A common thread that runs through all of Bret Easton Ellis’ books is the exploration of hollow persons. People who are generally well-off financially yet dead on the inside, so numb to the world around them that even acts of horrific violence and depravity can’t faze them more than momentarily. Ellis has populated his stories with these characters, often set in the 1980s to satirize the excessiveness of the time period. While reading all the books back-to-back is probably not recommended, the author manages to find enough variety and different themes to explore to make them all have some value. If he seems one-note, one does not look closely enough. Read the rest of this entry »
In recent years, there’s been a number of once-dormant franchises – particularly franchises that began in the 1980s – being resurrected with a third sequel. Not every franchise warrants a fourth movie, but we’ve recently seen Rambo, Live Free or Die Hard, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull…to varying degrees of success. (Surely, it will not be too much longer before some genius decides to make Back to the Future Part IV.)
There are two science fiction franchises, however, that share a very similar pattern of quality in their four movies. The first two films in both series are widely considered classics (and, in fact, all four films rank in the Top 100 of Flickchart’s list of the Best Films of All Time). Both had their reputations tarnished by a lackluster third film (yet even those movies have their defenders). And both had pretty definitive trilogy conclusions blown open by the arrival of a fourth film.
These “fourquels” might be considered unwarranted, even unwanted. One promises “resurrection”, the other “salvation”, but the results may be somewhat less than heavenly. Yet, some people may find them better than the disappointing third movies. And when you are presented with them on Flickchart – and you admit that you’ve seen them – the question is, “Which is better?” Care to find out? Step in to the Reel Rumbles ring as we pit Terminator Salvation vs. Alien Resurrection. Read the rest of this entry »
Now we’re two weeks into January so there’s no excuse not to start your list of the best movies of 2011!
Director Ron Howard’s latest attempt at making a comedy. Seems this is nowhere near as good as Arrested Development (he produced that), scoring a 25% on RottenTomatoes after 50 reviews. This stars Vince Vaughn, Kevin James, Jennifer Connelly, Winona Ryder and Channing Tatum.
Deep in a Scandinavian Mountain, Santa Claus is unearthed and he is one mean and ugly dude. This holiday film looks like a staggering work of demented genius.
Jim Carrey as a gay conman and Ewan McGregor as the object of his affection. It’s a really strong week for limited releases because I can’t believe this is only my third most anticipated movie of the week.
Interesting looking genre mash-up with Kate Bosworth.
Movie how civil rights pioneers from the 60s transitioned into the 70s. Plus, it has Bunk and Marlo from “The Wire” in it.