There are films that come along that get so much buzz from the underground that you just have to watch especially if they get coverage from your favorite metal music magazine. That was definitely the case for today’s film which combines heavy metal and horror in 2015’s Deathgasm. For Brodie (Milo Cawthorne), life has been a little tough especially since he has to move in with his over christian Uncle and his obnoxious family. Life in the new town isn’t any easier considering he is one of few metalheads in the town until he meets Zakk (James Blake), a fellow metalhead with bigger balls than him. That will all be put to the test though while they found a music sheet that just happens to summon a demon by the name of the Blind One. Now they’ll have to fight off all the demons before it’s too late. The film also stars Kimberley Crossman (Strangers In A Strange Land) as Medina, Sam Berkley (Jake) as Dion, Daniel Cresswell (3 Mile Limit) as Giles, Delaney Tabron (Spartacus: War Of The Damned) as Shanna, Stephen Ure (The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug) as Rikki Daggers, Kate Elliott (30 Days Of Night) as Abigail, and the film was written and directed by Jason Lei Howden (The Avengers). To read the rest of the review, please click here to go to Moshpits & Movies.
Sometimes there are films that come out that either get a bad review or there just not in the theaters that long that I overlook them. That was definitely the case with today’s film Hail, Caesar! which was gone before I got around to seeing it. The film stars Josh Brolin (The Goonies) as Hollywood Fixer Eddie Mannix who works for Capitol Studios. Eddie has a lot on his plate with having to take a western star (Alden Ehrenreich) and shuffle him to a completely different genre, trying to hide a pregnancy out of wedlock from the public eye, and even trying to figure out who kidnapped his lead star (George Clooney) during the middle of filming a really big epic movie. It’s either that or he accepts a job to work in a completely different field. The film also stars Ralph Fiennes (The Grand Budapest Hotel) as Laurence Laurentz, Scarlett Johansson (The Avengers) as DeeAnna Moran, Tilda Swinton (Moonrise Kingdom) as Thora/ Thessaly Thacker, Channing Tatum (22 Jump Street) as Burt Gurney, Frances McDormand (Fargo) as C.C. Calhoun, Jonah Hill (22 Jump Street) as Joe Silverman, Veronica Osorio (Diego And Valentina) as Carlotta Valdez, Alison Pill (Milk) as Mrs. Mannix, Fisher Stevens (Short Circuit) as Communist Writer, and the film was directed by Ethan and Joel Cohen (No Country For Old Men).
I am a huge fan of the olden days of Hollywood and America at the time with the fashion, hairstyles, and just the way of life. So it’s easy for me to say that I really enjoyed that aspect of the film, but as far as the overall film was concerned, I didn’t think it was a great film. I thought the film was relatively OK for a Cohen’s brothers movie. The film for a while seemed to be a behind the scenes look at what went down in the classic Hollywood era of the big studios and the way they covered up scandals from the press. The kidnapping of George Clooney’s character to me seemed more like a side story than the main focus of the film which kind of bothered me, but usually anything that was happening it always went back to it. Some of the things I enjoyed watching was how the films were made and the big scenes that we saw like the pool scene with Scarlet or the bar scene with Channing. Those were some of the cool moments of the film that maybe people overlooked. The film was also commentary on the ideals of those times especially with the paranoia of communism. That was a big issue back in those days and the writers are the ones that organize it in this film. They feel they need more recognition than they get which was also maybe a sign of the times then. It’s not a terrible movie, but it’s not great either. That is why I am going to give the film an B for a final grade. Rent it from Redbox or On demand if it’s available.