Exorcismus (2010)

R - A family allows their young daughter's exorcism to be recorded secretly.

X-Men: First Class (2011)

PG-13 - Charles Xavier sets up a school for humans with superhuman abilities. Among them is Erik Lensherr, his best friend and future archenemy.

Insidious (2011)

PG-13 - Parents try to prevent their comatose son from being taken by evil spirits.

Source Code (2011)

PG-13 - A soldier wakes up in someone else's body and discovers that he is part of a mission to stop a train bombing.

Limitless (2011)

PG-13 - A writer discovers a new drug that unlocks the human brain's full potential.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Exorcismus (2010)

From time to time, I like to take a break from the big budget films I’m more accustomed to and enjoy an independent film. These movies are rarely advertised and generally do not concern themselves with mass appeal. I find that a majority of the blockbuster movies I see seem to follow some sort of unseen formula. Rarely do they surprise me anymore.

Herein lies the beauty of the independent film. The concept of not fixing something just because it is not broken doesn’t cut it for me when it comes to movie, especially in the horror genre. The ability to take risks, for better or worse, is exactly what I appreciate in these lesser known titles. Sure, you will occasionally run into a flop. Who am I kidding? There are a lot of flops, but every now and then you stumble across a truly great movie. In this way, I stumbled across “Exorcismus.”

If there’s one thing “Exorcismus” has going for it, it would have to be the element of surprise. I’m not talking about a “I didn’t expect that monster to jump into frame” kind of surprise. I mean that I sincerely did not expect or anticipate many of the plot developments throughout the film. Sure, the movie begins somewhat similarly to every other exorcist movie. A young girl begins to show symptoms of possession, no one believes her until it becomes obvious, and a priest is brought in to save the day. The rest of my feeble attempts to figure this movie out were in vain. Contrary to what you may be thinking though, I loved every second of it. Why ruin the fun of finding out naturally?

Sliding into a more technical review, I thought the cinematography was excellent given the subject matter. Not over the top, yet definitely capable of setting the mood. The soundtrack did wonders setting the tone, further elevating the already present senses of mystery and excitement.

All in all, I think it would be an understatement to say that I enjoyed this film. Maybe I should review more independent films, what do you think? Let me know in a comment down below. For now, I’ll give “Exorcismus” a 8.75 out of 10.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

X-Men: First Class (2011)

Oh my god, I'm not dead...

Sorry to all my followers for the hiatus, I've been dealing with some personal stuff and battling general laziness. But here I am, back at it again!

Now, on subject. Today I'm reviewing X-Men: First Class. I'll be honest, I had seen little in the way of trailers and whatnot before this movie was released, so I wasn't sure what to expect. The title made me think of a movie that seems to be an inevitable follow-up to this one. The first class of X-Men at Professor Xavier's academy. But alas, it was actually X-Men Origins: Magneto and Xavier. Yet still awesome.

Say what you will about Marvel straying from the canon storyline, but this movie was actually quite good in my opinion. It tied in real world events to make the plot seem believeable, and went deep into Magneto's past (something I'd been looking forward to for a while). The dynamic between Mystique, Magneto, and Professor X was interesting to watch play out. We all know what eventually happens, but it was fun trying to figure out why Raven (Mystique) would leave Charles after so many years together. Small appearances from characters like Azazel and Havok made the movie all the more enjoyable. Though fans may have been unhappy with Cyclop's younger brother being almost as old as Professor Xavier, I thought the addition was at least fun to watch. I have learned to go into movies that are based on a series expecting them to take a bit of artistic license. Plus, it was fun being able to turn to my girlfriend when Azazel appeared and say "Fuck, it's Nightcrawler's Dad!"

Casting was actually done really well in my opinion. I haven't seen Kevin Bacon act in forever, and it appears to be because he was cryogenically frozen for the past ten years. The special effects weren't over the top, but remained outstanding. I won't give anything away, but if you've seen the movie, the part towards the end with the coin. That. Was. Awesome.

All in all, I would recommend this movie to people who never really got into the comic books. I can see where some may have trouble disconnecting the two, but those people are really going to miss out on a great movie. Easily a 9/10.