In the winter of 2003, a catastrophic fire erupted in a Rhode Island concert club, ultimately claiming 100 lives. Out of the ashes of the tragedy arose an equally profound story of hope. "41" tells the remarkable story of Nicky O'Neill, the young actor, writer and musician who left the world at age 18 but who left behind a message of deep spiritual importance that has already inspired thousands. "41" weaves together the story of a beautiful life cut short with the saga of a community in mourning and a family finding its way out of the darkness.
One of the most famous of the ‘Video Nasties,' Conan Le Cilaire's (AKA John Alan Schwartz) "Faces of Death" compiles numerous video clips in which people (and animals, for that matter) are killed, usually unexpectedly, and in an increasingly violent matter. "Faces of Death" is a complete mystery to me, as there is seemingly no way to take this film in the context in which it was originally intended… Let me explain.
There's a point where you have to give up all hope of any sort of involving storyline, or characters with any sort of depth, and just enjoy what is put on display in front of you. The forth film in "The Fast & the Furious" series is a film that exemplifies exactly why this is important. A film that I normally would have no interest in seeing once again pleasantly surprises me, simply because I knew precisely what to expect.
My collection of Criterion DVD releases seems to keep growing, and I never seem to dedicate the time to watching the films. I had some free time earlier this afternoon, so I decided to give "Fat Girl" a viewing. As I have so many Criterion DVDs, you can expect a number more reviews in the near future, of films which were considered important or substantial enough to be included in Criterion's elite collection.
Brian Yuzna has yet to direct a good picture. I know it seems as though I'm being a little harsh, but it is true. Following in the footsteps of the great Stuart Gordon must be a difficult thing to do, and it's not as though Yuzna hasn't tried his hardest. He just isn't s skilled enough director to pull off his lofty ambitions.
The thought of a hulking clown, slaying people with an axe, is an intriguing premise. I believe nearly 50% of the American population suffer from coulrophobia (That's fear of clowns… in case you couldn't figure it out.). I'll be the first to admit, clowns even make me uneasy. Don't ask me to explain why, they just do. So I was damn excited for "Fear of Clowns", I should have known it was too good to be true.
The wonderful thing about Chinese Martial Arts cinema is the approach it takes to the material. American action cinema is generally a series of action set pieces that uses a simplistic story to tie these action sequences together. Chinese films, such as Jet Li's "Fearless" focus first on telling a story, using action sequences as a means to enhance the story, where both plot development and enjoyment are concerned.
I am writing my review for "Five Across the Eyes" quite drastically, after the fact. It's been nearly a month since I watched Greg Swinson & Ryan Thiessen's film, but immediately after my viewing, I attempted to pen a review, yet found I had nothing noteworthy to say about it. Based on the impact the film had on some other viewers, and the resultant anticipation I had going in, I expected something brilliant. Yet the film failed to live up to that manufactured hype.
I haven't written anything for Critical Film in over a year.
I come back out of the blue after the absence, and what do I feel the need to write about? A film that is over a month into its theatre run, that has already had its buzz, gathered its fans, and is in that in-between stage where it is mostly forgotten by the public. It is temporarily culturally obsolete, and most of those who had desire to see it have done so already.
I am well aware of this situation. Trust me. So why "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" to break the silence, you ask?
"Frankenfish" is a great name for a B-horror movie, isn't it? It conjures to mind images of some demented living-dead aquatic creature, pasted together with pieces of other members of the Pisces family, like some twisted, fishy jigsaw puzzle. It really is a wonderful thought. Too bad, the idea behind the film is nothing like the suggested concept, and is terribly clichéd. But, once again it is a B-movie, and you really can't expect a ton of originality.