Archive for the Film Review Category

Review: YELLOWBRICKROAD

Posted in Film Review, Horror Movie Review with tags , , on August 18, 2011 by xymarla

YellowBrickRoad caught my interest the moment I saw the eerie trailer, but its theatrical release was limited and I missed it. The film just came out on DVD, and it’s absolutely worth a watch. A confusing, unsettling, frustrating watch.

Read the review over at Badass Digest!

Borders Line: Why Is RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES Such A Hit?

Posted in Film Review, Random Tidbits with tags on August 18, 2011 by xymarla

It’s number one at the box office and demonstrating staying power. Critical reception has been largely glowing. Sure, Rise of the Planet of the Apes is a breathtaking film that combines spectacular technological achievement with a moving, character-driven story, and it should be a hit. But for the life of me, I still can’t believe that it is.

Read more over at Badass Digest!

Borders Line: Here’s A Bunch Of Stuff You Should Watch

Posted in Action Movie Review, Comic Book Movie Review, Film Review, Horror Movie Review, Sci-Fi Movie Review, Television Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on July 12, 2011 by xymarla
 
Today I’m offering up some odds and ends. I’ve intended to write a separate post for most of these shows and movies that I’ve lately enjoyed (or in many cases, enjoyed for the fourth or fifth time), but the days are waning and I’m experiencing an increasingly desperate need to push these recommendations on you as soon as possible. Much of the below is available free-streaming, because that’s how I relish most of my entertainment. Cheaply, and from the pajamas-clad comfort of my couch.
 
Read them all over at Badass Digest!  

MR. BROOKS

Posted in Film Review, Horror Movie Review with tags , , , , , on May 18, 2011 by xymarla

So many characters with so much trite, stupid backstory. So many serial killers. So many twists. So many dropped storylines. Such a weak-ass ending. Meet Mr. Brooks.

Mr. Brooks stars Kevin Costner as a wealthy Portland businessman, family man and philanthropist. Also he’s a serial killer. So there’s that. The movie casts a scenery-hungry William Hurt as his personified, murderous inner voice, so there’s that, too. Demi Moore plays the hard-boiled detective with an eerie insight into Mr. Brooks’ modus operandi, and Dane Cook plays a mechanical engineer who decides he also wants to be a serial killer. That’s right: Kevin Costner, Demi Moore, and Dane Cook. You would be forgiven for thinking this movie was made in the 90s. You would also be wrong. 2007, my friends!

Read it in the Make It Stop feature over at Badass Digest!

An Impassioned Defense of JENNIFER’S BODY

Posted in Film Review, Horror Movie Review with tags , , , , , , on April 7, 2011 by xymarla

Rewatching JENNIFER’S BODY just reminds me what a damned shame it is that this movie was panned and ignored. I blame you.

Check out my post at Badass Digest, wherein I make an impassioned defense of the movie, of screenwriter Diablo Cody and yes, of Megan Fox.

Insidious

Posted in Film Review, Horror Movie Review with tags , , , , , on April 5, 2011 by xymarla

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Insidious, from Saw creators James Wan and Leigh Whannell, is a haunted house movie with no haunted house—but that’s not to say it isn’t haunting.  The film has legitimate scare value for a gore-free PG-13 release, and for a little over an hour I was certain this film could do no wrong.  Then I visited The Further.

Insidious tells the story of the Lamberts, who have just moved into a spacious and spooky new home. Mother Renai (Rose Byrne) attempts to further her songwriting career while raising their three children, Dalton (Ty Simkins), Other Son, and Annoying Baby.  Her husband Josh (Patrick Wilson) is a teacher who plays the fun parent to the kids while remaining ultimately checked out of any home drama.  One night, a couple of weeks into their new residence, Dalton wanders into an attic that opens by itself and he falls down a ladder. He appears to be fine, but he goes to sleep that night and doesn’t wake up the next morning. Dalton is in a coma for three months.

THREE MONTHS LATER. Scary shit happens! Continue reading

The 12 Best Film Adaptations of Beloved Books

Posted in Film Review, Top List with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 3, 2011 by xymarla

The latest adaptation of one of my favorite novels, Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre, opens next week. Mia Wasikowska is ideally cast as the solemn governess, and Sin Nombre‘s Cary Fukunaga is an intriguing choice of director. I’d like to believe this adaptation will do justice to the dark, creepy, romantic-yet-feminist novel that I love so well. Here’s hoping, and in the meantime, here are twelve feature films that certainly did live up to the kick-ass novels from which they were adapted.

Check ’em out over at Badass Digest!