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First Trailer for YOU’RE NEXT Arrives

March 28, 2013 Leave a comment


Finally. It has arrived.  After over a year of pocketing this little horror gem, Lionsgate is releasing festival favorite You’re Next.  The trailer is pretty good, mostly focusing on the more intense horror elements of the film while keeping most of the unique aspects on the back burner.  The use of Lou Reed’s “Perfect Day” is an inspired musical pick that plays into these unique aspects without tipping the hat so to speak.  It’s important to note that You’re Next isn’t your average run of the mill home invasion flick and in fact has a healthy dose of effective humor built in to offset some of the more intense moments.

I was lucky enough to see the film at Fantastic Fest 2011 and again at SXSW 2013. Read my review for more details but I will say You’re Next is a fresh blast of blood soaked fun in a genre that desperately needs reinventing. You’re Next opens August 23rd, 2013.

Thanks to Joblo for the embeddable link.  You can also watch the trailer here.

If you need a synopsis, here you go I suppose:

You’re Next reinvents the genre by putting a fresh twist on home-invasion horror. When a gang of masked, ax-wielding murderers descend upon the Davison family reunion, the hapless victims seem trapped… until an unlikely guest of the family proves to be the most talented killer of all.


2013 Oscar Bowling Picks

February 24, 2013 Leave a comment

Here are my picks for 2013 Oscar Bowling.  You can read the rules and play along here.

24 – Best Foreign Language Film – Amour

23 – Best Actor – Daniel Day lewis

22 – Best Supporting Actress – Anne Hathaway

21 – Best Visual Effects – Life of Pi

20 – Best original Song – Skyfall

19 – Best Film Editing – Argo

18 – Best Picture- Lincoln

17 – Best Director – Steven Spielberg

16 – Best Production design – Anna Karenina

15 – Best Documentary Feature – Searching for Sugarman

14 – Best Writing – Adapted Screenplay – Lincoln

13 –  Best original Score – Life of Pi

12 – Best Costumes – Anna Karenina

11 – Best Actress – Emannuelle Riva

10 – Best Animated Feature – Wreck it Ralph

9 – Best Supporting Actor – Tommy Lee Jones

8 – Best Writing – original Screenplay – Django Unchained

7 – Best Animated short – Paperman

6 – Best Makeup – Les Miserables

5 – Best Cinematography – Skyfall

4 – Best Sound Mixing – Les Miserables

3 – Best Sound Editing – Skyfall

2 – Best live Action Short Film – Curfew

1 – Best Documentary short subject – Open Heart

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Movie Tally 2013: Stake Land (2010)

January 2, 2013 Leave a comment



Movie Tally 2013 – Stake Land (2010)

Directed by Jim Mickle

Viewed: 1/2/2013 (On Netflix Instant Watch)

Stake Land has some moments but suffers from an unnecessary narration and an emotionless lead performance. Solid, if tired, idea that never amounts to much more than some cool gore and useless characters.

    2.0 out of 5

Movie Tally 2013: James and the Giant Peach (1996)

January 2, 2013 Leave a comment



Movie Tally 2013 – James and the Giant Peach (1996)

Directed by Henry Selick

Viewed: 1/1/2013 (On Netflix Instant Watch)


The live action footage is much rougher than I remember it being.  Clearly made on a set and with a slightly limited live action budget makes for a tough start but once it gets to the stop motion animation, the movie becomes the fun fantasy film I remember liking when I was younger. Still beautiful and the songs are good too.

    3.5 out of 5

Movie Tally 2013: The Loneliest Planet (2011)

January 2, 2013 Leave a comment


Movie Tally 2013 – The Loneliest Planet (2011)

Directed by Julia Loktev

Viewed: 1/1/2013 (On Netflix Instant Watch)

Decent performances can’t hide this boring hike through the mountains.  The film starts out promising enough with some heavy “lets get to know these characters” moments but unfortunately it never goes anywhere nearly misfiring every step of the way in the second half.  A sloggy movie with absolutely no reason to have its 113 minute runtime. It may have worked as a 90 minute feature but as it is, it’s too long filled with too much walking.

    1.5 out of 5

Movie Tally 2013: A Town Called Panic (2009)

January 2, 2013 Leave a comment

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Movie Tally 2013 – A Town Called Panic (2009)

Directed by Stephane Aubier and Vincent Patar

Viewed: 1/1/2013 (On Netflix Instant Watch)


Hilarious and delightfully weird, A Town Called Panic utilizes a wacky stop motion animated style to tell an acid trip journey of 3 plastic figurines. Alternate water worlds, birthday brick parties and marathon dance sessions, there is enough here to keep your attention and beg for more.

    4.5 out of 5

Movie Tally 2012: Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds (2012)

Movie Tally 2012 – Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds (2012)

Directed by Tyler Perry

Viewed: 7/3/2012 (On Blu-ray)

Too melodramatic, poor writing and wooden acting from Tyler Perry himself. I couldn’t stay interested and it’s way too long.

    1.5 out of 5