This is two movies, and everyone seems to only talk about the second one. You know, the one where a blood-spattered Nicolas Cage stares maniacally into the camera. The one with the face- and shapeless Ceno-Bikers. The one where Cage fights an outrageously phallic chainsaw battle, can't convince his own instrument to work, but manages to impale his opponent on his own, blood spraying out from under the convulsing body. The one where, in the end, Cage burns down religion…
So this is it.
Is it a great movie? Very likely not. But holy hell it's great that it exists in this form.
Yes, under any normal circumstances, this would not have been released in this form, and under any normal circumstances, this would be a good thing.
But it's not normal circumstances, and ZSJL is as far from normal as a demonstrative blockbuster movie can be. Yes, yes, there's well known superheroes and lots of pathos and special effects…
It is truly baffling that David Yates has managed to direct pretty much the same movie seven times in a row now and the result is still painfully mediocre and meaningless in every aspect. That being said: Secrets of Dumbledore at least has coherence, a beginning and an end, and that is more than what could be said of the other two Fantastic Beasts movies.
I remember hating the twist back when this was initially released. I still knew (vaguely, but well enough) what was about to happen. And this time I could actually enjoy the careful setup. Identity is structured like a good magic show: It always shows you enough that you know that something is up, but not so much that the guessing game becomes distracting from the immediate action. Plus: Mangold beautifully avoids to dip your face in it, the more mysterious…
Man, this world is a shitty place.
Yes, this is supposed to be a horror movie marathon, and FLESH+BLOOD might not fit those criteria too closely on first sight. Because this is some romantic knight's tale, about a maiden having to chose between the dreamy yet rough robber baron to be and the dreamy yet geeky intellectual knight to be. Right?
Oh so wrong. Yes, that may be the surface of the main plot. But man, this world is a…
Every time I stumble upon screenshots or short scenes and sequences from Mario Bava's movies, I vow to finally watch more of them. They just look so absolutely gorgeous. I keep collecting them, and they, mostly, keep collecting dust. Why is it so hard for me to pop them in (or, well, hit play on the streaming service du jour)?
This one kind of helps me answering this question. I adore BLOOD AND BLACK LACE, I really do. I fondly,…