Life – Project Shanks Reviews

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Life, directed by Daniel Espinosa, is the latest Alien-inspired survival horror film set in space. However, despite some graphic body-horror scares, Life’s antagonist, the incongruously named “Calvin,” lacks plausibility. Don’t get me wrong, there’s not much “science” behind Ridley Scott’s xenomorph alien either, but its rapid evolution is at least given some explanation. The species has a life-cycle similar to that of an insect. As such, viewers can anticipate the creature’s development. This is not the case with Calvin. While Life is chalk-full of effective, visually impressive scares, it’s structure is all too reminiscent of Alien. [Read more…]

Project Shanks Monday Night Movie: The Voices (2015)

By John Baggett
PSDC Pop Culture Guru

So, this week I am back to my suggestions from friends and this week I chose a movie that has been repeatedly recommended to me by my friend Anne Payne. This week I’m picking the horror-tinged black comedy, The Voices.

In the film we follow Jerry (Ryan Reynolds), a perpetually cheery worker in the shipping department of a bathtub factory. His boss asks him since he is the new guy in department and is asked to be part of the planning committee for the office party. When he’s reluctant, Jerry is told the cute British chick from accounting, Fiona (Gemma Arterton – Hansel & Gretel Witch Hunters) will be there, so naturally Jerry accepts. [Read more…]

Knee-Jerk Reaction: R.I.P.D.

By Doug Shook
PSDC Writer

Knee-Jerk Reaction is a self-proclaimed movie snob’s look at new trailers

R.I.P.D. (Summer 2013)

A rookie cop. A hardened veteran with a chip on his shoulder for the younger generation. Put together to fight crime from an “alien” force on earth. An anagram for the title… another Men in Black movie you ask? Surprisingly no, just director Robert Schwentke new action film adapted from dark horse comics R.I.P.D. (Rest In Peace Dept.)

Ryan Reynolds (Van Wilder, Green Lantern) stars as hot shot detective Nick who is killed in the line of duty. After an ethereal voyage, he finds himself in a interrogation room being recruited to the R.I.P.D. force. Cue the intro to his new partner, Veteran Roy Pulsifer played by Jeff “The Dude” Bridges. Roy is a western styled sheriff type complete with cowboy hat, Wild Bill facial hair and over-exaggerated southern accent. R.I.P.D.’s task is to protect the living from those vengeful souls whom have escaped judgment and disguise themselves while on earth. (Sound familiar?) Roy and Nick discover an attempt to release a multitude of very powerful, pissed off souls unless they can intervene in time… [Read more…]