The Crow (1994)

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A year after he and his fiancee are brutally murdered on Halloween, a young rock singer named Eric Draven comes back from the dead to “put the wrong things right”. What follows is two bloody nights of revenge as Eric tracks down the gang responsible and kills them one by one. Based on the comic of the same name by James O’Barr, The Crow is one of the first faithful comic book adaptations, and arguably one of the best. Continue reading

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Nightcrawler (2014)

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Nightcrawler is a harrowing character study about an amoral sociopath with an entrepreneurial spirit and can do attitude climbing up the ranks of freelance video services for the local news by manipulating events (and everyone around him) to suit his ends.  The story of Nightcrawler starts off  with our villain protagonist Lewis Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal, Donnie Darko, Jarhead) jobless, and trying to make ends meet by selling stolen scrap metal.  In the process, Lewis comes across a crime scene and is fascinated by a freelance news crew recording the scene.  Lewis tries to get a job with them by is turned down by the owner, Joe (Bill Paxton, Near Dark, Aliens).  Lewis pawns a stolen bike for a small camcorder and uses his wily ways and willingness to do what others won’t to go into competition with Joe by making his own videos.  He starts to sell the footage to a local news broadcaster, Nina Romina (Renee Russo, Thor, Lethal Weapon 3).  From there on, things get increasingly darker, as Louis starts to go extremes for the most compelling footage for bigger pay and more leverage over Nina and her career. Continue reading

O.H.M.A.D. 2015 Day 10: Chornicle (2012)

chronicleChronicle is a film about a young man named Andrew (Dane DeHaan, The Amazing Spider Man 2, Kill Your Darlings) whose life gets turned upside after finding something, possibly of alien origin, that gives him, his cousin Matt (Alex Russell, Carrie remake), and new friend Stephen (Micheal B. Jordan, Friday Night Lights, Creed) super powers.  While this may seem like an unlikely choice for October Horror Movie a Day, Chronicle turns into a cross between Scanners and Akira.  The film starts off with Andrew filming things on his new camera and we learn that he’s a very troubled young man.  His mother is dying, his father (Micheal Kelly, who played CJ in the Dawn of the Dead remake) is an alcoholic, and he’s bullied at school.  He doesn’t fit in and doesn’t really want too, despite the pleads from Matt to try to acclimate himself into society.  Using the camera as a buffer between himself and the real world only adds to his alienation and drives the wedge further between him and Matt. Continue reading

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