Stop motion effects maestro Ray Harryhausen's final film with crude opticals and effects even for the year 1981 in which it was released, but as stop motion always provides artisanal charm, I can't fault it for that. Just look at the young ones as a measurement of quality to see how it fares against the soulless CGI violence of "Jurassic Park: Dominion (2022)".
My daughter was more enthranced and in a state of wonder than with more recent fantasy film…
Right before Disney and Marvel is about to milk the multiverse concept completely dry comes the film that makes every other piece of entertainment using the theory as a story crutch instantly obsolete because it's been brought to perfection in "Everything Everywhere All at Once". It literally is "The Matrix (1999)" for the multiverse, it's THAT good.
Jackie Chan must have been facepalming after seeing this because the script was envisioned with him being the lead. Instead, the main part…
Leia: "I know. Somehow, I've always known."
Me: "THEN WHY DID YOU KISS HIM??"
I wasn't planning on watching this one right away, but after re-watching Empire, I suddenly felt obligated to plug in this gaping hole in my log. Return of the Jedi is a fitting end to the Star Wars saga. A fitting end until some huge corporation decides that it may want to purchase the rights and create even more revenue.
Although not the classic epic that…
Return of the Jedi, also known as Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi, is a 1983 American space epic directed by Richard Marquand and stars Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Ian McDiarmid, Billy Dee Williams, Frank Oz, Kenny Baker, Anthony Daniels, David Prowse and James Earl Jones. Set one year after The Empire Strikes Back, the story follows Luke and Leia as they attempt to save Han at Jabba the Hutt's palace on Tatooine whilst the…
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The most underrated Star Wars film in my opinion. The stuff with Luke and Vader is some of the best in the saga, Jabba’s Palace is an interesting new corner of the galaxy to explore and I personally love all the stuff on Endor.
The shot of Luke where he’s half in the light and half in the dark is an awesome bit of symbolism, and Vader’s moral dilemma and the way it plays out…
Cuckoo. Cuckoo. Is it a bird, or a state of mind?
The small details make One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest such an absolute gem. For example, there's a moment about an hour in where the late, great Vincent Schiavelli (the sad eyed guy on the train from Swayze's Ghost) is hooking a fish on a boat. The way he looks at the fish when its eye pops out is so lovely... he's inquisitive but mortified at what he's done,…
A totally meta film about Nick Cage, starring Nick Cage that is full of espionage, film nerd'isms and Paddington references and yet, the highlight was the beautifully enlightened look on Pedro Pascal's LSD face when dreaming of a role alongside his new superstar buddy.
The Secrets of Dumbledore is JK Rowling's magical wizarding world with all the wonderful characters and fun taken out. Aside from the ever-wonderful Mikkelsen, and some nice cinematography this is a mostly dry and uninspiring flop of a film packed with average performances and re-used ideas.
It wasn't clear to me who this film is supposed be for either, as it seems that the themes are to old for younger kids, and not well enough constructed for older audiences.
Apparently there are two more of these cash grabs still to come... 🤦♂️
Scream 5: Back to the Kitchen
A film with heaps of fan servicing, familiar faces and a few fun moments, but that is ultimately let down by a lack of originality. I know, I know, it's a Scream film and we gotta give the folks what they came here for, but after 20+ years of serving up the same tired narrative it really is starting to feel that the best of Ghostface and crew is behind us.
Twitterrati references and…
Sort of an outlier in Robert Rodriguez's filmography, THE FACULTY is a unique late 1990s keepsake while also being an entirely familiar experience. I say it's a RobRod outlier because, in here, he seems to be a hired gun and not part of the early development of this project. This is a Kevin Williamson script-bandaged horror. Williamson's bandaging involves bring a DAWSON'S CREEK ethos to an INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS-inspired tale. In addition, THE FACULTY is built around the…
Ultimately, I'm perfectly content with THE THING. It's written and tackled narratively as a prequel to John Carpenter's 1982 frigid, shape-shifting classic. This THING gives us the scoop about what happened at the decimated Norwegian base. Turns out, pretty much the same thing that happened to Kurt Russell and the fellas four decades ago happened to the Norwegians, too.
Matthijs Van Heinengen, as it turns out, is a huge fanboy of the Carpenter film and as such, he walks walks…
There's a lot of love--it seems to me--out there for Stephen Hopkins' PREDATOR 2. I'm happy for that, but I have to say that I'm not about to partake in a lot of it.
The choice to drop the Predator into the tensions of LA street warfare comes with an exciting backdrop of locations. The visuals of our dear alien warrior atop buildings or his tricky invisibility effect against neon lighting allows from exciting spectacle, which I'm all for. However,…