Writers: Fede Alvarez (screenplay), Sam Raimi, 1 more credit »
Stars: Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Jessica Lucas |
For those who know the originals (I loved ED2), the story’s pretty much the same. If you don’t, it’s still familiar: a group in a cabin unleashes an evil presence. Unlike the originals, this one is mostly dull. Many of the goriest killings are camouflaged with bad editing. The makeup efx on “Walking Dead” are better. Is anyone frightened by creepy eyes and twitching anymore? The pacing lacks momentum and the overbearing music just seems silly. There are a few fun moments and the cinematography is simply beautiful. By modern genre standards, this doesn’t even hold up to the old standards. NOTE: Stick thru the credits for a groovy homage.
GAY ANGLE: There is a girl-on-girl kiss, but not in a good way.
Like Someone In Love
Director: Abbas Kiarostami
Writer: Abbas Kiarostami (screenplay)
Stars: Rin Takanashi, Tadashi Okuno, Ryo Kase
Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami travels to Japan for this film about a young hooker who becomes involved with an old professor. Any movie that starts with a long, inert first scene is gonna be slow, but this one takes the prize. First is a restaurant with 2 locked-down cameras for 10 min. Second is in a cab for 15 min, while listens to 8 voicemail msgs. You get the idea. At one point the old man fell asleep behind the wheel of the car for more than a minute. All sequences take place in real time with static camera and low key performances. I had plenty of time to answer a few emails and not miss a thing (even in subtitles) and may be the only person in Richmond to see this. It does have a pretty surprising shaggy dog ending.
GAY ANGLE: No self-respecting queer would want their name attached to this.
Jerry Williams reviewed movies for WTVR-TV for 14 years and for Style Weekly for 10 years. When he launched his own website in 1998 at TVJerry.com, he took his reviews to the Internet. Through those hundreds of reviews, Jerry kept his sexual orientation muted. So, he's excited to be adding "gay angles" to his postings for GayRVA.com.