Saturday, March 17, 2018

Thoughts on I, Tonya

I, Tonya is a really good movie. It features great acting, a solid story, and a fantastic soundtrack. The use of CG was sometimes a bit jaring, but that is nitpicking. The choice to make it more of a dark comedy then straight drama is a entertaining decision.  It showcases a lot of talented performances and makes it obvious why this movie was a serious contender for the Oscars. It is worth checking out for anyone who has interest in dark true-ish stories.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Thoughts on Annihilation

Annihilation is a really thought provoking movie. With good acting, amazing visuals, and a creepy and haunting story. The film seems to be a metaphor for cancer and the way it changes life on a cellular level. The cinematography is pretty breathtaking and has a dream like quality reminiscent of the card art from Magic: the Gathering. I recommend it for scifi fans who are looking for a more cerebral movie. It is a mysterious film that is worth checking out.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Thoughts on Swamp Zombies

Swamp Zombies is pretty awful. Granted the fight scenes involve real stunts by the actors but that  doesn’t make a watchable film. The script is simple, the acting is bad, and the editing is a wretched mess. Even the sountrack seems wildly inappropriate for the scenes. If you are a fan of cheesy movies it will kill some time. It is an amateur movie at best and at worst some glorious schlock.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Thoughts on Jigsaw

Jigsaw feels like a last gasp of the torture porn era of horror films. A herd of characters who are despicable try to prevent a horrid death that they all completely deserve. It’s still trying to be clever but instead it comes off as a dead horse getting beaten to a pulp. Too much stupidity and not enough substance to make it worth a damn. If I hadn’t seen the other films I never would have bothered with this at all. It brings nothing new to the table and doesn’t even attempt to revive the genre. Instead it’s the same story with twists that can’t live up to the first movie.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Thoughts on Veronica

Veronica is a Spanish horror movie about a teenage girl who experiments with the occult and summons a dark entity. Supposedly it is a crime that Spanish police actually reported as paranormal. It is visually very well made and the acting is good. There are a lot of aspects that seem cliche but it works well enough. The ending is sort of abrupt but the visuals make it memorable. It’s worth checking out for horror fans.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Thoughts on Professor Marston and the Wonder Women

Professor Marston and the Wonder Women is the story of the creator of Wonder Woman and his polyamorous relationship. The acting is fine but the story is a touch on the dull side. It doesn’t have any real conflict to center around. As a whole, it’s a fine movie on an interesting subject but it isn’t executed in such a way to make it gripping. It’s worth a rental if you have an interest but otherwise it is nothing spectacular.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

2018 Oscar Predictions

Here are my 2018 Oscar predictions:

Best Picture:

“The Shape of Water”

Lead Actor:

Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour”

Lead Actress:

Sally Hawkins, “The Shape of Water”

Supporting Actor:

Christopher Plummer, “All the Money in the World”

Supporting Actress:

Laurie Metcalf, “Lady Bird”


“Get Out,” Jordan Peele

Animated Feature:

“Coco,” Lee Unkrich, Darla K. Anderson

Animated Short:

“Lou,” Dave Mullins, Dana Murray

Adapted Screenplay:

“Logan,” Scott Frank & James Mangold and Michael Green

Original Screenplay:

“Get Out,” Jordan Peele


“Blade Runner 2049,” Roger Deakins

Best Documentary Feature:

“Abacus: Small Enough to Jail,” Steve James, Mark Mitten, Julie Goldman

Best Documentary Short Subject:

“Heroin(e),” Elaine McMillion Sheldon, Kerrin Sheldon

Best Live Action Short Film:

“DeKalb Elementary,” Reed Van Dyk

Best Foreign Language Film:

“On Body and Soul (Hungary)

Film Editing:

“Baby Driver,” Jonathan Amos, Paul Machliss

Sound Editing:

“Baby Driver,” Julian Slater

Sound Mixing:

“Baby Driver,” Mary H. Ellis, Julian Slater, Tim Cavagin

Production Design:

“Blade Runner 2049,” Dennis Gassner, Alessandra Querzola

Original Score:

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” John Williams
Original Song:

“Remember Me” from “Coco,” Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez

Makeup and Hair:

“Darkest Hour,” Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski, Lucy Sibbick

Costume Design:

“Beauty and the Beast,” Jacqueline Durran

Visual Effects:
“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Jonathan Fawkner, Dan Sudick