Paul W.S. Anderson makes semi-big budget B-movies that repel critics as much as they attract a hardcore group of fans. In his most ambitious film yet, Anderson gives us the best bits from Alexandre Dumas’ The three Musketeers – and airships! In 3D! And, yes, it’s great fun!
Continue reading The Three Musketeers – It Ain’t Art But Boy Is It Fun!
Everything that the ultra-low budget did right, The Fourth Kind gets wrong. The mawkish, amateurish Paranormal Activity felt more real by doing very little, but timing it well and giving us characters we could care about – even if they weren’t the brightest bulbs on the chandelier.
The Fourth Kind purports to be a combination of genuine archival footage and re-enactments of the events that ruined Alaskan psychologist Dr. Abigail Tyler’s life and stole her daughter. It’s not spoiling anything to say that these events involve alien abductions. In the “re-enactments,” Tyler is played by Milla Jovovich and, from the start, she shows little in the way of nuance. She’s either almost whispering, or wailing. She’s shown a much wider range in the mediocre, but entertaining Resident Evil films than she shows here.
Continue reading MOVIE REVIEW: The Fourth Kind – Cynical, Manipulative Tripe!
Okay, kiddies… We’ve got all manner of strangeness for you, today. First up is Quentin Tarantino’s fusion of cars & babes flicks with slasher movies, Death Proof – in it’s extended [by which we mean full] version. Then there’s the new repackaging of the first two Resident Evil movies in what they’re calling the Resurrection Edition. Hey! Zombie dogs! Next we’ve got the original 3:10 To Yuma – a much different version than the recent, excellent film – but just as twisted. Finally, Jim Henson’s first full length feature with only puppets, the amazing The Dark Crystal – in this spiffy 25th Anniversary Edition!
Continue reading Death Proof: Extended and Unrated; Resident Evil/Resident Evil: Apocalypse Resurrection Edition; 3:10 To Yuma; The Dark Crystal: 25th Anniversary Edition
I’m a gamer and have covered the game industry for as long as I covered the film industry and just like the film industry I have a tendency to go my own way and be contrarian. When the Resident Evil series first launched and everyone raved about the game, I was the lone voice that intensely disliked it. And up until Resident Evil 4 (a near perfect game), I’ve never liked the Resident Evil Series. But it’s interesting that while I never particularly cared for the games, I really dug the films – which admittedly most people hate, primarily because it’s different enough from the games, but still pays homage to them. For instance I marked out to the ending of the first Resident Evil because it was an exact replica of the game trailer for RE2. And hey I just like Milla Jovovich (Alice) so sue me. Continue reading Resident Evil: Extinction Is Not Bad. Michelle Alexandria’s Review!