I’ve watched Mad Max: Fury Road more than any other motion picture I’ve had the good fortune to see this year. As far as 2015 is concerned, this is without a doubt one of the absolute best to hit theaters, filled with so many sights, sounds, layers and ideas the overall effect it has upon the viewer is staggering. It’s remarkably close to perfect, and I have this sneaky suspicion it’s one dystopian action-fueled spectacular we’re going to be waxing poetic about for many years to come.
Backcountry is growing on me to the point I find myself feeling it’s one of 2015’s most unheralded gems. It’s mesmerizing and unsettling, both in equal measure, slowly building tension and suspense until terror is the only logical outcome for everything that has meticulously transpired. Additionally, it is anchored by a performance from Peregrym that’s easily one of the best I’ve seen all year, and while it’s doubtful she’ll garner anything even close to resembling award’s consideration that doesn’t make what she does as Jenn any less magnificent.
Season 6 of The Vampire Diaries has a lot on its mind, just not a lot that feels original, fresh or new. Same time, it has just enough energy, just enough heat, to make it through 22 episodes with decent enough aplomb, everything building towards a final episode that says goodbye to the show’s main character – Elena Gilbert – while also setting up a number of intriguing possibilities for where things could go next.
The Harvest is a nice, solidly directed thriller from esteemed – if reclusive – filmmaker John McNaughton (his first in almost 15 years), featuring superb performances by its central cast members Calis, Tahan, Shannon and especially Morton. It lulls the viewer into a false sense of security before leaping out to sever the jugular with ferocious tenacity, sending uncomforting shivers up and down the spine that last long after the film itself has come to an end.
Fans won’t care, and Frozen fanatics are almost certain to disagree, but gosh darn it if I didn’t feel like Season 4 of Once Upon a Time is running in rather obnoxious and tiresome circles while it’s dealing with the Elsa/Anna storyline. Same time, there’s still a lot of quality stuff going on here, and the writing involving both Regina and Emma is, more often than not, wonderful.
Overall, though, this is a wonderful season, and other than a couple of throwaway episodes that don’t add up to very much by and large this is a pretty solid narrative that grows in intensity and power as things progress…Person of Interest is on solid footing, make no mistake, and I can’t see fans of the show turning their backs on this program anytime soon.
The only reason I watched Ejecta for a second time was because Scream! Factory made the decision to release the film on Blu-ray. I admit I didn’t loathe the film near as much this time around as I did that initial viewing, not that this should be viewed as some sort of massive reversal in opinion.
The Salvation (2015) doesn’t do anything new, it just does what it wants to do very, very well, director Kristian Levring crafting a beautifully austere Western that builds to a suitably bullet-riddled conclusion overflowing in emotion. Fans of the genre owe it to themselves to lasso up this Blu-ray and give it a look as soon as they can.
But, in the end, it’s the way Dante keeps absolute control of all that’s happening that is most wondrous. So many tangents going at once, so many balls in the air, yet Innerspace rarely falters, never take a misstep, everything building to a rollicking, humorously joyous conclusion that’s as winning now as it ever was way back in 1987.