Reviewed by Patrick Cooper
When I saw Mark Duplass credited as an executive producer and writer on what is marketed as the “female Deliverance,” it made me a bit apprehensive, it also undeniably sparked my interest. Mark and his brother/filmmaking partner Jay, have created their own niche of indie-film, “mumblecore.” This style typically incorporates awkward man-boys and soporific conversation-style – two things your average joe doesn’t associate with thrillers.
That’s why Black Rock might surprise you. Mark co-wrote it with his wife Kate Aselton, who also directed and stars in the film. Besides some “natural” sounding dialogue that burrows into tedious territory at times, Black Rock is refreshingly stripped of all Duplass-isms. It’s a lean, primal survival tale inhabited by well-developed characters you actually feel comfortable rooting for. The strong female leads even manage to maintain the film’s visceral suspense despite one actor whose mauled acting threatens to shatter the whole damn thing. READ MORE
Reviewed by Michael Erb
Think about every piece of zombie media to come out in the last decade. Consider the moments, ideas, and characters that made those zombie stories memorable. Now, imagine what it’s like to see every one of those things haphazardly strung together into something resembling a story. That mess is Dead Season.
A zombie apocalypse survivor calling himself Elvis is making his way toward the ocean. He coordinates with fellow survivor Tweeter over a ham radio to meet up and journey together to an island off the coast of Florida. The idea is to go to a remote island where there can’t be many zombies, if any at all. They get a boat and find a tropical paradise that, of course, is far more disturbing once they get to land. The duo is saved by a group of survivors, led by a grizzled man named Kurt Conrad. The inhabitants come together to gather supplies, kill the undead, and generally try to survive. However, once food becomes scarce, they see that man is the real monster. READ MORE
New York City is about to be overrun with the biggest infestation ever, as spiders crawl all over the buildings, lurk in every corner, and swing through the busy streets. In Dan Slott’s SPIDER-ISLAND things get a little crazy when normal citizens gain spider-powers of their own, and Peter Parker must defend against a threat not only to the city, but to his very existence. If you’ve been reading Spider-Man since you were a little one (or watching the 90s cartoon), you’re in for a treat because this event brings back characters, both allies and villains, from across eras. We already have our beloved Venom back, but that’s only the beginning. So get ready because SPIDER-ISLAND is going to rock your world by bringing back the ENTIRE Spidey lineup. The wait is over boys and girls, SPIDER-ISLAND, one of the most anticipated events of the year, hits shelves this Wednesday. Read on for the skinny…