Whenever normal people hear the phrase “science fiction,” they run for the hills and never look back. I am not one of those people, so it was with great pleasure that I accepted an invitation to see an advanced screening of the pilot for ABC’s new series FlashForward at the Arclight in Hollywood, followed by a Q & A with the producers and much of the cast.
Like the brilliant Lost and Battlestar Galactica before it, FlashForward is not your typical sci-fi and it should appeal to geeks and normal’s alike. The makers of this show understand that it’s human drama and not cool visuals that make for compelling science fiction. Set your phasers on fun and read more after the jump!
The world of underground fighting has been brought to adequate life in the aptly titled Fighting. Thoroughly predictable yet oddly entertaining, this fight flick should please fans of UFC-style bouts. It appears as though the filmmakers set out to make Rocky for a hipper (read: ADD-afflicted) generation, but it’s really not fair to compare that seminal Oscar-winning film with this one. Fighting definitely ain’t winning awards any time soon, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Find out why after the jump.
Behold the unholy crapstorm that is Nature’s Grave, the most incoherent attempt at a horror movie I have ever seen. Dramatically inert, devoid of scares and completely limp, this movie has absolutely no business existing other than to irritate the frakking hell out of me. To date this is the most difficult assignment I’ve gotten for the simple reason that this stupid movie is damn near impossible to describe. The sheer ineptitude on display is bewildering and very, very sad. I’ll do my best to explain why it’s so freakishly awful after the jump.
For eons the subject of death has been represented in everything from painting and sculpture to books and films. The sheer volume of such macabre-related work is staggering. To put it simply, death has been done to death. Then along comes the delightful confection Sunshine Cleaning, the ironically titled film that deals with the unpleasant aftermath of death.
To term the movie so would actually do it a disservice because though the characters of Rose (Amy Adams) and Norah (Emily Blunt) clean up the messiness left behind by those who have died, the movie digs deeper and gives us a wonderful look at people who shake off the static of their lives and choose to live rather than merely exist. More after the jump: