November 2010

I Know Who Killed Me: Lindsay Lohan's Triumph

It hasn’t been discussed at great length, but the fact that Lindsay Lohan at this point ranks as a famous ‘socialite’ – that term being proffered in a relatively liberal manner – and not necessarily a famous actress. If anyone can properly detail the early moments of her career better than the relatively recent legal troubles she’s been doing, than that person would probably be in the minority.

John Cusack As Edgar Allan Poe: Yay or Nay?

When I first saw this photo of John Cusack as Edgar Allan Poe, I thought, “They’re recasting the sequel to Sherlock Holmes?” Because frankly, I liked the movie quite a bit, and I think they should stick to the original cast as much as possible. Plus, even when you don’t like a movie much, the re-cast in a sequel is usually crap, ruining whatever good there was. The only exception I can think of is the re-cast of Katie Holmes by Maggie Gyllenhaal in The Dark Knight.

The Swarm: A Latter Day Disaster

There are some notorious movies out there, but not necessarily renowned for craft or entertainment value. Instead, The Swarm, a 1978 film staring Michael Caine and Henry Fonda alongside a huge cast, is basically recalled for it’s duration and the flick was a torrential bore.

Shakespeare once figured brevity as the innards of wit. And while The Swarm wasn’t intended as humorous, wit here might simply mean artfulness. At just about two and a half hours, The Swarm is many things, but brief is not one of them.

Lesbian Vampire Killers: A British Scooby-Doo w/o the Dog

First off, let’s get weird semantics out of the way.

If you’ve never seen – nor heard of - Lesbian Vampire Killers it’s fair to wonder if the movie involves lesbian vampires, or lesbians who kill vampires. The title of this film could be read in any number of ways, accentuating a vast combination of words. Well a few, at least.

Lesbian Vampire-Killers: Dykes who kill vamps.

Lesbian-Vampire Killers: Un-dead dykes who kill vamps.

The House of the Devil: Not a Cut Rate Horror Flick

Before actually getting into the movie, giving one’s film a title which is awkward to speak aloud isn’t a good first step. The House of the Devil is a better effort than its title implies, so why Ti West, the director, saddled this effort with such a name makes little sense.

Quibbling aside, it would be a tremendous shame if West’s film finds itself lumped into that new(ish) wave of low budget horror flicks – Cabin Fever, Saw, et. all. While The House of the Devil may share some of the visual signs of those other movies, there’s a greater sense of scripting here as well as a genuinely interesting construction of tension.