tags , , , , , , on April 14, 2010 by xymarla

David Cronenberg’s adaptation of Stephen King’s novel The Dead Zone is so straightforward, I found myself forgetting that it was a Cronenberg joint. Throughout my viewing, I was all, “But wait! Where are the rage tumors? I haven’t seen any brain sucking yet! Are you seriously telling me that there are NO bloody VCR stomachs in this movie?”

Of course, The Dead Zone is about clairvoyance and telepathy, causality and fate—hardly mainstream themes—but there are very few gory manual effects, which just seems wrong in a Cronenberg movie. I want more ‘splodey heads! And ‘splodey eyeballs! And ‘splodey torsoes! It’s okay to want that, right?

That being said, The Dead Zone is a seriously good movie, as well as a solid adaptation of the source material. In addition to being a Cronenberg fan, I’m also a fervent Stephen King fan, so it’s a little wacky that I’d never seen this movie before my recent viewing. Plus! It stars Christopher Walken! At his gravest and least caricatured self! Continue reading

It’s News Day Tuesday!

Posted in Movie News, News Day Tuesday, Television News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 13, 2010 by xymarla

Extra! Extra! My Dead Zone review FINALLY goes up tomorrow!

Yep, you heard me right, ladies and gents. DIH is back to being a real blog! With actual reviews! OF MOVIES! A hearty thanks to the dashing Jerry for subbing last week. Now on to the scoop.

twinpeaks

In honor of the 20-year anniversary of my all-time favorite show, NPR has a wonderful essay on the incomparably off-beat Twin Peaks. io9 asks: “Will there ever be another Twin Peaks?”  Uhm, obviously no. Unless David Lynch makes it. Speaking of His Strangeness, check out Lynch’s eloquently random Twitter feed. And Laura Harring teases…a sequel to Mulholland Drive?! How would that even work? Look for my post on the lasting effects of Twin Peaks later this week.

Glee

And in honor of my new favorite show’s return after a painful four-month hiatus, Vulture presents a slideshow of nerdy clique representations on the big and little screen. Freaks and Geeks represent! But dude, where’s Chloe? She should at least be alongside Andrea Zuckerman when it comes to nerdy and obsessive high school editors. Come to think of it, so should Marla. Continue reading