Go a whole hour without make a sound. You can’t sit still; you have to go about your daily life, but you can’t make a sound. If you do, you die. That simple sonic twist is the bread and butter on which John Krasinski (who both stars in and artfully directs the film) bases A Quiet Place. Alien invasions have been done to death. Post-apocalyptic is so last decade. Everything in A Quiet Place is something that’s been done before, but never, to my knowledge, with sound as the difference between life and death.
Back to you, trying to be quiet, what are you doing? Reading? Did you drop your book? You died. Laughed at something clever in the writing? Dead. Now, what if you had to live in a barren world with those kind of stakes, gather food, raise your family, communicate, protect yourself, just simply walk…..with no noise or you die. A Quiet Place is a familiar thing done in an original way and the result is and extraordinarily tense, well-acted, unforgettable film.
Continue reading Movie Review: A Quiet Place (2018) *Sound = Fury*
Each Thursday we look at what is going to be coming out in theaters this weekend, show you the trailers for the big releases, predict the box office winner and just generally give you enough of a carrot to pull you through the rest of the work week. Nobody likes to compete with the Super Bowl, so there is only one wide release hitting theaters this weekend. Continue reading In Theaters This Week (2/2/2018): Winchester
Stephen King’s epic fantasies The Dark Tower and The Stand constitute his best work, but when it comes to pure horror, IT is his magnum opus. The novel is a monster of a book, the most intricate, powerful, engaging horror tale he ever wrote. It concerns a group of misfit 1950s children who discover that an entity from another dimension has come out of hibernation and is terrorizing the denizens of their small Maine community. The demon feeds on fear by killing people, especially children. IT frequently takes on the form of a circus clown named Pennywise, but its scariest attribute is its ability to embody whatever its victims fear the most. King’s novel leapfrogs between the heroes’ past and present, as they confront IT as children, then later as adults Continue reading Movie Review: IT (2017) *A Reasonable Critic Review*
The Vault starts as a fairly typical bank robbery film until the bank manager (James Franco) insists that the real money is kept in the sub-basement vault, and opening that sends things pear-shaped for the robbers in short fashion. It’s an interesting twist on what separately are very tired tropes, but could be interesting if combined. Non sequitur: James Franco is in at least 10 movies a year. Does no one else realize this? Is he trying to win a contest? The Vault opens (heh, pun) on September 1, 2017.
I know this comes a bit late (I’m trying to catch up on my reviewing), but if you haven’t already gotten out to see Get Out, you need to get out to see Get Out posthaste. That’s largely all I’m going to say about the movie itself. Now…..get out. Continue reading Movie Review: Get Out (2017) “An Instant Classic That Defies Categorization”