Movie Review: 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

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If you follow me on twitter (@TheMarckoguy #ShamelessPlug) you would know that I made a poll a few weeks ago. And in that poll I asked people to vote for what movie they would prefer to see a review for out of four different choices… and this movie won! So let’s review this thing!

Ladies and gentlemen, I welcome you to… “10 Cloverfield Lane”.

After a car crash, Michelle (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) wakes up in an underground bunker. Apparently she was brought there by Howard (John Goodman) right before some big attack happened. And according to Howard no one can leave the bunker because of the outside world being a hell on earth after said attack. So now Michelle is trying to figure out what the hell actually happened while also being stuck in this bunker with Howard and another man named Emmett (John Gallagher Jr). So from that we get a very tense and suspenseful plot with several twists and turns throughout… and I absolutely loved it. The amount of suspense generated throughout the movie is astounding. But it’s not just tense thrills, there is also a good amount of compelling drama being generated. I was invested into the plot throughout the entirety of the runtime and I thought it was great. Sure the ending was a bit weird in comparison to everything that preceded it, but I didn’t mind it too much.

The characters in this movie are very compelling and very interesting. Usually the girl in a horror-thriller tends to be really inept and useless… but not Michelle! She was clever, she was resourceful, and she felt like a real person. And Mary Elizabeth Winstead was absolutely terrific in the role. John Gallagher Jr was great in his role, playing Emmett as a sort of comic relief without actually making the humor feel out of place. John Goodman… holy fucking shit, you guys. I’m not just saying this as a lifelong fan of this man, I’m saying it because he was legitimately terrific in this movie. Yeah, it’s easy to say “Wow, John Goodman was so good in that!”, but this is a movie where he truly impressed me. His character was so unsettling, jumping back and forth between reasonable man and borderline psycho on a whim. Yeah, I loved him in the movie. Shit, I would say that I love everybody in this movie, they’re all great in their roles.

The score for this movie was composed by Bear McCreary and it was pretty fucking great. The way that the score was able to add to the drama and the tension was really impressive and I thought that it was just really great. There were a few licensed songs on the soundtrack too that I thought worked for the scenes they were in.

This movie was directed by Dan Trachtenberg and raise your hand if you knew about him prior to this movie. Yeah, I can tell that no hands were up right there. But I don’t blame you, because this was his frist feature film. And what a way to start out your career withinthe world of feature films. The movie is tightly directed, perfectly using the isolated location to build tension. It’s a very good looking movie too, being visually appealing without needing huge landscape shots or fancy “Birdman”-ish camera tricks. It’s perfectly fine with it’s tight shots and tense situations.

This movie has been very well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 90% positive rating and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 76/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,3/10.

“10 Cloverfield Lane” is one of those movies that just came out of fucking nowhere, surprised both audiences and critics with it’s quality and mere existence. It has a terrific plot (ending a little weird though), great characters, terrific acting, great music, and terrific direction. Time for my final score. *Clears throat*. My final score for “10 Cloverfield Lane” is a 9,87/10. So it gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.
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My review of “10 Cloverfield Lane” is now completed.

Take me down to 10 Cloverfield Lane, Where the Winstead’s hot and the Goodman’s crazy. TAKE. ME. HOME.

What’s to come in 2016

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How are you all doing on this day? If you’re not doing well then do something to feel/do better. Anyhow, I just wanted to come here and talk about what you might expect from me in the year that is dawning upon us. But before we get into that I just wanted to thank you all for an awesome year and hope 2016 will be just as good if not even better.

So first off I wanna mention that I will bring you a review of the first season of “Fargo” very soon. And while I haven’t seen the original Coen brothers movie I still feel confident in my decision to watch/review the show. It will also be pretty easy for me to review the seasons individually because of the show being an anthology series. You know, when every season focuses on different stories/characters within similar themes.

Relatively soon I will give you my list of my most anticipated movies of 2016 which is kind of difficult to make into a decently sized list. And by decently sized I mean not too long, not too short. I am struggling a lot with the list but I think it’ll all turn out well… hopefully.

In April you can expect me to give you a review of the second season of “Daredevil” which will be dropping then. Back in April of this year (yes, still 2015 for at least a few more hours here) I did in fact review season 1 which I absolutely fucking loved. And I am looking forward to seeing what they bring in season 2 when they introduce Elektra (Elodie Young) and The Punisher (Jon Bernthal).

Over the coming spring I will bring you reviews of all the “Bourne” movies leading up to the release of the fifth (and untitled) one in July. I can say this, I am a big fan of the series already but feel that it’s necessary to rewatch them all and see how they hold up. Yes, even the Jeremy Renner one, that one won’t get away from me. So that is something I am looking forward to.

Sometime in January will be this blog’s 2nd anniversary, so I will try to cook something fun up for that. Maybe you could leave some suggestions in the comments.

At some point during the year of 2016 I will attempt to start a podcast where I will talk about movies, music, games, TV, books and other things with friends and other people. I don’t know when I will be able to get that shit up and running, but at some point it will come. By the way, if you know any good (free/legal) computer programs to record skype calls with, that’d be great if you could mention it.

And that’s it really. Well, at least that I know for sure will happen on this blog in 2016. For everything else I will pretty much wing it. Got any suggestions for fun things I could do? Leave comment or something, I don’t know. Maybe tweet it @TheMarckoguy. You should follow me there in general if you didn’t do it already because there are important updates/teases there all the time. There is also stupid bullshit, but we all enjoy that kind of stuff. And now I will leave you here with Mr. Healey and his gang.

 

The Month of Spooks 2015 Finale

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Hey there guys, how’s it going? I just wanted to come here and share this as a sort of send-off to “The Month of Spooks”. I had a great time watching some horror movies and reviewing them as part of October being the month of Halloween. And don’t worry, I plan on doing “The Month of Spooks” next year as well. And who knows, maybe I’ll involve you guys a bit more in it? But as we end this year’s edition of it, I thought it could be fun to recap what happened and also show this shitty picture I made that you see at the start of the post. If someone could make a better version of that and send it to me on twitter @TheMarckoguy, that would be pretty great. Now, let’s recap everything!

Reaper (2007 – 2009)
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First off, we had an unofficial start with my review of TV-show “Reaper”. While not ever referred as part of “The Month of Spooks”, I do still feel that it deserves a spot in this lineup since it is technically a horror-comedy. Sure, it leans more towards fantasy than horror, but you get my point. It still fits into “The Month of Spooks” because of horror-esque themes. Plus, I think it deserves a spot in anything thanks to Ray Wise as the most charming Devil of all time.

Oculus (2014)
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This next part of the lineup is the first movie review I did for “The Month of Spooks”. That’s right, the first review for it was “Oculus”, a movie about an allegedly evil mirror. And I really did like it since it had really good acting, great music, a great plot and genuinely scary mindfuckery. Also, Karen Gillan did a fantastic job faking an American accent. If I didn’t already know that she’s Scottish, I would’ve thought she was an American. So that’s always fun.

Carrie (1976)
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What happens when a sweet and innocent girl is bullied and antagonized to no end? Well in most cases she would commit suicide, but in “Carrie” she basically fucks everyone up with her psychic powers and it is quite interesting to watch. Sure, some aspects of the story felt a little sloppy in execution, but overall it was a good movie that I do recommend that you watch. And if you wanna know my thoughts on the remake, I haven’t seen it yet… but maybe I could od it for next year’s “Month of Spooks”.

Jacob’s Ladder (1990)
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Want to have your mind messed up? Watch “Jacob’s Ladder” starring Tim Robbins, directed by Adrian Lyne. Sure, there isn’t any other iterations of the story as far as I know, but I still wanted to point out the names of both of those guys because they both did a fantastic job with their respective parts in this movie. The movie is terrifically directed and Tim Robbins is fantastic as the main character, Jacob. And I thought the movie was scary. What can I say, psychological horror works well on me.

The Mist (2007)
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“The Mist” is the second movie we had for this month that is based on a Stephen King story. If you didn’t know, the first one was “Carrie”. And was this a good movie? I’d say so. Not great, but I do think that it is a good survival movie featuring a scary mist filled with evil, murderous monsters. Sure, Thomas Jane is not that strong an actor, but I wouldn’t say that he completely ruined the movie. But this movie was overall not the best type of horror movie. The strongest element of it was probably the terrific directing by Frank Darabont who also directed “The Shawshank Redemption” and “The Green Mile” which both also are based on Stephen King stories. But I would say that it is a good watch if you just need some decent entertainment.

Psycho (1960)
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Yes, when including this classic in “The Month of Spooks” I had not yet seen it. But now I finally got the chance to see it and I fucking loved it. the story was suspenseful and Anthony Perkins gave one of the best performances ever as the obviously psychologically messed up motel keeper, Norman Bates. You know what’s interesting about Perkins in the movie? He was only 28 when playing Bates. That is pretty young for any actor giving an incredible performance. Great job, man!

Blade: Trinity (2004)
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Yes, I am aware that this isn’t a straight-up horror movie, but rather an action movie with horror elements to it, but it is still technically horror so it counts. Don’t like that? Blow me, or don’t, it’s up to you. Still, I inculded “Blade: Trinity” into “The Month of Spooks” and could therefore kill two birds with one stone. First off, it would be another entry into “The Month of Spooks”. Secondly, it would wrap up my series of reviews on the “Blade” series. And for the two of you who wonder: No, I will not watch and review the “Blade” TV-show because it seems like it’s a huge piece of shit. Which this movie is not, this movie is simply mediocre.

Alien (1979)
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This was the grand finale of “The Month of Spooks”, the big ending, the movie that would wrap it all up. And could it live up to that? Yeah, I’d say so. As I explained in my review of the movie, “Alien” was one of the first horror movies that I saw and actually enjoyed. And I think a lot of that comes from this not being your typical monster movie, but actually a smart and suspenseful atmosphere-building descent into death and a scary fucking space alien’s habits. The movie is scary, the movie is dark, the movie is violent and it is an absolute masterpiece. “Alien” was just the perfect movie to wrap up “The Month of Spooks”.

So did you enjoy my whole “Month of Spooks” thing? Any review you enjoyed reading more than the others? Please let me know. I will most likely do it again next year, and hopefully I’ll plan it out a bit better that time. And I was serious about the whole “If someone could make a better version of the opening picture, please make it and send it my way” thing. If you can use similar assets and make a similar picture of better quality/with more skill, that would be fucking great.

Well, I’m done. Happy Halloween, my friends!