As the follow-up to what might well be the ruler of all alien invasion films, Roland Emmerich’s Independence Day: Resurgence has a lot stacked against it. The 2016 sequel comes 20 years after its predecessor, but it sticks to a similar blueprint and draws on familiar faces to float the storyline. While Will Smith is nowhere […]Read more "Independence Day: Resurgence (2016)"
Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is less a movie and more an advertisement for the extended universe it represents. The 2016 picture represents the way of things in the superhero realm, where each film is a link in the chain and a preview for the next coming attraction.Read more "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)"
Based on the novel of the same name by Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game is a tepid science fiction film from 2013. Director and screenwriter Gavin Hood doesn’t achieve any sense of wonder and the wobbly performances don’t help.Read more "Ender’s Game (2013)"
When Jonathan Liebesman and Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes production company took to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the 2014 reboot of the franchise of the same name, expectations were low. But the project was fun in its own way, despite ringing seriousness. The sequel, 2016’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, is an improvement.Read more "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016)"
Lee Hae-young’s The Silenced is a lot of things at once. The 2015 South Korean picture features a screenplay by the director, with gorgeous cinematography by Kim Il-yeon and lush, spectral music by Dalparan.Read more "The Silenced (2015)"
B-movie stalwart Jim Wynorski directs Piranhaconda, a ridiculous jaunt clearly in the vein of other Syfy Channel outings like Sharktopus. This 2012 flick is produced by Roger Corman and features a screenplay by Mike MacLean, who coincidentally wrote the aforementioned Sharktopus.Read more "Piranhaconda (2012)"
Directed by Kevin O’Neill with a screenplay by Matt Yamashita, Sharktopus vs. Pteracuda is the sequel to 2010’s Sharktopus. It somehow manages to be more ridiculous than its predecessor, which is no small feat. Produced by Roger and Julie Corman, it also slips into the same pattern set by its toothy ancestor.Read more "Sharktopus vs. Pteracuda (2014)"
Produced by Roger Corman and directed by Declan O’Brien, the 2010 horror B-movie Sharktopus is every bit as ridiculous as it sounds. The screenplay by Mike MacLean does the job of merging a shark with an octopus for despicable purposes, while the cinematography of Santiago Navarrete navigates the bevy of beach beauties.Read more "Sharktopus (2010)"
Christopher Ray directs 3-Headed Shark Attack, adding an extra head to his accomplishments from 2012’s 2-Headed Shark Attack. This 2015 direct-to-video offering from the Asylum features a screenplay by Jacob Cooney and Bill Hanstock, with cinematography by Finders Keepers director Alexander Yellen.Read more "3-Headed Shark Attack (2015)"
Most people know what they’re getting when they check out a movie by the Asylum, so it’s fair to say that 2014’s Blood Lake: Attack of the Killer Lampreys more or less meets expectations. It is outlandish, stupid and full of lampreys. That is a spectacular statement in and of itself.Read more "Blood Lake: Attack of the Killer Lampreys (2014)"
A warped and unnerving horror film from director Leigh Janiak, Honeymoon works as parable and curious fiction. Featuring a screenplay by Janiak and Phil Graziadei, this 2014 motion picture moves with sophisticated purpose and weaves an account that reveals itself one slimy step at a time.Read more "Honeymoon (2014)"
In my review of Killing Salazar, the subject of “scraping the bottom of the barrel” was raised with respect to Steven Seagal’s direct-to-video crop. The futility of said venture is clear, but every so often something comes along that blows even the soundest of concepts to hell. In this instance, that something is The Perfect Weapon.Read more "Seagalmania: The Perfect Weapon (2016)"
Alan Taylor helms the cluttered Terminator Genisys, the fifth entry in the franchise that began in 1984 with James Cameron’s The Terminator. This 2015 installment features a screenplay by Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier, but the mythology is jumbled and the picture is over-plotted.Read more "Terminator Genisys (2015)"
When audiences in 1957 got a look at the monster in Fred F. Sears’ The Giant Claw, they “went into hysterics.” It was enough to make star Jeff Morrow sink into his seat in hopes of not being recognized, with the “feathered nightmare on wings” chewing the hell out of the Empire State Building and […]Read more "The Giant Claw (1957)"
Paul Verhoeven tackles war with Starship Troopers, a blazing and goofy science fiction epic. The 1997 film is somewhat based on Robert A. Heinlein’s 1959 novel of the same name, but the Edward Neumeier screenplay takes a satirical bent and sends up the militarism of the source material.Read more "Starship Troopers (1997)"
Paul Verhoeven’s Total Recall is one of the most fascinating science fiction films of all-time and certainly one of the most enjoyable. This 1990 extravaganza is equal parts lunacy and complexity, with Philip K. Dick’s “We Can Remember It for You Wholesale” tale serving as the foundation.Read more "Total Recall (1990)"
After the inert and exposition-heavy The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, the final chapter of the dystopic “trilogy” rumbles to its inevitable conclusion in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2. Based on Suzanne Collins’ novel of the same name, this 2015 movie is directed by Francis Lawrence with a screenplay by Peter Craig […]Read more "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 (2015)"
Tim Miller’s Deadpool is entertaining. The 2016 film technically sits as the eighth entry in the X-Men series, with a quick screenplay by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. The character, the creation of Fabian Nicieza and Rob Liefeld, has been standing in line for his own cinematic adaptation since around 2004. Ryan Reynolds portrayed the […]Read more "Deadpool (2016)"
Tobe Hooper returns to his independent roots with Spontaneous Combustion, a bizarre piece of shlock candy from 1990. This film features a screenplay by Hooper and Howard Goldberg and it is absolutely bonkers. While it does display the director’s sense of humour, it also lacks anything resembling cohesion. The first 20 minutes are quite something, […]Read more "Spontaneous Combustion (1990)"
Like Lifeforce, Tobe Hooper’s Invaders from Mars is a trip. The 1986 picture is a remake of William Cameron Menzies’ 1953 original, with Richard Blake’s screenplay reworked by Dan O’Bannon and Don Jakoby. Blake’s story, for the record, was itself based on a tale by John Tucker Battle. This is Hooper’s second of three movies […]Read more "Invaders from Mars (1986)"