Editorial Note: Dave was supposed to put this up a couple of weeks ago, but spaced it because he thought there was more to be added, but he just screwed up. We now return you to your Saw article.
The beginning of October is here and for many that means they look forward to when they can dress up and get multiple sugar highs on October 31st. But for a few, it’s the anticipation for the next installment of an underappreciated horror franchise. Like it or not, the Saw franchise have staked their grounds every October for the past 5 years as their own. Year after year, the series is able to turn out another moneymaker for Lionsgate, often surprise and fulfill their fans expectations, and has even collected over 80,000 pints of blood for their annual blood drive. As of last year alone, the franchise gave us the tagline, “If it’s Halloween, then it must be SAW“. This year it’s no different. Liongsate is determined to make this year one of the biggest for Saw fans yet. I’m here to tell you what to expect. (more…)
Josh’s Score: 7/10
Ever think that you should be doing much more with your life than you monotonous daily routines? Well, Wesley Gibson (James McAvoy) does. After seeing him deal with his annoying boss, cheating girlfriend, and horrible “best friend”, we start to understand that Wesley should be doing something different with his life. Luckily, faster than you can say Brad Pitt, Fox (Angelina Jolie) shows up to inform Wesly that he needs to come work for a secrete society of assassins known as The Fraternity, who is lead by Sloan (Morgan Freeman).
Josh's Score: 7.5/10
First time writer/director Bryan Bertino gives us a sharp horror thriller that defiantly works. While some claim that it might not be as smart as this years earlier thriller Funny Games, The Strangers delivers more scares than many of the recent thrillers of the past couple years.The story takes place in a secluded farmhouse that James (Scott Speedman) and Kristen (Liv Tyler) are staying the night in after their return from a friend’s wedding reception. The couple seems to be having some communication issues, and Bertino is brave enough to slowly reveal what exactly those issues are. It isn’t to long after they arrive that someone starts beating on their door. The night suddenly turns into a battle for survival as James and Kristen must overcome their differences to try and stay alive against the brutal actions from the strangers outside.
There are so many blockbuster films coming out this summer that it’s really hard to pick which one you could be excited for the most. However one of the biggest films coming out this summer seems to be receiving a lot of trash talk from critics and Internet bloggers. That film would be Speed Racer.
While the majority of staff here at screengeeks.com seem to agree that the film looks like “visual vomit”, I appear to stand alone in the opinion that I think this film is going to be a real treat. I watched the television series when I was a little kid, through various re-runs on cartoon network. While I wasn’t a die-hard fan, there was always something catchy about the show that I loved. Maybe it was the stylized races or the over the top characters. Either way, I always tuned in with a smile on my face.
We are living in the age where almost anything can be turned into a motion picture with a blink of an executive producer’s eye. Whil
e I frowned on made television show themed movies—Underdog, The Dukes of Hazard, Scooby Doo to name a few—I think Speed Racer is really going to set a high bar for these types of films.
The last time we saw a Wachowski film was 2003’s Matrix Revolutions. A film that, while didn’t live up to the first one still managed to be a visually stunning film and a solid sequel. It’s obvious that these directors are heavily influenced by the Japanese culture and style of filmmaking, and that’s why I feel like these guys are perfect for Speed Racer.
It’s really hard for me to make an argument that Speed Racer is going to be a good film based on the lackluster trailers. However, I can argue that for as much of a sugar rush as this film looks, I think it’s going to be a fun time and a spectacular visual achievement. Even if I’m the only one look forward to Speed Racer, I will still be there opening day ready to go…..get the pun?
Josh's Score: 10/10
Once in a while there comes a film that is able to emit an experience for an audience. These are the reason why people go to the movies. Now, we are lucky enough to live in an age of significant technological advancements to propel a film experience to a completely new level. U2 3-D is that film.