Accurately describing the off-the-wall monster flick Colossal is no easy task, from the surprisingly star-studded cast to the genre melding narrative. What is easy to describe is just how much of a triumph this vastly misunderstood film truly is. Partly a "return to your roots" story mixed with a full-on giant monster fest, Colossal manages to take on a great deal of deep subject matter without completely losing its dark humor along the way.
The second collaboration of Kristen Stewart and writer/director Olivier Assayas was a welcome idea, as Cloud of Sils Maria was a magnificent piece of film, with both Assayas and Stewart proving their skills as storytellers. Personal Shopper, this second jont, has moments of brilliance to remind us of the potential between the two, however a great deal of Assayas' decisions pull the film down into a pulpy ghost story.
While a tad outside of the director’s normal realm, Gore Verbinski’s A Cure for Wellness houses his over the top sensibilities, wrapped in a deceptively artistic film. Granted, the deception doesn’t equal a tantalizing viewing experience, but rather lulls the audience into a false sense of intrigue, which shows its hand quickly as nothing more than a B-movie taking its time to completely lose its mind.
In the same vein as A Nightmare on Elm Street and the more recent Sinister, Stacy Title’s debut theatrical release attempts to bring a new supernatural icon to the forefront of the genre. Sadly, the clear outcome with her efforts is the titular Bye Bye Man is nothing more than a passing thought of 2017, and even the viewing experience itself leaves the audience ready to move on as quickly as possible.
Every year the BGH crew selects their picks for best and worst horror films of that year. Stay tuned toward the end of the year for our infallible consensus for the best and worst of the year, compiled by our very own genre mega-scholar Jonathan Schnaars.
SInce it's October and that makes it the official spooky time of the year, I'm going to be playing every single day of the month! Of course, I missed the first couple days, but I'll make sure to remedy that with some extra long episodes in the coming weeks.
Here's to the first episode in the (hopefully) long running series on Resident Evil 4. First released on the Nintendo Gamecube, with multiple remakes for subsequent platforms, the Game of the Year award winning title is now available on PS4 and Xbox One.
Follow the track record of Capcom’s franchises and there will be a clear push for a return to form in recent years. With Resident Evil 6 upsetting critics and fans, the franchise had to make every attempt to create something worth the zombie enthusiast’s time.
The diversity of narratives that genre films can offer allows them to craft typically far reaching storylines with a human, emotional core. Of course, creating a script that encompasses this that can be adapted to film has been attempted, but not often successfully. Director Jeff Nichols has exceled in this gray area, with his subtle apocalyptic story of Take Shelter. Whether tackling the complexities of impending danger or the criminal past of a man on the run with Mud, Nichols relies on the human narrative to drive his stories.
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