(2016) Cold Moon

This cocksucker came out of nowhere with such an interesting, random cast and crew. It’s a totally solid ghost story though that has excellent cinematography. I seriously mean that, this film looks fucking fantastic.

The special effects for the most part, are pretty great. They’re boosted up by a loud, booming (original?) score and even the overly CGI moments don’t detract from the quality much.

It wasn’t an entirely difficult role to play but I thought Josh Stewart did his character justice.

Besides Josh, the quality of acting tended to take a dip. There were some really awkward moments of dialogue unfortunately. Not enough to ruin the film or anything but you know, just kind of, eh.

I still dug it as a whole, really solid stuff.

7/10

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(2016) Boys in the Trees

Boys in the Trees can seem predictable in retrospect but given the pure sincerity that comes across, I’m lead to believe the signs along the way were purposely conspicuous.

It’s a touching coming-of-age film that deals with some really difficult hurdles that can come with leaving adolescence. Things like remorse, repentance and acceptance.

I loved how good and evil were treated as autonomous forces rather than concrete traits of specific characters. The kids actually seemed like real kids, something I’ve always admired in films that do it well. It’s tough to describe and certainly not representative of idealistic childhood innocence but you know, just kids fucking up as kids do, some always worse than others.

On a technical level I really loved it. The lighting is moody but not at all blown out and saturated like so many new horror films.

That’s pretty much all I have on this one, real nice surprise. There’s some bold poetic lines that bring the cheese occasionally, however, teenagers do tend to me a bit dramatic so it’s tough to say it’s out of place.

Check it out of Netflix right now.

7.5/10

 

(1993) The Good Son

I don’t know man, aside from all my preconceived notions about Culkin from growing up with the Home Alone films, this movie is still pretty goofy. It’s a fun little flick though, it is what it is.

The cover art pretty much explains the entire film. There’s no real compelling character exposition to be made, this is simply good kid vs bad kid.

5/10

(2017) Gerald’s Game

Man…alright.

I haven’t read the book but after seeing the movie I was just so dumbfounded as to why a story like this would be told this way, I had to read the plot summery. Sure enough, the film seems to at least follow the general structure of the book but I have to say, book and film alike, the ending is really bad.

I feel awful too because I absolutely loved the fuck out of this film up until the final 10 minutes. I thought it was some of the most tension filled work I’d seen in a really long time.

I don’t even know what else to say, I hated the ending and it ruined the entire foundation of the story for me.

4/10

(2013) These Final Hours

Alright, so *deep breath*…I suppose I can let this heinously ugly orange filter slide because it could be from the reflection of the meteor or whatever. I still maintain that it’s annoying as fuck and visually straining.

The film itself is pretty good. There’s a lot of creativity involved in portraying the end of the world. I really can’t imagine how people would behave in that situation so it’s always fun to see how filmmakers break that down.

It’s a solid story of redemption and the pressure of the entire scenario is really felt in exponential amounts. There’s a ton of sadness and some really dark scenes. I was very impressed with both the drug use and violence. That’s probably because the first thing I’d do is get really fucked up, assuming I knew I was going to die.

Ultimately, I think it’s good but just not big enough. I need more out of a film like this.

6.5/10

(2015) The Gift

I got this one through a recommendation on /r/horror but just to be clear, it is listed as a thriller on iMDB. I didn’t find it to be insanely dark for a thriller but nevertheless, the genres crossbreed and who gives a shit? Let’s talk about it anyways.

Jason Bateman and Joel Edgerton are fantastic characters. They definitely set Bateman up as a bully but never in a stereotypical fashion. Joel’s character is as finessed, reserved and creepy as you’d expect from him.

The whole thing is paced really nicely and I found it to be a great watch. A few things felt seemingly predictable until I realized I was placing different bets on the outcome every 2 minutes, not entirely an indication of predictability.

The production is excellent for Edgerton’s directorial debut, definitely pop this one in for date night.

7/10

(2017) Mother!

I caught the first showing of this today at 11am and it’s been on my mind ever since. It sometimes baffles me how reviewers can exclaim a film to be meaningless when I just got so much out of it, seemingly too much to even fully comprehend through a single viewing.

Mother! is an incredibly conscientious statement on the nature of humanity, steeped in religious allegory. Unfortunately, it’s likely to fall on deaf ears for many, given that Aronofsky’s message isn’t exactly spelled out. I don’t mean that in a pretentious way, the film just works through such a slow burn, which isn’t always the best way to feed the impatient.

The last 30 min or so makes up for any weariness over the pacing. It’s one of the most intense, impressive sequences I’ve seen in a horror film in the last decade. The absolute perfect icing on the cake for what is such a masterful dip into surrealism.

I don’t believe Mother! is for the casual moviegoer. However, if you’re willing to keep an open mind and devote your full attention, you may just treat yourself to one of the best horror films of 2017.

9.5/10