This is one superhero movie that I actually wanted to see. I read the comic and thought it was okay and the movie seems to track pretty closely to the original story. The version I watched was the director's cut and it definitely could use some editing. There's a bit too much backstory and too many tangents. Still, I thought it all worked well. Fortunately, there isn't too much cliche superhero action but Zack Snyder still manages to inject way too much of his goofy CGI style everywhere.
Well, turns out M. Night is still capable of making an entertaining movie. This was a humble thriller about three girls kidnapped by a man with split personalities. While it may spend a bit too much time dishing out exposition as to how split personalities are real and can cause supernatural-like abilities, the main plot gradually builds the tension and doesn't pull punches. And a sorta/kinda twist that's a genuine surprise.
Outside of Helter Skelter, I have not read much true crime literature. I picked this one mainly because is was co-written by John Bloom (and it's super cheap on Kindle). It details the story of a brutal axe murder that took place is suburban Dallas in the early eighties. The book is written in a narrative style that makes it feel more like a novel than a journalistic undertaking. That said, this was meticulously researched and based on interviews with most of the primary players (except, of course, the deceased Betty Gore).
A small, slow moving horror movie about boarding school girls and the devil. There's lots of hard to hear dialogue and very little visible "horror" stuff going on, but it builds to a mildly bloody ending.
Apparently this is a very important movie and a touchstone of Italian cinema. All I know it's severely lacking in the Italian knife-wielding maniac department. Still, as far as artsy dramas go, this wasn't half bad. Basically, a guy gets his bike stolen and spends the rest of the movie trying to find it. There's probably some brainy sub-text about life and finding meaning in a cold, uncaring world but I was too stupid to pick up on that.
This is a sequel in name only to the excellent Black Magic. It's still about an evil voodoo magician, but in this case he is purely evil and not just doing the bidding of others. So evil in fact that he pounds nails into corpses' heads, drinks breast milk, impregnates women with meat blobs, and raises the bodies of dead go-go dancers. This movie is just non-stop crazy and thoroughly entertaining.
This is crime thriller from 1955 that is unique in that it was shot on location in post-war Japan and it is filmed in glorious, super-widescreen Cinemascope. Every frame is full of color and wonderfully composed. Every frame is also filled with ugly American style treatment of the locals. Lots of gangsters raising their voices and demanding, "Hey pal, ya speak English!" This is also the movie where Robert Stack does his, "Who the boss? The head man? ..." bit that was parodied in Airplane. Overall this was mediocre yet entertaining plot that's bolstered by stunning visuals.
In recent years there have been several attempts at making fake 80s shows, games or movies. The best of this would be something like Stranger Things and the worst is Kung Fury. Turbo Kid is somewhere in the middle. It isn't fully fueled on nostalgia and has likable characters. But there is a tinge of that weird interpretation of 80s culture that millennials often produce. The ever present neon landscape title grid is there.
Ubisoft only knows how to make these open world games with paper-thin story lines and lots of side challenges that don't amount to much. I had already played the sequel (which I got for free) before I had played Watch Dogs (which I also got for free). Apparently, if you wait long enough, all Ubisoft games will eventually be free. I knew what to expect going into this: lots of "hacking" which consists of vaguely Pipe Dreams style puzzles or, more often, just holding down the "Q" key. My main reason for not passing on this was the prospect of exploring a virtual Chicago. Turns out in Montreal they think Chicago is surrounded by rolling hills and filled with exploding steam pipes.
This the second book in The Expanse series. It felt like a bit of a retread but with less interesting characters. The T.V. show is better.