‘Pet Sematary’ Review: Trades a Poignant Grief Metaphor for Generic Horror Fodder

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I’ve yet to read Stephen King’s Pet Sematary, but from what I do know about it, it’s a novel all about how grief after the loss of a loved one can take on the form of one’s own worst nightmares. That alone would cover the basics of what defines Stephen King’s stories, for he’s a writer who has always been able to come up with wonderful concepts for horror literature, but they don’t quite always work yet his name has only ever remained popular enough in order to spawn numerous film adaptations over the years. This is the second adaptation of Pet Sematary to grace the screen after Mary Lambert’s 1989 take, with a screenplay by Stephen King himself. Based on the reputation that I’ve already known said film adaptation would have acquired I was hoping that at the very least a new take would feel more enticing but everything that has made the core concept so thoughtful and wonderful is all gone in this version. It came to that point where I don’t really know if this feels anything like what I would imagine Stephen King would be writing, because it only ever really rang as generic horror fodder.

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Neil Armstrong Biopic First Man is One Giant Leap for Damien Chazelle and Ryan Gosling: TIFF Review

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I’ll be perfectly honest, the idea of a biopic being made about Neil Armstrong was not something I could so easily be sold on but of course expectations would have been made higher with the fact that Damien Chazelle would be set to direct. Following up on La La Land, Chazelle doesn’t solely focus only on the trip to the moon and back, but the journey right from Earth all about what it would have taken to ensure that the moon landing would be as perfect as it was. But in capturing the life-threatening journey that would have ensured the safety of one man in order to make a giant leap for mankind through as much as a small step on the moon, what Damien Chazelle has created in First Man celebrates how far humanity can go if they really strive to remain together to achieve something that would come to define history.

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Winchester – Review

I’m at the point where horror movies that market themselves as being based on true events don’t phase me anymore because they’ve already killed my willingness to stay on board with what goes on if they’re going for a basic haunted house route. Exceptions and outliers to the rule have come along the way (I still enjoy the Conjuring films a fair amount, even if they aren’t particularly the most original) but Winchester was a story that had fascinated me for a while. Given as the Winchester House has already established a reputation as one of the most haunted mansions still around today, I was made even more skeptical of what the Spierig brothers would have made from the titular setting – and all my suspicions were proven right; it was the same generic haunted house story as any other.

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – Review

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Right after Rise of the Planet of the Apes one already knew that the story would continue, and that’s where Dawn of the Planet of the Apes has come by. And if Rise of the Planet of the Apes only had come by in the same manner that any superhero origin story would have played out by setting up the tone for films yet to come, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes already has found itself more room to create a more distinctive identity. But being as I’ve never particularly been the hugest fan of the original film franchise, it’s nice to see that these new films are able to form an identity of their own for it takes me by surprise how much I enjoy them. These aren’t just mindless, disposable blockbusters that only find themselves living within the moment, these films leave behind an impact that calls out for far more – among many reasons I’m glad these new Planet of the Apes movies are around.

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