Review: THEY REMAIN is Recommended To Any H.P. Lovecraft Fan

It's a difficult task to review a film where it's best to go in as blind as possible. They Remain's plot and characters are best kept as neatly under wraps as possible as the most enjoyable viewing experience is trying to piece it all together yourself. That being said, They Remain is an enjoyable albeit a bit flawed psychological thriller.

The barebones premise of The Remain is that two scientists are tasked with surveying an area of land of some importance. They are under the employ of a shadowy corporation that sadly never becomes more involved or integral to the plot.

The story starts out very strong and drops you right into the middle of what's going on without any handholding. In fact, I wish more films were brave enough to treat their audience like They Remain does. But sadly the plot and characters get somewhat boring to watch as the pacing loses its footing in the second half.

The first half of the film does an incredible job with playing with the stakes and ratcheting up the tension but unfortunately, in my opinion, the film doesn't culminate to any satisfying crescendo. If the film was 20 minutes shorter the ending could have had a lot more impact rather than feeling like a drawn-out conflict.

The production design and cinematography are the definite high points of the film and was the main thing that kept me engaged throughout. I definitely recommend the film to any Lovecraft fans as some of his famous themes are played with in this film. 

They Remain is available now On Demand and Blu-Ray. The movie was directed by Philip Gelatt and stars William Jackson Harper (The Good Place) and Rebecca Henderson (Mistress America ). Here's the trailer:

Nuns Get Crazy in Hilarious Red-Band Trailer for THE LITTLE HOURS

Today we've got a wonderfully twisted red-band trailer for a new comedy called The Little Hours with a phenomenal cast that includes Alison Brie, Aubrey Plaza, Kate Micucci, Dave Franco, John C Reilly, Nick Offerman, Adam Pally, Molly Shannon, and Fred Armisen. Here's the synopsis:

Medieval nuns Alessandra (Alison Brie), Fernanda (Aubrey Plaza), and Ginevra (Kate Micucci) lead a simple life in their convent. Their days are spent chafing at monastic routine, spying on one another, and berating the estate’s day laborer. After a particularly vicious insult session drives the peasant away, Father Tommasso (John C. Reilly) brings on new hired hand Massetto (Dave Franco), a virile young servant forced into hiding by his angry lord. Introduced to the sisters as a deaf-mute to discourage temptation, Massetto struggles to maintain his cover as the repressed nunnery erupts in a whirlwind of pansexual horniness, substance abuse, and wicked revelry.

The film, which is based on The Decameron, premiered earlier this year at Sundance to rave reviews. It was quickly acquired for distribution and will be released this Summer on June 30th. You can read Joey's review for the film here.

Disney Files Patent for Humanoid Robots ala WESTWORLD

Disney amusement parks have filed a patent for soft contact humanoid robots. The intention is for “a robot that will move and physically interact like an animated character”. The robots will have soft skin and will be filled with air and gas. The robot is operated by remote control as to not endanger anyone interacting with the robot. It seems the first prototype for this robot is a toy-sized version of Baymax from Big Hero 6. 

The document says Disney is developing robots, including "humanoid robots," that have been "adapted for soft contact and/or interaction with a human."
"To physically interact with children," the filing says, "the inventors understood that the robot should be soft and durable."

This is obviously the very early steps of Disney creating this kind of technology but it seems like the logical next step after all of their animatronics which always creeped the hell out of me.

If The Simpsons, Westworld, The Terminator, and The Matrix have taught me anything it's that this can only end badly. Who knew Disney would be the end of humanity? 

Via: CNN

Review: HARDCORE HENRY is Wonderfully Insane


My friend saw the poster for Hardcore Henry a while back and said it seemed like a cheap Mad Max ripoff. Based on the name alone, he might have been right, but based on the film, Hardcore Henry does a lot to introduce us to a wonderfully insane world full of fantastic characters, with balls to the wall action which lasts the duration of 90-plus-minute runtime. 

The film immediately makes itself stand out with the way it's filmed. If you've seen the trailer or the music video for the Biting Elbows song Bad Motherfucker, you know exactly what you're getting. Aside from a few flashbacks, the film is entirely shot from a first person perspective. I often thought, as I did with Scott Pilgrim vs the World, that this film is one of the best video game movies not based on a video game. The experience may be disorienting for some, but action fans will love it. The in-your-face insanity is unrelenting and makes you really feel apart of the action. 

The film does a great job of world building and depicting its near-future setting. Cyborgs are an emerging technology and telekinesis exists in some capacity that is never fully explained. Throughout the film, the movie embraces and subverts a ton of action movie cliches. I don't want to name any here because it's great seeing it all play out. But there is a fun little scene involving a horse that made the whole theater laugh.

The villain, played by Danila Koslovsky, is incredibly campy. He's a classic '80s B-movie villain, with a distinct look, pseudo-philosophical speeches, and a totally evil personality. At times, though, he felt like the poor man's Ewan McGregor — but it all works within the confines of the film. Sharlto Copley gives his best performance since District 9. There is an amazing added layer to his character that gives him a lot of room to play with. But due to its spoilerish nature, I won't mention it here. 

At times, the movie was slightly homophobic and misogynistic which might rub some people the wrong way, with Copley's character going out of his way to talk about the fact that he isn't gay and how straight he is and all the women he wants to bang. Also, a few of the stand-out action moments were featured in the trailer, which bummed me out a bit.  

But overall the film is hilarious and action-packed, and I sincerely hope this is a start of a new franchise with a new badass at its center. This world is just begging to be returned to in a sequel.