Tag Archives: Film Review

Netflix Pick of the Week: Scream

d080eddde4f7498799dd95c3ce1facbca307c639
Released in 1996

Since I’ve been on a Wes Craven kick I’ve decided to choose this nineties gem and Kevin Williamson written slasher starring Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox, and David Arquette, Skeet Ulrich, Matthew Lillard, Rose McGowan, Jamie Kennedy and Drew Barrymore as my Netflix Pick of the Week. A standout picture that has now become cliche due to the saturated market of teen horror that has tried to imitate it, Scream is a great movie born out of a clever script.

Self aware and witty, this nineties slasher knew what it was doing. Scream is more than your typical horror film, while playing with some of the rules set in to motion before slasher scripts were a thing, Scream found its own way in to the heads of its audience. While there are certain things you may question (check out cinema sins Everything Wrong with Scream) the good far out ways the bad. An enjoyable movie that I return to at least once a year, Scream is a classic thanks to great direction by Craven and a fun script by Williamson.

images

The cast of characters are far more complex than the characters of this films predecessors. Randy, played by Jamie Kennedy, is the know-it all film buff. He is the odd one out in a group of friends including final girl, Sidney Prescott, who is still reeling from mother’s murder one year prior to the events of the film. Her boyfriend Billy Loomis, with his perfect teen heartthrob hair, is the brooding type while his best friend Stu is the goofball. Tatum is the best friend and the perfect foil to her good girl friend, Sidney. Apart from the high school students is Dewey, a sheriff and brother to Tatum, and Gale Weathers, a reporter who believes Sidney was wrong about the man she accused of killing her mother. There is also a special appearance by Henry Wrinkler as the Principle and a cameo by Director Wes Craven who appears as a Janitor that looks suspiciously like Freddy Kruger.

The film is brutal but not gory. Funny and is dramatic without becoming overly cheesy. There are many ways this film could have gone wrong but while refusing to take itself seriously, Scream is able to standout in a difficult genre.

Checkout MTV’s Scream, on Netflix, A Nightmare on Elm Street and New Nightmare by Director Wes Craven are on Netflix and The Vampire Diaries and The Following created by Kevin Williams are also available on the streaming website.

Don’t forget to follow Ainsley on Instagram, Twitter and like on Facebook. Feel free to share, comment and make requests.

Film Noir Friday: Too Late for Tears

TooLateForTears02_0
Lizabeth Scott as Jane Palmer

Too Late for Tears was originally released in 1949 starring Lizabeth Scott, Don DeFore, Dan Duryea, Arthur Kennedy and Kristine Miller. The film was Directed by Byron Haskin, written by Roy Huggins and adapted from a serial by Roy Huggins. In the public domain, Too Late for Tears is available to watch on YouTube in pristine condition. An original print was found in France and restored at UCLA. This edition premiered on TCM on July 17, 2015.

After a bag of cash is thrown into their backseat by mistake a husband and wife disagree on what to do with it. Alan Palmer, played by Arthur Kennedy wants to turn it in. His wife Jane, played by Lizabeth Scott, wants to keep the money. Things soon go south for her when she meets Danny Fuller (Dan Duryea) who claims the money is his. Jane tries desperately to keep the money, going so far as to kill her own husband and bring Fuller into it. As she grows more ruthless, Jane’s sister in law Kathy (Kristine Miller) becomes suspicious of her so she calls in a man from his past.

Too Late for Tears showcases the perfect example of a Femme Fatale. A beautiful women who pulls the strings even as the anti-hero attempts to gain control. Much like the better known Femme Fatale’s like Barbara Stanwyck’s turn as Phyllis Dietrichson in Double Indemnity, Jane Palmer seduces a man into helping her get away with the murder of her husband. While Stanwyck’s role as Phyllis was straight up seduction, things for Jane are a little different. There was no original plan for her to do this but she was sick of the mundane life she was leading. Being a house wife was not for her so when given the opportunity to change her life she went for it. She was willing to risk her life and things resulted in murder just so she could hold onto it. Beneath the wide eyed innocence that she seems to pull off so perfectly is a killer who’s main goal is to grab a huge chunk out of life damn the consequences.

When a film is found or restored I will always recommend it. Especially if that film is good or at least interesting. Too Late for Tears is one of my new favorite films of the genre. The main focus is on the female protagonist and while there are big male roles in the film it is the woman that does most of the dirty work. Film Noir has always been one of my favorites due to the complexity of the female characters and this film is no exception. It gives us a character that appears innocent and thirsty for adventure on the surface but beneath it all she is thirsty for a lot more. She shows weakness, strength and a vigorous need to fight back. That vigor however will be her end.

 

You’re Next

You’re Next is an American independent slasher film and home invasion thriller initially released in 2011. The film centers around a family after they reunite at their vacation home to celebrate their parents anniversary. They are soon the victims to what seem like a random attack by three unknown assailants. Unbeknownst to the family and their attackers Crispian’s girlfriend has a lot of skill when it comes to protecting herself and others. She soon takes charge and begins to beat the attackers at there own game.

You're Next 001You're Next 002

I first heard of this film while listening to my pandora station. I was not intrigues because I thought “Wow another one, really?” Then something inside changed. I wanted to see it. So I downloaded it, watching it and fell in love with it. You’re Next is not the self-aware films that made Scream popular but there are several moments you may find yourself laughing. The family angst makes this film even more enjoyable. The solution isn’t the most obvious but if you often watch horror films, mysteries or crime drama’s you will find yourself asking all the right questions.

You're Next 003You're Next 004You're Next 005

I recently purchased the Blue-Ray+DVD+Digital HD copy from Target. I found it on sale and couldn’t resist. It was apart of my first ever haul video.

Special Features

  • The Making of You’re Next
  • Audio Commentary
  • Theatrical Trailer

You're Next 006

Blue-Ray Features
Blue-Ray Features

I enjoyed watching The Making of You’re Next. It included interviews with the cast and crew and showed several behind the scene moments. I enjoyed seeing the way effects where done. I wish the segment was longer and had more detail. I know however that this is an independent film so I will give them some leeway for that.

I recommend You’re Next and the edition I mentioned above. You can find the link to the exact copy on my side bar. Please feel free to comment and check out my haul.

Follow me on Bloglovin