A humorous take on the loneliness of space travel and the potential for inevitable failure. Carpenter’s first picture is one of his funniest containing many themes that are later expanded on.
Some of the most fun that can be had with a horror movie. The combination of absurdist humor with gory zombie violence creates an upbeat tone throughout. For the zombie genre a few new rules are established: it hurts to be dead, the dead cannot die except for obliteration, and they are intelligent. Personally, the ending is one of my favorites. A nuke is dropped but more acid rain leads to the birth of more dead.
Dan O’Bannon is a great storyteller, this is a crowning achievement.
Sound of Metal is a borderline insulting drama that paints by the numbers and dehumanizes its main character.
Now, I know everybody loves it. Just give me a chance to explain.
1. Let me get a few things out of the way. Yes, the sound design is strong. Yes, I appreciate that it does not focus on music and barely uses any score at all.
Riz Ahmed carries the film, but he’s not putting forth a groundbreaking performance. He only…
A great example of why Sam Fuller is a cult filmmaker icon. The Steel Helmet is as much a war film as some of the genre’s behemoths but is executed with a much lower budget and some non-traditional (and new), actors. The observations on war are powerful, focusing on unique details. For example, Sgt. Zack who we spend the most time with, speaks to his peers from a position of experience. The group’s officer suggests in one scene that one…