Father’s Day by Troma Films

Father's Day by Troma Entertainment is a retro-farcical exploitation film that offers lot of energy and some skill in the film making. I have to admit I've become jaded about most horror films these days, because they just seem to fall into too many patterns. You can't say that about Father's Day. Not many horror movies could be described as "rollicking", but Father's Day is one of them. Anyone who's ever seen Troma films knows what they're getting into: blood, gore, gratuitous nudity, and probably Read more [...]

Odd Oscars Moments 2012

The 2012 Academy Awards was a pretty tame affair, but I wanted to include the oddest moments of the night. A few of the mainstays made an appearance, such as Nick Nolte and Angelina Jolie. Most of the oddities involved a general attempt to breathe new life into the format by avoiding some of the presenter banter that usually make the Academy Awards shows tiresome and instead having more involved skits or hijinks by those presenters. The ploy worked in some cases and seemed silly in others. Thanks Read more [...]

The Tree of Life Explanation

The Tree of Life is the oddest film among the 2011 crop of Oscar nominees. Director Terrance Malick tells a story similar to what we know of his own life story, growing up in Waco, Texas in the 1950s as the oldest of three brothers and having a brother who died at an early age. Any explanation of The Tree of Life needs to guess what's going through the mind of one of Hollywood's most reclusive figures. To guess the meaning is pretty simple, though. The boy character is coming to grips with Read more [...]

Mulholland Drive Interpretation

Mulholland Drive is often listed as one of the strangest or most confusing films in the history of cinema. Part of that's because it's a relatively new release and therefore more people sitting online typing about film have seen Mulholland Drive. Just about any David Lynch movie will to have its share of mysteries, but there are reasons that this one defies logic more than others. Mulholland Drive: The TV Series First, Mulholland Drive was filmed as a pilot for a tv series. The television Read more [...]

Dogtooth – Movie Review

In the immortal words of Inspector Harry Callahan (Clint Eastwood) from The Dead Pool, “Opinions are like assholes. Everybody has one.” Never was this more true than in the case of Dogtooth, the 2009 Greek comedy/drama/train wreck from director Yorgos Lanthimos. What a shame, then, that most of the opinions on this movie are so far out of whack. You see, this cinematic turd in the punch bowl didn’t get laughed out of theatres when it debuted. Instead, critics heaped wave after wave Read more [...]

Lars von Trier Movies

If you’re looking for a director who’s both experimental and controversial, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better candidate than Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier. When he’s not dealing with his multitude of phobias or being kicked out of the Cannes Film Festival for sympathizing with Hitler, he makes films that punch the mainstream square in the nose and often take a decidedly critical look at the United States. While I was familiar with Lars von Trier movies by reputation, it wasn’t Read more [...]

Richard Linklater Movies

Films Directed by Richard Linklater Thanks to the Slacker movie poster featuring ugly-ass Teresa Taylor of the Butthole Surfers, I’ve always associated director Richard Linklater with dirty hippies. Turns out that’s not the case at all, as Linklater has made a number of films that don’t involve pretentious and perpetually stoned residents of Austin. This article details my experience with Richard Linklater movies, as well as discussing those that I might consider viewing in the future. While Read more [...]

Mel Brooks Movies

Films Directed by Mel Brooks Long before the Wayans brothers hit paydirt with the Scary Movie franchise, Mel Brooks movies were leaving audience members rolling in the aisles with his subversive and edgy take on the parody genre. While Brooks hasn’t directed a film in over 15 years, his legacy as a comedic pioneer is assured. I grew up watching a number of Mel Brooks movies on this list, and I’ve continued to revisit them over the years on television and the home video market. From racism Read more [...]

Nicolas Winding Refn Movies

Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn debuted on the scene in 1996, and he’s made eight feature films as of this writing. Some have been critically acclaimed, others have been box-office flops, and his most recent, Drive, won him the prestigious Best Director Award at the Cannes Film Festival. If you’re looking for sentimentality and mushy love stories, Nicolas Winding Refn movies are not for you. His cinematic landscape is populated with violent drug dealers, tormented husbands, and even one-eyed Read more [...]

Sam Raimi Movies

Films Directed by Sam Raimi If you enjoy horror and the Three Stooges, Sam Raimi movies may be just what you’re looking for. That’s because the director has a love for violent and often terrifying subject matter, but he’s never afraid to inject a healthy dose of black humor. However, unlike Kevin Smith, Rami isn’t a one trick pony. He’s helmed sports movies, supernatural thrillers, Westerns, and the successful Spider-Man trilogy. But no matter what film he’s working on, you can Read more [...]