Tag: Matthew Roe

“Hannibal” – Reawakening the Public’s Psychopathic Appetite

One of the more interesting and comparatively difficult series of books to adapt remains Thomas Harris’s Hannibal series. Now the film adaptation of Silence of the Lambs was and remains a remarkable masterpiece and a personal close-held favorite. However, by the time of Brett Ratner’s Red Dragon, the Hopkins incarnation (which still remains one of the best on-screen performances) had run its course. And with the lackluster book and movie release of Hannibal Rising was the signaling of the death of the character. Which was proper. The original books of Red Dragon and Silence of the Lambs were focused on the agents working the specific cases. They were very well seasoned pulp stories that had many very significant elements apart from the novels Hannibal and Hannibal Rising. The main point was that Hannibal Lector was not the main character of the first two novels. He was the part of the novels (and later the films) originally as a very eccentric psychopathic genius that loved to toy with people’s minds as if they were his puppets. But the emphasis was placed more on the killer that Hannibal was helping them catch. Read more

The Great Gatsby

Personally, Baz Luhrmann is one of the more eccentric visionary directors working in the film medium. His productions of Moulin Rouge! and Strictly Ballroom were workings of masterful story-telling fused with an over-ripe visual and editing style which audiences have come to love about Luhrmann films. However, does this interesting mixture provide a base for the long-lasting story by F. Scott Fitzgerald? It could have. Read more

Fifty Shades of Fire

In the altruistic sense, denying perspectives can prevent one from being led, willing or not, down a path to self or peer destruction. However, with every action, with every choice, there is a consequence. That point, leads me to this; I have never been, nor will ever be a fan of the novel 50 Shades of Grey. Read more

Evil Dead: Then and Now

'The Evil Dead' 1981 Theatrical Poster

‘The Evil Dead’ 1981 Theatrical Poster

The Evil Dead franchise is one of the most popular, influential and beloved series of horror films in existence. During the early transition into what can be considered the modern horror film, there were three films that altered film language when approaching American horror that all came in relative short succession to each other. The first and decidedly the most influential was The Exorcist in 1973, where the approach to supernatural elements was taken from the baroque and overly fantastical worlds to that of a stark and utterly unforgiving perspective on the definition of evil, also beginning to test on-screen violence to that of mainstream audiences not usually journeying to the drive-ins for Roger Corman films or to grindhouses for the latest Roger Earl flick. This was during a time in which films bent on a more realistic perspective and tone were continuously flooding the market and influencing audiences while grandiose old displays of gothic horror were pushed to the wayside. However, this altered again in 1980 with the release of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. Read more

Anarchy in Cinema: The Beat Generation

One of the few groups of artists in history understood artistic anarchy better than the Beats. Initially, the ideology behind the Beat Generation was an impassioned (and it would be safe to say, slightly mental) innovation to experiment with style (greatly infused with drugs), giving a face to alternative sexual identities, introducing Eastern philosophies to Western audiences, a rejection of materialism (which in the 40s and 50s was being promoted as the American Dream to those of the up and coming Baby-Boomer Generation), and explicit portrayals of violence and sex that is sometimes on par with the Marquis de Sade. However, at its core, the Beats were the epitome of art before structure. Read more

Oz: The Great and Powerful

Sam Raimi has always been a much beloved fascination. Beginning his career with The Evil Dead and moving on to direct the Spiderman franchise as well as The Quick and the Dead and Drag Me to Hell, Raimi has provided audiences with experiences that are unique to his films alone. And such couldn’t be more evident in the director’s latest project, Oz: The Great and Powerful. Read more