The Green Inferno (2013)

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Horror fans have been anxiously awaiting Eli Roth’s latest flick The Green Inferno, which has been stuck in limbo since it’s premiere at the Toronto International Film Fest in 2013.  The Green Inferno was finally released this past weekend and is just as divisive among horror fans as Roth’s previous entries in the genre have been.  This gory throwback/update to the cannibal genre stars Eli Roth’s wife Lorenza Izzo the heroine Justine.  She’s a college student as well as the daughter of widowed U.S. Diplomat Charles (the great Richard Burgi).  She unfortunately falls for the head of a group of social justice warriors named Alejandro (Ariel Levy) who has a wall sized Che Guevera poster in their meeting room who wishes to use Justine’s status as a diplomat’s daughter to capitalize on his protest of a bulldozing project going on in the Amazon. Continue reading

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Uncertain (2015)

uncertainOnce again, the Milwaukee Film Fest has arrived.  Uncertain was this years film sponsored by the fine folks at Milwaukee Movie Talk who were once again kind enough to provide me and my fiancee with free passes for the film (and we got to use this time them unlike last year’s fiasco).  Uncertain is a documentary focusing on three lives in the small town of the films namesake in Texas, that’s right on the Louisiana border.  The population of the town is 94 and life is focused pretty much on Caddo Lake, a conversational wetland as designated in 1971 under the Ramsar Treaty.  Caddo Lake provides the town with it’s economic opportunity.  An invasive species of algae has covered the lake and threatens to dry it up, as well as killing it’s wildlife. Continue reading

Roar (1981)

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Noel Marshall, producer of The Exorcist, husband of Tippi (The Birds) Hedren, and father of Melanie Griffith had an idiotic idea to make a movie with his own pet lions and tigers setting out to attack his own family.  The film took eleven years to make, cost $17 million, recouped only $2 million of that upon it’s release, and damn near got him and his entire family killed along with sixty-five crew members.  That film is called Roar, and the recounts of the brutality the cast and crew suffered at the paws and maws of it’s furry co-stars is really a far cry different from what happens on screen. Continue reading

The Crow: Curare (Comic Review)

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I have to admit after reading the last Crow outing, I pretty much had written off the franchise.  A couple weeks ago after re-watching the original Brandon Lee film, I had a nostalgia boner and did some googling up on the comics.  In high school, I was a Crow fanatic and pretty much read all the comics and the movies until the diminishing returns became too soul-crushingly disappointing to bear.  During my  internet searching, I came across this new Crow book, The Crow:  Curare, about a little girl coming back for vengeance and assisting the cop who investigated her murder. Continue reading

The Guest (2014)

The-Guest-Poster-1The best way for me to describe this film is  “What if Capt America was The Stepfather?”.  Dan Stevens (Downtown Abbey) plays as David, a returning war vet who goes to visit the parents of his dead war buddy to give them their sons dying message.  He first meets the mother, Laura Peterson (Shelia Kelly from Lost) and immediately charms her into letting her stay with the family for a while.  Her husband objects to the idea at first, but is also charmed enough by the stranger.  Their son Luke (Brendan Meyer, iZombie) is apathetic, and the trouble comes from their daughter Anna (Maika Monroe, It Follows) immediately distrusts him. Continue reading