I’m a sucker for a good zombie movie. There’s just something about that mix of post-apocalypse and body horror that makes for the perfect sub-genre.
Netflix has a great little indie styled, low key zombie entry called Cargo. The hook: dad is fleeing the undead across the Australian outback. Martin Freeman is the perfect choice for the protagonist. There are fine performances all around.
Oddly, the soundtrack also really stood out for me. It’s a moody EDM album that’s worth the listen.
If you like subtle chapters in an otherwise frenetic movie category, give this one a try.
To talk about my thoughts of the excellent documentary “Stories We Tell” in any detail would be robbing you of the joy of seeing it for yourself, of letting its layers unfold like slowly blooming petals.
Continue reading “Truth and Stories”
Note that every word following this is considered a major spoiler for the film.
Continue reading “The Cabin In The Woods”
I just caught this highly entertaining geek culture documentary short film by Jay Cheel, host of the Documentary Blog podcast, which is one of my favorite podcasts. It’s called “The Politics of Competitive Board Gaming Amongst Friends.”
The short doc has a really cool use of ironic slow motion. All the interviews are looking straight into the camera — very Errol Morris.
If you love board games, like Settlers of Catan, you’ll appreciate this film. You can see the whole thing here:
Gran Torino is a fine film, but it’s as deeply flawed as some of its characters. I can forgive its characters for their foibles, but not its filmmakers.
Continue reading “The way men talk to each other”
Back in 2000, I saw a short film by Jason Reitman called In God We Trust. It was the best short film at the USA Film Festival that year.
Continue reading “In God We Trust”
What happens when you try to mix 3 parts The Bourne Ultimatum with 1 part In the Line of Fire and 1 part “24” (pick any episode)? Bad things to be sure.
Continue reading “(disad)Vantage Point”
I’ve been hyping I am Legend for some time now (here, and here). As you may have guessed, I’m a bit of a dystopian fantasy buff. Ever since I can remember, I’ve daydreamed about being the last human on the planet. I guess that speaks a lot of my introversion, huh? Well, the movie is everything I hoped it would be.
Continue reading “Now I am become Legend”
Alfonso Cuarón’s Children of Men is the most realistic dramatic look at apocalypse I’ve seen in years.
Continue reading “Faith in Praxis”