Strangely though, this particular unexpected combination actually works well enough to make Cowboys and Aliens a relatively fun summer popcorn movie.
Before I assess the merits of the 2011 San Diego International Comic Con, I have to say flat out that in all my years attending this event, this year was my favorite. That being said, I also have to point out that I almost always thoroughly enjoy Comic Con and look forward to it every year. Sure, I’ve had a few bad moments over the years, like the time I had just gotten Ken Foree to sign a vintage Dawn of the Dead poster magazine, previously signed by Tom Savini and George Romero, only to accidentally leave it in a Japanese restaurant that would remain closed during the remaining days of the Con.
Bellflower has a weird, ugly, but sort of sweet, likeability to it. I was pretty fascinated by the whole thing and liked the natural acting, the palpability of the menace in some of the scenes, and really, who doesn’t love a home-made flamethrower?
Rise of Matt Weinhold’s Respect for a Planet of the Apes Remake.
Crazy, Stupid, Love is Smart, Funny and Weird.
This film manages to have some laughs and have some genuinely cool horror moments, too. Good thing they’re calling it a horror-comedy, yes?
I have to say, they finally got Conan right. I am of course referring to the 1982 film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and James Earl Jones.
Don’t be afraid of the Dark is a remake of an old TV movie from 1973. Del Toro has called it the scariest teleplay ever written. I vaguely remember it from when I was a kid, and I do remember it being scary. This version, though starting out pretty good, eventually causes me to, well, not be afraid of the dark.
Apollo 18 is to science fiction what Paranormal Activity is to horror. Which is not entirely a glowing endorsement.
I have to say I didn’t have any expectations for Drive. Maybe I should have brought a few or at least borrowed one from the girl in the back of the theater who keeps yelling out in astonishment when anything violent happened on screen.