Showing posts with label theatrical release. Show all posts
Showing posts with label theatrical release. Show all posts

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Crazy Theory #6: You're Next and Its Ugly, Undeveloped Idea

Promotional street art for You're Next apparently from the Midnight Madness screenings at Toronto International Film Festival. Also: a perfectly good discarded waffle.

I only went to see You're Next in theaters last summer because a couple of friends wanted my opinion on it. I am not much for home invasion horror, and yet I managed to see this and The Purge last summer for the same reasons. I am not sure that I found either film that interesting or remarkable. If you have seen Twitch of the Death Nerve or Intruder, you have seen You're Next. The only interesting thing about You're Next is the simultaneously explicit and implicit idea that at least one of the children supported the murders because if their parents and most of their siblings were dead, they would inherit enough money to pay back their student loans, as well as the student loans belonging to their girlfriend. Granted, one of the characters already has become a disgrace in his young academic career because he became involved with his girlfriend while she was his student. But the murder for inheritance-for student loan payoffs is an interesting, if ugly and fairly undeveloped idea for a movie with a sea of undeveloped characters. Why no films have been made about generational resentment, I have no idea.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Crazy Theory #3: Star Trek Into Darkness and Doctor Who

The 2010s: The decade of Benedict Cumberbatch with his back turned to the camera while he overlooks a city.

I am going to preface this post with the fact that I do not and have not watched that much Star Trek. I did watch Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan at some point last summer, so I know enough to know obviously The Wrath of Khan and Into Darkness are two very different films besides sharing a few plot points that J.J. Abrams tweaked for some silly reason or another. Into Darkness is a straight action film that is kind of about friendship and makeshift families, whereas The Wrath of Khan meditated on aging, friendship, and both biological and makeshift families. I will also note that I saw Star Trek Into Darkness in theaters last summer, months before the release of the 50th anniversary Doctor Who special. So whether or not this gels with that episode, I have not totally determined.