Michael Bay’s swan song gives big budget action movies a bad name
Through all the “awes” and “ohs” of the audience of my theater, I sat there desperately wanting to pull all my hair off and gouge my eyes out. I felt like the only one not in on this big joke that is called Transformers: The Last Knight. People kept laughing at Michael Bay’s terrible and awkward humor, gasping at the empty action scenes, and loving the very few scenes we got to see the actual Transformers. The point is that if you are a fan of these movies then you’ll apparently love this one but for anyone else, this is just a piece of scrap metal.
Julia Ducournau directs a disturbingly delicious feminist cannibal indie film
Barfing, fainting and disgusting are probably the words that people used to describe Raw when it premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last year. Although some might say it is, for the most parts, it’s not the disgusting gore fest you might have heard of. Not to say that it isn’t all those things but this French horror film works on a much deeper level. Raw challenges society’s views of female sexuality and fills its story with rich symbolism all while eating raw flesh.
It Comes At Night is eerie, emotional and an impressive sophomore film from director Trey Edward Schults
The horror genre has always been overlooked by critics. In the 1980s and 1990s, the preoccupation with entertaining teens took center stage instead of the craft and art that had made them so popular in the 1960s. The genre finally hit rock bottom in the 2000s seeming to never be touched ever again. Just when things weren’t looking good for horror, the genre went back to its roots and has now transcended beyond restrictions. It Comes At Night is the by-product of such experimentation. Its unconventional ways and its fearlessness to push boundaries would make Alfred Hitchcock proud. However, It Comes At Night also isn’t there to please its audience making it a daring, unpredictable and emotional ride.
The Mummy is a disaster on so many levels
Universal made big waves on social media when they announced their Dark Universe – for the second time. Universal has been wanting to get in the cinematic universe game for some time now with their monster movies. Dracula: Untold was supposed to be the first one but that didn’t work well. This time around, they have Tom Cruise. However, even with Cruise as the star, the Dark Universe will need some serious necromancing after The Mummy.
The DCEU badly needed a win and Patty Jenkins delivers big time
Female-led action movies are still having a hard time at the box office. Ghost In The Shell is the recent film to fall victim to such a pattern. These movies make significantly less than male-led action movies and are still considered a gamble to make. With the DCEU’s latest movie streak, they desperately need a movie both fans and critics can agree is good. Wonder Woman is not only the DCEU’s first good movie, it may also be this summer’s best superhero movie.
The new season of Twin Peaks is here and like most of David Lynch’s works, it’s not for everyone
“It is happening again” were the words muttered by a giant envisioned by a special agent in a bar. Yes, that is very much the world of Twin Peaks but it is also the words used in the majority of the campaign for the highly anticipated season 3 of Twin Peaks dubbed The Return. After season 2 was canceled 26 years ago, so many questions were left unanswered. Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me didn’t try to answer those questions either. Some thought that after the movie’s failure, the town of Twin Peaks was never going to be revisited…until now.
Ridley Scott continues to dazzle fans of the Alien franchise with a return to classic
The charm of the Alien franchise is that it can be anything. It follows suit with its beloved multifaceted creature – the Xenomorph. Alien was a suspenseful horror-sci-fi hybrid that was unlike anything before. Aliens was a full on action adventure movie that was loads of fun. Alien 3 was a shaky thriller that could have been better. Alien: Resurrection was a silly 80s-like action movie with too much on its sleeve. And Prometheus was a clear cerebral sci-fi with interesting questions. While shades of Prometheus are present, Alien: Covenant successfully merges Alien and Aliens to create an ambitious film that will please all sides of the equation.