True Grit (2010)

True Grit (2010) — Well it doesn’t happen often that a remake is better than the original film (though with The Maltese Falcon, The Wizard of Oz, & The Thing it is not unprecedented) but here we have it.  That doesn’t diminish my love for Henry Hathaway’s film featuring the always-iconic John Wayne, but as … Continue reading

Black Christmas (2006)

Black Christmas (2006) — So I know the original is a classic and the first modern slasher movie and blah blah blah but I like this one better.  Why, you may ask?  Because this movie is deliriously fucked-up on damn near every level.  It’s not really a “good” movie by any commonly accepted definition, but … Continue reading

The Thing (1982)

The Thing (1982) — So the second film in my Halloween Movie Marathon [last week] was one of my all-time favorites: John Carpenter’s The Thing.  I love movies about paranoia and from the 1950s to late 1980s there were a lot of good ones (gee, I wonder why).  There are just so many things this … Continue reading

Let Me In (2010)

Let Me In (2010) — With an almost impossibly high standard to live up to, Cloverfield director Matt Reeves actually managed to make a very good movie.  Make no mistake: if you’ve seen Let the Right One In, you know point by point what’s going to happen in this movie.  Details are altered but it’s … Continue reading

The Last House on the Left (2009)

The Last House on the Left (2009) — This is the sick ugly fucked-up movie that the 1972 version wanted to be.  That version attempted to shock (and at the time did) but has this sort of campy tone that really undercuts the revulsion that the movie is trying to inspire in its viewers.  The … Continue reading

A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)

A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010) — In theaters I was just stoked that someone actually made Freddy Krueger scary again.  He’s been such a joke-driven comic character for so long people forget that in the original film he was creepy as all hell.  Jackie Earle Haley definitely brought that back to the character.  No … Continue reading

Piranha 3-D (2010)

Piranha 3-D (2010) — I outright loved this stupid fucking movie. And it is stupid. Oh so stupid. But that’s mostly what I love about it. It’s all about gore and nudity. Mostly female nudity but for those who prefer the fellas there is a penis… it’s just not attached to anyone when it’s shown. … Continue reading

Dinner for Schmucks (2010)

Dinner for Schmucks (2010) — I laughed.  A lot. That’s really all that’s relevant to reviewing this movie but I am far too long-winded to leave it at that. Paul Rudd, the onetime star of indie dramas like The Cider House Rules and The Shape of Things, seems to have settled into a career as … Continue reading

The Crazies (2010)

The Crazies (2010) — SECOND REVIEW [Blu Ray]: So on this recent re-viewing I found myself debating whether I prefer crazies to zombies (as far as movie entertainment is concerned.  Presented with either in reality, I’m sure I’d just shit myself and run away). Zombies have their numbers and status as a modern classic movie … Continue reading

The Karate Kid (2010)

The Karate Kid (2010) — First off let me say that original film doesn’t hold any special place in my heart like it seems to for some people. I just enjoy over-the-top cheesiness, 80s style. So this remake wasn’t treading on sacred ground for me. Even so, it’s a deeply flawed film. Firstly the at … Continue reading