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Movie Reviews: The Void (2016), Salt and Fire (2016), The Girl on the Train (2016)

August 3, 2017

voidThe Void is a wild homage to the work of David Cronenberg, George Romero, and horror in general. It’s an insane mix of slasher horror, supernatural horror, body horror and monster horror with a nice dose of survival horror tropes thrown in from various video game influences. I’ve never seen anything else from this director but it’s pretty clear that he loves the 80’s. Acting is decent, nothing outstanding but nothing terrible either. Score was appropriately dark and foreboding, I can best describe it as industrial ambience. The special effects may have been my favorite parts of this film, at least 90% is practical and it looks so good! Super gross and insanely detailed monsters that even bleed out monster guts when hit. Overall it’s not the best movie but it’s damn fun especially for horror fans, 8.75/10 check it out on Netflix.

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mv5by2e5odezn2utndqxmy00y2jhltg5zwqtmmywyzaxzty0ymy2xkeyxkfqcgdeqxvymtq3ody4ndm-_v1_uy1200_cr9106301200_al_Salt and Fire is the latest film from art house weirdo Werner Herzog. The plot revolves around a group of environmental scientists that are kidnapped by an eccentric CEO,and if that brief synopsis excites you then prepare to be disappointed. The acting here is pretty good with Michael Shannon doing a lot of the heavy lifting, but the characters are paper thin and utterly unbelievable by the time the credits roll around. The directing feels stiff, like maybe Herzog is still stuck in a documentary state of mind. Story was intriguing at first, but it goes in the least interesting direction and leaves me feeling like i wasted my time once it gets there. Overall I’d say skip it, but it’s on Netflix if you need to see it for yourself. 5/10

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girl-on-train-movie-posterThe Girl on the Train is a film that I wanted to see when it came out, but avoided once I saw the reviews. My roommates rented it recently and I can safely say that the film is nowhere near as bad as many critics seem to think. Sure the pacing was a little maddening, but much of that feels intentional with the black out drunk main character. The acting is amazing, Emily Blunt is the number one reason to see this. Story is a super intriguing murder mystery, but it was pretty easy to guess the who dun it even with all of the misinformation. If you’re a fan of the genre then I would definitely check it out, 7.5/10.

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