Starring: Olivia DeJonge, Ed Oxenbould, Deanna Dunagan
Reviewed by: Brendan Graham (Phantomhour)
M. Night Shyamalan. A name that used to strike fear in the hearts of movie goers for an entirely different reason than now. His films used to pack one hell of a punch, instead of causing innocent movie goers to pull their hair out in frustration. In his latest attempt to pick his career back up, he strips down the horror experience and really focuses on the story. How did it work out? Let’s dive into The Visit and find out.
There are many movies about the night of Halloween, some of them are party movies, some of them are animated specials. For the horror fan, your choices are huge, but many fail to muster the feelings of joy and terror that Halloween is known for. Well folks, here is the movie you were looking for.
Those of you who’ve seen this film may notice that it isn’t our typical horror review! That said, this is a classic film that should be in every film enthusiast’s Halloween collection.
Gene Wilder plays the hilarious Dr. Frederick Frankenstein, a professor at a medical school in America. He is absolutely disgusted with the work of his grandfather, Victor Frankenstein, and attempts to completely disassociate himself with him. However, he soon learns that he has inherited the family estate in Transylvania, and travels there to check it out. There, he meets the strange and witty servant Igor (Feldman) and the beautiful but slightly dull assistant Inga (Teri Garr), and becomes encapsulated in the work of his grandfather. After deciding to resume the experiments of Victor Frankenstein (and comically using a brain labeled “abnormal”), the Frankenstein Monster is reborn and hilarity ensues.
Starring: Liam Neeson, Neil Patrick Harris, Charlize Theron, and Seth McFarlane; Directed by: Seth McFarlane
Reviewed by: CinematiChris
After dipping his toes into the water with 2012’s TED, Seth McFarlane’s finally given himself an opportunity to do some actual live action starring in a film, in a genre that hasn’t been confronted in a while (the western comedy)… How does he and this film do?
Based on a short film, This Is The End tells about an alternate version of Jay Baruchel and Seth Rogen, who, while at James Franco’s house for a party, realize the world is coming to an end. Together, with a bunch of their fellow actors, they must try to make it out of the apocalypse alive and with their friendship intact, something not made easier with a crazy, antagonistic Danny McBride amongst them…
The cast, especially Danny McBride and Craig T Robinson do fantastically simultaneously playing and parodying themselves. Cameos abound, though the most memorable is perhaps Michael Cera going against what the normal public stereotype of him appears to be. To say much more would spoil thefun and surprise. The writing and humor is often really sharp and funny, if you can enjoy grossout and stoner humor. If not, the film still has plenty to offer, but the majority fits into those categories. In the actors boredom, they create a short film sequel to Pineapple express with random household items and leftovers from the party, and it’s probably the film’s most memorable scene, comedically at least.
Some of the CGI wasn’t that great. For a film with so many of Hollywood’s young stars, it might’ve helped to cut a non speaking cameo and bump the FX crew’s pay. Grossout humor abounds in the film, and might possibly be too much for some. The film’s biggest pronlem, however, is perhaps its pacing. Scenes in the second act seem to drag, and because of this, the tone can suffer in spots, going from a party comedy to horror to drama at the drop of a hat.
A good grossout romp with a lot of familiar faces, This is The End is a lot of fun. With cameos aplenty and a lot of fun being poked at the postapocalyptic genre, it’s well worth checking out in your freetime. 8.5 attacks from ex-Harry Potter crew members out of 10.
Looking for a good date night movie, but still want a tinge of good ol’ science fiction? Tired of the same old romantic film where the couple faces one problem that they could easily handle, but act like it’s a Montague/Capulet affair? Wish you could see something with at least semi-realistic characters and writing? Then I think I’ve found a movie for you.
Marisa Tomei plays Ruby Weaver, a woman plagued by relationships with crazy guy after crazy guy. Right as she’s about to give up the game entirely, she meets Sam Deed, played by Vincent D’onofrio, at a park. At first, they’re a bit awkward together, but eventually she warms up to him, and they start a relationship. At first, she thoroughly appreciates being with him, but then she starts noticing some of his quirks, and he drops a huge bombshell on her: he claims he’s a backwards time-traveller. Without spoiling anything, the rest of the film is about them dealing with this information and whether or not it is true, and Sam’s perspective on reality. It may sound really heavy, but trust me, this film is worth the (not so) long haul.
Tomei and D’onofrio are fantastic in their roles. They fight, love, have hopes and dreams, and all in all, act like both real people and a real couple. Major props to the screenwriter for that. It’s really common for rom-com’s to get that wrong. The discussions of time travel are pretty engaging, and often come close to real current theories in regards to it, making the possibility of Sam actually telling the truth even harder to figure out. The music really helps set a nice tone for the film, and makes certain dramatic scenes a lot less heavy. In the hands of a lesser filmmaker and lesser actors, certain scenes would be rather difficult to stomach.
Also, for fans of Bob’s Burgers and/or Archer, there’s a cameo of H. Jon Benjamin in the art gallery scene!
If there’s one major issue I could come up with in regards to this film, it’d be the tone. Some scenes get way too emotionally heavy for what is, in the remainder, a fairly light scifi/mystery/romcom. As I mentioned earlier, this is just barely saved by the film’s score, which is often whimsical and inspires happiness, so the darker elements are often downplayed.
On a related note, the film delves and resubmerges into Sam’s cloudy and debatable past over and over and over again. Though this film was largely good, there were occasionally times I just wished the couple could just have one extended period of happiness without this mystery adding excess drama to their lives.
A very good indie sci-fi rom com with a few solid flaws but still greatly enjoyable if you like either genre. As of today, the film is still on Netflix instant, so if you’ve got the time and interest, I’d thoroughly recommend checking it out!