Remember we let you know that there would be a new short film based on Jurassic World coming from Colin Trevorrow this past weekend? Well it’s here and you can watch it now!
Some stories are beloved by their fans. This isn’t a terrible thing, but it can make stories difficult to adapt for the screen. What parts of the story can you trimmed down? What parts can be excised completely? These are difficult questions, and if your viewers are those that love the text their answer will be "nothing."
It Chapter Two is a long movie. It’s not a poorly made movie or a poorly acted one, but it is long. Too long. Like, way too long, and I feel like the filmmakers didn’t have adequate answers to those two questions I posed above.
Movies, Reviews / Comments Off on Vancouver Just For Laughs Film Festival: Thunder Road Chronicles a Man on the Brink with a Must-See Performance from Jim Cummings
Sometimes you see a movie and there’s an actor who you have never seen before who you think “holy crap, where did that person come from?”. They give a performance that you love and maybe it becomes the part that makes them a movie star, or maybe not. You know they came from somewhere though. Maybe it was an indie film, a festival darling, or both.
Thunder Road is for Jim Cummings the former of those two films. An indie film you should see now so that one day when he is a movie star you can say “I saw him when”.
Movies, Reviews / Comments Off on Vancouver Just For Laughs Film Festival: ‘Sorry for Your Loss’ Lost Me
Movies that don’t evoke a strong reaction are the hardest for me to write about, but they are not the ones I like to write about least. The ones I like to write about the least are the ones I don’t like at all. It sucks to watch something that many people have put a ton of work into and to come away knowing that you’re going to have to tell people you can’t recommend seeing that work.
Unfortunately, that is what I am having to do right now. Sorry For Your Loss is not a good movie.
Movies, Reviews / Comments Off on Vancouver Just For Laughs Film Festival: ‘Pork Pie’ is a fun romp through the country
A man pulls into a service station because he’s having engine trouble. He parks the car, walks into the shop, and asks the man behind the counter if the car can be looked at because he thinks the engine is overheating. As he’s saying this, the engine explodes in the background. We’ve all had bad days, but this guy is having a really bad day, week, and present in general.
This is Jon, a man who is presently a wreck, distraught over losing his fiancée. He doesn’t know how to do it but he needs to get her back, and so commences a road trip during which he will find himself.
If this is all sounding familiar, well, it is a bit familiar. Lovable screwup goes on road trip with interesting misfits and figures out how to be slightly less of a screwup is not a new story by any stretch, but beautiful locations, a thrilling car chase, and a strong central performance make Pork Pie definitely worth your time.
Movies, Reviews / Comments Off on Vancouver Just For Laughs Film Festival: ‘Bernadette’ is sweet, but slightly confused
Movies that don’t evoke a strong reaction are the most difficult for me to write about. It’s hard to not oversell the good stuff and the bad stuff and create an impression that something is better, or much worse than it actually is. Bernadette is a movie like this. It’s well produced, shot, and acted, and also is feels slightly confused about it wants to be.
Movies, Reviews / Comments Off on Review: Revenge (Shudder, 2018)
Sweet, and served cold.
Games, Reviews / Comments Off on Marvel’s Spider-Man Makes You Feel Like You’re Spider-Man
There aren’t that many games that I would consider to be among my favourite games of all time. I have played games on various platforms since I was a kid, but not a lot of them have really stuck with me. The ones that have though have generally stuck because they resonated with me on some deeper level. Firewatch is a great recent example of this, a game that made me cry in its text-based introductory chapter and punched me directly in the emotions at the climax. Bioshock is another, a game that scared me relentlessly for hours before unveiling one of the best video game story twists of all time.
I’ve been thinking about these games for the past few days because I am pretty sure that Marvel’s Spider-Man on the PlayStation 4 is going to end up on my list of all time favourite games.
Movies, Reviews / Comments Off on Review: ‘Ant-Man & The Wasp’ delivers big with small stakes
The first Ant-Man is a good film. Immediately following Avengers: Age of Ultron is was light, funny, full of great performances, and had refreshingly small, personal stakes. Ant-Man & The Wasp continues these traditions: it’s a light, funny movie with some great performances, smaller, more personal stakes, and it immediately followed Avengers: Infinity War which had literal end-of-the-entire-universe stakes. Is this new entry in the Marvel experiment good though? Yes, yes it is! Is it better than the last one? Well… maybe?
Movies, Reviews / Comments Off on Review: ‘Hereditary’ is the scariest movie I’ve seen all year
You should go into this as cold as possible. I’m here to tell you that it is good and it is scary and you should see it. I will tell you why I believe these things but, honestly, anything I might say might spoil at least some of the experience for you so you’re better off taking my word for it and just seeing it. But I you really must know, bring the family to read the rest of this. It’s very important you bring your whole family.
Jurassic Park is a great movie. More than that, it is one of my favourite movies. You can debate its quality if you like –I know that plenty of people rank it in the middle of Spielberg’s filmography– but for me it is the film that made me believe in movie magic. I feel it’s important that you know this going into this review, and that you also know that none of the films in the rest of the franchise come close to recapturing that original magic, and that includes this one.
This one at least tries to do something new and different, so that’s something.
There’s a section in the second act of A Quiet Place where everyone I could see in the cinema had their hands clamped over their mouth. It’s a strange thing to be in a room full of people sat in total silence, straining to watch a movie that is desperate in its own absolute quiet. This is A Quiet Place, John Krasinski’s directorial debut, at its very best – tension gnawing through the screen, audience in the palm of its hand, waiting for the inevitable snap.
And snap it does.
Editorial, Games, Movies, News, Reviews / Comments Off on Simon’s Games And Movies Of 2017
It’s been a hell of a year, to put it mildly. Thankfully, we’ve had a great twelve months of games and movies to take our minds off the world slowing falling into a Trump-shaped festering sinkhole.
I really miss the sci-fi movies of my childhood. Big, colourful, often funny, always exhilarating; so much fuel for imaginary spaceship battles around my bedroom. I’m sure much of this comes from older eyes and wearier brains, but I find sci-fi these days to be too bland, too unwilling to risk shapes and ideas. The resurgence of Star Wars has taken big steps back to the fantasy side of sci-fi, and Guardians Of The Galaxy got close with its amazing ship design and snappy script, but I often felt myself seeking more of the fun.
Well, not any more. We’ve known for a while that Thor Ragnarok would be colourful and funny – director Taika Waititi’s What We Do In The Shadows is one of my all-time favourite comedies – but what I was not prepared for was Ragnarok having so much more. Far from being all-out comedy, it’s a meaty, gorgeous slice of sci-fi bliss.