While not being promoted as one, this Russian-Chinese co-production is actually a sequel to a 2014 film called Viy (aka Forbidden Empire), which also starred Fleming and explains the presence of the “cute” flying cat-lizard (or whatever it is) in this one. I haven’t seen it, nor did Iron Mask compel me to go back and check-out what I’ve been missing. Not when there’s plenty of Chips Ahoy out there.
Train to Busan was one of those rare films that managed to transcend its genre and chances-are the law of diminishing returns would apply to any follow up. So perhaps going in a completely different direction was a wise decision. When viewed as a stand-alone story that takes place in the same universe – as opposed to a true sequel – Peninsula is an enjoyable, action-filled horror film. You just gotta temper your expectations.
Antebellum may not be an all-time horror classic (and perhaps not a horror film, at all), but it takes a lot to really surprise me anymore, so I gotta tip my hat to any movie that manages that. Though the clues are there, I did not see the plot twist coming and am willing to wager most other viewers won’t either. Forgive me for not elaborating further, but the less you know about the film going in, the better.
While nobody thinks Woody Allen has another Annie Hall in him, A Rainy Day in New York is a dull and forgettable film by a director still in love with the persona he’s now too old to perform himself. Like an aging classic rocker, he seems content to pay the bills by playing the hits with a backup band who weren’t even born during his prime.
Still, the film’s pessimistic assessment of humankind befits the bleak subject matter, which certainly keeps it watchable. Some viewers might even walk away thinking the future world of 2067 doesn’t deserve the last-ditch opportunity to bail itself out. I don’t know if that was writer-director Seth Larney’s intent, but he presents a strong argument.
“On the rocks” is about marital troubles, a complicated father-daughter relationship, and also about how people get lost in the turbulent and chaotic society in which they live. It’s not another masterpiece of Coppola, but surely it’s another successful cooperation between Coppola and Murray. I quietly hope that they will work together again in the future.