Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

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From the director of Happy Feet comes the fourth entry in his Mad Max saga, Fury Road.  Die-hard fans of the series, please forgive my ignorance regarding it as it’s been many, many years since I’ve watched the earlier entries in the series and my biggest memory of it is loving the Tina Turner theme song from Mad Max:  Beyond Thunderdome.  It is then to my benefit that Fury Road follows the trend of the other sequels where the earlier entries don’t really matter as far as continuity goes; all you really need to know is that in a crapsack future there is a lone hero named Max who traverses the landscape with the loss of his family and loved ones weighing heavily on his heart. Continue reading

That Awkward Moment When You Realize Dollman Was a Stand Up Comedian

I always liked this guy as a kid.  I’m sure I’m not the only one who grew up watching him in Full Moon/Charles Band films* where he played the quick-witted, but stoic, anti-heroes in Trancers and Dollman.  I always thought he was a good actor, and up there with John Saxon as far as favorite genre guys.  Interestingly enough, I came across this while looking through the comment section of the A.V. Club’s article on the Death Wish series in which they focus on the more unpleasant aspects of the series.  I can’t deny the things they say exist, however, I think they miss the point that the films were meant to be escapist grindhouse fare, and not the treatise on conservatism it’s painted as.  The comments section, as always with the site, is incredibly entertaining as quips about the series and fond recollections are posted, as well as the inevitable Simpsons reference.  One of the more interesting comments notes the girl who played Bronson’s daughter in the first film was also the commenters history teacher.  He notes it was odd seeing her ass spray painted in a film and then going to class the next day, to which one guy says “Yeah teachers have lives outside of class, how strange!” and someone quips back “Yeah seeing a teacher naked on screen isn’t exactly the same as bumping into her at the gas station”.

*I’m going to be really embarrassed if I’m the only one who remembers Tim Thomerson.

The Conspiracy (2012)

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I just finished watching this little film on Netflix and I must say I did like it a lot.  The Conspiracy loosely falls under the “found footage” genre, but is more accurately a mockumentary.  A couple film makers are doing a documentary about on-line conspiracy theories when they meet a local man named Terrance G.  As they begin talking with him, they realize just how much the things he says makes a strange sort of logic.  Interspersed with the interview footage of Terrance are news reports of events he’s talking about, as well as newspaper and magazine articles.  Suddenly, Terrance disappears, and the two documentarians are left with the conundrum of what happened to him.  Was he a paranoid schizophrenic, or are more nefarious forces at work? Continue reading

Sabotage (2014)

sabotage_ver7Arnold Schwarzenegger has had an incredible career resurgence over the past few years. Most of them have been cheesy action yarns that call back to his past glory as an action star, complete with one-liners and comedic relief. Sabotage is the antithesis of all of that. This is not a very fun movie, people expecting a funny Arnold and a feel good story are going to be gutted by what they see here. The film opens on a home video recording of a woman being tortured to death by them, setting the tone that this isn’t going to be a pleasant experience. Continue reading

The Quiet Ones (2014)

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When this came out to little or no fanfare and quite horrible reviews, I was disappointed. Thankfully fellow blogger Seven Doors of Death wrote a nice review of it after having watched it on Netflix, and so I decided to give it a go. Like any good possession flick, this film revolves around the made up events surrounding a true story. It also for some reason takes place in an alternate version of 1975 in which hair-metal band Quiet Riot exists. As far as time paradoxes go, I’m ok with this one. Continue reading

Torture Chamber (2014)

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In 2003, I was a big fan of director Dante Tomaselli’s second film, simply titled Horror.   While it definitely had it’s limitations in both budget and acting, something about it became a splinter in my mind that I haven’t been able to pick out.  Over the years, I’ve come to realize that most of my favorite films are heavy on the abstract; the narrative isn’t as important to me as the feeling I get from them, and it is because of this that I had high hopes for Tomaselli’s career.   It was no coincidence a lot of people at this time praised Tomaselli as the new coming of Fulci and Argento due to his movies operating very heavily on a dream-type logic (which helps to cover up the weakness of his actors).  Indeed, Tomaselli’s old-school approach to horror films is what has made him a hero on the horror circuit over the past few years. Continue reading