By: Mark Di Stefano
Rating: 8 out of 10
British humor, while not as vulgar or straightforward as current American based material, still is a place for prime comedy (and it’s still pretty vulgar). From the Monty Python films to “The Office” (U.K.) series, humor in Britain has been always growing and expanding to new audiences. The Trip is a film that strives to reach American audiences with the comedic stylings of Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, and it does to a degree.
Directed by Michael Winterbottom, The Trip is a mockumentary staring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, playing fictionalized versions of themselves with the same names. In the film, Steve is a struggling actor who’s paid to be a food critic for a week touring the restaurants along the countryside. Since he split up with his girlfriend and has no one else to go with, he brings fellow actor Brydon to be his sidekick for the journey.
Rating 6.5 out of 10
I have to start this review in a very embarrassing way: I didn’t watched John Carpenter’s The Thing until after watching the prequel of the same name.
I am ashamed.
That being said, I am kind of glad that I watched it that way because I wasn’t as disappointed with the 2011 version as many people who had watched and loved the 1982 version first were.
The main problem with the prequel is that it has to live up to the ridiculously high standard that Carpenter’s masterpiece set back in 1982 and that isn’t fair to do to any movie. As a standalone film, The Thing prequel (TTP) is an enjoyable movie that doesn’t redefine the creature-horror genre, but is fun nonetheless.
When compared to it’s big brother, however, is when all of the blemishes come to the forefront. Read More…
By: Lawrence Foster
Rating: 7 out of 10
Believe it or not, at one point in time DVDs and VHSs were not delivered in the mail or streamed online via your favorite console.
If you wanted to watch a movie that wasn’t in theaters you had to actually go to a store, interact with the cashier and rent it.
So 2002 I know, but one of the best things about the old way of renting movies was the $1 guaranteed-to-be bad section. They were movies that were so bad that they actually warranted being watched for their wretchedness. Although, it could be argued, 95 percent of the films on Netflix’s instant queue would fit right into that section of awfulness.
By: Emily Kellas
Rating: 8 out of 10
This weekend Twilight continues its reign over the hearts of tweens, teens, and my mom, with Breaking Dawn Part One. Peddled as a love story Twilight has taken the romantic film and well… made it undead. For this weeks Retro Review I would like to remind everyone of the days when dance connected couples, not fangs. Dirty Dancing is one of American film’s greatest romances. With its simple story and extraordinary soundtrack, Dirty Dancing has proven its romance status over and over again. Directed by Emile Ardolino and starring Jennifer Grey, Patrick Swayze 1987’s Dirty Dancing takes us back to a time when family vacations into the Catskill mountains didn’t result in running from werewolf’s or climbing trees with vampires.