On one level, this “Netflix original” flick seems like that proverbial “film we’ve seen before” — several times, in fact. It’s a coming-of-age-through-trial-by-fire story that’s fittingly described by cliches. On another level, but related to this one, it’s a semi-clever horror comedy. How much you’ll enjoy it depends on at what level you receive it.
There is a point near the end of the clumsily-titled Punk’s Dead: SLC Punk 2 where our band of road (and robo)-trippin’ misfits find themselves at a show… Read more ““Punk’s Dead: SLC Punk 2” (2016): Selling Out or Buying In?”
HANK BOYD IS DEAD is that most difficult-to-pull-off of genre blends: a horror-comedy. Billed as “a comedy of (t)errors,” its story does, in fact, serve up terror and dark comedy based on a series of social errors. This indie film follows a hapless caterer held hostage by a bickering family of sociopaths who will stop at nothing to protect their darkest secrets.
In my observance of successful (and unsuccessful) fundraisers, donors tend to aim more for the physical reward tiers, because there is a sense of sharing in the accomplishment once the energy (and capital) expended yields something you can hold in your hand.
The dark comedy and crime drama aspects of FAULTS (2014) get a lot of play in reviews. This focus is understandable because the film is excellent in these areas. Yet some reviewers overlook or miss its horror features. In fact, it is a horror movie in subtle disguise. Writer-director Riley Stearns uses psychological and supernatural horror tropes to good effect in the film. Both types of horror come from the beliefs and practices of Faults, a religious cult from which deprogrammer Ansel (Leland Orser) attempts to rescue Claire (Mary Elizabeth Winstead).
At first glance, Owen Harris‘ Kill Your Friends (2015, released in USA in 2016) bears a striking resemblance to Mary Harron‘s American Psycho (2000). Both films are based on… Read more ““Kill Your Friends” (2016): Not a UK Music Industry Version of “American Psycho” (2000)”
The UK indie-film horror-comedy hit NINA FOREVER (2015) carries a heavy theme under its gruesome gags.
It looks like I’ve found my first guilty pleasure flick of 2015. I notice that I haven’t written much about movies that have caused me to have… Read more “Mercy, Mercy . . . ALMOST MERCY (2015)”
I have a thing for Japanese movies. It’s probably due to differences in the approach to filmmaking from other national cinemas, as well as the unique cultural… Read more “WHY DON’T YOU PLAY IN HELL? (2013)”