The Man in the Iron Mask is a well made adventure film featuring solid performances, namely Gabriel Byrne and Jeremy Irons and fairly impressive for being screenwriter Randall Wallace’s directorial debut.
Gothic was released in 1986 but might as well have been filmed in the ‘60s with its psychedelic-like filmmaking style which some might find a lot of fun, but I felt was more confusing and even tedious. The performances at least weren’t bad headlined by Natasha Richardson along with respectable production design.
Louder Than Bombs is an uneven but well acted drama featuring strong performances by Gabriel Byrne and Jesse Eisenberg. It’s nothing memorable but for who enjoy character dramas, it’s certainly worth a rental. The DVD released through Sony offers good audio and video transfers.
Mad Dog Time is an odd-ball of a movie, a throwback to the days of the Rat Pac era, it was written and directed by Joey Bishop’s son, and although plenty of the dark humor didn’t quite work, it’s not an altogether terrible flick, though nothing I’d watch again in spite of a respectable cast.
Admittedly, I’m not the biggest fan of supernatural horror or demonic possession flicks with some obvious exceptions (The Exorcist for one) but for some of its flaws, mainly dating itself to the time period with the music and style, Stigmata is a decent enough flick and tolerable thanks to Patricia Arquette and Gabriel Byrne (who two months later would go on to play Satan in End of Days).
After a rough start, Vampire Academy finds its footing into the second act with characters one could care about and dialogue that is sharp and actually quite funny if not only merely amusing. However, the star of this picture, and somebody I hope can find bigger and more wide ranging projects, is Zoey Deutch who is incredible and could be the saving grace.
The Usual Suspects is a fantastic modern film noir that has only gotten better with age. The ensemble cast is utterly fantastic delving into everything from dark humor to bloody violence in a short span of time. As for the Blu-ray, I am giving this a 2/5 not because the disc isn’t worth owning on Blu-ray but because it is the same disc that has been available for years and at an extra premium for a useless book, it might be worth picking up the older version.