This horror mystery is not like the fairy tale that you grew up on. This is what the tale could have been based on, even the tale of Peter and the Wolf. This film sets the tone perfectly from the beginning. It pulls you into a world that seems real and believable and keeps you guessing what is going to happen next all the way to the end. The film also looks are various stereo types and how they have been seen throughout history and why people see them that way. This is a story that wont let you go, not even when the film ends, but that is a good thing with this film. Read more...(849 words, 131 images, estimated 3:24 mins reading time)
Since this is the month of Samhain, it seems just appropriate to open Musings October with a modern classic that has hit not only the big screen, but the small screen, and originated from newspaper’s comics section. So, come on back to the early 90s, the days of grunge and MC Hammer, and check out The Addams Family. this film features all our favourite Addams characters, Gomez (Raul Julia), Morticia (Angelica Huston), Wednesday (Christina Ricci), Pugsley (Jimmy Workman), Granny (Judith Malina), Lurch (Carel Struycken), Uncle Fester (Christopher Lloyd) and Thing (Christopher Hart). Thing is completely out of his box now, and as usual, it the true ruler of the Addams roost. Read more...(740 words, 239 images, estimated 2:58 mins reading time)
This 2001 release of a movie based on the very successful schoolyard animated TV series, Recess, is pretty much a classic. It reminds of the days before guns kept popping up in schools across the nation. A time the most dangerous thing that might happen in your 4th grade class was the class reptiles getting loose and possibly biting someone.
Things are changing at 3rd St. Elementary School. School is letting out for summer vacation, and everyone is celebrating, from Principal Prickly (Dabney Coleman) to the tiniest savage kindergartener. King Bob (Toran Caudell) is graduating to middle school, and TJ Detweiler (Andrew Lawrence ) and his gang are splitting up over the summer. Everyone is going to camp, except for TJ, and his squealing arch enemy, Randall (Andrew Lawrence). Vince is going to baseball camp (Rickey D’Shon Collins), Gretchen (Ashley Johnson) is going to Space Camp, Mikey (Jason Davis, singing voice, Robert Goulet) is going to performing arts camp, Spinelli (Pamela Segall, now Pamela Adlon) is going to wrestling camp, and Gus (Courtland Mead) is going to some kind of junior military boot camp. The Ashleys are going to cheerleading camp, and even Hustler Kid is going to wrestling camp to learn how to be a sports promoter. TJ’s summer is going to be the most boring ever, or so he thinks. Read more...(654 words, 98 images, estimated 2:37 mins reading time)
Directed by J.J. Abrams of Star Trek and Armageddon as well as produced in part by Steven Spielberg this film is a treat for the senses and the hearts as well. You don’t realize that it is heart touching till you are deeply into the film and can’t wait to see what happens next. With these two men working on this film you have the very best in visual effects as well as suspense with thrills.
While some parts of the film seem slow they are needed to make the story happen and the film to really pop off of the screen. If a film doesn’t let you catch your breath you don’t really get to enjoy all that is happening. With those slow spot you can truly appreciate how it builds to the suspenseful shocking climax and this film gives you many of those. Just when you think something is done and over with you are hit in the face with a spectacular display of heart wrenching or fast paced action and explosions. You just can not predict what is going to happen next, you might be able to guess but that is all you will do. Not knowing makes the action and the twists and turns all the more exciting as you watch this film. Read more...(848 words, 202 images, estimated 3:24 mins reading time)
There are some classics that are almost always going to be remade and I think that in another 10 years you will probably see this one remade again. It seems that when ever there is a great leap in technology that this one becomes the guinea pig for that to see just what can be done. For some stories this is a bad thing but for The Thing I think it will always be revisited. It is the unknown terror and horror of the story that draws the viewer in and then slams them against the wall as they catch their breath. That is what a terror and thriller film are supposed to do. It is supposed to make you hold your breath and then jump or scream with something happens. This film uses those tried and true methods of scaring you without being a blood bath like the current films of the past few years. Read more...(707 words, 128 images, estimated 2:50 mins reading time)