Friday, June 13, 2014

Review – Curse of Chucky

Here’s a rare treat: a horror series that long ago descended into dull farce suddenly snapping back, returning to its roots and coming up with something genuinely creepy. Yeah, it skips back into the dumb stuff toward the end, but act one (Chucky settles into a new house) features several successful stabs at doing something authentically scary rather than gory or goofy. I also found myself wondering what it was like for Fiona Dourif to do scenes with a killer doll voiced by her father. Mildly amusing

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Review – Custer’s Last Stand

The iconic commander of the Seventh Cavalry gets a thorough PBS treatment in this feature-length documentary about his life and death. Though little of this information will be new to anyone who’s read a book (or two or three) about the subject, it’s still a good job of dealing with a complicated subject. Mildly amusing

Monday, June 9, 2014

Review – End of Watch

I guess at this point audiences have become so accepting of shaky-cam crap that it no longer bothers anyone that the logic of the whole “found footage” thing has given way to “standard narrative storytelling only with really bad camerawork.” Robert Peña and Jake Gyllenhaal play cops just trying to do their jobs amid the urban (read: ethnic) squalor of South Central Los Angeles. The story is neither edifying nor interesting, but I guess I’ve seen worse cop movies. Mildly amusing