After a much needed break, our journalist David Harris finishes his expedition into both the fun and fierce cinematic realm that is the Fantasia International Film Festival. Here’s his latest and final batch of reviews. Today: Penguin Highway, One Cut of the Dead, Five Fingers for Marseilles, Punk Samurai Slash Down, and Big Brother
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Let me get this out of the way. I am not an avid advocate or opponent to review sites like www.imdb.com and Rotten Tomatoes. I admit, the score does influence me slightly, but it’s not often I will refuse to see a film based on it. However, movies with a rating of 60% or a 2.5 on 5 intrigue me. With a little push in either direction, they can be works of art to absolute failures. What does it take to take a movie out of mediocrity?
Did you know I am an avid comic book fan and cinephile? Oh you did… okay. So then you should understand how blessed I am to see Avengers: Infinity War movie come to fruition. A decade long journey has come finally exploded its way to the big screen and right into my fanboy heart. Though the movie is obviously flawed, I cannot help not enjoy it. I am beyond satisfied. I was honest to Thanos moved.
Black Panther is such a different beast than the other movies in the Marvel cinematic universe. I went in expecting an experience like the Captain America sequels, but I was mistaken. It happens.
On the surface, Guillermo del Toro’s movies all have a similar feel, his trademarks are monsters, machines, and bucketlaods of slime. His fascination for the weird and supernatural is ever-present in all of his works. Deeper down, for the most part, his movies are far kinder.
One of the worst offenses a movie can commit is be mediocre. Everyone remembers both great films as well as terrible films. Even if these films are on the opposite side of the spectrum in quality, memorable scenes will be ingrained in our brain like an embarrassing first kiss, to that passionate tenth one. Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice is an awful movie, just awful.
Our journalist David A. Harris continues his cinematographic journey at the 2017 Fantasia International Film Festival. Here are his latest reviews for the movies he saw recently. Today: Claymation Horror, Attraction, Cocolors and 68 Kill.
With great power comes great responsibility. We all heard this in one way or another, whether it was from the dozens of cartoons, the handful of movies, and thousands of comics. This phrase cannot have more meaning than with the creation of this movie. When you mix an iconic character with two powerhouse movie studios, you can get a disastrous result. Who knew that we’d end up with a wonderful Spider-Man movie?
The year was 2002. In the middle of the WW2-era shooters craze, EA Games published Medal of Honor: Allied Assault, a videogame that had a considerable impact on the gaming market at the time. More than a decade later, does it still hold up? Yes… and no. Well, kind of.