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Stake Land (2010)

Posted: September 19, 2011 in Movie Review
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Stake Land (2010)

Directed By: Jim Mickle

Starring: Connor Paolo, Nick Damici, Kelly McGillis, Michael Cerveris, Danielle Harris, Bonnie Dennison, Sean Nelson

Subgenre: Vampires, Post-Apocalyptic

Synopsis: Martin finds himself under the protection of Mister, a vampire slayer just looking to survive in a post-apocalyptic America. 

Thoughts: When I first heard of Stake Land, someone said it was a lot like Zombie Land.  Now, I know they are both post-apocalyptic movies with similar names, but that is where the similarities end.  Zombie Land is funny, really funny.  Stake Land is a dark, bleak look at a future populated by feral vampires and worse.

There is a lot to like about Stake Land.  I loved the look of it.  It really reminded me of the Mad Max movies or Fallout.  People scavenged whatever they could and huddled together for safety at night.  The actors were good as well, with both Damici and Cerveris standing out as Mister and Jebedia.  I also thought Jim Mickle’s direction was noteworthy, at least enough so to have me on the lookout for Mulberry Street.  I look forward to seeing what else he brings us.

Now, the movie wasn’t perfect, at least in my eyes.  I wasn’t a huge fan of the way the story with Jebedia played out, specifically the ending.  I don’t want to say too much, but I thought it was a little much and thought it would have been better left where it was.

Stake Land is another movie that I highly recommend, and is quite honestly one of my favorite movies to see this year.  I am not usually one to make lists, but I have a feeling if I was, this would be on it.

Red State (2011)

Posted: September 19, 2011 in Movie Review
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Red State (2011)

Directed By: Kevin Smith

Starring: Michael Angarano, Nicholas Braun, Kyle Gallner, Stephen Root, John Goodman, Michael Parks, Melissa Lao

Subgenre: Exploitation

Red State

Synopsis: Three high school boys are lured into a trap by religious fundamentalists with the promise of sex, setting off a chain reaction of violent events.

Thoughts: Kevin Smith decides to depart his View Askew Universe to deliver a pretty powerful look into his political beliefs.  The story draws some pretty obvious references to the Westborough Baptist Church as well as the events that took place in Waco so many years ago.

The script isn’t perfect, and the story tends to ebb and flow with the dialogue, but it was more than enough to hold my attention for the run time.  There were some pretty funny lines, which helped to alleviate some of the tension, but what I thought really helped this movie was the acting.  Michael Parks played a truly creepy role as leader of the “church.”  I also thought John Goodman played his role extremely well.

Smith does his fair share of finger pointing, condemning the far right and the US Government, but to be fair, there is some weight to his accusations.  I do think that Smith’s points got a little too heavy handed when Goodman sat down with his superiors, and I think the movie would have been better without that tidy little wrap up.  Sometimes the unknown is better.

Even though this is a very violent movie, it doesn’t fit easily into the horror genre.  Had the violence been toned down even a little bit, it would have played more like a political drama.  I guess you could classify it as exploitation.

Red State doesn’t rock the genre, but it is worth seeing.  I’ve seen people singing its praises and people condemning it, but I think that has quite a bit to do with Kevin Smith being the director than the actual movie.  Check it out, it’s pretty good.

Mic Check!

Posted: September 19, 2011 in Opinions

What a month it has been, not for movie reviews, but just in general.  I’ve started a new job and decided to finish up the last couple of classes for my degree.  I’ve had very little time to write reviews and even less energy.  With that being said, the new job is starting to slow down some, so it’s time to get some damn reviews written and some more genre flicks watched.  Watch for more review in the near future!