The Last Movie You've Watched

Discussion in 'Introductions & Off Topic' started by Movie-Brat, Mar 14, 2012.

  1. Movie-Brat

    Movie-Brat Berserker

    Die Another Day
    Starring: Pierce Brosnan, Halle Berry, Toby Stephens, Roseamund Pike and Judi Dench
    Writers: Neal Purvis & Robert Wade (Based on the character by Ian Fleming)
    Director: Lee Tamahori
    Distributor: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

    The 40th anniversary of the James Bond franchise commenced in 2002. The year was already crowded with new debuts for big budget films; Spider-Man was finally released to the moviegoing public after years of development hell (ironically, MGM was going to make Spidey their second franchise next to Bond before trading the rights for Casino Royale from Sony/Columbia), Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones was anticipated to be better than The Phantom Menace at least, Minority Report was the team up between Tom Cruise and Steven Spielberg, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets was well under way for November of that year, as was The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers for its release in December. Clearly MGM didn't intend to be left behind, out came Die Another Day on November 22nd after months of promotion and hype to the point of Mattel making Barbie dolls of the latest Bond girl and even ABC airing a slew of Bond films every Sunday such as The Spy Who Loved Me.

    And nowadays, it garnered a mixed reaction no doubt leading to the negative. What's the story?

    Well, our favorite secret agent James Bond (played by once again for the final time Pierce Brosnan) returns from North Korea after being tortured for 17 months after a botched operation, to investigate the possibilities to a North Korean terrorist and a diamond smuggler involving a space weapon. It's up to him and Jinx Johnson (played by Halle Berry) to stop Gustav Graves's (played by Toby Stephens) plan from coming to fruition.

    ...Yeeeah, just saying that out loud just raises eyebrows and worse enough, alot of questions about the film even without seeing it. A friend of mine had told me upon recommending and telling me his opinions on each Bond film when I was gaining an interest in the franchise and he told me plenty as to what was wrong with Die Another Day to the point of calling the Batman & Robin of the franchise especially since it killed it completely when MGM and Eon Productions decided to start all over with Casino Royale. His criticisms are justified since I can see why. And the movie doesn't help its own case when it seemed to be taking pages from it especially regarding a big laser weapon especially when it involved the sun as its power source and the fact that it used "ice" as a visual asthetic theme at least the latter half of the movie.

    Protip to Hollywood studios: Never use big lasers as the villain's plot, ice being a visual asthetic theme and product placement and an overbundence of gadgets when it comes to sequels for your franchises.

    But the film's biggest problem is this: It was the 20th film in the series, the franchise was 40 years old at that point-a high accomplishment mind you, so it's not hard to realize that the filmmakers were being pressured to make the best or at least the most exciting, thrilling or at least energetic Bond film to date. In some ways it accomplished that but in alot of ways it didn't because the sad truth is; they tried too hard.

    Anything they did, it backfired because of how goofy it was executed. It probably looked promising juding by the trailers but the actual film didn't seem to deliver even with whatever energy the filmmakers put into everything.

    Pierce Brosnan is still a pretty good Bond. Nothing much to say about him really. Halle Berry was decent but at times seemed off like the scene where she is pleading Bond to turn off the lasers from killing her and when she makes a pun, it just sounded off. But at least she's easy on the eyes though granted Ursula Andress still wins "Best Entrance for a Bond Girl and best swimsuit ever." Toby Stephens just mugged every scene he's in, he just looked like he was having fun just trying his darndest to be a threatning villain but ends up being goofy. Roseamund Pike, again like Halle, easy on the eyes but she's not very memorable. She's not bad just well, she was just okay just not very memorable.

    John Cleese surprisingly enough for a small role is the best part of the movie. He was great acting as a charming-snarky fellow introducing the gadgets to 007 himself, fun stuff.

    Judi Dench, still pretty good. She's my favorite M by far. The rest of the actors range from decent to meh.

    Concerning the gadets, let me say that the sonic ring is one of my favorite Bond gadgets. It's simply a cool little device. Then comes the rest however, they were really pushing the invisible goofy and it seemed out of place not to mention it looked really, really goofy and a bit off when we see him stepping out of the vehicle.

    The action sequences themselves are, and I can't lie, I enjoyed the hell out of them not matter how goofy it is (the parasurfing sequence with terrible CGI notwithstanding) though Gustav's death seemed to be the most cartoonish since Kanaga's death in Live and Let Die.

    Director Lee Tomahori who I admire his ambition, should have restrained himself when he went with the goofiness for this film. He probably was responsible for everything or the script or the producers told him to make it absurd but whatever the case, he should have just got rid of the goofy elements of this particular film. The cinematography isn't bad though at times with the fast motion and slow motion, I felt like I was watching a trailer than an actual film at times. You could argue it kind of looked like a tv movie at times. Though I commend Tomahori for really shinining with the action sequences, that excels at. He doesn't seem like a bad director though.

    The music score is actually pretty good, it commends the film well enough though I can't say the same for Madonna's title song.

    Overall, yeah, it's that bad but for me I was at least entertained with the action though it did feel like a major step down even from something like Licence to Kill. I wouldn't recommend watching this but if you're looking for something to make fun of a bad movie or you're bored on a rainy day, it wouldn't hurt to recommend this.

    I give it a 4/10.
     
    Last edited: Jul 2, 2012
  2. The_everliving

    The_everliving Junior Member

    Prometheus, gotta say for a prequel wasn't what I was expecting.
     
  3. Movie-Brat

    Movie-Brat Berserker

    What did you expect to see if you don't mind me asking?
     
  4. The_everliving

    The_everliving Junior Member

    I dont know more Xenomorphs or maybe the home world where the Xenomorphs come from and not some story about how they and humans were created by advanced aliens
     
  5. Lord Slithor

    Lord Slithor Mutant

    Well, I just saw Green Lantern on Cinemax. What did I think? It was merely OK. It certainly wasn't as horrible as some people were making it out to be, but there were things I could see that kept it from being truly exceptional. And I could see why a lot of people didn't like it.

    The biggest problem was that the pacing seemed off. There were times where it felt like bits and pieces were left out, like characters suddenly coming into knowledge without any explanation as to how they knew it.

    Also, while Ryan Reynolds is a good actor, his characterization of Hal Jordan was a bit off; playing him too much as a self-obsessed jerk. When he finally embraced his hero mantle in the third act, it felt jarring.

    And while I didn't have any problems with the CG costume itself as some fans did, I did see where it didn't come off looking very convincing at points, especially on Oa. And speaking of which, I could see where the scenes of Hal's training there seemed rushed, and not given the length of time they deserved. But considering Warners had already shelled out a ton of money, shooting more scenes on Oa probably would have put it way over budget.

    Still, I'm glad Warners isn't giving up the ghost on GL, as they've promised a do-over in a couple of years. So hopefully they'll learn from the mistakes they made here. In the meantime, if you want a good GL origin movie, I'd say take a look at the animated movie, First Flight.
     
  6. balgus82

    balgus82 Thunderian Legend

    Saw Amazing Spider-Man Friday night. LOVED it. Beats Rami's SM in every way IMO.
     
  7. Lady Ocelli

    Lady Ocelli Shadowspy

  8. Movie-Brat

    Movie-Brat Berserker

    Three movies I've watched last week.

    A View To A Kill
    Starring: Roger Moore, Tanya Roberts, Grace Jones and Christopher Walken
    Writers: Richard Maibaum and Michael G. Wilson (Based on characters created by Ian Fleming)
    Director: John Glen
    Distributor: MGM/UA Entertainment Co.


    It's 1985, Horror is still big thanks to A Nightmare on Elm Street, MTV is still popular, Transformers has entered its second season, Back to the Future became a surprise hit, ThunderCats has hit the airwaves and artists such as Madonna, Phil Collins, Huey Lewis and the News, Starship and a-ha had number one hits. As did Duran Duran's last song from a certain film. This is said film; the 14th James Bond film A View To A Kill.

    This was a success when it first came out and I'm guessing it was mostly thanks to that song. Is it wrong to say I find it a bit overrated? The song, not the movie. Ah well, let's get a few things over with. I was actually at least looking forward to this because of Christopher Walken and Grace Jones and they delivered in this film. What's the story?

    Well upon investigating a possible scam involving horse racing, MI6 agent James Bond (played by Roger Moore) uncovers a plan intended to be initiated by Max Zorin (played Christopher Walken) to enable himself to have a monopoly on microchips by destroying all of Silicon Valley. However, not only does he have to deal with his number one henchwoman May Day (played by Grace Jones), he also teams up with the granndaughter of an oil tycoon whose business was destroyed by Zorin himself.

    Minus the last two sentences, does the premise sound familiar to you? If yes, that's because it's basically Goldfinger remade for the 80's. It's not the Goldfinger of the 80's; I repeat, it's basically Goldfinger remade for the 80's.

    That's pretty much the entire drawback for this movie, it's basically a rehash of a previous film; it's the number one rule of what not to do for a sequel. It's just a lazy excuse. Hell, you could argue May Day is basically Oddjob without any gimmicks and has a gender and race reversal (and super strength apparently). Plus, Roger Moore looked old for this and I mean old, he was fifty-seven at the time he made this and really, it shows. In fact, I think he had more stunt doubles than any other Bond film like in the snowboarding sequence. Speaking of, the film had some really odd choices. The pre-opening titles sequence had a bizarre choice of music where at one point, Beach Boys' California Girls was playing especially after an music score it just seemed so out of place and really, there was no reason for the song to be in the movie as if someone from MTV accdeintally got into the wrong and assumed the film negatives or dailies for the film were for a music set to air and added in the song before he realized what he was looking at.

    And then there's the editing, it seemed to be copying Peter R. Hunt's style when he used to be an editor for the franchise until he left after making On Her Majesty's Secret Service. It worked then but since this was made in 1985, that editing style doesn't fly anymore. Heck, at one point Bond and a partner of his were fighting in an underground factory and as he was fighting a big, burly henchman and it doesn't show him knocking the guy into the conveyer belt. I know Bond knocked him there but it doesn't show it as if the filmmakers knew Moore was basically too old for extreme stunts.

    Not to mention there were one or two scenes that lasted a bit too long before it cuts back to the main characters. And really, this film was designed to be young and fresh for the MTV audience of the 80's and yeah I guess it worked but it should be updated if the producers wanted it to be fresh which I think they did for The Living Daylights.

    Roger Moore while going through the motions is still an entertaning Bond. Not much to write home about really except his age. Tanya Roberts while easy on the eyes is a useless and bland Bond girl, minus driving a truck and trying to help out at least, she's not exactly impressive. She just ended up being a damsel in distress. Christopher Walken and Grace Jones were really great villains though, they're like the Yzma and Kronk of live action films, it's an odd team up that somehow works. Hell, I'd argue the villains had similar fates to their animated counterparts though they're more adult and really Zorin's defeat is more dignified than being turned into a cat, same with May Day's fate. Every other actor did fine especially Patrick Macnee and well, I'll admit; it's kind of sad to see it's Lois Maxwell's last film in the franchise but...like Moore, she was getting old really.

    Despite the problems being a total distraction, it's an entertaining movie, I can't really lie about that. The action sequences are still pretty cool, the music score's not bad and Duran Duran's song is still a good song, it just sounds too 80's for me (the title sequence is another story though, why a Walther PPK shooting lasers? And don't get me started on reusing Moore's footage of him from the title sequences of The Spy Who Loved Me and For Your Eyes Only), but there is plenty to like especially Walken and Jones being a total hoot to watch.

    It's basically a lackluster film that accelerates to an okay status. Overall, if you want something entertaining, this is your film but if you're looking for a decent Bond flick, you're not going to look for it here.

    I give it a 6/10.

    Friday the 13th (2009)
    Starring: Jared Padalecki, Danielle Panabaker, Amanda Righetti, Aaron Yoo, Travis Van Winkle and Derek Mears
    Writers: Daimon Shannon & Mark Swift (Based on a story by Daimon Shannon & Mark Swift and Mark Wheaton, Based on the character created by Victor Miller)
    Director: Marcus Nispel
    Distributors: New Line Cinema and Paramount Pictures.


    Jason Voorhees, one of the undisputed icons of modern Horror alongside the likes of Michael Myers, Freddy Krueger and Jigsaw. This character still has a slew of merchandise to this day from Halloween costumes to lunch boxes (yes that last part is true), parodies and references in various sitcoms and cartoon shows and with a grand total of twelve sequels; the Friday the 13th franchise has been a success since 1980 loved by the general public and Horror fans, loathed and hated by film critics and media watchdog groups, though its last luck of success came about in 1985 with Part Five: A New Beginning. By 1986 to 1989 though, things took a down turn with each new film grossing less and less by each of its last predecessor ending with Jason Takes Manhattan, one of the lowest grossing films in the franchise. At the time in 1989, it was the lowest grossing Friday the 13th film in the franchise.

    Not helped by the fact that Paramount Pictures were embarrassed to own the franchise, they sold the character and the franchise to New Line Cinema but without the Friday the 13th title moniker. In 1993, New Line released Jason Goes To Hell: The Final Friday with the promise of it being the last film. That turned out to be lie except for the ending which was supposed to lead to Freddy vs. Jason which consequently lead to development hell. To keep the franchise going, they made Jason X, the infamous installment where the premise is simply summed up as Jason in space. Yes, it did not end well with the fans. Finally in 2003, New Line released Freddy vs. Jason grossing 82 million dollars, the first succcess for a Friday the 13th film in years. But with that, where else could the franchise go?

    A reboot. They're big in Hollywood nowadays so it was only a matter of time before Jason was next in line to recieve the reboot or reimagining treatment. So who else to produce the film than Michael Bay and his production company Platinum Dunes, they did have a huge success with The Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake. Whatever the case, let's get moving...what's the story?

    Well after Jason (played this time by Derek Mears) kills a few teenagers after vowing to kill every teenager who sets foot on Crystal Lake, Clay Miller (played by Jared Padalecki) is looking for his missing sister after he camp out with her friends but along the way, there are a new group of teenagers who owns a cabin that's close to Camp Crystal Lake of all places where Voorhees once again sets his sights on the young teenagers and is out to kill them.

    Really, you can't get anymore simpler with that premise. Now let me say this, this is not a masterpiece but it's not anything horrible. If anything, this standard slasher movie stuff but updated for 2009 which was the year that lead to 2010 and really, where else was the franchise supposed to go especially since technically, these films have an audience and make money? Like it or not, this film was necessary in the grand scheme of things.

    So any problems with the film? Well, okay there are I guess but they're forgivable. The writing is cliche, well what franchise have I been watching for the past two decades? It's produced by Michael Bay? Nope, not my style. Quite frankly, Bay bashing is getting tiring since they're literally the same complaints. A few actions from the characters are stupid? Well, they are teenagers and well, Michael Moore did say "It still sucks being a teenager" so I can't really hold that against the film. However, some of the characters are pretty smart.

    Jared's character Clay at least advised the rest of the teen bait to stay indoors after witnissing Jason dumping a body despite the protests of the mandatory asshole character. And Ryan Hansen's character despite actually going out there to find his friend, at least he had the good sense to run after meeting a tall, menacing guy who could kill you and at least stabbed him to give him more time to run. Yeah, he dies but he still gets credit from me for actually having common sense.

    Now the performances are pretty good with Jared Padalecki being the best out of the cast. He seemed so sincre in what he was doing. The rest of the actors like Danielle Panabaker range from decent to just good. Alright, so some of the victims feel bland but the actors were definitely trying though Travis Van Winkle's character I'm glad got the boot in the climax considering he's the mandatory asshole character and those type of characters are always satisfying to see get killed. Derek Mears made a pretty good Jason. Aside from his physical performance, I liked the design, he looked imposing and threatning and he was actually pretty smart and crafty with bear traps and trying to bait his victims with a weed patch since well, teenagers are horny and stoned idiots in these movies. So the guy was actually thinking out of the box and just so you know, Jason used a bow and arrow at one point for added coolness.

    The death scenes in this one are okay, pretty simple but lacking in creativity for most of them. Yes, there is a sleeping bag death just so you know.

    The cinematography while yeah, it looked like for a music video but it's appropiately dark and gritty given the tone of the film same with the production design. Marcus Nispel, I admire that he wanted to make a decent Horror-Slasher flick.

    The music score itself, pretty good really.

    Overall, it's a decent take. If you're a big Horror fan, a huge fan of this franchise and you happen to be a gore fiend, see this one. But if you're looking for more sophisticated Horror or you're a fan who never wanted to see it remade in the first place, this won't change your mind.

    I give it a 7/10.

    From Russia With Love
    Starring: Sean Connery, Daniela Bianchi, Robert Shaw, Pedro Armendáriz, and Lotte Lenya.
    Writers: Richard Maibaum (Adaptation by Johanna Harwood, based on the novel by Ian Fleming)
    Director: Terrence Young
    Distributor: United Artists.


    So Dr. No became an unexpected huge success at the box office. A sequel seemed inevitable and what better Ian Fleming story to adapt than From Russia With Love, John F. Kennedy's favorite book? Yes, that was in fact the reason this movie was made and well, in a nutshell it was worth it since critics praised it and audiences obviously loved it enough for the film to make more money. They got Sean Connery back, SPECTRE is introduced and producers Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman hired back Terrence Young to direct.

    This time the organization known as Spectre has taken notice of the death of Doctor No from the last movie and wants him dead by luring the MI6 agent himself into an assaination ploy by tricking a Russian agent to retrieve a device that was stolen by Spectre themselves.

    It's a simple but straight forward thriller and as someone who has seen fifteen Bond movies so far, this one felt incredibly different as it's more like a straight thriller from the 60's than the Bond films we know today and that really ehlps this particular installment. Really, there's just so many things to gush about, it's just that good.

    The acting is very much one of the film's strengths. Sean Connery is still awesome as James Bond, he can be serious but can be humorous at the same time when making quips. I'd argue some of his best Bond moments come from this film because he has alot charisma and charm in this movie as much as Dr. No and Goldfinger even You Only Live Twice and he has a very good range of emotions like annoyance or a sudden realization. Daniela Bianchi is a pretty good Bond girl, already another favorite of mine. Her character is basically as much as pawn in this as Bond so her character was well written and Daniela's performance sold the character for who she is so the relationship feels guiniene. Robert Shaw made a great villain. In some ways he kind of reminds me of Michael Myers just eyeing on his target, stalking him, waiting for the right time to strike and when he does meet Bond, he actually converses with the guy trying to fool him. And I'd also argue his conversation with Bond is more harsher than what Doctor No said to him. In this one, he calls Bond an old man.

    The rest of the actors were very good in their roles and I was impressed with how the character of Blofeld was threatning and he didn't do anything outside of his office. Okay, he kills a henchman but still.

    The action sequences are very good with the fight between Connery and Shaw being the highlight.

    The editing is at its best in this film, Peter Hunt was obviously on his a-game tightning the film at a very good pace. The scenery is obviously excellent and beautiful with its various locations and like I said, it's very well paced. Really, this is the best of a film for everyone involved especially as I think this is the strongest of Terrence Young's work. The music score by John Barry, it's pretty good especially the title song by Lionel Bart. The screenplay itself, impressive work. I think the film is very much one of the text book examples of how to pull off a sequel. The stakes are pretty high with an oragnization having a grudge Bond and all for killing one of their members and how to forward the story. And it's a properly structured story.

    Overall, this is really not just a great Bond film but it's a great film in general. A film I highly recommend to all even if you're not exactly a James Bond fan. Actually, if you like North By Northwest, I think you might like this particular film.

    I give it a 10/10.
     
  9. Lord Slithor

    Lord Slithor Mutant

    The Thing (2011)
    Starring: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Joel Edgerton
    Written by: Eric Heisserer, based on the novel "Who Goes There?" by John W. Campbell
    Directed by: Matthijs Van Heijningen Jr.
    Distributed by: Universal Pictures


    After passing it up in theaters last year, I came across it on Cinemax and decided to give it a look. The reviews I had read said it wasn't all that good, but I was pleasantly surprised after having seen it.

    The film is actually a prequel of sorts to the 1982 John Carpenter movie, detailing the events that happened at the Norwegian base whose aftermath we saw when Macready (Kurt Russel) went to investigate. Winstead plays Dr. Kate Lloyd; an American archaeologist who is tapped by a Norwegian scientist to examine something they found in the ice at their Antarctic base.

    That something of course turns out to be the crashed flying saucer and its occupant. Cutting it out of the ice, it's dragged back to camp, breaks loose and starts imitating people. And the paranoia of Carpenter's classic is recreated as the characters must find out who's human and who isn't.

    I was pretty satisfied with how the director re-created that feeling of tension and suspicion among the cast. It doesn't re-create the plot of Carpenter's movie beat for beat as others have criticized. Rather the story is its own...er...thing, and I thought they did a pretty good job of tying it into Carpenter's movie, especially at the end.

    Of course, the big question is how are the special effects? Well, much of the bigger effects are handled with CGI, which looks pretty damn good, I'll have to admit. But the filmmakers wanted to use practical effects whenever they could, like in the original. It's all done very well, but it still can't quite hold a candle to those now-classic sequences from makeup F/X whiz Rob Bottin.

    Still, I found The Thing to be a fairly decent movie and a good companion to Carpenter's film. I can think of worse ways to spend an afternoon. See it.
    8/10
     
  10. Movie-Brat

    Movie-Brat Berserker

    I missed out on it unfortunately.
    Merged Post:
    The Dark Knight:
    Starring: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman and Morgan Freeman
    Writers: Christopher Nolan & Jonathan Nolan (Story by Christopher Nolan & David S. Goyer, Based on characters created by Bill Finger and Bob Kane, Published by DC Comics)
    Director: Christopher Nolan
    Distributor: Warner Brothers


    2008 was a big year for Hollywood. Iron Man caught everyone off-guard as to how really good it ended up being, Speed Racer ended up being a flop much to everyone's surprise and Heath Ledger had died. The sudden death made national headlines all over the globe and the hype accelerated as the movie grew near. It broke records, critics, fans and audiences were estactic. Over the years its reputation remained unchanged minus fanboys being very defensive and people finding it overrated either because their nostalgia is holding them back or they're unwilling to accept it for what it is. With The Dark Knight Rises on the way being the final film in the Batman-Nolan trilogy, this serves as the second to last chapter.

    So in my case, I was kind of worried about how it held up but you know what? It still does. I'm serious? I still consider it one of my all time favorite movies and the best Batman film I've seen. First off, it does the number one thing you should do for a sequel, move the story forward and the second aspect is to make it different. Batman Begins was basically an autuer take on an Action-Superhero movie, this one is basically a Crime-Thriller with, you know Batman and The Joker as the main characters but they're updated and written to fit the scenerio.

    But in any case, I don't want to overblow it while fanboys have no doubt, so I'm just going to keep this review but also give it a glowing recommendation.

    So what's the story?

    Well, there's a new maniac in town by the name of The Joker (played by Heath Ledger), set to cause anarchy and chaos around Gotham City, all because of the result drive out the mob by the combination of Batman (played by Bruce Wayne), Jim Gordon (played by Gary Oldman) and district attoruney Harvey Dent (played by Aaron Eckhart) but as everything moves, things start to fall...

    That's all I need to say as that's exactly how I describe the entire movie. The movie showed an impact Bruce Wayne had made in the last movie, criminals were now running scared out of their minds with their tail between their legs at the sight of the bat-signal but at the same time, it prompts more vigilantes who are basically Batman copycat/wannabes and even Bruce himself doesn't approve of cosplayers. Huh, it seems that only Aang approves of cosplayers dressing up like him. Anyway, the impact also caught the attention of one sick individual in particular who consequently, caused everyone hell. He had everyone panicking and despite seemingly having no plan at all, he accomplished what he wanted to bring chaos.

    But while all of this is going on, the good guys of the film are trying to bring down the mob system while dealing with this one psychopath dressed up like a clown. There are moral dilemmas within the likes of Wayne, Gordon and Dent-trying their best to bring everything in order but it all became difficult to the point of things sprialing out of control later on. This is how intelligent the writing is in the film, there's alot more going on than how I can explain it, I don't think I did the movie justice but it still feels fresh. Though the downside may be that people who find overrated would make fun of the apparent symbolism but I argue it's not in your face and just feels natural and it's all anaylyzed too.

    The acting, I can't talk about everyone seperately because they all delivered great performances but I will say this, Maggie Gyllenhaal made a better Rachel Dawes than Katie Holmes, she just fit the character better and her performance accomdates that. But as for Heath Ledger, I still consider him to be the best interpentation of The Joker. Rather than focus on some of the humorous and insane sides of the guy, Ledger focuses on the psychopath aspect of the character and while he was technically written to be one, Heath made the character much more than how he was already written. We don't know him much but the mystery aspect makes him appealing and at the same time, he's a scene stealer. I tended up be happy to see the guy since his performance I admit was a hoot to watch because he wasn't acting over the top, his appearence does it enough but his psychoticness makes him a frieghtning villain and really, he does get the best scenes of the entire movie.

    And like I said, the rest of the cast from Bale to Freeman are excellent. And yes, I still don't mind the voice he uses when he's Batman, it's part of his disguise. I can excuse that.

    Onto the cinematography, Nolan fixed the technical problems of Batman Begins and now not only is the action focused, it's exciting and perfectly executed. I'm in the camp that believes that Nolan matured as a filmmaker as soon as he made this film, he stepped up on his a-game and delivered everything the best he could when making this film.

    Now concerning the ending, I can agree that Two-Face should have been saved for the next film but at the same time, perhaps it had to be done though you could argue Batman beating up a SWAT team would be enough to make the guy's reputation as a crime fighter lessen. But I think we can that it at least does help for the next film.

    So yeah, give it a watch-I highly recommend it. But I suggest ignoring everything you've been told about people who love it or hate, you decide as to whether you consider it a masterpiece of cinema or not. But if you're sticking with the Burton films or anything else, then this might not impress you.

    Overall, I give it a 10/10.
     
    Last edited: Jul 20, 2012
  11. Movie-Brat

    Movie-Brat Berserker

    Dredd:
    Starring: Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby, Lena Headey and Wood Harris.
    Writer: Alex Garland (based on the character created by John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra).
    Producers: Alex Garland, Andrew MacDonald and Allon Reich.
    Director: Pete Travis.
    Distributor: Lionsgate and Entertainment Film Distributors.


    Judge Dredd. Well, you might know who he is in the UK but in the United States, you'd find fans but he's not with the mainstream like Batman or The Avengers. The thing is, he's not a well known character in the States especially since no doubt the Stallone film further descended the character into complete obscurity in a way. But around 2008, word got out that a new Judge Dredd movie was in the works and much to every fan's relief, it was a reboot and everyone who worked on it has a low opinion on the Stallone film from 1995. So finally it's 2012 and the film despite low numbers, opened at number one in the UK and has garnered great reviews to this day and the fact it's praised as being better than the Stallone film is an understatement.

    Now keep in mind, I never read the comics aside from some aspects I've read and I've only seen little of the Stallone film so I'll judging it on its own merits.

    Based on the comic book series from the magazine 2000 A.D., Dredd takes place is an dystopian Earth where everything is one big city known as Mega-City One where crime is out of control and the law enforcement is pretty much judge, jury and executioner all in way whilist still functioning like a police force. The toughest and infamous of them all, Judge Dredd (played by Karl Urban) gains a rookie partner named Cassandra Anderson (played by Olivia Thirlby), a psychic, and are both sent to investigate a homicide at a slum tower only to discover themselves in lockdown, everyone being taken hostage by Ma-Ma (played by Lena Headey) and it's up to both the experinced Judge and the rookie to kill all the gang members and Ma-Ma herself.

    There is a reason why this film in particular film is getting great reviews now that I've seen it myself and well, there is something special about it. Before I say anything though, I should warn you that yes, The Raid Redemption has a similar premise but considering Dredd was being made and written mind you before The Raid started filming, the similarities simply just stop at the sheer premise as both films are executed very differently. Where The Raid was a martial arts film, Dredd on the other hand is an Action Sci-Fi film. Especially Dredd is based on an existing character and his universe.

    That all said, I never saw The Raid Redemption so I saw this with a fresh new prespective. And the thing about this film is that it's a non-conventional film in the sense it's not very Hollywood and doesn't obey certain cliches like the love interest or any sort of twist. And it's simply a well executed action flick.

    Karl Urban was perfect as the title character. He displays the appropriate traits of the character being a no-nonsense type of character along with the fact that he takes his job seriously and doesn't hold back. Urban himself fits the character both asthetically and acting wise. Nothing felt over the top and Urban can make the character intimidating, possibly even more than how the character was portrayed in the comics.

    Olivia Thirlby was very great as Cassandra Anderson. She played the part very well and came off very natural. The character herself is awesome, she's not a damsel in distress, she can hold off her own in a fight and uses her powers to her advantage especially given the situation. And most importantly, she evolves from someone who wants to make the world a better place to someone who sees these sort of methods to get the point across are necessary. She was written competently and Olivia herself pulled off the role very nicely.

    Lena Headey as Ma-Ma was terrific. She had a good amount of range required for the character and the villain herself is awesome. She was very cool and confident but also very sadistic especially when getting her own point across as to who's in charge of every crimincal clan. She was smart, she tends to have the upper hand before it can backfire but even then, she never gives up because she has no regrets on what she has done and seems to not care if even her own men are wiped out by two Judges on duty. And Lena herself pulled off the role terrifically never coming across as over the top to the point of mugging the camera. She was that awesome of a villain.

    Wood Harris as Kay was pretty cool. I quite liked him as one of Ma-Ma's flunkies especially when he gets a good moment or two. There's even a really funny moment after a certain sequence involving him and Olivia Thrilby but I won't spoil it but let's just say, something scared him.

    The rest of the actors with what scenes and dialogue they have were pretty good too. No complaints here.

    The staging and camera work regarding the action sequences are expertly done, well chroegraphed, well shot and well edited. They were just perfect all around. The production design is pretty good as well. I like the idea that the dystopian future has echoes of the modern day world but also futuristic combining the two. And the armor of the Judges including the helmet are well designed and appropriately changed judging by the artwork I've seen. And as for the script itself, it's well written. It does what a movie should do especially if you're going to establish a potential, introduce the setting and show a scene that gives an idea of what the protagonist is like, giving a taste of who he is and what he does. That's terrific screenwriting. And I'd like to point one of the winning aspects is Judge Anderson's psychic ability which is properly utilized to its advantage and lead to one particuarly awesome moment involving her and one of the thugs. It was glorious.

    Folks, this film needs to be seen and needs all the support it can get especially when Lionsgate gave it very bad marketing. If you like the comics or looking for an intelligent action film and love gory violence altogether (this film takes no prisoners really), go see this films. It's worth the watch. If you're not a fan of either and don't care for very violent R-Rated films this isn't for you. But either way, see it. Especially if you want to see a sequel.

    The Master:
    Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams.
    Producers: Paul Thomas Anderson, Megan Ellison, Daniel Lupi and JoAnne Sellar.
    Writer/Director: Paul Thomas Anderson.
    Distributor: The Weinstein Company and Annapurna Pictures.


    Before I say anything, I'd like to point out there are spoilers in this review so you might want to click on the back button if you don't want to spoiled but if you want my short opinion; it's great, see it now.

    Scientology. You might know it as something about Xenu but the actual practice is and I can't believe I'm saying this, it's all about removing the suffering alien soul from inside you that's causing pain through the church of Scientology's own brand of psychological evaluations and reprogramming. Yes, it's stupid but that's exactly what it is people. Controversies evolve of the so-called religion everytime. It even has somehow infected even Hollywood's biggest stars like Tom Cruise. Which brings us to Paul Thomas Anderson but he's not a scientologist thankfully. The thing about this particular film is is that it's not all for but not against the religion, it's not even mentioned but it's often implied it is or at least a religion similar to it. Rather it's about the people who not only runs the cult but also rather one particular member who's the focus.

    A drifter named Freddie Quell (played by Joaquin Phoenix) finds himself meeting a seemingly intellectual man, Lancaster Dodd (played by Philip Seymour Hoffman) who runs a cult that is supposedly spiritual in a way. Freddie becomes his right hand man attempting to find answers and whether he does belong or not.

    There is more to it really as the film is more of a character study at least regarding the character of Freddie Quell and his experience with the cult given that it's his story. Joaquin Pheonix gives a terrific performance showing alot of range of emotion depicted in a realistic fashion. The character himself comes off as a spazzmatic child when it comes to his approach to people or at least when disagree with the beliefs of the cult which often results in trying to beat up people. But otherwise, he does come off as a guy who is passionate about what he wants and when he's pondering, it often looks like he's deep in his thoughts digesting all the information about how the cult works and can tend to make up his mind about it multiple times especially when he listens to the opposite side of the spectrum.

    Philip Seymour Hoffman comes off as apporpriately charismatic and believeable as the cult leader Lancaster Dodd otherwise known as well "The Master" and no, he's not the Doctor Who villain; I made that joke technically upon hearing about this film. Anyway moving on, the guy comes off as passionate about what he says. Mind you, he's obviously delussional but he's realistically so. And the interesting is, in a way, he's no better than Freddie Quell in terms of what he thinks of a woman's body. Freddie tends to be shall we say, obsessed with sex. In one particular moment with Hoffman's sing and dance, all the women around him are bare naked, boobs and pubic hair and all. Yes, the women are naked but the men are all fully clothed. Oh yes, he enjoyed every minute of it and he probably doesn't care if you call it mysgonistic.

    Amy Adams, terrific actress. She nailed the role. Again like Phoenix and Hoffman, she also gives a realistic performance. Granted, it was weird seeing Amy Adams talk like a disllusioned person but she nailed a realistic portrayal of such a person. Her character comes off as very supportive of her husband's beliefs and even gives her own input of what she thinks of people and how see and him see the rest of the world. Even then, she would coach him into doing what she thinks is right.

    The rest of the actors come off as good to equally great. And there are a few characters who either challenge Lancaster's beliefs or when the guy's own son admits that yeah, he's just making up stuff as he goes.

    The script is well written, expertly done and as I said, the film is not for nor is it against Scientology. Rather than make a satire, he chose to simply tell the story of one guy going through the belief system and decides if he belongs or not. So Paul Thomas Anderson was smart enough not to make the film one sided. So really, this is all portrayed in a realistic and mature manner.

    The cinematography is excellent with the film looking very polished but also natural. The long takes and stedicam is well done and well used. The music is also terrific, and even its use of old music works in various scenes. Even the production deisgn looks accurate to the decade it's set in, nothing felt artificial in a sense really.

    I can't think of any problems as it's just a well done and well executed film. If you're looking for a film that's more to your taste of independent filmmaking or at least something different from the usual Hollywood fare or a fan of Paul Thomas Anderson's work, you'll love this. And this recommendation goes to people who have a dislike of Scientology like I do. But if this isn't your type of film to the point of finding it boring or scared of the length, this isn't for you especially for people who do like Scientology but might find it offensive. But either way, it's worth the watch.

    The Expendables 2:
    Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Straham, Terry Crews, Yu Nan, Bruce Willis, Dolph Lundgren, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Randy Couture, Liam Hemsworth, Jean Claude Van Damme and Scott Adkins.
    Writers: Richard Wenk and Sylvester Stallone (Based on a story by Ken Kaufman, David Agosto and Richard Wenk, based on characters created by David Callaham).
    Producers: Avi Lerner, Danny Lerner, Kevin King Templeton and Les Weldon.
    Director: Simon West.
    Distributor: Lionsgate.

    Action movies. We've seen alot of these featuring super stars, superheroes, martial artists, basically anyone and anything. The genre can be very energetic and can spawn the careers of various actors such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis and of course, Sylvester Stallone. Yes, this is The Expendables 2. The sequel to the 2010 hit film, the film once agains features actors from the previousd film but also adding new actors to spice things up including the ever popular Chuck Norris. Yes, the same Chuck Norris who apparently killed the dinosaurs. So what's the fuss all about?

    Barney Ross (played by Sylvester Stallone) and his gang known as The Expendables (with certain roles roles reprised by Jason Statham, Terry Crews, Randy Couture along with newcomers played by Dolph Lundgren and Liam Hemsworth) are sent by Mr. Church (played by Bruce Willis) to basically terminate a group of mercenaries known as the Sangs, along with sending in a young CIA agent named Maggie Chan (played by Yu Nan), suddenly turns into a mission of revenge after one of their kin is killed and consequently intends on stopping their plans from stealing plutonium once and for all.

    That's very much the entire premise and really, the film is in no way ashamed of what it is. A shoot 'em up and blow it all up action film that like Dredd, takes no prisoners. Though while Dredd was a gritty and dark film in that sense, The Expendables is over the top and very energetic all the way till the end.

    Stallone is sitll his charming and likeable self, he's still a badass through and through. Jason Straham as Lee Christmas is still pretty good in the role as is Terry Crews, who is one of the best things about the film. Liam Hemsworth is not bad, he's good but I wouldn't say his character is worth talking about. Dolph Lundgren is pretty amusing and I actually thought he was Eric Roberts upon watching the film for some reason. It must have been the face and hair style. Bruce Willis is well, still pretty cool as is Arnold Schwarzenegger especially since has a bigger role in this in comparison to his cameo in the first film. As for Yu Nan, I quite liked her character. Thankfully, she's not there to be just "the girl" but rather she's competent in her own right and can hold up on her own in a fight and thankfully, she's not a mary sue. While it's clear why she's there with the team and not Jet Li after the prologue behind the scenes wise, her character's not bad. I quite liked her and tended to appreciate her presence.

    As for Chuck Norris, I don't like the guy for the kind of person he really is, I admit to tolerating him and appreciating his presence in this film. His introduction is kind of hilarious in a way and does have a good first impression.

    Jean Claude Van Damme made for a pretty good villain. Very charismatic and the character himself is pretty sadistic. He gets plenty of good moments especially in the climax of the film and the solo one on one fight with Stallone. Even Scott Adkins wasn't bad.

    The action sequences themselves are well executed in general for different reasons. They're tightly edited, well shot and accomplish what they were set out to do given the tone of the film. Simon West replacing Stallone in the director's chair was a good replacement and accomplished things well. The script itself is pretty good and does have its share of funny moments helped by the actors themselves.

    It's not a great film but it's a very fun flick in general. If you like action films of all kinds and admire the actors to the point of being fans of them, this film is for you either way. If you don't like these kind of films and simply don't like violent films, this isn't for you.
     
  12. KorbenDallas

    KorbenDallas Glass Walker

    What i seen the past 2 months even with Halloween movie time season viewing.

    Paranorman in 3D: Fun and delightful stop motion animated horror comedy romp from the makers of Coraline that has a Monster Squad vibe to it.

    Dredd: Awesome movie, perhaps the coolest comic book movie of the year with the other major 3.

    The Shining (1980) on blu-ray: One of the greatest horror movies of all time and it looks and sounds nice in high def, this has been my 6th fave horror film since i was 4 when my brother rented it.

    V/H/S in theaters: Surprisingly good found footage horror anthology that plays like Creepshow meets Cannibal Holocaust (aka THE movie that began the found footage genre in 1980), recommended.

    Blood Diner: Sick, funny and enjoyable 1987 cult horror dark comedy about 2 cannibalistic chef brothers who resurrect their dead uncle's brain with eyeballs in a jar as it talks back to them as they are ordered to open up a diner to serve quality meals to the city folk. However at night they slaughter people to make a human jigsaw puzzle out of them to appease a blood goddess that will perform a ritual soon to bring her back to life including make some zombies but in the meantime they use the leftovers of their victims into the meat for their specialities for people to eat. Loaded with nudity like that hot girl doing a nude kung fu scene to gore galore from cannibalism, exploding brains, dismemberment and all that. It's basically like Re-Animator, HG Lewis's films and the Tales from The Crypt story "What's Cooking" put together. I saw this movie when i was 14 on video and grossed me out but found it amusing.

    Nosferatu (1922): One of the best horror movies ever and my first Silent film when i was in junior high and loved it, a true vampire classic that has to be seen in the 2-disc special edition.

    Re-Animator on blu-ray: One of my personal fave horror/sci-fi horror films since junior high and Jeffrey Combs steals the show as Herbert West the title mad scientist. This is an adaptation of HP Lovecraft's story set to 80s and loaded with gore and dark humor that made it a cult classic, it's like Frankenstein meets Evil Dead, Barbara Crampton is a hottie as well.

    Creepshow 1 & 2: I saw the first one on video when i was 4 when my bigger brother rented it on video and thought it was creepy but loads of fun as it got me hooked into horror films. I saw the underrated sequel in theaters when i was turning 5 2 times and loved it as much as the original plus scared me too.

    Tales from The Darkside The Movie: THE TRUE Creepshow 3 and not that 2006 turkey called "Creepshow 3" and a spin-off of the franchise yet canon to the Creepshow saga since the TV Show is a spin-off from Creepshow from the same producers and all, i saw this 3 times in theaters when i was 7 going on 8 and loved it as the TV show. It's a fun movie with an a solid cast and nice effects.

    Freaked: Who remembers this hilarious and fun live-action cartoon of a sci-fi comedy? it's with Alex Winter and Randy Quaid with Brooke Shields, Mr. T, Bobcat Gothweit and William Sandler as it's a spoof of HG Welles's Island of Dr. Moreau and Freaks with a hint of Tiny Toons/Animaniacs/Monty Python thrown in with unique special effects/make-up, loved it since i was 12 when i saw it on HBO and became one of my fave comedies, a cool film for Halloween time viewing.

    Street Trash: Gross, delightful and awesome horror black comedy about a banned brand of toxic liquor that bums buy off the street and literally explode or melt, it stars Pat Ryan Jr. who is known as the baddie mayor from The Toxic Avenger and the foreman from Class of Nuke'Em High, loved this since i was 10.

    Psycho (1960) on blu-ray: My fave horror movie since i was 4 when i rented it on video and MY GOD it looks and sounds awesome in high def.

    The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) on blu-ray: Another one i saw on video when i was 4 with part 2 when my brother rented them on video and watched it with him, i found this to be one of the scariest and most psychologically scarring films i've seen as it's one of my fave horror films ever, it also sounds and looks neat-o in the magic of high def.

    Jaws on blu-ray: A horror masterpiece looks flawless and sounds awesome in high def, it's an all time horror favorite for everyone.

    House on The Edge of the Park: Shocking and entertaining 1980 cult Italian exploitation film with David Hess from Last House on The Left (1972) and Italian b-movie icon John Morghen aka Giovanni Rambrice as they play 2 scumbag rapists/criminals who invite their friends to a Central Park house where they invade someone's home to play deadly games for the night. It's a sleazy film that shocked and entertained me when i was 14.

    Halloween (1978) on blu-ray: What can i say? one of the greatest horror films of all time and it looks and sounds awesome in high def, my third fave horror film ever since i was 4.

    Halloween II on 2-disc Collector's Edition blu-ray: A very fun continuation from the same producers and same stars of the first classic, it just got released in a new 2-disc collector's edition blu-ray and DVD complete with extras galore and the alternate TV cut included which is a funny one.

    Halloween III Season of the Witch Collector's Edition blu-ray: Finally a blu-ray special edition to this very misunderstood sci-fi horror thriller from producers John Carpenter and Debra Hill. You see folks, Michael was suppose to be dead after the ending of Halloween 2 as Carpenter had enough of Michael Myers as he wanted to end his story by burning him up in the hospital with leaving Laurie to live happily ever after to end Michael's story. He came up with a unique idea to transform the franchise into an anthology of different stories involving the title holiday about different villains and different tales of what goes in and beyond Haddonfield much like Tales from The Crypt, Twilight Zone, Night Gallery or Grindhouse every year. Unfortunately he didn't marketed this idea or told the public widely this idea not even in the trailers or ads thus the audience was confused and it bombed in theaters but has gotten more respect now for trying to be an experimental sequel of making the franchise new and fresh.

    Maniac (1980) on blu-ray: One of the most unpleasant and horrifying films ever made, this grotesque slasher film features realistic make-up/gore effects by Tom Savini especially the exploding head scene starring Tom Savini. This one made me sick when i was 9 years old when i rented it, the picture and sound quality on the blu-ray is outstanding no doubt.

    The Island of Lost Souls on blu-ray: A 30s sci-fi horror classic and the best adaptation of HG Welles's novel "Island of Dr. Moreau", Charles Laughton does a great Moreau and Lou Chaney Jr. is awesome as one of the mutants. Loved this since i was 10 when i saw it on TV and Criterion finally put it on DVD and blu-ray, gotta love that panther babe Lotta.

    Thirst (2009): Quality modern vampire story like Let the Right One In only Korean and from the same dude who made Oldboy, a very unique romantic dark and bloody vampire story about a catholic priest who was part of an experiment that makes him a warty fleshed diseased vampire that can be cured of his warts if he drinks blood. A must see.

    Psycho II: Underrated sequel to an all time masterpiece and very well made especially with that chilling score by Jerry Goldsmith, one of my fave sequels ever.

    Clownhouse: One of my childhood fave horror movies! a psychological horror thriller in the tradition of Black christmas and Halloween that stars Sam Rockwell in his debut. Too bad the film is tainted by the crimes of what the writer-director Victor Salva did behind the curtain after filming this movie but that won't stop me from enjoying this movie.

    Cabin In The Woods: Bizarre horror comedy from the makers of Buffy and an enjoyable self-parody horror film.

    The Nightmare Before Christmas on blu-ray: Loved this since i saw it 4 times in theaters as a kid and one of my fave animated movies, it's flawless with picture and sound in high def no doubt and a perfect movie for either holidays this movie represents.

    Henry Portrait of a Serial Killer on blu-ray: One of the most brilliant, shocking and unique horror films of all time, this one is based on the crimes/murders of real life killer Henry Lee Lucas as it stars Tom Toweles from Devil's Rejects and Night of the Living Dead (1990) with Michael Rooker from Slither and TV's The Walking Dead. I saw this movie when i was 13 after hearing good things about it on movie magazines, movie review books and horror magazines, i decided to rent this one and MY GOD it horrified me and gave me nightmares. It's hard to watch but an excellent film no doubt.

    Parents: Creepy, darkly funny and weird cult horror comedy with Randy Quaid as it's set in 1958 in some city where a kid and his parents moved on and the kid notices the parents are having unsual meat every night as he soon finds out where they got them from. Creeped me out when i was 7 when i rented it on video.

    Misery on blu-ray/DVD combo: One of my favorite suspense, thriller and horror movies of all time and my third fave King film ever. Kathy Bates does a chilling performance in it as the psychopathic fan and i saw this 3 times in theaters at age 8 then read the book.

    The Phantom of the Opera (1925): One of the great silent horror classics and began the Universal monster thing as it was the first one ever i believe, Lou Chany Jr. does a marvelous performance as the title character.

    City of the Living Dead (aka Gates of Hell) on blu-ray: One of the grossest and scariest films i've seen, this Italian import from Lucio Fulci is part of his unofficial Gates of Hell trilogy as it features zombies, ghosts, gore galore including a girl who cries blood after being hypnotized by an evil Catholic priest's spirit then literally chucking out her insides from her mouth with blood too and a solid creepy score. This movie frightened me and made me gag when i was 11 when i rented this movie on video. It shines with the magic of high def neverthless

    The Dark Knight Rises Part 1 on blu-ray: I've been waiting years for an adaptation of Frank Miller's all time masterpiece and it delivered with good animation, nice style to Miller and quite faithful too. Peter Weller is awesome as Bruce Wayne/Batman no doubt as he was suppose to be the characters in 89's movie but was dropped out.

    Zombie (aka Zombie-Flesh Eaters, Zombi 2) on blu-ray: Considered an unauthorized prequel to Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead, this beloved Italian import is a standalone film as it was written before Dawn of the Dead and is more inspired by Night, this movie put Fulci on the map. It's a shocking and stylish zombie film with Caribbean island atmosphere, gore abound including a woman getting her eyeball pierced by a broken piece of wood which is a very memorable moment and the ending is twisted too with that memorable score to it, a must see for fans of horror cinema.

    Dead of Night (1945): The first horror anthology i believe and what a movie this is, scared me when i was a kid mainly that dummy story and this paved the way for EC Horror comics and more horror anthologies to be possible.

    Demons: Italian cult classic horror shocker from Lamberto Bava who is the son of the legendary Mario Bava has a fantastic 80s rock soundtrack to it from Rick Springfield, Billy Idol, Goblin and more with fantastic make-up effects. Loved it since i was 6 and one of my fave horror films ever, it influenced 28 Days Later and more.

    Mother's Day (1980) on blu-ray: One of my all time fave horror films ever, this Troma cult fave is one of their best movies ever and very similar to the backwoods horror movies you seen over the years and this is one of the better ones. It's sleazy, darkly funny, gory and enjoyable and remembered renting this when i was 9 and found it to be quite shocking.

    The Haunting (1963): One of the scariest movies of all time, a fave since high school and better than the silly remake.

    Night of the Creeps on blu-ray: Delightful and charming sci-fi horror comedy from writer-director Fred Dekker with zombies, aliens, exploding heads, creepy crawlies and humor too with a nice performance by legendary Tom Atkins, one of my fave sci-fi and horror films since i saw this in theaters when i was 4.

    The Monster Squad on blu-ray: Another Fred Dekker horror comedy cult classic that every 80s kid knows, i saw this movie 2 times in theaters when i was 5 and loved it. And remember "Wolfman got nards".

    The Toxic Avenger: Remember this disgusting, hilarious and enjoyable Sci-fi horror comedy cult superhero fave? it put Troma on the map. I remembered renting this movie when i was 9 cause i liked The Toxic Crusaders cartoon on TV with the toys and merchandise, i rented this on video in it's unrated uncut version to see how it all began and heard of this movie for years in stores since it debut but never saw it till 9. MY GOD it shocked the hell out of me as it had some graphic scenes of brutality/gore including a disturbing scene where 4 baddies hit and run a child then pull back as we see that little boy get his brains crushed by the car then they go out to take pictures of the boy's head/dead body for fun, it made me sick especially when it looked like an actual accident victim's body but thankfully it wasn't. but despite that horrific scene, it's still one of the best superhero movies ever. But what were they thinking making a saturday morning cartoon based on a movie that was definitely not for kids?

    Mad Monster Party on blu-ray: One of my childhood faves from Rankin-Bass and one of their finest work, stars Boris Karloff in one of his last roles. It pre-dates The Nightmare Before Christmas years earlier.

    Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein on blu-ray: A decent blu-ray transfer of an all time comedy horror classic, liked this since i was a kid and i love the Universal monster films no doubt.

    Suspiria: A real work of cinematic horror art from Italy's horror maestro Dario Argento and his masterpiece without a doubt, scared me when i was 10 and still find it very chilling, atmospheric and surreal.

    The Gate (1987): Remember this fun 1987 supernatural horror shocker? i did and saw it in theaters when i was a kid about 2 times, loved it and find it an underrated cult gem. It stars Stephen Doriff in his debut.
     
    Last edited: Oct 1, 2012
  13. Lady Ocelli

    Lady Ocelli Shadowspy

    Slithor and I saw "Rise of the Guardians" in the theaters last week and Rankin-Bass's "The Hobbit" on DVD tonight. I'm looking forward to seeing Peter Jackson's take on the tale. :cool:
     

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