John Dies At The End (2012)
I'm beginning to like comic books remade into movies (or TV series like The Walking Dead). Some they kind of butcher but others turn into a fun and fresh look at... uh... in this case, total insanity. It kind of gave itself the mark of death too - no, it didn't claim to be based on a true story or events (impossible anyway), but there were a couple of spots where one could see a similarity to the movie The Matrix (not telling how) and the works of H.P. Lovecraft.
It sort of promises a sequel right away (some other films that have done that and flopped were Buckaroo Bonzai blah blah blah, Doctor Detroit, Remo Williams blah blah blah and Bubba Ho-Tep - whose director, funny enough, is in this movie).
Here's a tip movie makers: If you wanna stick your neck out and say watch for the next installment of anything, first have a good movie, second don't name the damn thing something that's 20 words long, and third don't depend on star power in place of a good script, even if it's someone like Bruce Campbell.
Of course you can tell just by the first look at my blog that it is my favorite movie (I watch it several times a week). So why do I rip on it so badly? <Points at blog name> Sorry, gotta do it - it's in my contract. In fact, I like it so much that even if I wanted to make a little money off this blog and let advertisers on here I can't 'cause of the 'copyrighted' material on here.
Uh fellas? It's about movies. Unless I just ask for and reprint reviews direct from publicists for movies, and as long as Google has tons and tons of pics of these movies, uh yeah, I'm gonna use them. So there.
So we start with David Wong, writer of the book and our faithful narrator (pseudonym of Jason Pargin, who is also senior editor at Cracked.com). He waxes philosophic at the beginning about a bizarre situation, whether it happened to him or is just a question he has is not clear - we then jump completely away from that into the story.
He is relating a series of very VERY strange events to a reporter in a restaurant (Paul Giamatti) that happen to him and his friend John (who reminded me of an 80's era Val Kilmer) when they come in contact with THE STUFF... uh, sorry, wrong movie. They come in contact with THE SOY SAUCE, an otherworldly concoction of black oil-looking gunk that moves on its own. After that their world pretty much blows apart and the adventure begins.
Again, I don't want to give away too much because this is a truly weird and wild ride. Let's just say that time, space and events become liquid and things happen in no particular order, making for a movie you might have to watch more than once to follow. But both John and David are likable characters and of course, since I love anything Clancy Brown does, his performance as TV infomercial psychic Albert Marconi is just terrific. And Doug Jones, an actual contortionist, is always fun to watch.
|Uh, yeah - you might want the kiddies in bed before this...|
|This freaking thing still haunts me...|