Movies: Rubber Defies Reason and Entertains

By Aaron Thies Trying to explain the movie Rubber is like trying to lead a pep assembly full of teenagers in a cheer: it’s going to be messy, so bear with me. The central point Rubber revolves around is the cinematic element of “no reason,” which is basically writer/director Quentin Dupieux’s way of saying, “I don’t get it either.” This movie would be extremely hard … Continue reading Movies: Rubber Defies Reason and Entertains

The Movie Buff Looks Back on Ghost Dog

by: Alan Smithee Why does everyone love ninjas so much? They are ruthless. They kill whatever they want for their own gain. But why does everyone seem to look at them as the good guys? “They were rebels against the system” yeah, yeah, cool, cool. But most of them were dirty rapists, thieves, and they terrorized people. Samurais, on the other hand, go by a … Continue reading The Movie Buff Looks Back on Ghost Dog

The Movie Buff Looks Back on: Nails

by: Alan Smithee What do you consider horror? Spooky atmosphere, creepy music, messing with your head? No, modern people don’t see horror as that. They see gore, they see people being eaten, they see shaky cameras. That’s not the same. If you want to find some good old creepy horror films, look to lower budget movies. Think about it like this. They barely have any … Continue reading The Movie Buff Looks Back on: Nails

A Movie Buff Modern Masterpiece: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

by: Alan Smithee Remember the film Tron? Back in 1982 there was no film to compare it to. Before 2010 when they made the second film, there was still no film to compare it to. It took the video game world and translated it into film; it looked as if the people making the film jumped inside an Atari game and filmed everything they saw. … Continue reading A Movie Buff Modern Masterpiece: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

The Movie Buff Looks Back on My Bloody Valentine

by: Alan Smithee Love is in the air people! Cupid has been shooting off some arrows! But some of those arrows have gone right through the heart . . . literally. Remember The Prowler that was a part of the hit 80s sub-genre of horror “slasher” films? Did you know that there were a lot of holiday slashers? True story! Films like the oh so … Continue reading The Movie Buff Looks Back on My Bloody Valentine

The Movie Buff’s Five Most Overrated Modern Movies

by: Alan Smithee In the past few years (mostly 2009-2011) a certain kind of film has come out that everyone talks about. Is it because of its good story? Is it because of the good acting? NOPE! It’s for a little thing called “CGI” that has taken over the movie world. Back in the 80’s they experimented with this “CGI”; it looked retro and cool, … Continue reading The Movie Buff’s Five Most Overrated Modern Movies

The Movie Buff’s Modern Masterpieces: The Man from Nowhere

by: Alan Smithee I hope you had a great Thanksgiving! Sadly, there are no “modern Thanksgiving movies” that aren’t stupid gory horror films. So here is this heartwarming film, The Man from Nowhere, aka, The Movie That Almost Made Me Cry. Really! This film is very powerful. It’s a Korean film, and happens to be the highest grossing film in Korea for the year 2010. … Continue reading The Movie Buff’s Modern Masterpieces: The Man from Nowhere

The Movie Buff’s Modern Masterpieces: A Scanner Darkly

by: Alan Smithee Philip K. Dick is one of my favorite writers. He has written many, many classics, such as Blade Runner, Minority Report, and my favorite, A Scanner Darkly. The book was written in 1977 and was inspired by his drug days in California and the effects they had on his life. So of course there had to be a movie of it! Now, … Continue reading The Movie Buff’s Modern Masterpieces: A Scanner Darkly

A Movie Buff Modern Masterpiece: Enter the Void

by: Alan Smithee Gaspar Noé is one of my favorite modern directors. He made the jaw dropping drama Irreversible and the bloody revenge tale I Stand Alone, but in 2009 came his latest classic Enter the Void.  The film is about an American drug dealer in Tokyo named Oscar. Oscar is shot by the police and has an out of body experience because of the … Continue reading A Movie Buff Modern Masterpiece: Enter the Void