Archive for October, 2012

Movie Review: The Master

Posted in Reviews! with tags , , , , on 10/23/2012 by McCutcheon

Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, Laura Dern

Rated R for sexual content, graphic nudity and language, 137 minutes, Drama

Compare to: The Aviator (2004), There Will Be Blood (2007)

It doesn’t surprise me that a movie from Paul Thomas Anderson, director of Boogie Nights (1997) and  Magnolia (2000), would receive such unanimous critical acclaim for anything else he does. He’s a director much like Aronofsky and Kubrick, it seems he can do no wrong.

Younger audiences and casual viewers won’t care for this one, I can tell you that up front. But for those who are looking to take part in a film that isn’t going for any idea that you don’t figure out on your own- this is for you. That’s not to say it’s perfect, but it tight-rope walks the line. Continue reading

This Just In!: Alex Cross Sucks

Posted in Whatever with tags , , , , , on 10/19/2012 by McCutcheon

“You’re DONE, Madea. I’m tired of all the head slapping. I’m Morgan Freeman now.”

After some confusion about the time that I was going to see the new Tyler Perry’s Alex Cross, I entered late and caught the end. I’m thankful for this. Continue reading

Movie Review: Paranormal Activity 4

Posted in Reviews! with tags , , on 10/19/2012 by McCutcheon

Stars: Katie Featherston, Kathryn Newton, Matt Shively

Rated R for language and some violence/terror, Running time 88 minutes, Horror/Mystery

Compare to: The Messengers (2007), The Last Exorcism (2010)

It seems like just yesterday I was sitting in a dark auditorium watching the home movie recordings of a haunted house/possessed family, the other audience members screaming every time a loud thump was sounded. But it wasn’t yesterday, it was last year. And I had the same feeling in 2011, but that was recalling back to 2010. Do you get the point? These movies all feel the same.

Is that a bad thing? Well, bad is a strong word. But the series has gotten slightly stale in its delivery. In a series that hinges on it’s endings, those are what might be the most predictable aspect of the movies. The tricks and gags used throughout the film are still fun but it’s the supposed twists and “surprises” that leave the film in a wanton state. Continue reading

Killers You Can Touch

Posted in Whatever with tags , , , , , , on 10/18/2012 by McCutcheon

Boo! Tee hee, got you!

A question that gets brought up every so often among Horror fans and people who just happen to be there is one of never ending debate: What’s scarier to you, the supernatural villain, or the real, physical, unstoppable murderer? Both have their turrible traits while some people can be divided once the topic is brought up.

One seems real and immediate but to the people who find reality more disturbing, they’ll turn the supernatural into something that doesn’t affect them. Those who see ghosts and demons as more of a threat are more likely to view serial killers and their weapons as something they can deal with and trivial in comparison. This post will be discussing more of the “real” villains, the physical and tangible. Continue reading

MBTI: Horror Villains

Posted in MBTI Stuff with tags , , , , , , on 10/18/2012 by McCutcheon

Halloween is on the way, so who better to type than the only characters in Horror movies that make them worth watching? Some characters are a little more obvious to type while a couple in there are a stretch, but they work.

If I missed anybody, let me know. ISFP was a tricky one but he was an artist in his previous life so that’s something. Is there any argument on what Jason is, regardless of the movie? Didn’t think so.

Here are some of the old school guys.

*Updated October 20, 2013

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Written Rant: Evil Dead/Carrie Remakes

Posted in Whatever with tags , , , , on 10/16/2012 by McCutcheon

I love the Evil Dead movies. Not so much Army of Darkness as much even though that seems to be what the majority of the fanbase latched onto in the series. It was only a matter of time before they remade it and they’d been talking about it for years. I just got wind that it’s been in production and they’ve just released a photo of one of the Deadites in the basement. She looks like Linda Blair in The Exorcist. It’s not that this picture alone looks stupid but everything I’m seeing about it (cast, crew, plot) makes me think this is going to be one of those remakes that uses the name, certain key moments, and then abandons all else because who cares, it’s money.

I don’t know what to think in situations like these. Universally, globally, there are a million other things going on in my life that take precedence over this but I still can’t help but be annoyed. This, and I’m having a case of writer’s block today and this is something of a cure. Continue reading

Movie Review: Sinister

Posted in Reviews! with tags , , , on 10/13/2012 by McCutcheon

Stars: Ethan Hawke, Juliet Rylance, Fred Dalton Thompson, James Ransone, Nicholas King, Vincent D’Onofrio

Rated R for disturbing violent images and some terror, Running time 110 minutes, Horror/Suspense/Thriller

Compare to: The Ring (2002), The Possession (2012)

Where to start? It’s almost as though the last reviews on recent Horror movies could be copy and pasted an we could just be done with this one. The director of The Exorcism of Emily Rose creates another watchable film that seems to borrow from his brother and sister films to create something slightly different…but only slightly. So the good news is that this film is watchable, but is that all a movie needs to be for you to see it?

Judging by the numbers already, Sinister is going to make some money; but what you’re going to get is a movie better than the awful The Apparition and better than The Possession…but those weren’t great either. Though if the inch by inch progression of quality in these films is to be noted, by the end of the year if anything else in the genre comes out, we might actually have a really good thriller. Continue reading