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My personal criteria for a horror film is if IMDB lists it as one or if it has strong horror elements. I'll watch a horror short in case I don't have time to watch a full length one day, but only if it's 30 minutes or longer. I don't watch many horror shows, but if I do, I'll count the entire season as one watch as I don't want to put down multiple episodes in the list.
My goal is to hit 365 films by next July 2nd. If I do miss a day, I'll make up for it another day. The goal is to do one per day. I hope to crush my personal best of 377. So, thanks for snooping!
Update: Surpassed 365 films, after 294 days! With that being said, any movie I watch until August 13th will be a bonus film. I'm still counting them, but due to my life being busier than expected, I won't always be watching a film every day. Still trying to get as many as I can until August 13th!
Potential is there, but simple things ruin it
Mst3k is one of my all time favorite shows. Joel has never been a favorite of mine, but I really do enjoy the episodes when he is a host. When Mike became host, however, I think they polished the show exactly where they wanted it. Almost every joke was on point and hilarious.
Throughout the entire run, there was almost a humble way of presenting it. They didn't need famous people or cameos at all and it seemed to do really well with the limited characters. It didn't need anything else. For a show with such a zany and not-so-serious premise, the story was great that you could follow it. If it had a cast change, they would make a comment or explain why a certain thing was a certain way. They would always acknowledge questions. The show also ended on a great note.
With the new season, it seems like it was painfully rushed and sloppy. The story is lackluster and doesn't answer a lot of questions you may have. For example, they have a lot of callbacks to previous episodes and seasons and seem to go into detail about certain things, but gloss over why the bots are back on the SOL in the first place. I know "it's just a show and I should relax", but with them including details to link the story to past seasons and then gloss over why the bots are back doesn't make too much sense.
I actually don't mind the new cast. Jonah makes a good host that reminds me of Joel and the actor for Crow plays it very well. Tom Servo's voice however is rough. It seems like he is just trying to imitate Kevin Murphy's Servo most of the time. It is obvious because he doesn't seem to have a personality so far. I don't think it was a good casting choice, but it is the very beginning of the new season. Speaking of voices, Gypsy's new voice is terrible. I don't think that because it is a woman's voice, but because it makes the character no longer that interesting. Gypsy, to me, was always great because it was obviously a man imitating a woman. With this new voice it just doesn't add anything new. Also, her dropping in the theater to make a joke is super distracting.
The new mads are decent. I like Oswalt's character, but Kinga is far too overacted. Even for this show she is over the top and doesn't strike me as genuine like the past mads. She is rarely funny and doesn't scream "evil" to me. I may just have to get used to her because I found Pearl Forrester to be perfect in every way. I absolutely loved Mary's character and her timing.
As I said before, the riffs are too quick and the jokes are lackluster at best. They almost talk over one another and don't let the jokes breathe. They cram too much. Also, all these cameos are awful. They don't add anything to the show and it is not needed. I am hoping it gets renewed for another season as I think there is a lot of potential. Hopefully Joel lets Jonah make it his show a little bit rather than a rehash of Joel jokes. Overall it is a decent watch, but I don't think it demands repeated viewings.
Amazing Piece of Cinema
You know, Syfy movies haven't gotten a good rep lately. In fact, most of them just rely on horrible CGI effects and non-innovative stories just to squeeze in an hour and 30 minutes of crap onto television. Sharknado is different. Sharknado relies on amazing practical effects, a more-than solid story, and acting that honestly deserves an academy award or two. This movie stands out from the rest and is one of the most mind-bending and in your face-intense movies I have ever set eyes on. If you were planning on doing anything today, watch Sharknado.
First of all, the practical effects are amazing. In the tornado's, you can actually see the rubber and animatronic sharks come to life. Each one of them biting and gnawing and trying to bite whatever is in their path, which is just air. When people do get eaten, it's not just one motion with people's screaming inserted in post-production. I honestly believe real people died in the making of this film. The effects were so good, I couldn't tell what was real and what was fake. A scene where a member of the cast is violently thrown into a sharks mouth was the highlight of the entire film. It made little impact on him however due to the chainsaw he had in his hand. And make no mistake, there is zero ounce of stock footage. Everything was done on set. If you are a practical effects junkie, this will be your favorite part of the film. It's absolutely brilliant and made me rethink my life's choices as to going into IT Security. Maybe I should hop into a makeup school and do practical effects for future Syfy movies. I'm sure my choice would be beyond lucrative and filled with no regret.
But, I digress. I know what people are reading this review for, the story. The story, hands down, deserves some sort of award. With no delay, Peter McCallister from Home Alone is getting drunk by himself at a beach bar and suddenly, SHARKS! Immediately the practical effect sharks slam into the windows killing everyone in their path. The outside shots of the bar show no waves, but the inside is a deadzone of blood, guts, and practical effects flown all over the place. From then on the main character must go to Tara Reid's decrepit, career like, house to save his family from the ensuing shark attack. There is no less then a three hour car ride to the house in what the characters call a Jeep, when it's really a Toyota (I love how the actors really made it think they were driving a jeep. Ballsy move by the filmmakers to make the viewer actually question the minds of the main characters) and we get to see every minute of it. Which, is fine because this must be some of the most though-provoking dialogue in a movie. Quentin Tarantino, take note..there is a future writer coming to town and he doesn't have time for your bullshit! I can't say much more about the story due to it's fantastic story that you must see, but I will say that this film is so ballsy that it doesn't even rely on the use of side-stories or characters. Main characters are all you need!
Overall, I'm saying this movie needs an Academy Award or two for best acting or writing. This movie changed my life in a way which I didn't think a movie could. Some say cave men drew images on walls and acted them out like a play. If the world ever comes to an end, future civilizations will see Sharknado written on walls. Sharknado drawn next to a trash can or maybe a landfill. Future civilizations will question why such a great film is next to dying and smelly things. The only answer is that this movie sucked so much balls, that you need to watch it with a group of no less then 2 and no more than 20 to fully appreciate the shittiness of everything in it. One of the worst movies I have ever seen and I never had more fun making fun of any other film.