Now that the narcissistic rant of the day is out of the way, let’s get back to the matter at hand. Shelter (2014) written and directed by Paul Bettany (yes, Jarvis/The Vision), stars Anthony Mackie and the always engaging Jennifer Connelly in a film, that I am sorry to say, had slipped past my radar. A darker, more serious film for the previous two stars, but the engaging preview can explain in more elegant terms what the film is all about. Enjoy.
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Director: David Robert Mitchell
Starring: Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Olivia Luccardi, Jake Weary, Lili Sepe
Horror, like may genres, seems to go through trends. What was once classic monsters films such as Dracula (1931) and Frankenstein (1931) became unkillable maniacs chasing teens (played by 28 year olds) to their inevitable and, might I add, creatively gory demises (Freddy and Jason, you scamps, you). Found Footage movies resembling the Youtube Generation’s preferred method of receiving media spawned from the trend setting The Blair Witch Project back in 1999 (if you don’t feel old, lucky you). Or the Torture Porn crassness of everyday characters tortured for the pleasure of another everyday character (not a fan myself). Occasionally, a movie will come out which breaks the mold of convention, standing out from the the status quo. John Carpenter’s The Thing (1982) and Alien (1979) are examples of pictures that took common conventions and integrated them into a new style. Using Sci-Fi, Horror, desolate locals, and a unknown entity bent on chaos, as well as the greatest plot device, “Who can you trust?” they allowed us to be there with the characters and learn along with them. To sympathize with the plight as our own worst fear boiled in our bellies. It Follows (2014) is now a part of that mold breaking pantheon.
It Follows mirrors 80’s horror in many aspects. The clothes are dated, yet modern convinces are present in the form of cell phones and such. Out of place, yet oddly works. Shot in Detroit, the neighborhood has an unease which hangs over the characters throughout. Ease is brushed aside early on. The characters are genuine and act with an unknowing subtlety as the events unfold, grounding them to the audience.
Let’s talk about the story for a sec. I know that on paper this is a wacky idea and in unskilled hands could have been a disaster. Director Davis Robert Mitchell crafts an unassuming world where nothing ever happens. A perfect backdrop for a protagonist that never breaks a brisk stroll. Yet, as in the Mummy movies of yesteryear, Mitchell finds a way to make the "slow bad guy" terrifying again. I feel as though I’m saying too much so I’ll wrap it up.
|Run, don’t walk, to see It Follows.|
P.S. Read a review of The Guest. A nice sidecar to It Follows.
Monday, August 31, 2015
Saturday, August 22, 2015
Director: Steven Quale
Starring: Richard Armitage, Sara Wayne Callies, Matt Walsh, Max Deacon, Nathan Kress, Alicia Dabnam-Carey
Into The Storm (2014), from the trailer, seemed like nothing more than a Twister (1996) ripoff with a found footage chaser. And it sort of is. But that does not mean this a bad film by any means. In fact, it picks up where Twister has dated itself (still a kick ass flick).
|You can plan a pretty picnic, but you can’t predict the weather.|
I had a lot of fun time watching Into The Storm. This is exactly what you want in a disaster picture (although, a cameo from Bill Paxton would have been nice). It won’t win any Oscars but that’s not it’s purpose. Movies of this ilk are here to make us remember how cool movies can be when logic gives way to suspension of disbelief. Shut off your brain for a near perfect 1 hour 29 min runtime and have yourself some fun. But remember, in real life, PUT DOWN THE CAMERA AND RUN! Enjoy.
|This is Titus. Nuff’ said.|
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Saturday, August 8, 2015
I viewed this trailer in my darkened office while everyone was asleep. Now, I’m gonna go make some coffee and sit facing the door ’till sun up (twins in horror, always a creepfest). If you’d like to not sleep or trust children ever again, enjoy the trailer for Goodnight Mommy (2014):
Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Ryan Reynolds is back as Deadpool (2016). Naysayers of Mr. Reynolds' past role faux pas should fear not. This ain’t Green Lantern (2011) or that Wolverine (2009) monstrosity, which butchered (literally and figuratively) Deadpool the first go around. This time it’s blood, booms and belly laughs a plenty. Going back to the roots, the merc with a mouth seems headed in the right direction. But don’t take my word for it.
Monday, August 3, 2015
Director: Neill Blomkamp
Starring: Sharlto Copley, Dev Patel, Ninja, Yo-Landi Visser, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver
Chappie. Chappie, Chappie, Chappie. What to say about Chappie? I’ve been trying to form an opinion since watching the film and so far I’m more up than down (despite it’s rough go at the box office and poor critic response). Oh, how rude of me, for those of out there wondering what in the heck is a Chappie, here’s a trailer: http://www.mockfilmsblog.com/2014/11/chappie-2015.html.
Director Neill Blomkamp’s (District 9 (2009)) latest, tells the story of a robotics genius Deon (Patel), who has revolutionized the police force of South Africa with the creation of robot officers. On the verge of a bigger breakthrough in Artificial Intelligence tech, Deon steals a bot ready for the junk heap, to test out the new software. Enter a group of hooligans who have bigger plans of using the robot (affectionally named Chappie) in a robbery. Finding that the robot’s personality is that of a developing child, Chappie is torn between what is right and wrong when the conflicting influences of his creator and his captors begin to contradict one another.
This review is a weird one. Let’s start with the easy part first, then shall we, the special effects. The design of Chappie was extremely believable. Played in Mo-Cap by Sharlto Copley (a staple of Blomkamps acting crop), Chappie felt real. His movements, lighting, reactions (and hilarious imitations of street slag) all came across as there in the room with the other actors. Something that could have further driven people to dislike this picture if not done correctly. The story (although seen in other iterations before) is well imagined and executed sharply. You feel for Chappie the way you would a scared and confused child. Blomkamp knows just the right strings to pull on the creatures he envisions and never gets too outlandish or cartoony. Now, not to go too far into spoiler country, I will share one waring, the plot does a slight rope-a-dope towards the end that will either make or break your opinion on the film (that is all).
As a movie I really enjoyed Chappie. As something to think about, I’m still forming an opinion (almost tripped over a couple plot holes). There are flaws, yes, but there’s so much to like as well. The characters all grown in odd ways winding the story down some interesting paths that I didn’t expect. If you have been on the fence about watching Chappie or never heard of it to begin with, I would give it a recommend. And if you don’t like it, well, at least it had crazy looking robots doing crazy looking robot things. Which is nice.
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Director: Jabbar Raisani
Starring: Brandon Auret, Adrian Paul, Douglas Tait, Riley McClendon, Rick Ravenello
Alien Outpost (2014) (NR)- Official Trailer
Then, six months later, in wee hours of the morning, Alien Outpost (2014) graces my Netflix browser. It was kismet.
Easy. Starship Troopers (1997) with a dab of District 9 (2009), right? Kinda. Minus a steady barrage of special effects, which some might see as boring, but don’t forget, it worked in Jaws (1975). Now, to compare this film to so many others may be excessive, but the reason is not without point. In feel, it has the earmarks of other alien/action flicks. Though the message may have been missed by the spectacle.
I enjoyed Alien Outpost for what it was. The acting can be spotty at times and the effects sparse, but they were trying something on a budget. Would I give it a second viewing? Not right away, but maybe. Rainy Sunday, take a break from your binge re-watch of X-Files and pop this on. The truth will still be out there when you go back.
Monday, July 27, 2015
Starring: Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Hayley McElhinney, Daniel Henshall, Barbara West
Every now and again we stumble across a new and innovative looking film trailer that pricks up our senses, giving us hope that there are still original ideas left in the over troped world of cinema. Trailers, which bring us that feeling which my lucky generation had during the Indie era of filmmaking. Where a story didn’t fit a mold that was set years before by the cookie cutter flicks which became the standard. New concepts tackling bigger issues than man saves damsel in distress or god forbid another B.S. horror villain that will spews out the next big franchise. Many moons ago I came across one such trailer (as many on the internet did) called The Babadook (2014). "What the hell is a Babdook?” was an utterance heard anytime I recommended it to family or friends. “Just watch,” was always my reply. And with that, let’s hop in the Wayback machine and check out a trailer posted many months ago: www.mockfilmsblog.com/2014/12/the-babadook-2014-nr.html... All caught up. Wonderful. Let’s get into it then.
The Babadook, directed by first time feature writer/director Jennifer Kent, tells the story of a single mother named Amelia (played disconcertingly perfect by Essie Davis) who is coming to grips with both the death of her husband as well as the trying needs of her only son Samuel (Noah Wiseman in an unnervingly strong performance), who, after finding a strange pop-up book, believes an evil entity named The Babadook has become more than just a character from the macabre bedtime tale. After strange occurrences around her home coupled with Samuel’s increasingly erratic behavior continue, Amelia begins to break. Disturbed by her Samuel's obsession with protecting her from the (possibly) imaginary being, Amelia lapses into a mental state which questions whether there is something wrong with her weapon building son or have her own limit of stress driven her over the edge of sanity.
|Have fun sleeping.|
Monday, July 20, 2015
Director: Peyton Reed
Starring: Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Bobby Cannavale, Judy Greer, Michael Pena, David Dastmalchian, T.I.
In the final stage of Phase 2, Marvel comes out swinging with the hero least likely: Ant-Man. This title made the general population not in the comics-know snicker at how silly a hero called Ant-Man (2015) sounded. But to the naysayers, I must protest. Least you forget the laughter bellowed through the internet as we were told that Vin Diesel would play a sentient tree or that Bradley Cooper would be voicing an anthropomorphized raccoon (which Rocket denies being, of course)? “Marvel has lost it!” we cried as our beloved heroes were becoming ridiculous. But in retrospect, it was a genius play by the filmmakers and our hearts were Marvel’s once more. And Ant-Man is no exception.
a blast on screen) hires Scott for a heist that could save the world. Given a top secret suit, capable of shrinking the wearer to the size of an insect while retaining the strength of a full grown person. Oh yeah, and he controls ants. Ok. It’s a bit much to take in.
|Best. Ant Farm. Ever.|
|This Kid = Comedy Gold|