Monday, September 30, 2013

Juan de los Muertos (Juan of the Dead) (2011)

Dissdents in the streets of Havana

When the zombie apocalypse hits Cuba, Juan and his compadres have an interesting way of dealing with them.  The government refuses to acknowledge the real situation and refers to them as 'dissidents'.  I'm pretty sure this is the first Cuban film that I have ever seen.  It holds it own against Shaun of the Dead and Zombieland (sorry folks, those are my gold standards for zombie comedies).

Juan de los Muertos kills its way to 4 out of 5 Poblanos!

Starring: , ,
Rotten Tomatoes: 78%
Metacritic: Not reviewed yet

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Errors of the Human Body (2012)

Whatever doesn't kill you...

A well known American geneticist takes a position in a German research lab.  There he reconnects with an old friend and meets a new enemy.  A very intriguing, well written, and beautifully shot film.  I've not seen a story with this type of storyline that wasn't extremely unrealistic or cheesy or both.  Michael Eklund (who I loved in Xavier Gens' The Divide) does a superior job of carrying the lead role.  He is supported by fantastic cast.

Errors of the Human Body makes few mistakes and gets 4 out of 5 Poblanos!

Starring: (The Divide), ,  
Rotten Tomatoes:
Metacritic: Not yet reviewed

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Woman in Black (2012)

Something's rotten in this town

Young Arthur is budding lawyer sent by his firm to finalize paperwork on a property.  When he shows up in the village, tragic things begin to happen.  Arthur soon realizes that all the strangeness is connected to the property.  And the rest is mildly thrilling.  The film does manage to capture a good bit of eeriness.  It also has some quality British actors.  Daniel Radcliffe is doing a fair job of trying to break out of the Harry Potter pigeonhole (Although it will always be hard for me to think of him as anything else).  This film is a respectable, if not memorable, addition to his filmography. 

Woman in Black gets a less than thrilling 2.5 out of 5 Poblanos!

Writer: (novel), (screenplay)
Starring: , , (There Will Be Blood, Game of Thrones)
Rotten Tomatoes: 65%
Metacritic: 62 out of 100

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Lore (2012)

Sympathy for the Nazis?

At the end of World War II, a family of Nazi supporters finds themselves on the wrong side of power.  Lore, the oldest child, finds herself an outcast, trying to care for her siblings while also being on the run.  It is commonly known that the whole world has a severe disdain for Nazis, especially for Hitler.  As a result, there have been loads of films which show how foul the Nazis were.  In contrast this powerful film portrays the events from the perspective of loyal Nazis.  Lore helps us to remember that those who supported Hitler were people as well, regular people us, misguided though they may have been. 

Lore gets 4 out of 5 Poblanos!

Starring: , ,
Rotten Tomatoes: 93%
Metacritic: 76 out of 100

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Upstream Color (2013)

So dreamy...

Two people's lives are intertwined when they are infected by the same parasite.  Sounds weird?  It is, a little, but in a good way.  Shane Carruth (Primer) returns with a very different, yet equally engaging film.  Watching it made me feel like I was seeing a Terrance Malick film.  Carruth gives us narrative wrapped in a dream-like atmosphere which is part sci-fi, part thriller, part love story.  This is one of those rare films that is good on every level.  Carruth is one of my favorite younger filmmakers and I can't wait to see what the rest of his career looks like.  Bring it on Shane!!

Upstream Color earns every one of its 5 out of 5 Poblanos!

Writer: Shane Carruth
Starring: Shane Carruth, ,
Rotten Tomatoes: 86%
Metacritic: 81 out of 100

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Warm Bodies (2013)

Every time I think of you...

First, I love zombie flicks and have watched a good number of them.  So when I heard about a story where a zombie and a girl fall in love and then he becomes human, I was interested, to say the least.  The premise is intriguing, even original.  The introduction gave me hope that this would be one of my next favorite movies. Sadly, the rest of the film fails to live up the promise shown in the first five minutes.  I was hoping for something more on the level of Shaun of the Dead, Zombieland, or Tucker and Dale vs. Evil, but got stuck with another sappy romantic comedy that wasn't very funny. 

With only 2 out of 5 Poblanos Warm Bodies failed to get my heart pumping...

Director: (50/50)
Writer: Jonathan Levine (screenplay), (novel)
Starring:  (X-Men First Class), (I Am Number Four, The Sorcerer's Apprentice),
Rotten Tomatoes: 81%
Metacritic: 59 out of 100