I’m not sure I’d tell anyone to pay full price for this Scream! Factory release, the lack of extras are definite downer. But the moment Ghost Town went on sale I’d snatch directors Mac Ahlberg and Richard Governor’s underrated little 1988 gem up as fast as I could, this horror/western hybrid far more entertaining than it arguably has any right to be.
Nope. Still don’t like it. Pegg’s terrific, and Stenders does stage a couple of amusing grotesque sequences of bleak black comedy that did get me to giggle a tiny bit, but overall this film is just too flatly unappealing and boringly obvious in its machinations to be worth much in the way of a viewer’s time.
It Follows is a stunning, thought-provoking smash that gets more devastatingly profound the more times I watch it. Anchored by a performance from Monroe that’s one of the year’s absolute best, this is a stunning motion picture that’s only going to grow in stature and import with each passing year. As I’ve already stated, see it at once.
Ex Machina is a mesmerizing mind-bender of a science fiction drama that asks some pretty big questions letting the audience figure out as many of the answers for themselves as they can. It gets better with each viewing, Garland crafting a spectacular directorial debut worthy of multiple looks.
I get it. The transfer for this Dog Soldiers Blu-ray leaves a lot to be desired, and I admit I had to watch it twice in order to decide whether or not I was okay with it myself. In the end, I give Scream! Factory props. They’ve done what they could here while also assembling a set of special features and extras that do this underrated gem proud.
Slow West is a superior Western featuring superlative performances from Fassbender and Smit-McPhee and one that builds to a magnificent climax that stopped my heart cold. A tragically little seen gem released to theaters earlier this summer with too little in the way of fanfare, here’s hoping its reputation continues to grow now that it’s available on DVD and Blu-ray.
I’m glad I gave Dark Summer a second chance, I truly am. Even so, that doesn’t make it any less of a misfire. Some good moments aside, this film just doesn’t do it for me. That said, Scream! Factory has gone above and beyond in regards to this release, technical specification and special features for the Blu-ray strong all across the board.
While Kenner’s viewpoints are largely never in doubt, he still does a terrific job of staying objective as he interviews some of the worst offenders as far as all this rhetorical wheeling and dealing is concerned. What’s more, he allows them to state their case free of embellishment or shading from him, most more than willing to admit the truth behind their verbal nonsense, some even going so far as to be openly euphoric about just how talented they are at creating doubt where in all reality there shouldn’t be any.
It’s creepy, upsetting, emotional and fascinating, all pretty much at the same time, and if ever a movie could make the case for its style being enough to compensate for its lack of substance [The Cell (2000)] would arguably be it.