Tag Archive | 3.0

90- Tucker and Dale vs. Evil [3.0]

Tucker and Dale are two best friends on vacation at their dilapidated mountain house, who are mistaken for murderous backwoods hillbillies by a group of obnoxious, preppy college kids.

Tucker and Dale vs. Evil takes a good comedy of errors premise about an hour too long. This film would’ve worked much better as a short, and its only saving grace are Tyler Labine and Alan Tudyk as the titular characters. They’re both better actors than the material they’re working with, but they play Tucker and Dale as if they were involved in a better movie.

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76- Black Moon [3.0]

Lily drives down a lonesome road, and soon finds herself in a alternate world full of non sequiturs and bizarre characters

I really don’t know what to make of Black Moon. I’m sure there are thematic elements that make the largely non-nonsensical plot seem worthy of being filmed, but there was not much to enjoy besides Malle’s excellent visuals. The opening scene intrigued me, but my attention waned as the film continued on.

67- 30 Minutes or Less [3.0]

Nick is a small town pizza delivery guy whose mundane life collides with the big plans of two wanna-be criminal masterminds. The volatile duo kidnaps Nick and forces him to rob a bank.

The manner in which large exposition is delivered can make or break a film. 30 Minutes or Less has a lot of critical information to get across in the first act in regards to the set up, but fails by awkwardly establishing the relationships of the main players. The lack of a sympathetic character isn’t the films biggest flaw (the irrational decisions and unintelligent dialogue is suppose to make for comedy here), but rather the squandered talent. I love Aziz Ansari on Parks and Rec but he isn’t given much to do with. As funny as Danny McBride is, I wish he’d show some range. If you’ve seen him in one film, than you’ve seen all his performances.

30 Minutes or Less is the pinnacle of situation comedies, and I don’t mean that in a complimentary fashion. The film is supposedly based on a true story (the director denies it), and that may be the most interesting part of the movie.

20- The Resident [3.0]

When a young doctor suspects she may not be alone in her new Brooklyn loft, she learns that her landlord has formed a frightening obsession with her.

The Resident, awkward editing and all, is a generic voyeuristic thriller that has Jeffrey Dean Morgan (The Comedian in Watchmen) playing a creep once again. The first act stays away from genre trappings, but the film evolves into exploitation with a bit of Psycho thrown in for good measure. Christopher Lee is wasted as a red herring. No need to watch unless you enjoy watching third acts unfold in as generic fashion as possible.

16- Daredevil [3.0]

A man blinded by toxic waste which also enhanced his remaining senses fights crime as an acrobatic martial arts superhero. A man blinded by toxic waste which also enhanced his remaining senses fights crime as an acrobatic martial arts superhero.

Believe it or not, Daredevil is one of the more accurate comic book-to-film adaptations (even with a black Kingpin). Colin Farrell alone takes the film into the cheesy stratosphere, but Matt Murdock’s relationship with Elektra and his buddy Foggy Nelson (as played by Jon Favreau) doesn’t help either. Apparently, the director’s cut is much better than the theatrical release, but I can’t imagine the overall product being anything more than mediocre.