Shocker isn’t one of writer/director Wes Craven’s best. It is, however, one of his most eccentric, unhinged and just plain weird.
Nothing is as it seems in The People Under the Stairs, Craven dexterously moving from comedy, to social commentary, to drama, to horror, to satire, to action, to thriller with confident skill. While not every aspect of the film works as well as other, and while the unhinged nature of the narrative can be jarring (especially on initial viewing), so much of the picture sticks with you long after its come to an end one almost can’t help but fall in love with the darn thing in every way whatsoever.
Téchiné, as always, has crafted a visually sumptuous motion picture, but many of these eye-popping tricks do not serve a purpose, the way he plays with time and how he allows editor Hervé de Luze (The Pianist) to eccentrically tie scenes together equally so. In the Name of My Mother certainly has much to recommend, but on the whole the film just doesn’t cut it, ending up as one of the year’s more curious disappoints I’m more frustrated by then I am anything else.
I’ve always liked Zathura, prefer it over the other Chris Van Allsburg adaptation Jumanji, director Jon Favreau doing a wonderful job bringing these storybook classic to life. Sony’s anniversary Blu-ray presentation doesn’t improve on the original release which means it’s excellent across the board, and if you don’t already own the previous version picking this one up is hardly a bad idea.
I don’t particularly care for Jumanji. I never have. It’s too frantic, too consumed with the razzle-dazzle, never focusing as solidly on the characters and their respective journeys as it should in order to mean something lasting. Still, Sony’s 20th anniversary Blu-ray, while no huge improvement over the previous edition, should please the fans, and for those who do not own the last disc picking this one up for the collection is worth going into the jungle in order to do.
I’ve watched Branagh’s take on Cinderella (2015) a number of times now, and gosh darn if this just isn’t one of the year’s best motion pictures. Familiar story? Sure. Doesn’t do a great deal that’s not entirely expected? Of course. But that doesn’t mean the movie isn’t pretty darn close to perfect all the same.
I just wish it wasn’t so continually silly, so broadly played, so constantly intent on informing me just how full of crap all of this actually is to the point taking any single second of it seriously is a downright impossibility. The group of filmmakers behind The Editor (2014) love giallo and it shows, I just wish they made a better movie showcasing that affection, and as impressive as a lot of this might be my inability to connect to it on an emotional level is too gigantic and frustrating a hurdle for me to be able to comfortably overcome.
There is potential lurking in Gotham, I’m just not sure there is enough of it to get me excited about giving the series a second shot during Season 2. Warner’s Blu-ray presentation, however, is immaculate, fans of the show almost certain to be more than satisfied if they add this four-disc set to their personal libraries.
upernatural remains a fine show. Very well acted, filled with terrific moments and always overflowing in strong ideas, there’s definitely still a ton of imagination propelling the ongoing saga of Sam and Dean Winchester forward. But the seams in all of this have been starting to show for some time now, as is the over-familiarity, and I’d be lying if I didn’t admit one of my absolute favorite television programs of all-time might have finally started down the path of wearing out its welcome. Still, I’m keeping the faith, and as far as series Blu-ray sets are concerned this is one of the best Warner has put together for the show yet, and as such comes more or less highly recommended.