Bio: Student filmmaker, screenwriter, film enthusiast, part-time daydreamer, all-time strange.
Maniac is a remake of the 1980 film and stars Elijah Wood. It's easily one of the best horror films in recent memory, executed with a unique POV lense that adds so much weight to the films already high-elevated intensity. With a great leading performance by Wood and truly hypnotic style, it's a transcendent modern horror film every horror junkie should see immediately.
Rob Zombie's new feature film is him at his most unrestrained, and that's usually a good and bad thing. The Lords of Salem is beautifully filmed and has plenty of promising moments which are too often cut short by the films inconsistent, half-baked plot events and dreary sense of detachment. It never reaches greatness, although you can appreciate the effort enough to say it's a passable watch.
Oblivion is a new sci-fi/action film brought to you by Tron: Legacy helmer, Joseph Kosinski. It's a unique sci-fi film with stunning visual flare at times, a cool score by M83, and a headstrong performance from Tom Cruise who easily carries the film. However, it does take a while to really get interesting, and when it does, it has you engaged thoroughly. Apart from the jarring pace of the first half and a few script issues, it's generally a good film but amounts to nothing bigger.
I've been anticipating Iron Man 3 for quite some time now, mainly because I was hoping the change in talent behind the scenes in the form of Shane Black could help breathe fresh new air on this beloved superhero. For the most part, Iron Man 3 is a worthy sequel as it delivers on a charismatic performance from Robert Downey, Jr. as always, and a wickedly funny script. However, it does stumble when certain "revelations" are brought to light concerning the films primary villain, The Mandarin. It is quite a dividing plot twist that won't sit well with some, and personally I thought took a lot out of what the film had going for it. There's also a surprising lack of action sequences, but they are impressive enough when in effect. Ultimately, it's a funny, good time at the cinema, but go in with caution because chances are it's not the film you'll be expecting.