The new horror film The is inordinately difficult to review. this isn’t because it’s hard to articulate that it’s a smart, clever film; it’s just hard to discuss what makes this film good without delving into spoilers. it’s a movie you should see knowing as little about it as possible. the surface setup is similar to films like the Texas Chainsaw Massacre or The Evil Dead —five friends head into the titular cabin for a weekend. of course, creepy and strange things happen. Judging from this barebones description and the tv commercials, you might think this is just another generic slasher film, but it isn’t. it works both as a suspense film and as a commentary on horror films themselves and why people watch them. this commentary could have been delivered in an overly cute manner, but writers Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard create a film that works as commentary on the genre while still being entertaining in its own right. if you enjoy horror films and want to see a fresh take on the genre, check out The Cabin in the Woods. saying more would just spoil the fun.
October 16 - 23 The New Orleans Film Society (NOFS) proudly presents the 25th Annual New Orleans Film Festival, which takes place from October 16th to October 23rd at venues across the city. The festival will kick things off Thursday, October 16th, at the Civic Theatre with the...
*** out of ****
The Boxtrolls is the newest stop-motion animated film from Laika Studios, the team responsible for Coraline and ParaNorman. While Boxtrolls, which is based on the children's novel Here Be Monsters by Alan Snow, isn't quite as good as those two previous movies, it's still entertaining.
So, what are boxtrolls, exactly. Well, they are little, trash-collecting creatures who mainly come out at night from their...
** and 1/2 out of **** Blair Witch Goes to Paris in this latest found footage horror fest which is no great shakes, but it isn't too bad either. It is definitely watchable with some haunting moments. An archaeologist (my new crush Perdita Weeks) leads a group into the catacombs beneath Paris in search of a fabled philosopher's stone. Little do they know that this maze of bones is haunted by the souls of the dead, leading to each member of...