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Updated by Joel Copling on October 8, 2015


Welcome to my website. Here, you'll find my reviews of the latest cinematic releases. If you're looking for a review of a particular film, check under the 'Films by Title' section. It just may be there. Not seeing a film you'd like to see reviewed? Send me a Tweet with your recommendation!

Coming soon to Joel on Film: Joel on Oscars! I'm making changes, some cosmetic and others a bit more necessary, to the front page of this website and various others throughout (Pardon my dust as I clean up around here), and that includes tackling the awards season. Yes, this will be a permanent fixture at the site now, updated every two weeks from October to broadcast. Just keep an eye on the top of the page for that soon!

The Bye Bye Man

Posted by Joel Copling on January 12, 2017


The threesome has arrived at the off-campus housing provided to them by one of an official at the college they attend, and the lodging itself houses a terrible secret: the Bye Bye Man, a phantom that seemingly resides in an end-table in the upstairs bedroom and whose name cannot be thought or spoken, lest he appear. That's the premise of "The Bye Bye Man," a horror film of astounding stupidity and surprising ineptitude. This is a premise that might have held some interest or thoughtfulness, but both sensations have been rudely interrupted on their way to the viewer's memory banks. The ways found by Jonathan Penner's screenplay (based on a short story by Robert Damon Schneck) to manipulate its characters into being tools of the Bye Bye Man's mind games are unintentionally amusing when they aren't terribly misguided.

Monster Trucks

Posted by Joel Copling on January 13, 2017


Buried deep within "Monster Trucks" are two films that never quite see the light of day and a third that overpowers the others. It's a film that applies its title to a pun, that pun being a literal reading of the phrase "monster trucks." What if large trucks could be powered by tentacled beasts with electrical tendencies? It's a clever concept, and the film does, indeed, capitalize on it, featuring a narrative that contrives for the creatures to reside where the engine usually rests and a climax in which there is an isolated location that can only be reached by enormous trucks like the ones the creatures occupy. There is the required amount of vehicular carnage within the action set pieces that belong to the climax and what precedes it. But there's stuff that surrounds the central conceit, too, and Derek Connolly's screenplay populates the two major subplots with the usual hokey earnestness.

Split

Posted by Joel Copling on January 20, 2017


Review coming 01/20/17.

XXX: Return of Xander Cage

Posted by Joel Copling on January 20, 2017


Review coming 07/20/17.

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