Welcome back! Well, to some of you, anyway. To the rest of you, glad you decided to stop by and I hope this humble column helps you navigate the stacks of new releases each week. My goal is to point you toward titles of interest and warn you away from those films that seek to do nothing but leech away your time and give you nothing in return.
Full disclosure: I have not seen many of these titles, and what follows are not necessarily reviews, but opinions based upon what I know of the titles I pluck from the new release lists I peruse. The opinions I give based on the new releases are my own, and my recommendations are based on my personal interest. In any case, I hope you enjoy and perhaps find something you like or a title to point me towards.
The House of the Devil (also Blu-ray). I have been wanting to see this for some time. Perhaps now is my chance? Written and directed by Ti West, this film tells of a college student who takes a babysitting job for some extra cash. She comes to find her employers plan to use her in a Satanic ritual. The film is set in the 1980s and has a very strong 80s' vibe. It is so strong, in fact, that I hear if you did not know it was made recently, you'd think it was from that decade. To help play up this fact, there is a special edition release that comes with the film on VHS! The film has gotten very diverse reactions, some love it and some hate it. I look forward to seeing where I fall on the scale.
Zombieland (also Blu-ray). You could call this the American equivalent of Shawn of the Dead. It is not exactly the same movie, but it is a horror/comedy and it involves zombies. Beyond that, you have a pair of movies that both succeed extraordinarily well. Zombieland gives us an intriguing look into a future suffering from a zombie outbreak. It has laughs, action, blood, heart, and is above all other things fun.