Thursday, April 19, 2018

TV Alley: Deadwood


Created by David Milch
2004 - 2006

I'm not a huge fan of westerns, but in spite of this shows setting, it's really not the typical Western in a lot of ways. Yes, it's set in the late-1800s, has outlaws and all that, but it doesn't rely on these tropes to tell most of its stories. More focused on characters and the politics then gun fights and showdowns, Deadwood may have been cancelled after three seasons with a huge cliffhanger left to simmer for over a decade now, but even with this detriment, it still stands as one of the most satisfying and fleshed-out TV shows of the 2000s.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Top 50 Favorite Movies, Part 7 (#20-16)

In part 6, I wrote about a game-changing gothic horror, a classic body horror fantasy, an ensemble bottle drama, a highly unconventional western, and a(n underrated) cult classic B-movie. Now for part 7.

20. Whiplash, 2014
dir. Damien Chazelle

A movie I became mildly obsessed with when it first came out and I watched about 5 times over the course of just a couple weeks, Whiplash is virtually flawless and features one of the most entertaining and intense characters/performances of the past 20 years in J.K. Simmons' Terence Fletcher. This movie looks great, has incredible editing (both video and audio), and contains some great performances and

Sunday, April 15, 2018

200 Items Or Less: The Witches (1966)

A few thoughts: I will usually defend mediocre Hammer productions because there's often some really great aspects to their films. The sets, acting, or overall tone and style generally make up for the ho-hum writing and lack of thrills. But this is a movie I just can't defend. The acting is either dull or over-the-top, the story is bland, and by the time the ridiculous final act comes along I was so disinterested, not even the overt stupidity and exaggerated acting was enough to draw me back in. It went from painfully dull to just plain painful, and in a very short period of time. I didn't have terribly high hopes going in, but with Joan Fontaine in it, I assumed there might be some decent acting in the very least. Nope. Since it's Hammer, I expected there would be some really cool visuals. Nope. Since it's a movie about witchcraft I thought maybe there would be some creative effects or ideas. Nope. This is a bore for about 70 minutes, followed by 20 minutes of stupid. It didn't totally offend my senses, but I can't see myself watching it again willingly.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Top 50 Favorite Movies, Part 6 (#25-21)

Previously, I talked about one of the most shocking horror movies of all time, a disasterpiece of epic proportions, Paul Newman in a chain gang, a classic surveillance thriller, and a deeply emotional revenge drama. Now for the next five.

25. The Curse Of Frankenstein, 1957
dir. Terence Fisher

The movie that got me into Hammer horror, Terence Fisher, and ultimately led to my love of Peter Cushing. Though I saw Horror Of Dracula first, it was this departure from the Frankenstein story and ingenious reworking of the mad scientist himself that grabbed ahold of me and has left the strongest impression of any of these movies. Not only is it the movie that

Monday, April 9, 2018

Top 10 Alan Rickman performances

A little over 2 years ago, Alan Rickman died of cancer, and ever since then I've been putting off making a top 10 performances list for him. Alan Rickman has been one of my favorites for as long as I've really known actors by name, so I think it's about time I actually put this out there. I don't need to introduce him, but these are my favorites, just based on my own opinion. If I missed any big ones or lesser-known movies you think I should watch or reconsider, you're allowed to comment. The only comments I delete are the ones sent by Nigerian princes. Anyway, here's a little list dedicated to one of my favorite actors.

10. Rasputin: Dark Servant Of Destiny (1996)