Episode 390 - Resident Evil (2002)


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Backtrack Review

Ghost stories have been around since the beginning of time and are among the most commonly told tales in all cultures and civilizations. Their popularity comes and goes in the world of cinema. Films about hauntings have been hot for the last few years, though, and Backtrack is a film that seems to be riding that particular wave. That’s not necessarily a bad thing.

Not being familiar with Dan Wells' novel one can assume while watching Billy O'Brien's adaptation of I Am Not a Serial Killer that Jeff Lindsay's Darkly Dreaming Dexter as well as the accompanying Showtime series played heavy inspiration in this particular slice of macabre fiction. The title in and of itself seems like it could be something Bart Simpson is seen writing repeatedly on the chalkboard in the intro of a Treehouse of Horror episode.

Johnny Depp and Heather Graham in From Hell

Two important periods of human existence are depicted in 2001’s From Hell. There’s the Victorian era, during which London is held transfixed by the unspeakable crimes of Jack the Ripper. While the Ripper and his carnage are central to the film, he isn’t the main character. Instead, From Hell follows the clairvoyant detective tasked with capturing the monster, Inspector Frederick Abberline (Johnny Depp). This brings us to the other of humanity’s great time periods: late 90s/early 00s Johnny Depp – arguably the Golden Age of Depp.

Some end of the world stories are about monsters both mythical and true, some about civilization or about political agendas crumbling beneath the feet of those that formerly prospered. Or in the case of Into the Forest they can also be about relationships and what love means.

Inconsistent walking speeds, celebratory high fives, sound cuts, and haphazard money transactions- it's all par for the course for a James Nguyen joint. Birdemic Shock and Terror certainly earned the "so bad it's good" label, but does simply copying the formula extend the good will to a sequel. It shouldn't, but it does...kinda.

The Presence Review

If you’ve been dying to know what a German found footage horror movie would look like, The Presence will scratch that itch. But you may be disappointed to learn that this particular German take on the genre is nearly identical to every other found footage movie ever made.

King Kong is without a doubt a mainstay in Pop Culture, ever since 1933 the 8th wonder of the world has been a strong representative of Hollywood worldwide. The sheer popularity has led to quite a few interpretations and remakes throughout the years. The latest iteration is Kong: Skull Island and just had its first trailer released a few weeks ago, making now as good a time as ever to rank all of the Kong movies that have come before, starting with the absolute worst.

Viewers of writer/director Jeremy Saulnier’s films know that delivering traditional stories in the typical way is just not his bag. Green Room completes what Saulnier has called his “inept protagonist trilogy” which started with the release of Murder Party in 2007. The two films are bridged, of course, by his indie darling Blue Ruin, released in 2013.

Milla Jovovich in Resident Evil: Apocalypse

While the argument can be made that the first Resident Evil is the high-water mark of the videogame-to-cinema movement, no such arguments exist for its sequel, 2004’s Resident Evil: Apocalypse. There is a notable drop-off in quality as the franchise attempts to sidle closer to its videogame origins. As such, the action moves from the tight confines of the Hive, a high-tech underground research facility, to the streets of the town made famous by Capcom’s series: Raccoon City.

Join our very own Evan as he grapples with the crippling difficulty of "Mighty No 9." the much-discussed spiritual successor to the Mega Man franchise.

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