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The Zero Theorem (2013)

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Every once in a while, I enjoy taking a trip into the surreal worlds that could develop in our future. While many people find this type of film fantasy, I honestly believe that much of what we view as science fiction today will be reality in the future. One such movie I recently stumbled across is the 2013 flick The Zero Theorem.

Plot/ A hugely talented but socially isolated computer operator is tasked by Management to prove the Zero Theorem: that the universe ends as nothing, rendering life meaningless. But meaning is what he already craves.

When I sat down to watch this, I honestly expected an interesting journey into a dystopian future, but I found something that was more captivating and philosophical. While the movie was a touch confusing (especially early on), the individual payoff is worth wading through those moments. The viewer is the one that is left to make their decisions and find the answers to the dynamic questions posed within this surreal world.  Yes, this one will not…

Veronika Decides to Die (2009)

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As many readers know, I so not usually venture into the world of straight dramas. While I have nothing against them, there is just something more in my wheelhouse that I discover. Sometimes, I do decide to venture down that path if I see something interesting. That was the case the other day, when I came across the 2009 drama Veronika Decides to Die.

Plot/ After a frantic suicide attempt, Veronika awakens inside a mysterious mental asylum. Under the supervision of an unorthodox psychiatrist who specializes in controversial treatment, Veronika learns that she has only weeks to live.

Yes, this is not my usual type of film, but what can I say, I am a fan of Sarah Michelle Gellar, and this one caught my eye with an interesting description. While I have never read the source material, after watching this and seeing the layered characters and storyline, I would like to assume that it is a decent adaption. Everything works in this one, as the performances are solid, the storyline simple yet…

And Jack Says...

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Visual writing is one area that I would love to expand on. This is my first attempt at visual poetry -created with the poem And the Walls Came and a great piece of artwork entitled Jack by Nerva1.

Honeymoon (2014)

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After taking a couple days off to get in some fishing with the opening of trout season, a ton of homework in my world building class, and my goal of completing NaPoWriMo drowning my creativity, it was finally time to get back into the swing of the blog. While I have a few movies I still want to see, I finally got a chance to catch one that has seemed interesting in different trailers I see, 2014s Honeymoon.

Plot/ Young newlyweds Paul and Bea travel to remote lake country for their honeymoon. Shortly after arriving, Paul finds Bea wandering and disoriented in the middle of the night. As she becomes more distant and her behavior increasingly peculiar, Paul begins to suspect something more sinister than sleepwalking took place in the woods.

When I finally sat down to watch this, what I found was not what I was expecting. Is that a bad thing? Not in this case, in fact, this slow-building horror flick does a great job at developing the layered storyline in a methodical way that allows the…

Echoes (2014)

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After watching The Babadook earlier in the week, it would be hard for the next movie to come close. While the next flick I chose definitely did not rise to that level, it was at least interesting and somewhat entertaining. What is it you may ask? The 2014 psychological thriller Echoes.

Plot/ Struggling with horrifying, sleep-paralysis induced visions, a young writer retreats with her boyfriend to an isolated desert house. As the visions intensify, she finds herself on the verge of losing her mind.

While I was not expecting much from this one when I picked it up, I was surprised at what I found once I got into it. More of a supernatural psychological thriller than horror movie, this one does have a lot to like. Overall, the acting is solid, the storyline is interesting, with good pacing, and cinematography. Unfortunately, the lead character is relatively flat, the dialog is uneven, and the ending felt extremely rushed, which pulled the rest of the flick down a notch. In the end, this …

The Babadook (2014)

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Yes, it has been a few days since I ventured into the blog, mostly because I have been stuck at either the softball field or doing homework in my Developing New Worlds class. Of course, I am usually enjoying some type of movie though, as I cannot function unless my mind is transported elsewhere. One movie that I watched that made a tremendous impact was the 2014 Australian horror flick, The Babadook.

Plot/ A single mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, battles with her son's fear of a monster lurking in the house, but soon discovers a sinister presence all around her.

It has been some time since I watched a movie and wanted it to keep going after it ended. That was the case with The Babadook. While the premise is subtle, the overall storyline is tremendous and effectively draws the viewer in and makes them want more. The atmosphere is amazing, the characterizations outstanding, the emotional performances over-the-top yet believable and the stylized images and sound…

Muck (2015)

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Metropolis was an awesome movie, and in many ways, I am still fascinated by how well the restoration of the print translated. However, one can only live inside the mind of a silent film for so much time. Getting back to the modern horror entries, I decided to dive into a slasher for the next review. A clear throwback to the 1980s, 2015s Muck.

Plot/ After narrowly escaping an ancient burial ground, a group of friends find themselves trapped between two evils, forcing them to fight, die, or go back the way they came.

This is an interesting flick that transported me back to my teen years and the direct to VHS no-budget horror of the 1980s. In fact, in many ways, that is exactly what this movie is, a no-budget kickstarter funded throwback slasher, and because of that, many will be unable to understand the draw to the film. While the film is nowhere near a masterpiece, it fits into the genre featuring all of the elements that made me want to run to the video stores in the 1980s. There are…

Metropolis (1927)

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Every once in a while, I enjoy looking back at some of the more significant films in history; especially the ones that have stood the test of time and continue to influence filmmakers today. This weekend, I decided to venture back into the 1920s, and revisit the 1927 Sci-Fi epic Metropolis.

Plot/ In a futuristic city sharply divided between the working class and the city planners, the son of the city's mastermind falls in love with a working class prophet who predicts the coming of a savior to mediate their differences.

I sat down the other day and decided to watch the restored version of the classic Fritz Lang classic, Metropolis, and was captivated even more by this Sci-Fi masterpiece. If you have already watched it, you should completely understand where I am coming from. Everything about the movie is perfect from the over the top acting, amazing set design and effects, to the strange atmosphere. Most of all, the storyline is tremendous, and for 1927, could almost be viewed as…

Interstellar (2014)

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Yesterday, I found myself stuck at the softball field for the first scrimmage of 2015. Of course, I realize that was the first of what will be many more over the next couple of months, and I am OK with that. Now it is time to get back to the blog. Next up, is a movie that I had waited to see for some time, 2014s Sci-Fi epic Interstellar.

Plot/ In the near future, Earth has been devastated by drought and famine, causing a scarcity in food and extreme changes in climate. A team of explorers travels through a wormhole in an attempt to ensure humanity's survival.

Cthulhu Surge, et libera nos,

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Since this is National Poetry Writing Month and there was a mention of a cult today, I ask, is there any more famous literature cult than the mythos created by H.P. Lovecraft and Cthulhu? Personally, I think not. While I may never reach a point of anywhere near the creative genius of Lovecraft, it is sometimes fun to try.

Cthulhu Surge, et libera nos,
The murky depths surround me The sea of life poisoned by the uninitiated Virtuous beliefs, now forbidden The ancient temple crumbles Darkness and despair abound The cult leader rises in front of the mass His followers prostrate to the false idol Mocking the godliness of the Great Old One Defiling ageless texts Alas, the Necronomicon burns
The echoes stir the seas Earthquakes touch the mountains; shake Innsmouth Voices join the chorus of thunder Lightning dances
Vocate ad Vetus Ones ut resurgat Da nobis absolutio nos tibi cthulhu
R'lyeh calls, oh great and righteous one Rise again and walk among us The dying embers of life call to yo…

The Culling (2015)

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After suffering through Treehouse, I decided that I could find something at Family Video for the evening. Unfortunately, my selection this holiday weekend was slim. After some debate, I decided on the 2015 supernatural thriller, The Culling.

Plot/ A terrifying supernatural thriller in which a group of college friends on a road trip find themselves fighting off dark forces at a remote farmhouse after a chance encounter with a strange little girl.

So, I am batting a thousand this week on movie choices and reviews. This one, while it may not sink to the deep depths of the last review, is definitely close. While I am all for low budget indie horror, I at least hope to find some originality trapped inside and The Culling had none of that. The characters were cardboard; the storyline full of cliché, the acting uneven at best, and the pacing was way off. Even the effects were below the line for a typical low budget horror flick. In the end, The Culling is an average to below average horror …

Treehouse (2014)

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So, it has been a few days since I added something to the blog. Unfortunately, this part of the year is always difficult and my schedule is all over. Am I still watching movies? Absolutely. However, I do not always have the time to kick back and relax with my computer. Next up for review is the 2014 horror/thriller Treehouse.

Plot/ A teenage boy discovers the perpetrators of several brutal kidnappings in his hometown.

Usually, I would just gloss over movies like this and not give them any type of review. Unfortunately for me, I have been neglecting the blog, and need to get back into it. Sadly, there is nothing but a couple of decently shot scenes for it to hang its hat on. The scripting is poor, acting and dialog uneven, there is no atmosphere or scares, and the ending has to be one of the worst I have seen it decades. Honestly, this one is definitely bottom of the barrel. In the end, there is nothing entertaining in this movie and it is hard to watch. Unless you have nothing else, …