It was a great year for films, here are some highlights from the writers of HST. [Sorry to blow you away with my expressive introduction, it's just my talent shining through] [Read more...]
Week after week I apparently find ways to theme my rentals without realizing it beforehand. Scratch that, I totally did it on purpose, and you know it’s true cuz I said totally. A couple of weeks ago I went with creature features, and this week’s selection of The Nines and Being John Malkovich has me going for films in which reality is not really all it seems to be, creating odd words that raise questions, both for the betterment, and detrimental to, the film. [Read more...]
Those still plagued by their childhood fears of ET rejoice! Though J.J. Abrams’ Super 8 pays deep respect to Steven Spielberg’s beloved (by others) classic, we are now old enough to appreciate these films without cowering behind our blankets. And thank goodness because Super 8 is not one to be missed.
In a time where movie trailers are not shy about revealing key plot points, that for Super 8 refuses to ruin anything for the audience. However, if you still want to have a faint idea of the setup then I will say this: a small group of kids making a movie of their own are thrown into a creature feature greater than what they could have ever imagined after witnessing a train accident on the edge of town. As it derails in quite the distracting fashion, something far worse than stowaway hobos stealthily emerges from its train car to seek shelter in the nearby town. [Read more...]
Super 8 is a fun and fine looking homage to Spielberg, as is intended. But I can’t help but feel it could have been more given a bit better characterization and fully engaging some of its really interesting ideas surrounding the secret of the film.
There is no need to get into plot here because JJ Abrams doesn’t want us to. I for one appreciate that sentiment as I hate that I can’t comfortably watch TV spots or trailers anymore without seeing a bit/to way to much spoilery footage in them. The gist of the story is a group of kids, who are making a movie on their Super 8 camera, experience a train crash in which something covertly escapes and begins causing disturbances around town. That is all I am giving you.
And that is all you need to know. The mystery, surprise, and suspense the story throws at you is what makes the film fun and JJ Abrams is more than up for taking us for the ride. Like I said in the opening, the film has a lot of great ideas and I love a lot of them. The execution of some of these ideas fall short while others soar and I will hit on those that worked for me first. The train crash mentioned above is incredible and exhilarating and will go down as one of the set pieces of the summer. [Read more...]