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 Posted:   Jan 21, 2013 - 11:04 AM   
 By:   CinemaScope   (Member)

I saw the DVD of the Total Recall remake over the weekend. It's dire, I can't even be bothered to list what's wrong with it.

 
 Posted:   Jan 21, 2013 - 11:05 AM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)

Good to see you posting again Deputy.

Secret of Kells (2009) - 6/10
Visually enchanting and solid music keeps it from being a total waste. Short length helps so it isn't painful but it lacked a narrative focus. Film felt like it would have been more interesting if it didn't take such a childish approach to telling the story.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 21, 2013 - 11:14 AM   
 By:   quiller007   (Member)

THE BABY (1973) 10/10
stars Anjanette Comer, Ruth Roman, Marianna Hill
Directed by Ted Post; Music by Gerald Fried

BLOOD AND LACE (1971) 10/10
stars Melody Patterson, Gloria Grahame, Vic Tayback
Directed by Phillip Gilbert; Music by Unknown [sounds
weirdly like a score lifted from a 1940's or 50's sci-fi film]

TOM HORN (1980) 8/10
stars Steve McQueen, Linda Evans, Richard Farnsworth,
Billy Green Bush, Slim Pickens
Directed by William Wiard; Music by Ernest Gold

Den

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 21, 2013 - 11:15 AM   
 By:   Michael24   (Member)

Captain America (2011) -- 6/10
incredible action sequences, poor villain, bland lead actor, bland lead actress, loved Tommy Lee Jones


This is the only recent Marvel movie I thought was good, and a textbook example that the others need to follow if they want to be as well-made and entertaining.

The A-Team (2010) -- 7/10
pleasantly surprised by the terrific patrick wilson villain who was damn hilarious, silvestri's score was awesome and some nice performances but ultimately too over-the-top for its own good


I know you're about the same age as me, but did you not watch The A-Team growing up? Over-the-top is what it's supposed to be. big grin (I was just glad somebody made a TV-to-movie adaptation that wasn't just turned into a joke made to insult the source material and its fans like is usually the case.)

Cowboys and Aliens (2011) -- 3/10
the first ten minutes were quite good, the rest of the film was dull with no sense of fun and an uninteresting plot, very disappointed in alex kurtzman and roberto orci because they are capable of so much better, although i understand this film featured a hodgepodge of writers


Agreed. Great premise, terrible execution. It took itself way too seriously.

Night of the Demons (1988) -- 2/10
two points for truly nightmarish makeup but a huge waste of time


I love this movie! Totally goofy, fun '80s horror flick with some genuinely creepy moments.

 
 Posted:   Jan 21, 2013 - 5:11 PM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

Resident Evil: Retribution (2012) -- 6/10

Sadly this was probably the worst in the series, a franchise that I really do enjoy. This entry didn't even come close to making any sense at all to me, at least the other 4 had cohesion individually and as a series. While I am happy that Paul W.S. Anderson tried something very different with this one, it just didn't fly in regards to logic. The dialogue is as weak as ever with these films, but in spite of all of that criticism RE:R remains a technological marvel, spectacularly conceived visually and featuring a multitude of unique and fantastic imagery and a display of true style. The final shot is one of the most breathtaking images, CGI or not, I've seen in years. Anderson really can come up with some amazing visual displays and some expertly staged and shot action sequences, with excellent sound fx as well, it's just that that's about it with this one. Eye candy, hot colorful leather-clad women and amusing tough guys with guns, a majorly impressive feast for the eyes -- these are the films strengths and I found myself enjoying RE:R regardless of its multiple shortcomings.

 
 Posted:   Jan 21, 2013 - 7:26 PM   
 By:   gone   (Member)

The White Countess (2005) - 8/10 : Beautifully filmed and acted Merchant Ivory production with Ralph Fiennes & Natasha Richardson. For those of us into understated period pieces with Shanghai night clubs, street scenes, and the looming war it is a gem. Seems to have gotten mixed/low reviews though... such is the way with subtle dramas.

Really liked Natasha Richardson in this, as she adds a lot of class and compassion as the countess. Would have loved to see her in many more films.

 
 Posted:   Jan 23, 2013 - 7:49 PM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

Total Recall (2012) -- 7.5/10

Very entertaining and well-made. The first 20 minutes too closely mirrored the 1990 version, with many of the same lines and an unnecessary (although amusingly tongue-in-cheek) homage to Miss Three Breast. Luckily, after the opening scenes the film began to take on an identity of its own and became more confident as its own story, with multiple plot points tweaked to serve an altered version of the Philip K. Dick tale. I thought the sets, fx, and photography were excellent with nice eye for detail. I never worried too much that this film could be good because I generally enjoy Len Wiseman's films but I also felt that the original Dick story was ripe for multiple interpretations and this movie was a good example of how two different interpretations of a story can co-exist and entertain in different ways. And wow...Jessica Biel and Kate Beckinsale in the same movie...and wow.

 
 Posted:   Jan 25, 2013 - 8:47 AM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

Cabin in the Woods (2012) -- 9.5/10

Incredible, a pure delight for horror fans and for those who enjoy seeing something wildly creative, gonzo, and inventive. I trust Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard completely as writers, creators, and entertainers, and knew they'd deliver more than I hoped for, as they always have. Fun to see Whedon regulars Amy Acker, Fran Kranz, and Tom Lenk as well as the rest of the talented cast. This film really was quite horrific at times, creepy throughout, and strongly succeeded in building a unique narrative universe from the ground up, with an impressive array of nuanced details and slyly amusing spins on conventional storytelling. I've been waiting years to see this, and it's more than I prepared myself for in the best possible way. I enjoyed the refreshingly ballsy and bleak ending, kind of made the surviving characters extremely selfish, but not your typical Hollywood ending that's for sure!

 
 Posted:   Jan 25, 2013 - 8:54 AM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

Welcome back, Dep! Our tastes are still often opposite to each other, but it's good to see you anyway!

Here's my latest bunch. Don't have time for commentary now.

Universal Soldier (1992) dir. Roland Emmerich (5/10)

Universal Soldier: The Return (1999) dir. Mic Rodgers (2/10)

Catch Me If You Can (2002) dir. Steven Spielberg (7.5/10)

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006) dir. Tom Tykwer (7/10)

Django Unchained (2012) dir. Quentin Tarantino (8/10)

Shameless: Season One (2011) developed by John Wells (6.5/10)

Doom (2005) dir. Andrzej Bartkowiak (3.5/10)

 
 Posted:   Jan 25, 2013 - 8:58 AM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

sirusjr & mastadge, thanks fellas!

mastadge, some things never change my friend! big grin

 
 Posted:   Jan 26, 2013 - 3:04 AM   
 By:   Juan Carlos García Cortés   (Member)

The Impossible (2012) - 10/10
"The Impossible" was released in Spain in 2012 although it didn't make it to the US until 2013. Though it is a Spanish production featuring a Spanish composer (Fernando Velazquez) the film is almost 100% in English except for a few short scenes in Thai. The film tells the true story of a family of tourists who survived the Tsunami in Thailand in 2004. The original family was Spanish but they are portrayed here by two well-known white actors (Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts).


It is not a problem for me but I don't understand why you tell the skin colour of the "white" main actors in the movie.

In Spain we are white (caucasians) as the people from UK, France, Italy, Greece and the rest of European countries.

Best!

 
 Posted:   Jan 27, 2013 - 10:57 PM   
 By:   Michaelware   (Member)

Broken City 7/10 ***
Dir. by a Hughes brother. They are pretty smart guys. The movie is about a broken cop who did wrong who gets hired to help out someone even more corrupt. The broken guy Marky Mark knows he has done bad but also knows you have to pay for it. There's no way to escape so face up. Good movie, against the grain too. Personal responsibility is the way to go.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 27, 2013 - 11:04 PM   
 By:   Michael24   (Member)

The Hole (2009) - 4/5

Two brothers open a trap door in the basement of their new home that leads to a dark pit. Soon, strange events begin to occur, and the two boys and their neighbor set out to uncover the mystery of the hole. This is Joe Dante's best movie since The 'Burbs, a terrific throwback to the family friendly horror movies of the '80s. The kids actually feel like real kids, not annoying "movie kids." It's PG-13 and pushes the boundaries a little for a family film, especially by today's dog pee and fart joke standards, but it's wholesome family fun with a positive message.

You can read my full review here:
http://michaelam1978.livejournal.com/2013/01/27/

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 27, 2013 - 11:36 PM   
 By:   quiller007   (Member)



CHINA MOON (1994) 8/10
stars Ed Harris, Madeleine Stowe, Benecio Del Toro, Charles Dance
Directed by John Bailey; Music by George Fenton

BILLY BATHGATE (1991) 10/10
stars Dustin Hoffman, Nicole Kidman, Loren Dean, Bruce Willis, Steven Hill
Directed by Robert Benton; Music by Mark Isham

THE HOUSE OF SEVEN CORPSES (1973) 10/10
stars John Carradine, John Ireland, Faith Domergue, Carole Wells
Directed by Paul Harrison; Music by Dominic Frontiere

Den

 
 Posted:   Jan 28, 2013 - 9:44 AM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)

The Impossible (2012) - 10/10
"The Impossible" was released in Spain in 2012 although it didn't make it to the US until 2013. Though it is a Spanish production featuring a Spanish composer (Fernando Velazquez) the film is almost 100% in English except for a few short scenes in Thai. The film tells the true story of a family of tourists who survived the Tsunami in Thailand in 2004. The original family was Spanish but they are portrayed here by two well-known white actors (Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts).


It is not a problem for me but I don't understand why you tell the skin colour of the "white" main actors in the movie.

In Spain we are white (caucasians) as the people from UK, France, Italy, Greece and the rest of European countries.

Best!


Well some people complained about how the main characters were portrayed by well known stars who were clearly not Spanish. I figured I'd at least note it in case someone hadn't heard about the complaints.


The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2012) - 8/10
Solid piece with great characters and dialog. The soundtrack fits the setting well and the interactions of the characters felt natural. Lots of humor and good feeling to be had here.

 
 Posted:   Jan 28, 2013 - 3:15 PM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

Mimic: The Director's Cut (1997/2011) dir. Guillermo del Toro -- I finally got around to the only del Toro film I hadn't seen and, truth be told, I was pretty bored. It lacked the personality and visual flourishes of his best movies, and was a pretty standard creature feature overall; it had one clever/creepy element but the effects of the time have not aged well. Some talented actors here but given little to work with, an incredibly annoying magical autism kid . . . in the end it was watchable, but nothing I see myself returning to. (5/10)

Mimic 2 (2001) dir. Jean de Segonzac -- Incredibly awful. I'm not sure whether they turned the camp up to 11 to maximize the low budget effect, or if the director and screenwriter are just that incompetent. This movie features a minor character from the original, but makes her virtually unrecognizable. This is the sort of movie that, basically, proposes a lesbian attraction of an insect to a human and then takes advantage of it to have the main character strip to her underwear to distract the insect. This is the sort of movie that makes you wonder whether the filmmakers have even seen the movie they're making a sequel to -- or, for that matter, seen any good movie, ever. This is what you think of when you think of direct-to-video horror sequels. (1.5/10)

Mimic 3: Sentinel (2003) dir. J.T. Petty -- And here is the reason I suffered through Mimic 2 -- because I like Petty and seem to be unable to watch a movie in a series without having seen the earlier entries. And I'm glad I did, because this is the best of the bunch. Petty is still working with a tiny budget, but he makes the most of it, taking a Rear Window approach that allows him to maximize his budget. Unlike de Segonzac, he has clearly seen the original and builds on its premise intelligently, without merely rehashing the situation. Also, he has the brains to bring Lance Henriksen into the mix, and what bad B-horror movie isn't better with Henriksen around? Also, Petty is actually a competent filmmaker. (6.5/10)

 
 Posted:   Feb 13, 2013 - 12:54 PM   
 By:   Michaelware   (Member)

Bullet to the Head 8/10

Bullet to the Head was great. Crackling, perfect action from classic director Walter Hill. Thematics too. The reviewers are eager to dismiss while not comprehending how content can be form. The older criminal knows how business is done in louisiana while the younger cop doing the correct things is thrown into tests of his integrity. The older man doesnt live by integrity just survival, and is right or wrong the epitome of what excites the hive. Why does everyone need to be respected? It drives them crazy when they don't get it, and they do bad stuff to right this perceived wrong to them. Everyone has to be right and ego rules. Stallones Archie bunker is juxtaposed with sung kang's not feeling the need to prove anything. I see no diminishment in Hill's skill as a director. Real movie. Go see it in a theater before it's gone.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 13, 2013 - 7:09 PM   
 By:   Eugene Iemola   (Member)

Just watched the blueray of SKYFALL. I give it a 10/10.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 13, 2013 - 7:22 PM   
 By:   quiller007   (Member)

ONE DARK NIGHT (1983) Filmed in 1981. 10/10
starring Meg Tilly, Robin Evans, Melissa Newman, Adam West
Directed by Tom McLoughlin; Music by Bob Summers

Fun, fun, fun...and funny, too! This is the perfect example of how good
low-budget horror movies were in the 70's and 80's. They definitely
don't make 'em like this anymore, and probably don't remember how.

Den

 
 Posted:   Feb 14, 2013 - 7:31 AM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

ONE DARK NIGHT (1983) Filmed in 1981. 10/10
starring Meg Tilly, Robin Evans, Melissa Newman, Adam West
Directed by Tom McLoughlin; Music by Bob Summers

Fun, fun, fun...and funny, too! This is the perfect example of how good
low-budget horror movies were in the 70's and 80's. They definitely
don't make 'em like this anymore, and probably don't remember how.

Den


Not too surprised to read your favorable review, because it also describes (for me) McLoughlin's take on Friday the 13th for Part VI: Jason Lives. He brings so much fun and humor to that low-budget horror film too. I should check out One Dark Night too.

 
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