"...He makes movies about inbred hillbillies (Wrong Turn 2: Dead End), and crazed gangs (Everly). So he's as surprised as anyone that Mayhem, his new insanity burst about corporate culture gone bug-eyed haywire, is his most personal story...."
"...In metal, like hip-hop, ofttimes one must wade through a lengthy undercard to hit the sweet spot on the bill. For Mayhem Fest at the Austin 360 Amphitheater Friday, that meant surviving post-apocalyptic conditions and a caricature musical genre in order to glimpse Swedish death metal contingent Amon Amarth and their Viking ship stage set...."
"...The food songs originally intended to accompany the dinner class performances became a full-time project for bandleader Kaye over the past two years. A new CD titled Dishin' With the Divas: Songs of Food, Love & Mayhem is the result..."
"...The only drawback of "Mayhem, Method and Medium" is that we are basically getting the same kind of image again and again – similar distorted lines and color – and in the end, only a handful stand out as truly successful. I would have liked to have seen more variety, more experiments with color and shape; more possibilities explored with the physical objects themselves..."
"...Spouses who enforce fidelity are mercilessly mocked. Mayhem in relationships is the (dis)order of the day...."
"...illustration by Jason Stout Halfway through a long string of reports on violent crime, death, and other assorted mayhem, the ominous word "HOMICIDE" screamed out from behind the head of KTBC ("Fox-7") anchor Stephanie Rochon. Accompanying that was an equally pulse-quickening graphic of a chalk body outline..."
"...There is a plot – a pretty clunky one, jerry-rigged with character motivations that amount to one long “huh?” and dialogue that might as well have been chunked out of a cliche generator – but who needs plot when we can have mayhem? Fast & Furious 6 offers mayhem to burn (pyrotechnics, too!), and there is continued pleasure in all the prelingual revving engines and action acrobatics; Johnson has mastered a flying head-konk move that thrills like a fine drum solo. But we’ve heard this song before – catchy but banal, monotonous – and it hasn’t gotten any better with time...."
"...Diddy’s Bad Boys record label). The film’s routine plot is a meager affair about the importation of Ecstasy tablets into Miami by the Russian and Cuban mobs, a plot (by top writers Jerry Stahl and Ron Shelton) that serves as mere draping for the blow-it-up mayhem..."
"...But its message is never anything deeper than: Racial stereotyping -- whites toward blacks, blacks toward whites -- Not Good. Leads to all kinds of mayhem..."
"...Justine follows up stealing hamburger patties in the school cafeteria with late-night raids on her dorm refrigerator to devour her roommate’s raw chicken breast. An amusing bikini-wax scene between the sisters escalates into flesh-eating mayhem..."
"...Get ready to lose sleep and gain bragging rights at SXSW. Just as the rest of the Festival has been heavy on world premieres, so the Midnighters gang leaps out with a series of first screenings, including the eagerly awaited Mayhem, some Tokyo-style gore, and a local headtrip...."
"...When things go tits up, and the oil rig becomes a flaming death trap, the film’s purpose comes into view. Berg is a master at depicting mayhem, people fleeing from pressurized bolts flying everywhere and flames soaring up at the worst possible time, but it ends up becoming an exhaustive puzzle as you try to figure out where everyone is in relation to everyone else..."
"...Based partly on her own experiences, Wood’s film is a provocation, as Leah slingshots from one bad encounter to another. As shot by Michael Simmonds, the film has a restless, kinetic style that suits the drug-fueled mayhem, but like waking up after partying all night, in the cold light of day, White Girl’s themes offer little insight other than wanting to take a shower...."
"...Transpecos’ first act lulls you into the daily routine of a job that seems the very definition of tedium. Old guard Hobbs (Collins Jr.) is the archetype of the grizzled veteran, but a seemingly random border stop spirals into murder and mayhem..."
"...I don't know what pleasures you may find in The Purge movies, but mine have always been in the manifestation of right-wing Facebook memes writ large on the big screen, delivered as satire, but so wanting to eat that ironic cake, too. The premise itself reeks of a study group/bong session of undergraduate psychology students: One night a year, people can unleash their ids and do whatever they want: murder, rape, mayhem, etc..."
"...Puritanical religion, paranoia, and familial distrust – particularly of young women – are at the pitch-black center of first-time feature director Robert Eggers’ slow-burning descent into madness and mayhem in 1630s New England. The Witch, which made its Austin debut at Fantastic Fest 2015, arrives in theatres with a slew of festival awards behind it and the kind of buzz that makes it a must-see for fear fans and audiences sick to death of the found-footage glut that’s coagulated the horror market for going on a decade now..."
"...There’s not much “boo!” in the bugaboos here. Based on the absurdly popular anthology of horror fiction that sold over 400 million books during its heyday, the film’s conceit is admittedly an interesting one: A trio of teens unwittingly unleashes on their sleepy little town the literary mayhem in the locked manuscripts of Stine’s works, much to the authorial dismay of the man who created those waking nightmares (a bespectacled and weirdly accented Black, looking and sounding nothing like Stine)..."
"...Imagine David Cronenberg’s Rabid relocated from a drab Montreal metropolitan locale to an elementary school in small town USA, add a bucket or two of Romero-esque siege mayhem, then cram in some broad splatstick comedy and a frenzied, ADHD pace, and the result is this hit-or-miss kiddie zombie movie from debuting directors Milott and Murnion. Writers Whannell and Brennan, who also have the two funniest roles in the film, don’t stray too far from the film’s obvious genre influences (Cronenberg’s The Brood also resonates here)..."
"...Agent 47 swoops in to save her from John Smith (Quinto), an agent of the Syndicate, dying to get its hands on the supersoldier technology. Much mayhem and tedious plot points ensue..."
"...Later, while riding the bus, a huge raven crashes through the windshield and pecks the wound on her bandaged hand, after which all hell literally starts to break loose. An intentional head-on car crash, a comatose two months in the same hospital (enter Father Lozano, again), a miraculous recovery tainted by subsequent strange behavior, institutionalization in the loony bin, homicidal and suicidal mayhem, and the inevitable rite of exorcism all illogically follow..."
"...Who would have thought in 2001 that an exploitation movie about hot rides, hotter women, and an undercover cop who infiltrates L.A.’s underground racing scene would become the most durable auto-mayhem franchise since Manny, Moe, and Jack? At the time, I dubbed it a cult movie and pretty much dug the crazy shebang. Jacking the title from producer Roger Corman’s unremarkable 1955 noir, original director Rob Cohen’s origin story pitted the grease-monkey melodramatics of gravelly gearhead Dominic Toretto (a then barely known Diesel) and his “family” against the equally motor-mad but overly white-bread FBI agent Brian O’Conner (Walker), who eventually sides with Toretto’s tribe and lives to fight another day/decade..."
"...This Hollywood monster epic manages to honor the creature’s Japanese Atomic Age origin story and obliterate the memory of Roland Emmerich’s disappointing 1998 revival. The monster mash proves to be a lot of fun once it gets going and we watch as cities are tromped to bits, but the film’s human drama only bogs things down with expository dialogue between the scientists (Watanabe and Hawkins) who track the MUTOs from continent to continent, and a focal family (Taylor-Johnson, Olsen, and Bolde) who struggle to reunite amid the mayhem...."
"...The filmmakers waste no time with character development before delivering the action, which turns out to be a good strategy in the film’s opening moments but injurious later on when we’re in greater need of a rooting interest. Nevertheless, the Philadelphia traffic jam that thrusts the Lane family into sudden zombie mayhem provides a fine introduction to the film and its villains..."
"...Considering Superman’s backstory is probably better embedded in our collective consciousness than that of our Founding Fathers’, the script smartly scraps a linear plotting of baby Kal-El’s evolution from alien émigré into the Kansas-bred loner, Clark Kent, and finally the caped savior of the human race. Instead, impressionistic flashbacks vividly convey Clark’s coming-of-age – his push/pull between service and a quiet life incognito, what fresh hell it is being “super” when you just want to fit in at junior high – and these scenes of heightened sensitivity and amber-waves-of-grain lighting linger long in the memory, even as the story eventually, predictably, cedes itself over to endless mayhem..."
"...Yet, gorehounds will likely welcome this new film on its own merits, with or without its kosher labeling. Evil Dead smartly retools the original outline and delivers more bloody mayhem than what is usually considered acceptable in an R-rated film..."
"...Jackson, in particular, all light up the screen with their renderings.) The love story, in which the former slave Django (Foxx) seeks to rescue his wife Broomhilda (Washington) from the plantation owner to whom she was sold, is vivid and palpable. The revenge drama is violent and bloody, with whippings and near-castration added to Tarantino’s vast arsenal of sanguinary mayhem..."
"...As usual, the final 10 or so minutes of the film go like gangbusters with mayhem and death appearing (literally so) out of nowhere. And, as in its predecessors, there are 80 minutes of yawn-inducing pseudo-suspense to sit through prior to that..."
"...Church into saving the world, although this time, it's personal (when was it ever not thus?). West's distinct brand of ultraviolence and larger-than-life mayhem follows, but the plot barely hangs together amid outbursts of muzzle flare and lame, jokey banter between Schwarzenegger and Willis..."
"...Feeling pummeled and thoroughly abused, I curled up in a defensive ball (my indigenous fighting mode) halfway through the film and waited for the onslaught to stop. Other viewers, especially devotees of action films, will be energized by the mayhem and thrilled by its inexhaustibility..."
"...Sam is also contending with girlfriend-related jealousy issues and an insane new boss (played, in an inspired bit of casting and with giddy dementia by John Malkovich). Add to this the fact that the Apollo 11 mission was not what it seemed, a cameo by astronaut Buzz Aldrin (!), Leonard Nimoy voicing the Spock-quoting, top-dog Autobot Sentinel Prime, and a pair of Coen brothers regulars (McDormand and Turturro), and you end up with a ridiculous and ridiculously fun 154 minutes of utterly unhinged, completely over-the-top robotic mayhem..."
"...In this Bollywood romantic comedy, four friends make an enemy during a real estate deal, so the enemy subsequently sends in his two girlfriends to deceive the men. But love matches are made, and comic mayhem ensues...."
"...This is a supernatural chase film in which Cage's John Milton and (arrgh!) Heard's waitress Piper pursue a satanic cult led by snappy dresser Jonah King (Burke in full Jim Jones-meets-Elvis swagger). There's apparently a baby, Milton's grandchild, at stake but the offspring is purely a device that allows director Lussier to stage some spectacular automotive mayhem and far too many CGI-aided flesh wounds..."
"...Directed by: Tom McGrath. The DreamWorks Animation team devotes its extraordinary attention to 3-D visual detail in Megamind – most commonly to the illustration of such mayhem as death rays vaporizing steel and whole buildings turning to rubble..."
"...Not reviewed at press time. When three students go missing in a small village, the investigation into their disappearance causes mayhem..."
"...Starring: Adrien Brody, Topher Grace, Alice Braga, Walton Goggins, Oleg Taktarov, Laurence Fishburne and Danny Trejo. Here's the truth: If you're lucky enough to have an honest-to-grindhouse drive-in theatre within cruising distance of your home planet, then by all means, pack up your '57 Chevy, Dodge Challenger, G.T.O., or – seriously? what would Roger Corman say?! – Toyota Prius and head on over to that eye-popping, mind-warping, starlit screen of endless sexy mayhem..."
"...Starring: Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Jessica Biel, Quinton Jackson, Sharlto Copley and Patrick Wilson. The A-Team is a product that begs to be consumed alongside a jumbo tub of movie-theatre popcorn, complete with the butter-slick, tummy-sick aftereffects that are sure to leave a longer-lasting impression than anything mayhem maestro Carnahan cooks up onscreen..."
"...Then, one by one, their so-called friends start shooting at them and the couple goes on the run while trying to figure out why they have become targets. There was potential in this setup to make a mockery of suburban values and lifestyles, but instead the script only calls for violent mayhem and chaotic, nonsensical plotting..."
"...There are few greater proponents of the American form of mindless film violence and flash-without-substance storytelling. A clear example in From Paris With Love comes midway into the film’s admittedly well-choreographed mayhem as the gun-crazy operative Charlie Wax (Travolta) exasperatedly explains to his new partner, James Reece (Rhys Meyers), the reasons for all the corpses piling up around them: “It’s about terrorists,” Wax declares, ending Reece’s illusion they’re chasing cocaine traffickers..."
"...Starring: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, Michelle Rodriguez, Giovanni Ribisi, Joel David Moore, CCH Pounder, Wes Studi and Laz Alonso. At 162 minutes and a cost of somewhere between $250 million and $300 million, Cameron's ne plus ultra of futuristic mechanized mayhem and seamless CGI trickery is both a cinematically spectacular slab of virtually nonstop action and an unmistakable diatribe against corporatized American imperialism..."
"...That’s just one of the many moods so easily evinced by this freewheeling but tonally and aesthetically true adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s 1963 children’s book. Jonze, in collaboration with co-screenwriter Dave Eggers, seems to have tapped every primal feeling along the spectrum – joy, grief, rage, a relish for mayhem – and put it onscreen for our viewing pleasure..."
"...Romero's Survival of the Dead (which had a less-than-impressive screening at Fantastic Fest, among other fall festivals). Debuting director Fleischer's action-and-innards-drenched film dials it all up to 11 from the opening credits sequence – which, like Zack Snyder's underrated remake of Dawn of the Dead, uses pop-music-backed mayhem to smart expository and staggeringly kickass effect – and only slows down for a breather for the length of the aforementioned cameo..."
"...No messy romantic backstory here. Just automotive and martial-arts mayhem plain and simple, with the occasional and always welcome appearance of Martin's comic foil, Marseilles Detective Tarconi (Berléand)..."