Tuesday, September 29, 2015

CinematicAddiction's 31 Days of Halloween 2015!

It's that time of the year again... It's time to celebrate 31 Days of Halloween! Starting October 1st, CinematicAddiction will be updated with one horror movie review every day until Halloween — 31 reviews in 31 days. This is our third consecutive year celebrating 31 Days of Halloween on CinematicAddiction.com with a plethora of movie reviews and I hope I can deliver — I'm working hard already on setting the schedule.

The marathon begins with found-footage horror movie Archivo 253 on October 1st. Aside from found-footage, the marathon will also include traditional horror classics, contemporary horror, sleeper hits, foreign horror, and much more. I'm trying to find a great balance of horror for this year's celebration. I'd love to solely watch the surefire classics, but I want to add pinch of variety, so I'll likely be delving into some uncharted territory — those movies no one else wants to watch.

Anyway, thanks for reading. You can keep up with the marathon by bookmarking this page or following me on Twitter @Jonny_Athan. I'll be sharing the reviews as often as possible. I hope you enjoy the season and watch plenty of horror films!

Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Film Review: Exeter (2015)

Exeter (Review)
United States/2015 
Format Viewed For Review: Netflix Instant
Netflix Streaming: Yes
Amazon Prime: No

"...a grungy and cliche slasher veiled in a possession theme."

After a party at an abandoned psychiatric ward, a group of friends unwittingly summon something sinister during the after-party...

Exeter primarily follows Patrick (Kelly Blatz), a church volunteer who works at the ward, and Reign (Brittany Curran), a girl Patrick meets during the party. The pair are joined by Patrick's brother, Rory, and a bunch of other hollow characters. While indulging in their drugs, the pair perform an little experiment on Rory, inadvertently causing him to show symptoms of possession. The group soon find themselves locked in the psychiatric hospital, where they must perform their own exorcism. The problem, of course, spirals out of control. It leads to a predictable ending with plenty of exposition, but it's not all bad.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Film Review: Mystic River (2003)

Mystic River (Review)
United States/2003
Format Viewed For Review: Blu-ray
Netflix Instant: No
Amazon Prime: No

"...all of the pieces seamlessly blend together for a truly haunting experience."

In 1975, the lives of three children, Jimmy, Sean, and Dave, are forever changed when a stranger orders Dave to enter his car...

Mystic River continues in modern times. The children have grown up estranged, but still live in the same neighborhood and occasionally speak. Jimmy (Sean Penn) is an ex-convict running a liquor store, Dave (Tim Robbins) is an everyday blue-collar worker, and Sean (Kevin Bacon) is a detective with the state police. Their lives collide when Jimmy's 19-year-old daughter, Katie, is found brutally murdered. Jimmy decides to conduct his own street investigation, Dave attempts to hide his mysterious and bloody actions from the night in question, and Sean begins to link the pieces. The film is executed very well. As a mystery, it pieces together perfectly for a fantastic, chilling ending.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Film Review: Rambo: First Blood (1982)

Rambo: First Blood (Review)
United States/1982
Format Viewed For Review: Netflix Instant
Netflix Streaming: Yes
Amazon Prime: No

"...brimming with action coated in a thrilling sense of adventure."

After learning of the death of a comrade, Vietnam War veteran John Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) finds himself in the crosshairs of a bitter sheriff...

Rambo: First Blood is a rather simple film. The story follows our titular character, John Rambo — a scarred but tranquil war veteran looking to get by. When he's harassed by Sheriff Will Teasle (Brian Dennehy) and the authorities of this quiet town, Rambo loses control. His war flashbacks cause him to pummel the police and escape into the woods. Fortunately, Rambo is special forces and a survival expert, so he has the upper hand — something Teasle refuses to admit. What ensues is an action-packed game of cat-and-mouse. I liked the climax of the film and Rambo's final speech adds some needed character, but the ending was a bit abrupt.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Film Review: Cop Land (1997)

Cop Land (Review)
United States/1997
Format Viewed For Review: Netflix
Netflix Streaming: Yes
Amazon Prime: No

"...a tense, exciting, and gritty experience."

The small town of Garrison, New Jersey, located across the Hudson River, is home to a number of NYPD officers. All is well until the local sheriff, Freddy Heflin (Sylvester Stallone), begins to witness the corruption...

Cop Land primarily follows Sheriff Freddy Heflin and the corrupt NYPD officers living in Garrison. Freddy is a soft-spoken, aspiring NYPD officer who never accomplished his dreams due to being partially deaf. When NYPD officer Murray "Superboy" Babitch (Michael Rapaport) kills two black teens, Lt. Ray Donlan (Harvey Keitel), a Garrison resident, smuggles Babitch out of town and fakes his suicide. Eventually, Freddy catches a whiff of the corruption. Freddy soon finds himself entrenched in the corruption when Internal Affairs investigator Moe Tilden (Robert De Niro) further enlightens him. Freddy finds himself in a conundrum — face Ray and the corrupt officers he once admired in a violent clash or look away and play along with the corruption. Cop Land leads to a satisfying climax and ending.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Film Review: King of Beggars (1992)

King of Beggars (Review)
Format Viewed For Review: Netflix Instant
Netflix Streaming: Yes
Amazon Prime: No

"The action was exciting, the drama was decent, and the humor was, well, humorous."

The story of So Chan (Stephen Chow), the king of beggars during the Qing Dynasty...

King of Beggars follows the lazy and spoiled son of a general in Canton — So Chan. Although illiterate and crass, Chan excels in martial arts. While visiting a brothel, Chan falls in love with a prostitute, Yu-shang (Sharla Cheung). In order to win her services, Chan battles with Chiu, a high-ranking government official. Eventually, Chan is told he'll have to become the King of Martial Arts in order to win Yu-shang's hand in marriage. Unfortunately, his plans snowball out of control and Chan is left as a beggar. Chan then has to find himself to defeat Chiu. It gets a bit formulaic during the latter half, but it does lead to an action-packed climax and satisfying ending.