Thursday, October 18, 2018

"Day of the Dead" Movie Review

"Day of the Dead" (1985) ★★1/2 Romero's Reagan-era installment features some of his most biting (get it?) social commentary, added to the grisly goings on. And, Romero again proves that he was the all-time master of the zombie genre.

As with previous "Dead" films, Romero does bog himself down in heavy dialogue scenes that could have done with editing, and getting to the point faster. Plus, his human villains are way over the top and make the film overly cartoonish. You are to be forgiven if you sit there begging for the carnage to start.

Romero's social commentary this time is with the military mindset taking over and, in the process, bringing things down. You get the point quickly.

So, it's one hour of that, followed by the zombies finally running amok. This allows Special Make-Up Effects master Tom Savini to be unchained and work his magic. But, even in the final 40 minutes, half of it is still all dialogue and listening to the crazy militarists.

And, that is by far the best aspect of this installment, which still can't hold a candle to the all-time masterpiece "Dawn of the Dead" from 1978. 

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Sunday, September 9, 2018

"Halloween" First Reviews

Review: 'Halloween': Film Review | TIFF 2018 - Hollywood Reporter

Review List: Halloween 2018 - Rotten Tomatoes

Trailer: Halloween - Official Trailer - YouTube

First reviews are out for the retconned "Halloween" where both Michael Myers and Jamie Lee Curtis are both, magically, still alive.

The film premieres October 2018.

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Saturday, July 21, 2018

Godzilla: King of the Monsters - First Trailer

Trailer: Godzilla: King of the Monsters - Official Trailer 1 - YouTube

Official Site: Godzilla Movie - Warner Brothers

Having yet another group of charisma-free actors in a Godzilla movie doesn't help. And, are all the monster scenes going to happen in the dark again? Is the budget too low to show the monster battles so we can see them?

The film premieres May 2019.

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Monday, June 11, 2018

Seeing "2001: A Space Odyssey" in 70mm

Article: Christopher Nolan returns Kubrick sci-fi masterpiece '2001: A Space Odyssey' to its original glory - Los Angeles Times

Trailer: "2001: A Space Odyssey" in 70mm - Warner Bros.

Movie Site: "2001: A Space Odyssey" in 70mm - Warner Bros.

Press Release: "2001: A Space Odyssey" in 70mm - Warner Bros.

I got to see the 70mm re-release of "2001: A Space Odyssey" in New York City last month. "Dunkirk" director Christopher Nolan, and his cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema worked for four months to get the prints ready for release.

I got to see the print at the Village East Cinema in the East Village in Manhattan. I have gotten the chance to experience "2001" in 70mm before. But, it was quite something to get to see it again. And, in this case, I got to see the direct print made from Stanley Kubrick's interpositive that he had worked on prior to his death.

I am hoping that more and more people get to see the film as it is hopefully sent out to more theaters across the country that are equipped with the same 70mm projectors that showed Nolan's "Dunkirk."

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Friday, June 8, 2018

"First Man" - Neil Armstrong Movie Trailer

Trailer: "First Man" Trailer - Universal Pictures

Movie Site: "First Man" - Universal Pictures

The first trailer for "First Man" is out. From "La La Land" director Damien Chazelle and starring Ryan Gosling, it chronicles the life of Neil Armstrong, who was the first human to set foot on the moon.

"First Man" debuts October 12, 2018.

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