Archive for the A+ Review Category

She Said, She Said: BRIDESMAIDS

Posted in A+ Review, Random Tidbits with tags , , , on May 17, 2011 by xymarla
 
Welcome to a new feature at Badass Digest, wherein April Swartz and I make the radical assumption that not all of BAD’s readers are men! First topic of discussion: BRIDESMAIDS. Is it the messiah of the chick flick, the female version of THE HANGOVER, or just a really good comedy?
 
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TV Review: AMC’s THE KILLING Pilot: “The Cage”

Posted in A+ Review, Television Review with tags , , , , , on April 4, 2011 by xymarla

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AMC’s The Killing premiered last night with a compelling two-hour episode that could set the standard for the new procedural drama. Read all about the absolutely terrific pilot with my non-spoilery review over at Badass Digest!

Recap of Smallville’s 200th episode “Homecoming!”

Posted in A+ Review, Television Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 19, 2010 by xymarla

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MAN OH MAN what an ep! Read my recap of the stunning milestone episode over at Watchtower!

Fantastic Fest!

Posted in A+ Review, Action Movie Review, Film Review, Horror Movie Review, Sci-Fi Movie Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 30, 2010 by xymarla

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You guys! I went to Fantastic Fest last weekend! True, I was only there for 2 days with a daytime badge, so I missed just about every single huge premiere. AND YET! I had an amazing time, saw incredible films, hung out and sang karaoke with celebrities, and I can’t wait to go back next year! Let this be a lesson to you, friends. You can totally do Fantastic Fest with no money and no time. It’s doable!

So I’m not going to get into the parties/celebrities aspect of it, even though that’s definitely a significant part of the festival, just because I know my bestie poshdeluxe will be doing  a far more thorough job of that very shortly. I’ll be sure to link to her FF post as soon as it’s up, and in the meantime, I’m going to stick to the movies!

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Machete Maidens Unleashed (2010)

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Director: Mark Hartley (in attendance)

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Piranha 3D

Posted in A+ Review, Action Movie Review, Film Review, Horror Movie Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 25, 2010 by xymarla

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You may think this grade is a wild overestimation. After all, in earning an A+ on this blog, Piranha 3D is in the company of such gruesome cinematic feats as Candyman and Hellraiser. But for what it is—an uproarious, 88 minute schlockfest drenched in gore and teeming with glorious, fully dimensional nudity—Piranha 3D is FLAWLESS!

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Holy shit, you guys! I LOVE THIS MOVIE SO CRAZY MUCH! After reading several fantastic reviews and hearing some bordering-on-sacrilege praise from my friends, my expectations were outrageously high. Mr. Marla kept warning me: “Don’t build it up too much!” but I couldn’t help myself. I built that shit HIGH, my friends. ALL THE WAY UP. And I STILL wasn’t prepared for the utter transcendence that was this movie. Continue reading

David Cronenberg Retrospective: The Fly

Posted in A+ Review, Film Review, Horror Movie Review, Retrospective: David Cronenberg, Sci-Fi Movie Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on July 16, 2010 by xymarla

  

Welcome back to the David Cronenberg Retrospective! Our next entry marks a transitional period for Sir Cronenberg, an evolution into the more accessible, character-driven stories that make up the latter part of his career. Cronenberg’s 1986 film The Fly, a remake of the 1958 flick by the same name, is a human story swathed in genre trappings. Really icky, awesome, genre trappings.  

 

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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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It’s Recommends Day Wednesday!

Posted in A+ Review, Film Review, Horror Movie Review, Recommends Day Wednesday with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 7, 2010 by xymarla

As I watched Slither with the hubs for the umpteenth time on Saturday, reveling in the brilliance and the carnage, I was suddenly struck by a cold flash of panic. “Oh my god,” I muttered, chewing on my bottom lip, wringing my hands, prostrate with chagrin.

 “I forgot to put Slither on my Top 50 List.”

Now, as it so happens, after days of self-castigation and a vow to put things right as soon as I got back to my computer (Marla’s been on vacation!), I realized that, no, I actually had NOT forgotten to place Slither on my Top 50 Horror Movies of the Decade list. I also, in case you were wondering, did not neglect to include it on my Top 10 Halloween Must-See Movies list. Apparently, I’ve written about Slither all up and down this blog, so I have finally acknowledged that my misplaced anxiety and guilt are due to the fact that this mother needs a post of her very own! And so she shall have. Continue reading

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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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