World War Z underwater zombies
Let it be said that there were no underwater zombies in the World War Z trailer; just extremely energetic ones. However, after I saw the trailer I did some research to see what the deal was with this movie. And as I skimmed through the wikipedia page for Max Brooks’ book, I was getting kind of stoked to see it, until I noticed it mentioned the persistent problem of zombies emerging from the ocean to attack settlements. Wtf? (more…)
Saw this one. Spoilers ahead. Before I go further I must note that I watched and enjoyed the X-men saturday morning cartoon for years. In my opinion, past movies have not lived up to the expectations set by these childrens’ cartoons, and The Wolverine is no exception. However, it was better then I thought it would be until the end happened.
The initial setup was cool – a feral, despondent Wolverine is brought out of isolation by the mysterious dying wish of an old aquaintance. And having him drawn in to guarding an innocent heiress from seemingly endless hordes of blade and gun wielding Yakuza that never learn from the mistakes of their dead comrades is fine for awhile. Even the entire clan of ninjas taking him down with a hundred poisoned harpoons is acceptable. But the end of the movie is out of freakin control. Maybe there’s a precedent for it in the unknown-to-me comic book universe, but the writers of the X-men cartoon would never have let this junk slide. (more…)
Pacific Rim’s Secret Weapon
Like his bridge-stomping Kaiju monsters, director Guillermo Del Toro has been evolving.
The first movie I saw of his, Mimic, was dark and gripping through and through. Think Alien in the New York city subway. It was atmospheric, polished and most of all serious – its brutal intensity broken only occasionally by the shoe-shine-boy-savant; I’ll always remember his name for the creature – ‘Mr. Funnyshoes’ – because it was such a rare chuckle in such a vicious movie. Mimic was solid filmmaking to be sure but – for better or worse – thoroughly nightmarish. In short, we have a lot of danger with little, if any, relief. (more…)