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Forget Me Not

posted Jun 11, 2015, 9:50 AM by James Pearson

So, Forget Me Not, is listed under the "Students Making Bad Decisions" category on Screambox.com.  Totally appropriate.

There's a nice little twist or two in this movie, although I'm sure my wife would have seen them coming (she's good at that).  Meanwhile, I tend to get caught up in the moment and enjoy the ride.  Ultimately, this is a good ghost story with some fun ghosts in it.  Don't get me wrong, there's nothing groundbreaking about this movie's plot (except a couple of scenes in a graveyard - get it?).  But, it plays to the ghost/slasher/revenge trope just perfectly.  

The acting is decent and the the script is equally so.

And, this movie just proves that anything can be fixed with some duct tape.

Mad Max: Fury Road - Review

posted May 23, 2015, 8:49 AM by James Pearson

Ok, so granted, Mad Max isn't really a horror movie.  But, post-apocalyptic goodness it is.  

This movie is held together by awesome chase scenes in a desert, lots of explosions, Charlize Theron and her scantily clad posse, a guy in red underwear playing a guitar throughout the movie, and oh, very minimally this guy named Max.  I thought the movie was named after the main character, but it really shouldn't have been.  Honestly, if you had called it Desert Car Crashes and Explosions with Hot Chicks I would have gone and scene it, and liked it about the same.

Here's what I'm glad for:  This was not a remake.  This was an additional story in the Mad Max universe.  Thank God.  If it had been a remake of any of the classics I grew up with, I would have hated it.  But, this movie was a whole lot of fun because it was exactly what I expected.  It was a campy ride that paid tribute to it's 70's and 80's sci-fi predecessors.  It's a very, very pretty movie with car crashes, chase scenes, and lots of explosions.  It's campy and it's fun.  It is not a sophisticated movie, but, it's fun.  Go in with those expectations and you'll enjoy it as much as I did.

Also, it made me want to play role-playing games like Gamma World and Car Wars.  

Dracula: Untold Review

posted May 19, 2015, 7:41 PM by James Pearson

So, I wish this movie wasn't called Dracula.  I wish it hadn't been associated to the name Dracula in any way shape or form, because this was not a movie about Dracula.  It didn't have the feeling of a Dracula movie and it certainly wasn't a worthy origin story or reboot.

That all being said, I didn't hate this flick.  The movie was pretty.  The acting wasn't horrible and the action was constant.  The plot, although predictable, wasn't the worst I've ever seen (hey, I watch a lot of horror movies - including the one I'm watching right now, but that's a different review).  

Whether or not you enjoy this film will, I believe, depend greatly on how much you love Bram Stoker's Dracula (the book, and to a lesser degree, the movie).  If you're looking for a good origin story or a reboot, this isn't it.  If you're looking for good looking action movie with some nice special effects and a different take on vampires, then you'll probably enjoy Dracula: Untold.

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