Posted by: Trey | 06/11/2011

“Production Values!”

Super 8 (2011)

Trey’s rating: 4 Spielbergs (out of 5)

It has been said that with North by Northwest Alfred Hitchcock made the quintessential Hitchcock film by intentionally filling it with as many “Hitchcock moments” – tropes, gags, and sequences that had become associated with the director throughout his career – as he could.  Love it or hate it, J. J. Abrams appears to have set out to make the quintessential Steven Spielberg movie. Read More…

Posted by: Trey | 06/03/2011

“We Are the Children of the Atom”

X-Men First Class (2011)

Trey’s rating: 3 Furry Blue Geniuses Piloting Supersonic Jets (out of 5)

I’ll be honest – I’m not the biggest fan of the X-Men, in print or on the screen.  In general the franchise tends to suffer from an unbalanced ratio of character quantity to level of character depth, as well as some very complicated continuity, which makes even the most basic exposition difficult.  Add to that the fact that the last two X-movies were decidedly sub-par (read: GARBAGE), and you’ll understand that it was with some hesitation that I went into the theater to watch X-Men First Class. Read More…

Thor (2011)

Trey’s Rating:  4 Agent Coulsons (out of 5)

The start of summer (which has actually crept pretty far into late spring this year) means blockbuster season has begun. Once again Marvel is kicking off the season with their first of two (three if you count X-Men: First Class – which I don’t) superhero movies: The Mighty Thor. As with Marvel’s other recent films, Thor serves as an introduction to the title character, along with his powers, backstory, supporting characters, and (most importantly to Marvel) his connection to the rest of the Marvel movieverse. Read More…

Posted by: Trey | 04/01/2011

UPDATED: The Five Greatest Films of All Time

UPDATE: In case you haven’t figured it out already, this entire post is an April Fools joke, and I will likely never review ANY of these films on my blog (maybe on Bad Movie Nite, though).

I think this speaks for itself.  These are the films which, I believe, have made the greatest contribution to cinema both as an entertainment medium and an art form.  I won’t be going into too much detail – I’ll save that for the individual reviews.  Instead, think of this as a preview of things to come on the blog. Read More…

Tonight I learned that Farley Granger has died of natural causes at the age of 85.

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Mack the Knife (1989)

Trey’s Rating:  4 Surprisingly Young Bill Nighys (out of 5)

As I write this I am struck by the appropriateness that today (10 February 2011) is the birthday of playwright Bertolt Brecht, the playwright responsible for the play which Mack the Knife adapts.  Before I begin, let me briefly put on my Theatre Snob Beret and say that The Threepenny Opera is awesome.  The music is catchy, the lyrics are witty, and the satire is razor-sharp.  That said, (as I switch back to my Film Critic Fez) Mack the Knife is much better than any late-1980s English language adaptation of Threepenny Opera has any right to be. Read More…

Posted by: Trey | 01/23/2011

Who Was That Masked Man? – Chapter 1

The Green Hornet (2011)

Green Hornet 2011 poster

Trey’s rating:  3 Hornets (out of 5)

Rating - 3 Hornets

I’m actually not going to talk about the movie for a bit – however, given that I started with the poster and a rating, I should at least give a teaser of the review which will really pick up later in this piece:  I didn’t hate it.  Those four words were chosen very carefully, and I will elaborate shortly.  But first, I feel the need to highlight a brief history of The Green Hornet, since Sony did virtually nothing to reintroduce people to the character before releasing their film. Read More…

Posted by: Trey | 10/30/2010

Halloween 2010: Top 10 Horror Films

Before I start, I have to qualify the post title.  I’m pretty big on genre studies, and the horror genre is kind of my thing.  So I’ve spent a lot of time with horror movies, and my top favorites (except for one or two) change on a yearly, if not monthly, basis.  However, with Halloween coming up soon I thought I would post a personal top 10 horror movies that I will be watching (and in most cases, re-watching) this year.  I had a friend ask me recently for some recommendations, and I feel like I should apologize, because the top 10 I gave him is not the same as the top 10 I am about to post here.  I could go into an explanation of why, but let’s just chalk it up to my rebelling against the arbitrariness of capping the list at 10 (In fact, now that I think about it, I’m going to give this list an honorable mention – hooray for making up the rules as I go!).  Anywho, counting down from #10…. Read More…

Posted by: Trey | 09/19/2010

New Site!

In addition to maintaining this blog, I am now a contributing writer for Bad Movie Nite!  I will be posting different content for each site, so keep an eye on them both!  I now return you to your regular programming.

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The Exorcist III (1990)

original movie poster

Trey’s rating:  5 Unexpected Fabio Cameos (out of 5)

The Exorcist, released in 1973, is easily one of the most influential and successful horror films of all time.  It is no surprise that Warner Bros. was very keen on trying to recapture that success with a sequel.  Unfortunately, their attempt was John Boorman’s The Exorcist II: The Heretic in 1977.  Make no mistake, The Heretic is not a good movie, especially considering the near-perfection of its predecessor and the level of hype that grew around it.  However, William Peter Blatty, author of the novel and screenplay for The Exorcist, had absolutely nothing to do with that film.  When he felt a sufficient amount of time had passed, he wrote a novel that he considered the official sequel to The Exorcist, and the title of that followup novel was Legion.  Blatty, who mostly worked as a screenwriter, had dabbled in directing at this point (notably in the excellent but underrated The Ninth Configuration), and worked out a deal to adapt and direct his own novel under a different studio, Morgan Creek.  This project is what eventually became The Exorcist III.

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