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Achieving Deathgasm!

Sunday, 11 October 2015 10:56
Published in Movie Reviews

Metalheads will certainly love the pointed stab at which bands truly belong to this musical subgenre in the movie Deathgasm. This film is now out on Video on Demand (VOD) in select markets like iTunes USA, and it’s worth checking out for the absurdities that goes on. I had to laugh when Poison‘s Look What the Cat Dragged In is hurriedly put back in the record stacks in favour of one of Autopsy‘s albums when this film’s hero Brodie (Milo Cawthorne) meets Zakk (James Blake) for the first time. From bashing glam metal to loving death metal, that’s a detail few will pick up on and I have to praise that kind of attention to detail by writer/director Jason Lei Howden in a movie that’s truly dedicated to the music. From its Frank Frazetta-style cut scenes of the heroes posing powerfully atop a mountain to the anime-inspired gore-fest that goes on, this movie is a gem coming out of Kiwi-land that also unleashed the vampire mockumentary What We Do In Shadows last year. I suppose more tentacles could be used, but I’m glad this film did not go down that vein.

Three long years feels like a long time for some whoopin to return. Kick-Ass 2 picks up from where the first film left off, and fans of the Die Hard trilogy or the comics that the film is inspired from will find more fun with this flick than a general audience. They will see a bunch of wannabe heroes go John McClain upon the scum of all villainy. The only question here is whether or not these heroes can rise above what they have become. Are they more like characters similar to Bruce Wayne (aka Batman) or are they good people underneath?

A little character explanation is found as each new hero explains why they have turned vigilante and this film is interesting as it tries to explain what a world can be like without heroes. It's a sorry one; not all criminals can be caught and someone has to deal with them.

The Conjuring is moody and suspenseful film from the get go. It's not the perfect film worth the price of full admission, but at second tier cinemas, the six dollars spent is worthwhile to get a modest scare.

Creator/Director James Wan has finally earned his wings by creating an effective horror-thriller with The Conjuring. Not only does this movie give viewers a taste of some old school methods of invoking fear ala Robert Wise's The Haunting and William Friedkin's The Exorcist, but it also shows audiences what techniques were used in paranormal investigation back in the day. The 70's was a ripe era for the best horror films to emerge. Flash forward to the 2010s, this filmmaker has finally found a style that works for demanding fans.

Evaluating Fede Alvarez's "Evil Dead"

Sunday, 07 April 2013 19:25
Published in Movie Reviews

Even though Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell gave their seal of approval and produced Fede Alvarez's re-imagining of Evil Dead, is the new product worthy of the name? A few concepts from the original are preserved and for fans of blood, guts and gore, this movie certainly delivers with some fantastic practical effects. While Raimi's product has an underlying sense of humour, the other does not. As for how it well it will satisfy the fans, purists or not, that's a debate no body can truly answer. It'd be like asking whose vision is better.

Dark Skies Need to be Darker

Thursday, 21 February 2013 11:00
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Either the Barrett family is haunted or the house they are living in is a beacon for dark entities to come flocking to. The movie trailer suggests a problem at this home when three different flocks of birds decide to come crashing here. Fortunately, this movie is not about aliens looking for Nazca Lines to guide them to home, but instead, this film looks at urban Middle American style family and all the complexities involved in trying to survive in a depressive economic age.

[VFF '13] The Future for Jackhammer and a Review

Friday, 15 February 2013 00:00
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Jackhammer is one of those comedic homage movies that plies its trade well. It looks at the world of adult entertainment (male stripping) and has fun with it. The humour is at times lowbrow, and it works. The writing team crafted a very good tale about two estranged brothers not only reconnecting with each other but also with life. 

[VFF '13] Welcome to the Suicide Shop

Friday, 15 February 2013 21:14
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Au contraire, despite the dark theme of exploring how human life is disposed of one at a time, the movie Le Magasin des Suicide (Suicide Shop) is not without some charms. The character of Alain (voiced by Kacey Mottet Klein), the son of Mishima (Bernard Alane) and Matilyn Tuvache (Isabelle Giami), is what makes this film. He came bursting into a world full of despair, and he has a much healthier outlook on life than anyone else in his family, or society for that matter. 

[VFF '13] Finding Role Models with Wonder Women!

Friday, 08 February 2013 21:21
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Trina Robbins is just one of the many artists and writers who appeared in the documentary Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines. With her contemporaries, they talk about gender roles in the world of comic books and popular culture. But for those readers unfamiliar with her name, she was part of the underground comix movement, having worked on Wimmen's Comix for numerous years. But in more familiar circles, she is known as the co-creator of the character Vampirella. 

[VFF '13] Finding Cinematic Art in Mars et Avril

Friday, 08 February 2013 20:27
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The movie Mars et Avril (Mars and April) is visually stunning in a jazz-era inspired kind of way. It blends a world straight out of Blade Runner with props that belong to the 30’s. That also includes the strange instruments that the elderly Jacob Obus (Jacques Languirand) uses to perform his music with. They look like a cross between a bagpipe, a female appendage and a saxophone. As for how it gets played, Obus has to put his entire breath into it.

[VFF '13] Defining crazy with Lunarcy!?

Friday, 08 February 2013 18:50
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Lunarcy! is a quirky documentary with a great soundtrack by Christopher Sandes. It helps give this product a personality that is not only humourous but also serious. But as this film builds to a revelation, perhaps what this movie reveals last should have been mentioned first. That would have helped give this film a distinct focus than to present a series of anecdotes from people far too preoccupied with the Moon.

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