The Host shows you can follow monster movie conventions while telling an interesting story.
This film is objectively terrible. As an adaptation, it is inexplicable (well, Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo are actually pretty good choices for Mario and Luigi, but that's where it ends). It's no surprise that it sunk in both box-office and critical terms. Yet I love it so dearly, with such ambivalence in the proper sense … Continue reading Super Mario Bros. (1993)
It's possible I pay too much attention to Rotten Tomatoes on this blog, but The Craft has a paltry 50%. A wrong that must be righted. I may be biased by 90s nostalgia. I played 'light as a feather, thick as a board' because of this film, I still love plaid and Portishead, and this film is … Continue reading The Craft (1996)
The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has some positive qualities. The franchise effectively straddles mass audience appeal with nerdy, interlocking comic book adaptations. Many of the single-hero films; the first Thor, the first Captain America, the first two Iron Man films; are cheeky fun. Jessica Jones is one of the best shows on Netflix, and I look … Continue reading Captain America: Civil War (2016)
Korean director Park Chan-wook crossed over into 'Western' popularity with culty, ultraviolent festival-hit Oldboy. This was a thematic sequel to the less well-known Sympathy for Mister Vengeance, in a trilogy that concluded with the disappointing Sympathy for Lady Vengeance. In my rarely-humble opinion, Sympathy for Mister Vengeance is the best of the three. Like Chan-wook's earlier … Continue reading Sympathy for Mister Vengeance (2002)
Full disclosure: I'm a huge fan of survival horror, so 10 Cloverfield Lane is basically designed for me. That said, my love for the genre also means I have standards. I enjoy the odd mediocre Aliens ripoff (and you may have noticed that's basically a genre unto itself), but very few films reach the intensity required to make … Continue reading 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)
I'd honestly lost track of Marjane Satrapi's work after the excellent Persepolis, so on a spare night looking for a film to please a group with diverse tastes, The Voices was a pleasant surprise to stumble across. This is a black comedy, with a very dicey concept that could go wrong in all sorts of ways. Ryan Reynolds … Continue reading The Voices (2014)