Saturday, March 26, 2016

Review - The Avengers: Age of Ultron

Worthy follow-up to the first Avengers movie. I’m not sure how easy this would be to follow for audience members who aren’t keeping up with the whole Marvel cinematic universe thing, but if you like the rest of them you’ll probably like this one too. Mildly amusing.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Review - Final Girl

Attention rookie filmmakers: Lars von Trier is not a role model.   The story might have worked if not for some insanely heavy-handed direction by first-timer Tyler Shields. A young woman (Abigail Breslin) trained as a vigilante takes on a group of wealthy brats who murder girls for fun. The plot had promise, but it’s swiftly undone by self-conscious cinematography and melodramatic lighting. The result plays like a Halloween concept edition of Vogue, and that isn’t conducive to good storytelling. See if desperate.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Review - Manson: 40 Years Later

As docudramas go, this isn’t too bad. Like Helter Skelter, it’s based thoroughly on the prosecution’s version of the Tate-LaBianca killings, particularly the non-participation of star witness Linda Kassabian (who appears briefly in the movie). But otherwise it’s a thorough retelling of the tale. Mildly amusing.