(1931) Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Brilliant. I loved the POV and transformation sequences. Performances were all solid and it’s a trimmed, concise story, like most films of this era.

Obviously everyone knows Jekyll and Hyde, to me it’s a really classic explanation of the duplicity of man; impulses and desires, etc.

That’s pretty much all I have to say, really fun watch.

7.5/10

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(1931) Frankenstein

Man that finale looks really incredible, as does everything. This movie really holds up, as much as that phrase is overused these days.

My favorite aspect of Frankenstein is that it feels like a complete story without any of the more modern styles of side trekking from the plot. It’s a crisp and concise horror film that many directors could still learn from.

8/10

(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

(1951) Bud Abbott and Lou Costello Meet the Invisible Man

I appreciate that this was just as much an Invisible Man sequel as it was an Abbott and Costello movie.

It’s the usual funny, quirky flick you’d expect. The last boxing sequence is kind of drawn out and leaves something to be desired. As a whole though, very watchable and entertaining.

6/10

(2010) Stake Land

Stake Land really gave me kind of a video game vibe, specifically the dialogue. That’s not really a good or bad thing to me, just an almost immediate observation.

I believe this film to be a really well made version of mostly the same type of post apocalyptic scenario we’re used to as horror fans. Nothing particularly stands out as super original but what you get is laid out via very clean production. It definitely held my attention and seemed to set up the second film nicely.

The end leaves a semi-cliffhanger but again, nothing groundbreaking or super thought provoking. This is just a nice little moody vamp-ramp skiddlydinglefest, shot in the same style as every zombie movie but with vampires.

6/10

(2015) Man Vs.

This could have easily just waded safely into the giant pool of Netflix shit but I was pleasantly surprised with the ambitious nature of the storyline.

It’s a tension builder and its tension relies directly on the little information given so I wont ruin anything. I just want to pack your lunch boxes before you set off to watch this fucking thing.

It stars Brian, the cameraman from The Office¬†and the fucking guy rocks. He’s seriously such a great on screen presence. I love him in Silicon Valley as well.

It’s a fantastic film that’s unfortunately bogged down by PS3 level CGI and that’s the honest in-a-nutshell review. It’s nothing to be overly praised because of that but one that’s worth watching.

6.5/10

(1999) The Astronaut’s Wife

Johnny Depp and Charlize Theron are great but their performances still weren’t really enough.

The initial moments of something-is-wrong in this film are pretty great. I like the somewhat open-ended vague premise as it really could potentially lead anywhere. The direction of the film establishes pretty quickly and from there it just kind of slow jerks you without ever giving you that climax.

The CGI elements just didn’t work for me personally and kind of in the same way that they don’t work in a lot of alien based sci-fi films. The thing is, I have no fucking clue what the aliens look like so the possibilities are endless. Since I’m already never wow’d by CGI, especially from 1999, any sort of reveal is an inevitable letdown.

This isn’t an original concept and I would have loved to see them go much darker with it. It’s just such a frustrating film to watch if you get easily annoyed with characters who make irrational decisions.

4.5/10