Archive for December, 2012

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My Month in Films: November ’12

December 3, 2012

Grind House (Death Proof)Total films seen: 20

Best first time viewings
1. Death Proof (Tarantino, ’07)
2. The Comedy (Alverson, ’12)
3. Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning (Hyams, ’12)
4. The Day He Arrives (Sang-soo, ’11)
5. Killing Them Softly (Dominik, ’12)
6. End of Watch (Ayers, ’12)
7. Skyfall (Mendes, ’12)
8. Breakdown (Mostow, ’97)
9. Vamps (Heckerling, ’12)
10. Universal Soldier: Regeneration (Hyams, ’09)

Worth mentioning
Side by Side (Keneally, ’12)
The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Chbosky, ’12)
Ted (MacFarlane, ’12)

Worst
Quantum of Solace (Forster, ’08)
Life of Pi (Lee, ’12)
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 and 2 (Condon, ’11-’12)

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Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning

December 1, 2012

directed by John Hyams, 2012

day of reckoningIn a landscape of tired genre exercises and lame action reboots, Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning feels like a tidal wave of renewal. In the hands of director John Hyams (Universal Soldier: Regeneration), the franchise not only gets a stylistic facelift, but expands its mark to seriously deranged and disturbing places. While Regeneration was populated by battered and faded faces, each highlighted by the melancholic irony of such a reboot, Hyams’ latest goes further in embracing the monsters these films have bred since 1992.

Full review at Sound on Sight