I don't know what to say about "The Dark Backward" that wouldn't be severe understatement. I could say that it's strange, but that doesn't go far enough. I could say that it is depraved, but that doesn't mean enough either. I could say it is a distinct and unique vision, but that really isn't doing the film justice. "The Dark Backward" is a beautiful disgusting mess of a film, and depending on my mood at the time I'm watching it, it can be terrible or wonderful. Perhaps it's both in equal amounts. I'll do my best to expound, but don't expect much from me. I can only do my best.
This is relatively pointless. You've already enough about "The Dark Knight" and have seen it at least once. Why the hell would you bother reading this article when you already know what to expect. The movie is great. Worth the wait. Joker sure was scary. It's too bad Heath Ledger died. What am I going to say that's new?
Listening to Dana Mennie's Q&A after the Freak Show screening of "Dark Moon Rising", I got the impression that Mennie is a genuine filmmaker; one who understands what making movies should be about, and refuses to lose himself in the pool of derivative mediocrity most filmmakers are content to wade in. He made it undoubtedly clear that "Dark Moon Rising" was shot on 35mm film stock, and when he makes his second feature it will also be shot on 35mm. Now, I will be the first to admit my support for digital filmmaking as it gives independent film makers unprecedented flexibility and financial freedom when it comes to production, but honestly, there's no substitute for film... and as such, I have a sincere appreciation for Dana Mennie's intentions.
Originally airing on Television in late October 1981, "Dark Night of the Scarecrow" is a more than competent horror tale that is lifted above its very simple story by some great performances from some very respectable actors. Charles Durning, Lane Smith, and Larry Drake ("Dr. Giggles", and "Darkman" villain, Robert Durant) round out the impressive cast, which gives the film a more professional quality, generally lacking from television productions.
A lacklustre remake of the 2002 – Hideo Nakata directed import of the same name. In my personal opinion, the remake is not as sure a film as the original; however Walter Salles proves to be a capable enough director, crafting some suspenseful sequences. The story is bogged down by a number of unnecessary sub-plots, which certainly hinders the overall effectiveness of the picture.
The miracle of my "Date Movie" experience is that I managed to sit through the entire painfully unfunny mess, without turning it off. These are the pains I endure for you my friends, so you don't have to endure the same torturous time spent watching movies like "Date Movie". Ah, the drawbacks of being a movie critic. You can't win ‘em all, I guess.
"Hancock" was one of the big summer blockbusters of 2008, and took home over $600 million worldwide on the strength of the charismatic Will Smith. But critics were lukewarm about it, saying that it seemed flimsy and unfocused, as though there were too many writers taking the film in too many directions. It didn't know if it wanted to be a rollicking comedy, a straight comic-book film, or an emotional drama. I argued that "Hancock" knew precisely what it wanted to be (satire of the standard comic book film). It played it straight and despite my skepticism about it, managed to be smart and entertaining. When there are actually too many people steering any particular film in too many directions, the result is never a distinct sequential split of genres. It ends up something along the lines of "The Day the Earth Stood Still".
I am very close to giving "Dead Silence" a positive review. But very close just isn't quite close enough. After watching "Dead Silence", I was considering giving the film a passing recommendation based solely on the success of a few individual scenes, despite the inferiority of the film as a whole. I have since changed my mind, as there are just too few sequences worth seeing, throughout this surprisingly amateurish production.
I think I've mentioned a few times that Josh Darling's "Death is a Very Long Time" was my favorite thing that I saw at this year's Freakshow Film Festival. If you hadn't heard me say that, allow me to repeat. "Death is a Very Long Time" was my favorite film at this year's Freakshow Film Festival.