Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Swiss Army Man (2016)

An American comedy drama horror directed by Daniel Scheinert and Daniel Kwan, starring Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliffe.
A man stranded on a desert island is about to hang himself when he sees a body wash up on the shore. The corpse turns out to have special powers and almost be alive. The two have many adventures together as the corpse uses it's special powers to get the man home and the man explains life to the corpse that is becoming more alive as it learns.
This started out super-gross. I was ready for the worst, but then it turned into a heart-touching tale of learning to live. Obviously, the plot and characters are top notch. The video is absolutely amazing. They used every effect I know without overdoing it. Physical and digital effects combined with master camera-work to produce a spectacle for the eyes. The soundtrack was a little on the post-alt rock side, but that was the only point that was less than perfect. I won't spoil the ending other than to say I liked it. Films of this caliber come along so infrequently these days. I rate it best. WATCH IT!!!

Monday, October 17, 2016

The Killer Robots! Crash and Burn (2016)

An American science fiction by Sam Gaffin.
A team of four robots escape from a death arena, only to be destroyed. They are reconstructed for a mission to save a planet from a computer virus.
Oh, man! So bad! Like not even worth making fun of bad. The plot was very basic. The characters were literally Adobe After Effects cutouts. The video seemed all the same. It was all explosions on bluish-grey mechanical backgrounds. The audio was probably the best part, featuring music from the band, The Killer Robots! I imagine that one of their shows would be really fun because they involve the audience and give you foam weapons to attack their fake robots with. The movie didn't work out so great. I was reminded of The Storm Riders and The Storm Warriors. They overused special effects and it would have been cool as a short, but the feature length film format was like telling the same joke over and over. Overall, it got old really quick. I rate this bad. DO NOT WATCH!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

The Wild Bunch (1969)

An American western directed by Sam Peckinpah, starring William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan, Edmond O'Brien, Warren Oates and Ben Johnson.
A former member of an outlaw gang has gone against them and has an inept crew to fight them with. The gang flees to Mexico after a bank robbery, where they also encounter military resistance.
Shootouts, peplum-style men on horses and gangs/armies fighting was all I saw. There were a few drinking scenes to break up the monotony of violence, but it was mostly physical conflict. Hence, the plot did not interest me and there were too many characters to get to know any of them. The video tried so hard to be spaghetti like Sergio Leone, but could not reach his level of intimacy by using so many dudes fighting. The audio was actually very good. I could hear all of the dialogue and it contained appropriate music, including diagetic sources. Overall, a peplum western trying to be spaghetti in America. I rate it poor for being something that it should not be and trying to be something that it cannot be.