Dracula: Pages from a Virgin’s Diary is not only one of the most compelling titles for a vampire film but also a silent, black and white ballet on film. Yes, it’s a strange mix, especially considering this is a fairly recent film. But for the classical vampire lovers such as myself that is part of the appeal. These choices are helpful in differentiating it from the slew of modern vampire flicks by employing the aesthetics of classic vampire flicks.
Night Watch had an interesting style and an excellent second half but really was incoherent as you never got a sense of what was going on. Fortunately, Day Watch avoids the mistakes of its predecessor by actually having a decent setup as well as a coherent plot. Part of this is due to the fact that the film has the second half of Night Watch to build upon. But it also just doesn’t stretch out the first half like the first film did. It simply goes, not bothering to ambiguously fill out all the little bits of the world (which I won’t bother to do either so go read the Night Watch review). Continue reading Day Watch (2007)
Based on the popular Russian novel of the same title, Night Watch tries to condense a fairly lengthy and convoluted book into a standard length, but just as equally convoluted movie. Having read the book I had a grasp on what was going, which does help as the film is rather complex and for all its exposition it doesn’t actually bother to set up the universe all that well. But the beforehand knowledge of the world, characters and plot didn’t stop the film from being a mess. Continue reading Night Watch (2006)
There’s something to be said about the simplicity of Zombieland. Here’s a film not concerned with the conspiracy that birthed the zombie virus or obsessed with scaring its audience with the undead. It just wants to be a straight up zombie flick, campy, funny and bloody. But then where are the zombies? Yes, a zombie flick is usually about the human survivors but there’s a long portion in the middle of the film with nary a zombie in sight. The film is called Zombieland, at least that’s what is said in my theater. Continue reading Zombieland (2009)
So you’re going to make a movie about a young girl discovering her identity through obscure, violent sporting events? I’m there. For those of you who have not experienced the crazier side of American sports there’s a great little sport called roller derby. It’s like roller skating but with violence, because all good American sports need violence. Add in chicks with tight tank tops and tough attitude and you’ve got yourself a marketable film. Continue reading Whip It (2009)