American Psycho - Return of October-a-Thon
Released in 2000 under the direction of Mary Harron ("The Notorious Bettie Page," "Six Feet Under") with distribution through Lions Gate Films on a budget of $7 million; "American Psycho" is a psychological black comedy based on the controversial novel of the same name by Bret Easton Ellis. Upon it's release, the film was met with polarizing reaction from the film-going audience, half hailing it as a smart and witty slam on yuppie culture with a fantastic actor in the lead role, the other, dismissing it as a pretentious mess and a poor adaptation of Ellis' sharp satire that took the joke too literally. Thanks to the miracle of technology, the film found life on DVD and grew a cult following that appreciated the film's jab at male vanity and a sardonic look at 1980's greed and materialism.
And yes, before you even comment below, I was quoting the FunnyOrDie parody they did with Huey Lewis and Weird Al making fun of that scene.
In what may be 1987 New York City, 27 year-old wealthy inves
LOK: The Coronation Review
Hey everyone. Here’s the review of the latest Korra episode, and this time the day before and not nearly a week after! Without further ado, let’s delve into the new episodes!
What I Liked
Good Ol’ Toph
God, who DIDN’T feel a little bit nostalgic during this episode?
It was an absolute delight watching Toph be...Toph in all her badass glory. It made me realise just how different she was in the flashback scenes as the Chief of Police. Understandable, she’s a professional and a figure of authority, so she HAS to be more reserved, but seeing her now makes it clear how much happier she is now that she’s retired.
It really did feel like we were watching ATLA once again. Toph’s carefree and stubborn playfulness is just like it was when she was a child, but now she has the wisdom of someone who has lived a full life. Despite her impolite and thuggish way of treating Korra, everything she said was spot on and everything wa
SithVamp Reviews: Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School
Welcome back to the SithVamp Halloween SpecDracular! Who’s not familiar with Scooby-Doo? He, just like Mickey Mouse, the Looney Tunes, Tom and Jerry or Popeye, is one of the most famous cartoon characters ever. And since his franchise has to do with monsters, this year’s SithVamp Halloween SpecDracular will include a Scooby-Doo movie. My most favorite one: Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School!
Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School came out in 1988. The movie opens with Shaggy, Scooby, and (unfortunately) Scrappy driving in the rain in a van that’s not the Mystery Machine, to the school: the Grimwood Girl School. When they get there, they meet the school’s principal, Mrs. Grimwood and her pet, a hot-tempered dragon called Matches.
Then Mrs. Grimwood introduces Scooby, Shaggy and Scrappy to the students in the school: Elsa Frankenteen a Frankenstein Monster girl, Dracula’s daughter Sibella, a little werewolf called Winnie, a ghost girl named Phantasma and last but not
FILLERWEEN-ALIEN 3 (1992)
A cold war metaphor, an alien army. Corporal Hicks at the main antagonist, an opening where the crew of the Sulaco killed off by xenomorphs. Ripley being in a coma, xenomorphs on Earth. A wooden planet run by monks. A prison planet run by inmates. It’s no secret that the third installment in the Alien franchise was one of the most troubled films to ever be created, with 20th Century Fox demanding a release date in 1992, with the story beginning to take shape in 1989.
Alien 3 is often credited as “the most hated sequel”, due to it’s troubled production and downright depressing feel when it was released in 1992, under the ‘direction’ of then newcomer David Fincher. Yet for one seeing the film following the 1986 James Cameron film, you couldn’t help but notice something was off. And when looking up the film’s troubled production, you’d be shocked to see how many stages the film went through, how many story ideas were thrown around, how
"You're dead if you aim only for kids. Adults are only kids grown up, anyway."
- Walt Disney.
The above quote is there for a reason. You like fairy tales? Dolls? Actually are you afraid of that last one? Killer doll/toy movies are a dime a dozen, aren't they? You have your Child's Plays, your Puppet Masters, your Zuni fetish dolls, anything goes with that concept really. Actually it's funny I mentioned Puppet Master because Charles Band's previous company had something to do with this. You see, after Stuart Gordon had hit success with Re-Animator (in part due the stellar reaction at Cannes as well Roger Ebert and Pauline Kael's positive reviews of the film); Band had offered Gordon a three picture deal with Empire Pictures and thus, he and his wife moved to Italy to accommodate the deal which included From Beyond, Robot Jox and of course, Dolls. In some ways, this film is sort of a prototype to Puppet Master given the premise as well as the dolls themselves as to how they're alive.
Code Geass: Akito the Exiled Parts 1 and 2 Review
Mgrgr! I spent several hours writing an excellent (if I do say so myself) review of this, then a danged Sta.sh glitch deleted it. [Insert your preferred string of vulgarities here]. Anyway, this review might be a little shorter than the original draft (most readers probably weren't too interested in a long political comparison of the EU and Britannia anyway), but hopefully be just as good. This review covers the first two episodes. Also note that this review is based on a fansub. Once an official dub is available, I'll try to update this.
Code Geass: Akito the Exiled is a four part OVA series, each part being roughly an hour long, based off the famed anime Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion, taking place between the original's two season. However, unlike the original Code Geass, Akito is directed by Kazuki Akane (one of my favorite directors), and as a result, is drastically different. It's admirable that Akane didn't
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