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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: 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

When Will We See Guillermo’s Next CRONOS?

Posted in Film Review, Horror Movie Review with tags , , , , , , on February 14, 2011 by xymarla

Yeah, yeah. We’re all excited about Frankenstein and At the Mountains of Madness. But when can we see Guillermo’s next original screenplay? Check out my post over at Badass Digest.

Is Black Swan the Perfect Blue Remake We’ve Been Waiting For?

Posted in Film Review, Horror Movie Review with tags , , , , on December 14, 2010 by xymarla

Guys, I have a new column over at Badass Digest! I AM SO EXCITED! My first post is about the similarities of Aronofsky’s Black Swan and the 1998 anime Perfect Blue. CHECK IT OUT and leave a sister a comment, yo!

Remake vs. Original: Let Me In vs. Let the Right One In

Posted in Film Review, Horror Movie Review, Remake vs. Original with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 20, 2010 by xymarla

Welcome back to Remake vs. Original, wherein Hollywood must answer to my poison pen for their incessant remakes! Today we bring you the ULTIMATE BATTLE:

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Round One: The basics.

Let Me In. USA, 2010. Written and directed by Matt Reeves. 116 mins.

Let the Right One In. Sweden, 2008. Written by John Ajvide Lindqvist from his own novel. Directed by Tomas Alfredson. 115 mins.

Title:

Let Me In is the title of the American release of the novel, because publishers thought the original title was too long. I happen to love long titles, and Let Me In just doesn’t have the same poetry. -2

Let The Right One In is one of the eeriest and most elegant titles ever, and it’s the one chosen by novelist Lindqvist. If it’s good enough for him, it should be good enough for you, AMERICA. +2

Country:

Speaking of AMERICA, I love my country bunches. But not when it comes to remaking foreign movies that just came out two years before. I never EVER like that, because JUST READ SUBTITLES, AMERICA. It’s super easy! -1

Sweden! They have snow and Lisbeth Salander and reindeer and aquavit and the Sami! I took a class on the Sami people once and they are quite interesting. Also, meat pies! I forget, did I mention Lisbeth Salander? +2 (for Lisbeth) Continue reading

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