Nitpicking: Logan and The Lego Batman Movie

Confession time: I’ve never felt terribly comfortable doing reviews here on GeekDayton. Frankly, I’m very easily entertained, which is not what you want in a critical viewpoint. For reference, here’s some films I admit to enjoying: Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Out of the Shadows (which even got a review on this very site) Short Circuit 2 The Amazing Spider-Man 1 and 2 And there’s not much distinction between enjoying “bad” movies and just enjoying bad movies. I enjoy Drive Angry, a Nicolas Cage film in which he plays a grandfather who drives … Read more

Flicks Worth Clicks?: Matrix Reboot, Venom, and DC Switch-Up

Man, there’s a lot of movie news flying at our faces every day now that there’s like 80 different cinematic universes to deal with. Here’s my attempt to pare down some of that into nuggets of fun (most of the nuggets are not fun). THERE MIGHT BE A MATRIX REBOOT The Hollywood Reporter reported an exclusive story that Warner Bros. is in very early stages of developing a reboot of the Keanu Reeves classic. This is a very bad idea. Joel Silver, producer of the original trilogy, is reportedly spearheading the project and pushing it to exist despite the cries … Read more

Christmas Movies For The Rest Of Us

Ever since I can remember, I’ve been force-fed the standard “Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer”, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” etc. Well, maybe not ever since I can remember, as I recall watching “The Nightmare on Elm Street” and “The Toxic Avenger” as a six year old. Ever since I can remember my parents realizing the choices they make with regard to what my impressionable brain was exposed to, I had to endure the mundane, albeit well produced, crap the masses said was appropriate for the yule tide. While I still have nostalgia for the stop-action Abominable Snow Man (mostly … Read more

Spit Take: Borrowed Time, What Animators Do On Their Days Off

Welcome, faithful readers, to our first Spit Take. After a while, we get tired of hearing ourselves blather on about things. So, we want to hear what you think. We’ll give you a little insight into the subject, then it’s up to you, yes YOU…no, not you…you…in the back, to tell us your take on it. It’s pretty much what the internet was designed to do; allow people to blow hard about things of which they know little. Shall we? What do creatives do during their time off from work? They create! That’s exactly what Pixar animators Andrew Coats and Lou … Read more

Rob Zombie’s 31: A Ms. Voodoo Review

Rob Zombie's 31

Hi there, maniacs.  It’s Ms. Voodoo again, this time with a review of Rob Zombie’s latest flick, 31.  I must preface the review by making a small admission:  I am absolutely smitten with Rob Zombie.  I can’t help it.  He just slays me.  In fact, I have often referred to him as my future ex-husband, much to the chagrin of my current beau, um Beau.  I’m sure he and Sherri will understand when they see us together.  We’ll be too gruesomely adorable to hate for long and too gruesomely gruesome to attempt to split up.  It’s gonna be a thing. … Read more

Shaky Cam: I feel like I’m… *barf*

Shakycam (also known as Queasicam, Hand-held cam, or free cam) is considered to be a cinematographic technique. A technique? Seriously? Let me explain. So I’ve all but completely stopped watching movies made in… oh… the last decade or so? Why you ask? Well, hang on. In movies, tv, and live action, pretty much anything that has film or tape involved, you can have a cinematographer (also known as a director of photography). What do cinematographers do? The cinematographer selects the camera, film stock, lens, filters, etc., to realize the scene in accordance with the intentions of the director. Relations between the cinematographer and director vary; … Read more

Girls in Boxes

I noticed something the other day while watching a movie, and now I can’t seem to stop noticing it: girls in boxes. Yep. So many movies have girls in boxes! Glass boxes, specifically, though I started noticing all kinds. Now the same thing could start happening to you. It might start when you are innocently exploring the career paths of the cast from Dawson’s Creek and happen upon a movie you haven’t seen in decades… …then you start remembering it in other films you’ve watched. (To be fair, Kim Cattrall may have requested this setup. Andrew McCarthy was not known … Read more

In Support of Modern Horror: Updates for the Tired Top 10

It’s that time of year again, maniacs.  You know what I mean.  The world turns orange, the pumpkin spice starts to flow, and seemingly every entertainment website publishes its Horror Top 10 list for the best scary movies of all time.  These lists are supposed to guide the seasonal horror viewer to the must-see, can’t-miss, gotta-watch-with-the-lights-out films that have become the staples of October viewing.  But do they?  I can’t help but feel that these lists have become a bit…well…predictable.  They usually refer to the same old horror chestnuts every year without much variation from site to site.  Those of … Read more

Review: Suicide Squad

If it isn’t obvious, yes, this will contain spoilers. About an hour before I saw it, I tweeted “About to see Suicide Squad. If BvS was anything to take a pattern from, I’m sure I’ll love this long-form trailer for the Harley Quinn movie.” And at the time, I thought I was joking. But no, as I expected/feared/hoped, Harley Quinn was the best part of the movie by a long shot. Don’t get me wrong, the rest of the cast has its moments, but as a whole, it’s… messy. And you’d think that was what they were going for with their whole … Read more

Ten Reasons to love the ’80s fantasy epic Willow

Willow Fairies

Willow, George Lucas and Ron Howard’s 1988 film, is the unsung fantasy/action epic of the ‘80s. While it may not be regarded as a masterpiece of cinematography or have won any awards, and it might be fundamentally flawed among similar films in that it does not star any Muppets, Willow will always have a very special piece of this writer’s heart. Let’s explore the many reasons why. 1. Willow is a total underdog. Though he is loved by his cute kids and wife, and he is well regarded by his bestie, Meegosh, everyone one else thinks Willow is kind of … Read more