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Saturday, April 18, 2015

[7.25/10] Furious 7 (2015)

Furious 7 (2015)

Quick Review: Fast in pacing, and furious in style, Wan's "Furious 7" may have a few ill-fitting moments of cheesy romance, but that aside, it's an absolute thrill ride of a movie that flaunts the best car chases in all the series, high-octane fights, and tons of awe-inspiring, gravity-free action for your perfect entertainment. The Abu Dhabi scenes are both fancy to look at and delightfully over-the-top, the cast all knock it out of the park, and the emotional ending may bring you to tears. Well, it will.

Friday, April 17, 2015

[4.50/10] Careful What You Wish For (2015)

Careful What You Wish For (2015)

Quick Review: It's far from terrible, and both the posh interiors and lush exteriors are eye-catching enough, plus, the girls will be very pleased to watch the hunky Nick Jonas walking around half-naked for the most part, but that doesn't change the fact that "Careful What You Wish For" is one utter cheese-fest of an erotic thriller, with a 'been there, done that' type of premise, mediocre acting, and an absurd twist ending that feels more ridiculous than shocking.

Monday, April 6, 2015

[5.00/10] Tracers (2015)

Tracers (2015)

Quick Review: It starts of a lively blend of "Yamakashi" and "Premium Rush", featuring some truly out-of-this-world bike and parkour stunts, with Taylor Lautner performing both of these himself, and pretty skillfully so, but the fun with "Tracers" pretty much ends after the first 20 minutes or so, as after that the film gets way too serious and way too familiar to be mindlessly enjoyable as it should be, due to its generic plot, one-note characters and yet another dull role from the hunky Lautner.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

CineMarvellous Preview: The Corpse of Anna Fritz (2015)

Horror films know what’s up; if you want to stay current (and relevant) you need to evolve over time (see also: Madonna, Cher, and Betty White). For a decent amount of time, 'found footage' and demonic possession movies defined the cutting edge of all things sleep-with-your-light-on scary. More recently, psychological thrillers have started to make a noticeable impact on the film scene. Premiering this year at SXSW, "The Corpse of Anna Fritz" has the potential to take this particular vein of horror one step further.

The story begins with Anna Fritz, a super famous, ridiculously gorgeous Spanish actress who mysteriously drops dead one morning. Her body is being held in a local morgue, where a shy mortician named Pau is working. When Pau comes across Anna’s body, he takes a picture of her and sends it to his friends Ivan and Javi. Shortly thereafter, Ivan and Javi come to visit Pau, and coerce him into taking them to see Anna’s corpse. Ivan decides that he wants to take advantage of the dead young woman, and Pau follows suit. When Pau is in the middle of raping Anna, she wakes up, and the situation becomes exponentially more complicated.

This film carries echoes of past movies like "Deadgirl" and "Flesh for Frankenstein", but with one major departure: there is no element of fantasy in The Corpse of Anna Fritz. Anna is neither zombie nor Frankenstein; she is simply a woman. Director Hèctor Hernández Vicens’ allows for underlying human malevolence to serve as the metaphorical monster. The entire film has only four actors and a solitary location, which adds to the anxiety felt by the audience and characters alike.Is this movie going to make cinematic history? Probably not. But the taboo subject matter and mortifying plot twists make it intriguing (and fresh) enough that it deserves a chance.

Article by Zack Mandell