Nosferatu: My First Impressions of the Classic Vampire Film

This horror film from 1922 is on any critics must see list. I finally got around to seeing in and in many ways it was much tamer and less scary than I anticipated.

#25 Life

Listen to me review this film ‘Life’ and give it the no-holds-barred treatment 🙂 Do you agree with me? Below is my written review.

Director Daniel Espinosa has given us a great space action horror flick. There’s a good lesson here too that we’ve seen before in movies like Jurassic Park: Don’t mess with nature.

Life
“A team of scientists aboard the International Space Station discover a rapidly evolving life form, that caused extinction on Mars, and now threatens the crew and all life on Earth.” -IMDB

Cast

Jake Gyllenhaal David Jordan
Rebecca Ferguson Miranda North
Ryan Reynolds Rory Adams
Hiroyuki Sanada Sho Murakami

Directed by

Daniel Espinosa

Written by

Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick

Other Info

Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
R
Fri 24 Mar 2017 UTC
104min
IMDB Rating: 7.0

It starts like any other space team film. You might even expect the label predictable. still, if you want a Big Mac, there’s nothing better to satisfy your hunger. People who liked Alien and Gravity will like this film. Scene for scene it’s a lot of the same stuff. Creature is brought aboard, impossible to kill. Yeah. There is an ending eerily similar to Gravity but I will spare you the twist.

FINAL THOUGHTS

This is a great ride. While parts seeem highly borrowed, I chose to enjoy it and let it rock me. I would have liked to have seen something more scientifically illuminating as the trailer and title alluded to. Still it’s a great thriller with horror elements that fans of these genres will enjoy. A lot of work clearly went into this. Too bad it’s a rehashed plot. Most people will enjoy it.

3/5

#23 Freaks (1932) Maybe it’s not so bad to be one!

This is just a quick recording of my impressions of the film. I’m not a perfectionist when it comes to podcasting but I keep at it. I have learned the most from forcing myself to record them and putting them out there. I try to keep them relaxed. I’m not 100% there ut one day I hope to sound (and actually be) fully relaxed as I publish a few of these each week, getting better each time as I do it. I hope you enjoy my sarcasm, know it IS there 😉 I’ve included my full review from Riley on Film below which goes a little more detail about “Freaks.” I’m not asking for support in the way folks do on Paterson and PayPal but I do solicit your comments 🙂 They are better than funds! This episode’s running time is 5 mins 30 seconds

This gem was filmed in 1932 and labeled a horror film even with little people from the Wizard of Oz.

Freaks

Freaks

“A circus’ beautiful trapeze artist agrees to marry the leader of side-show performers, but his deformed friends discover she is only marrying him for his inheritance.” -IMDB

Cast

Wallace Ford Phroso
Leila Hyams Venus
Olga Baclanova Cleopatra
Roscoe Ates (as Rosco Ates) Roscoe

Directed by

Tod Browning

Written by

Clarence Aaron ‘Tod’ Robbins, Willis Goldbeck

Other Info

Drama, Horror
Unrated
Sat 20 Feb 1932 UTC
64min
IMDB Rating: 7.9

The inclusion of actual freaks from the circus really makes this film special. I doubt they could get away with it these days. From what I understand the film was banned from multitudes of theaters due this sole fact. Despite that, it really isn’t that freakish.

This film has a great story that is developed well though some o the characters are played y non-actors so they are lacking. Even still you truly empathize for the protagonist in his unrequited love and the way the freaks stick together to protect their own is where the horror comes in.

A “small person” falls in love with a regular woman and later his friends find out she is only trying for his inheritance. There is a come uppance.

FINAL THOUGHTS
This film has been compared to 2014’s Tusk probably because of the freaks involved. The ending must be seen for anyone who admires the Kevin Smith film. If nothing else, I would hope there is a borrowing nod going on here. This is an old old oldie and a horror film so not for everyone. If you don’t mind however, I recommend it to you. For what it tried to be at the time given the low tech it had, I give it a perfect score.

5/5

https://youtu.be/vJVXTKkjsxA

#20 Movierob Interview and ‘Take Shelter’ Review

In this, my first time interviewing someone on my podcast, I sat down with Movierob. He is one of my blog film critic heroes. I know he is to many others as well.

I was so happy when he agreed to be on my podcast. In addition to interviewing him, we had a chance to chat about the surrealistic film: ‘Take Shelter.”

To the fans of Movierob (including me) I am collecting voicemails to be played on a future podcast. In a similar way the LAMBcast does it, record a sound file on your phone, stating congratulations and random messages for Rob. Please email them to me at rileycentral@gmail.com to be played on my episode highlighting his achievement of 3000 reviews.

The Damien Riley Podcast #18 – ‘Take Shelter’

I hope you enjoy my 2 min 30 second review of this film. See you next time!

Occasionally a movie comes along that you discover accidentally and it completely alters your definition of what a great movie is. Take Shelter is a 2011 movie directed by Jeff Nichols and starring Michael Shannon, Jessica Chastain, and Shea Whigham. Plagued by a series of apocalyptic visions, a young husband and father questions whether to shelter his family from a coming storm, or from himself.” -IMDB

#17 – My Best Picture Pick


It’s been a good Oscar season, a little mediocre but good. I enjoyed so many films this past year it’s always odd choosing from such a short list. I offer you this less-than-three-minute-episode to hopefully lead you over to read some of my longer written works. See you after the Oscars!

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