Monday, December 15, 2014

THE DREW REVIEWS PODCAST - EPISODE 12: Chestbursters Roasting on an Open Fire - ALIEN³

Our holiday series continues with David Fincher's divisive entry, Alien³. Nick also rekindles his love for the original Star Wars trilogy, and Drew gushes about his love of The Babadook.
 

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

MOVIE REVIEW: THE BABADOOK Is A Powerful and Dark Family Drama That Also Happens To Be A Horror Film


One of the key elements in The Exorcist's effectiveness is that the film takes itself completely seriously. It approaches the material from a dramatic viewpoint first, and then finds the horror within those situations. The same can be said of The Babadook, a film that understands the value of its characters and their story. By doing so, it infuses the horrific aspects of the film ten-fold, instead of most movies that rely on their scares to create drama. However, it doesn't hurt that the horror elements are equally impressive.

Monday, December 1, 2014

THE DREW REVIEWS PODCAST - EPISODE 10: Chestbursters Roasting on an Open Fire - ALIEN

We're celebrating the season with everybody's favorite intergalactic monster by talking about the Alien franchise (no AVP flicks, sorry!) for the rest of the month. In this episode, we shower praise on the first film in the series, Drew talks about Christopher Nolan's Interstellar, and Nick gets caught up with Marvel Phase Two.
 

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

THE DREW REVIEWS PODCAST - EPISODE 9: The Venture Bros., BIG HERO 6, and Drew Rants About BIRDMAN

We close out our cartoon series (for now) by talking about one of the best cartoons ever, The Venture Brothers. Nick also gives his opinion on Big Hero 6, and Drew uses his immense critical influence to knock Birdman off its pedestal.
 

Monday, November 24, 2014

MOVIE REVIEW: THE GUEST Is the Most Fun A Film Fan Can Have This Year


As time has gone on, I've found myself appreciating films that are able to structure themselves around a simple premise, but then use that framework to their advantage by crafting engaging characters and uniquely exciting ways to execute their story. The Guest exemplifies this kind of experience, but adds to the mix by being insanely fun, comically disturbing, and unforgiving in its weirdness. It doesn't hurt that the movie is firmly aware of its own cinematic nature, and plays to that without being obnoxiously meta. The Guest is a film for those of us who are fetishistic devotees of genre cinema, and doesn't care if anyone else gets lost along the way.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

MOVIE REVIEW: INTERSTELLAR Is a Masterful Cinematic Experience with a Somewhat Satisfactory Story


Christopher Nolan is often criticized for having a very cold way of executing a story. The praise that a lot of his films engender comes from their more analytic qualities rather than their emotional ones. It's very apparent that how a film is constructed and engineered is what fascinates Nolan, but the heart at the center of his films very rarely beats with an equal level of passion. Interstellar is the most blatant attempt at merging the two together, and while there are a few strides made in the realm of character attachments, it never matches up to the awe-inspiring technical aspects on display.