People wrongfully assume that The Hustler is all about pool. It’s only natural, since the movie’s title is named after the people who play the game, and many of the scenes take place inside billiard rooms. The Hustler simply uses pool to mirror the main character’s rough personality, as the movie is all about Eddie Felson’s struggle to become a better man.
“No bar, no pinball machines, no bowling alleys, just pool… nothing else.”
Nobuhiko Obayashi’s 1977 Japanese horror/comedy film House is difficult to introduce to a new audience without spoiling the very elements that make it unique. Yes, it is set in what could be described as a ‘haunted house’, but what is unleashed upon audiences is more than a mere spooky ghost story.
“She eats unmarried young girls. It is the only time she can wear her wedding gown.”
New book Life of Action offers insight into the world of action genre filmmaking and has already been applauded by both readers and industry professionals. Three years in the making by martial arts and film journalist Mike Fury, the book features interviews with the men and women of action genre cinema and is available as a paperback, with an e-book edition to follow soon.
“I must break you.”
Deliver Us from Evil carries a hardened vibe, attempting to replicate what it might be like if the supernatural really made itself noticed in modern times. In the end, though, this translates to the movie pushing its “this is totally based on a true story, you guys” angle extra hard, and the more it does so, the more abundantly clear its huckster ways become.
“You haven’t seen true evil!”
The original Poltergeist saw an inspired pairing of screenwriter and producer Steven Spielberg with director Tobe Hooper. Their opposing strengths played off each other and made for an effects-laden horror movie that claimed its place as a touchstone among supernatural thrillers. This 2015 remake is merely the shrunken, exhumed corpse of 1982’s original monster.
“They know what scares you.”