Helgeland delivers Robinson’s rookie season with the Dodgers like a two-seam cinematic fastball fired with authority, and while the director might hang the pitch a bit too far in the middle of the plate the fact he still manages to ring up a strike isn’t anything to scoff at.
It’s a Disaster is a satirical triumph, an almost instant cult sensation I can’t help but hope audiences discover and hold dear for many years to come.
“This character is a subversion of genre, a subversion of self. The whole movie is a subversion of genre. It should defy expectations. It’s a mystery that I hope the audience is always curious to try and figure out.”
– Brady Corbet
While not as prescient as it thinks it is or as twisty as I imagine the filmmakers hoped it would be, the tale intelligently being spun is still fairly solid, making The Company You Keep an old school political thriller worth checking out.
I can’t say this Evil Dead will be as revered or as influential as its predecessor, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t without merit. Alvarez proves to be a horror filmmaker with passion, energy, style and vision, taking the Raimi/Campbell/Tapert concept into twisted new territory while at the same time paying just homage to the original trilogy at the exact same time.
Did Jurassic Park need a 3D upgrade? Heck no, the film confidently spoke for itself 20 years ago and its does so just as exuberantly now. Still, I will say that as post-conversions of older titles go, this is without a doubt the best one I have ever seen.
Simon Killer gets under your skin, inch by inch, moment by moment, insidiously planting itself inside the psyche like a predator ready to pounce on its prey, the final moments a shocking turn of events that are as surprising as they are toxically unsettling.
I’m not going to spoil the twists Trance offers up for consideration. But if I did, if I wanted to, I doubt it would matter much, Boyle and company delivering a fervently exhausting techno-powered modern day thriller of memory and regret that makes up in energy and excitement what it lacks in nuance and overall surprise.
Carruth’s Upstream Color refuses to be diluted down into digestible platitudes. In some circles it could probably be construed as nonsensical prattle. In others, it will more than likely be considered a masterpiece.