Thursday, July 31, 2014

Review – The Eschatrilogy: Book of the Dead

Unimaginative (not exactly a big surprise from a low-budget zombie picture), but at least the amateur horror fans who made this contented themselves with filming their flesh-eating sight gags without bothering with too many fruitless attempts to add story or character development. The coda was a strong ah-for-cryin’-out-loud-isn’t-this-over-yet moment, but otherwise this delivers what little it promises. See if desperate

Review – Bad Words

A 40-year-old man (Jason Bateman) with a phenomenal memory enters a spelling bee thanks to a loophole in the rules. If they somehow could have left it at that simple plot combined with the protagonist’s amusing assholism, this would have been an exceptionally funny movie. Inevitably, however, plot and character development intrude, adding awkward complications, questionable motives and treacly relationships. Mildly amusing

Friday, July 4, 2014

Review – Birth of the Living Dead

If you’re interested in Night of the Living Dead (and if you care about the history of zombie movies, you should be), by all means take the time to watch this documentary. It provides extensive information about how the picture was made and originally distributed (including the sad tale of how it ended up in the public domain). Even the talking-head social-commentary parts aren’t too bad. Mildly amusing