Friday, March 4, 2016

Last Month's Movies: "Oh, You Vampire of the Soul..."

Just got back from my company's holiday party. Yes, our holiday party is in March. It makes sense, okay? Anyway, while I munch my Taco Bell cinnamon twists, here's some movies.

Batman: Year One

A really solid adaptation of Batman: Year One. That’s about all there is to say. It translates the artstyle into animation quite well.The voice acting is good... Really, its the animated version of Year One, and that is a very good thing. 

A Girl Walks Home 
Alone at Night

A gorgeous, moody, bloody exquisite and exquisitely bloody vampire film. I’d compare it to Let the Right One In, favorably. It’s artistic, but also unsettling. A very Gothic film. I like calling films Gothic, because it means they reminded me of the Gothic, which I like. What I’m trying to say is, this is really good.

Richard III

If you want to see a well-acted theatrical version of Richard III, with original Shakespearean dialogue yet WWI/II era sets and costuming, this is your jam. Richard III (Ian McKellen) is charismatic and villainous, and the change in time period allows a comparison to Hitler to be drawn by both the film and the viewer. It’s well-acted, well-film, the soundtrack is great—Jazz works wonderfully here—and it’s a solid substitute for the theater, if you can’t get there.

What We Do in the Shadows

New Zealand comedic mockumentary about vampires. It's great, that's all. Seriously. If you like vampires, or mockumentaries, or vampire mockumentaries, it's worth a watch.