Keeping with the theme, I decided to take my own mom to the screening of Mama. I’m not sure if she’s forgiven me yet. [Read more...]
A couple of weeks ago I excitedly told my aunt that I was going to Comic Con in a week, with a big ol’ smile on my face. I didn’t really expect her to be jealous, but I was overly excited. Then she asked if it was a gathering of comics or something. As in comedians. I then proceeded to try and explain that it was this really cool event that happens each year that has been taken over by Hollywood in the past decade or so. Basically it has everything a nerd would desire to see, including comics, writers, artists, video games, tv shows, and movies. I told her about the panels I was planning on sitting in on and some of the people that were scheduled to attend. I was adamant about making her see how awesome it was, but she just didn’t get it. Color me deflated. Oh well, I guess Comic Con is just for certain people…
Like this girl:
Vincenzo Natali’s latest is a weird, interesting, and often messed up creature feature that isn’t the horror movie it is being sold as until the third act, in which it pretty much wastes all of its well earned curiosity and enjoyment by going from something almost wholly original to riddled with cliché.
The film follows a couple of married and childless scientists who are the leaders in their field of cloning/creating organisms for industry to create vaccines, proteins, and other helpful substances for animals/livestock health benefits. Right as the two make their biggest breakthrough yet, their research is halted and instead are assigned to making their latest breakthrough profitable as fast as possible. The couple’s next step in their research was to introduce human DNA into their creature and hopefully get results that will allow their research results be applied to the benefit of humans. When faced with the prospect of being delayed from making this breakthrough for possibly a number of years as they slave under the bidding of their sponsors the couple decides to move forward with their research in secret in hopes of making the breakthrough to show that this project should be their focus. The results, after much trial and error, turn out to be more than they could have ever imagined and their relationship with their creation becomes something completely unexpected.
Guillermo del Toro returns to the comic franchise Hellboy and he has crafted a fantastical, action packed, and hilarious film that is the best live action entry of the Summer and possibly the year.
I can not sing the praises of this film enough. This film opens with a young Hellboy being read a bedtime story to him by Prof. Broom about the indestructible Golden Army built by the elves of ancient earth to help fight the humans during their ancient wars. After their original and only use, the Golden Army massacred the humans and the Elvin King who controlled them deemed them too powerful, splitting the crown which controls them into three pieces; much to the chagrin of his son Prince Nuada (Luke Goss). The King gives one piece to the humans as a truce and the elves move to the forests of the world, not to interact with the humans way of life, Nuada retreats into exile in protest, vowing to return when his people needs him most.
Flash forward a few millennium to present day, Nuada has returned, reclaiming the lost piece of the Golden Crown hostilely at an auction and drawing the attention of Hellboy (Ron Perlman) and the rest of the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense. [Read more...]
Hellboy is an excellent comic adaptation for Guillermo del Toro, with Hellboy being one the funniest and most original superheroes ever created.
Professor Broom (John Hurt) is a paranormal adviser to FDR during WWII and leads the investigation of the Nazi’s pursuits into obtaining paranormal weapons and exploits. Upon coming across an experiment of the Nazi’s attempting to bring the seven gods of chaos to our dimension, lead by Grigori Rasputin an immortal sorcerer, a small red demon was able to come through the dimensional portal before the U.S. Army stopped the Nazi experiment. Broom takes him under his wings and the soldiers named him Hellboy. Flash forward 60 years, Broom leads the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense, full of paranormal creatures ala Hellboy (Ron Perlman) that fight the mythic evils that lurk in the night, but has been recently diagnosed with cancer and finds that he is dying soon. Broom recruits the fresh graduate John Myers (Rupert Evans) who he hopes to be his replacement. [Read more...]
Juan Antonio Bayona makes his feature film debut in this great little ghost story. Guillermo del Toro produces and throws his name on the film to try and get it some viewers based solely on his credentials but the reviews and word of mouth should be enough to sell this excellent suspense thriller. [Read more...]