A while back, I talked about my 13 Rules Of Horror. Less of a while back, I also talked about what I called Victim Zero. I also recently delved into Roger Ebert’s shrewd and funny Bigger Little Movie Glossary. All of this led me to start keeping track of my own brand of movie terminology. Continue Reading
Two things that don’t normally occur at Castle Blogferatu: reviewing new releases and trashing movies. Then I saw Life. You might say it was, uh, Life-changing.
I gotta be honest here. I had already decided Life was going to suck. I said as much a few weeks ago. Not a helpful attitude. Based on the trailer, I’d already predicted it was going to be a ham-fisted mashup of Alien and The Blob. I was right. Admittedly, however, it wasn’t quite as bad as I assumed it would be.
Not as bad as, say, Alec Gillis’s Harbinger Down, a rip-off so blatant (despite some truly cool practical effects), he could have called it The Thing On A Boat.
Writing about Life in The Guardian back in February, Ben Child noted that “Where JJ Abrams Super 8 and the TV series Stranger Things act as spine-tingling homages to their 70s and 80s influences, Espinosa’s movie (lens flare apart) seems to lack such gorgeously rendered nods to the past. To put it another way, on the basis of the trailer, it appears to have stolen the plot from its predecessor without quite nailing the tone.” Continue Reading
We here at Castle Blogferatu pride ourselves on giving credit where credit is due. A while ago, a blog I read had a discussion about identifying with characters in books and movies. I tried desperately to find my comments about that. No dice. And I can’t for the life of me remember what blog the conversation started on (I read lots of ’em). If it was you, and you’re reading this, let me know, so I can give you credit damn it! Continue Reading