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 Posted:   Sep 2, 2010 - 5:56 PM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

The Invention of Lying -- 6.5/10

 
 Posted:   Sep 2, 2010 - 6:12 PM   
 By:   Holly Mitchell   (Member)

Piranha 3D: 7.5/10


What a FUN flick!! Josh and I were practically rolling throughout the entire film. Jerry O'Connell was a blast too...man...I never expected him to play that type of role, but he did a hell of a job. 7.5 because *I* think the fear factor was not utilized to its best potential...that is, they could have gone more balls out on the mayhem. In addition, I wanted "more" at the end...I could have done another 30 min or so.

But what a supah dupah fun summer film! And the score is good, too (^_^)

And...I now have a pair of 3D glasses. Oops. I mean Ayla does.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 2, 2010 - 6:16 PM   
 By:   Michael24   (Member)

I love JURASSIC PARK but I never really liked THE LOST WORLD.
The first half is really good but when the dinosaurs appear,
the movie feels like a cheap rollercoaster ride ala Jackson's KING KONG.

It was a big misstake that they gave Jeff Goldblums's charachter a daughter just to make it exiting.
I only found it enoying.

(5/10)


While I enjoy the film, I do wish it had been much closer to the book. There's actually two children in the book, neither of which are related to Ian Malcolm and are instead friends of a character who doesn't even appear in the movie. They were basically just combined and related to Malcolm for the film. I do like Jurassic Park III more because it does away with much of the scientific babble that we get in the first two and instead just focuses on an adventurous rescue mission, but overall I enjoy the whole trilogy.

 
 Posted:   Sep 2, 2010 - 7:05 PM   
 By:   Holly Mitchell   (Member)

Piranha 3-D

2/10


(and I loved every ridiculously implausible minute of it!)

big grin


Bwah hahahaha! I didn't even see your post, J. It WAS good, eh? And the old man who came into the film 2/3's of the way, without 3D glasses, and laughing his butt off...priceless.

Man, how I love these cheesy horror flicks...makes me want to pop in Cannibal Holocaust or Cannibal Ferox. But I guess I'll settle for Scooby Doo a la Ayla...

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 2, 2010 - 7:42 PM   
 By:   Nicholas_DW   (Member)

The Expendables - 5/10

I only expected a popcorn movie out of this and was still somehow disappointed. The first thing that rubbed me the wrong way was all the damn CGI blood. Do squibs and blood packs not exist anymore? Damn near every gunshot wound was digital. Gimme a break. That took me out of the film. And, once they actually go on the mission, the thing runs by. There's no arrival and buildup to the finale, it just makes a mad dash to the finish line. It could easily have gone on fifteen to twenty minutes longer. The whole plot about the dictator and the CIA agent is undeveloped at best and could have gone somewhere interesting, if still unoriginal.

It was a nice attempt at something fun, but it feels rushed. Other than the minuses I listed, it was what I had hoped for: silly, loud, tongue-in-cheek and loaded with action.

 
 Posted:   Sep 2, 2010 - 7:55 PM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

Wolf Creek (2005) -- 6/10

Oh man this movie could've been great. It was pretty good, and full of dread, and tense as hell...but...one of the women in the movie was one of the absolute stupidest characters ever in a horror movie, in a genre known for stupid characters, and I'm extraordinarily lenient in how stupid victims in a horror movie are allowed to be.

The eventual victim continued to dig her own grave and it was maddening to watch. First, she commandeers a vehicle which could be used for escape. She is far away from the killer, with another victim in her car, and the two women reach a cliff. Instead of backing up and racing along the cliff, or trying to outwit the killer by driving, she opts to get out of the car, push it off the cliff, and then hide on a ledge on the cliff. What the hell? Then, this same victim makes it back to the killer's lair where she's trying to acquire another vehicle to make another getaway. She has the keys and begins looking for another car at the compound -- all she has to do is find the car, make sure the keys match, and drive away. She also finds a gun -- all she has to do is wait for the killer and pick him off. What does she do? She spies a dark shed and even though exploring this shed will not help her escape or live, she decides to check it out and falls in a hole, discovers bodies, etc. Meantime, I'm like, "Get the fuck out of there!" So she gets out of the shed and makes her way to another room. Again, instead of trying to find a car or preparing to ambush the killer with the gun she found, she starts reading articles the killer collected about his victims and she finds a series of previous victims' video cameras. Instead of finding the car and escaping, she takes time out to watch the footage on each video camera. She had plenty of time to get away!!! Again, I'm very willing to suspend disbelief and play along with the delirious victim's temporary craze and insanity and understand that they would do things that don't make a lot of sense, no one really knows how they would act when in such a nightmarish scenario, but she really could've lived if she had just gotten the fuck out of there. I know, I'm a fool for trying to make sense out of a horror movie, and occasionally I take horror movies too seriously, but this particular horror movie was based on actual events (supposedly), so it needed to be as realistic as possible, and the only reason for the idiot victim getting sidetracked was so the director could reveal a cave of dead bodies, show haunting footage of victims' video, illustrate scary newspaper clippings...but seriously. I think anyone can imagine that if they were at the mercy of a madman, they would focus as much as possible on escaping and surviving, not exploring the killer's headquarters and stopping to watch video footage and read newspaper clippings when clearly time is of the essence (nothing new from a horror movie really -- but the better a horror movie is to me the more I expect from it). A movie like this needs to be tight, a well-oiled machine, and when one of the victims continues to do traditional dumbass horror movie things, you stop caring about her survival and start focusing on how idiotic she's behaving. It's probably all those mammoth joints she smoked in the first 45 minutes of the film...


Great, great villain tho.

 
 Posted:   Sep 2, 2010 - 8:03 PM   
 By:   David Sones (Allardyce)   (Member)

Pineapple Express -- 8/10
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I was surprised at how much I loved this movie. Utterly shocked. Hilarious, violent, crazy, loaded with brilliant dialogue and perfect timing, and it even looks good! Beautifully shot HUGE widescreen movie with big explosions and lots of cool lighting. James Franco portrayed perhaps the most convincing comedy stoner I've ever seen.

It gets 9.9 outta me (and for the record, I hate most Apatow/Rogen movies; this is that rare exception)

 
 Posted:   Sep 2, 2010 - 8:07 PM   
 By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)

The first thing that rubbed me the wrong way was all the damn CGI blood. Do squibs and blood packs not exist anymore? Damn near every gunshot wound was digital. Gimme a break.

Don't EVEN get me started on digital "squibs". mad I watched Survival Of The Dead a few days ago, and it was painful to see the man who gave us those brilliant bite wounds in his previous zombie films resorting to SyFy-level CGI gore. frown

 
 Posted:   Sep 2, 2010 - 8:08 PM   
 By:   Holly Mitchell   (Member)

Wolf Creek (2005) -- 6/10

Oh man this movie could've been great.


We own the score, but I haven't viewed the film yet. Will need to rent from the Library...

 
 Posted:   Sep 2, 2010 - 8:08 PM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

Pineapple Express -- 8/10
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I was surprised at how much I loved this movie. Utterly shocked. Hilarious, violent, crazy, loaded with brilliant dialogue and perfect timing, and it even looks good! Beautifully shot HUGE widescreen movie with big explosions and lots of cool lighting. James Franco portrayed perhaps the most convincing comedy stoner I've ever seen.

It gets 9.9 outta me (and for the record, I hate most Apatow/Rogen movies; this is that rare exception)


"If you do good stuff, you can come back as an eagle. You can come back as a dragon. You can come back as Jude Law. big grin

 
 Posted:   Sep 2, 2010 - 8:11 PM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

Wolf Creek (2005) -- 6/10

Oh man this movie could've been great.




We own the score, but I haven't viewed the film yet. Will need to rent from the Library...



When you watch it, let me know what you think re: my massive blacked-out spoilerfest.

I'd highly recommend you check out Rogue instead, from the same director (Greg McLean). I saw Rogue before Wolf Creek and it was light years better.

 
 Posted:   Sep 2, 2010 - 8:15 PM   
 By:   Holly Mitchell   (Member)

Wolf Creek (2005) -- 6/10

Oh man this movie could've been great.




We own the score, but I haven't viewed the film yet. Will need to rent from the Library...



When you watch it, let me know what you think re: my massive blacked-out spoilerfest.

I'd highly recommend you check out Rogue instead, from the same director (Greg McLean). I saw Rogue before Wolf Creek and it was light years better.


Mahalo! I've never heard of Rogue, but then again, I'm always the last to know about films (don't watch much TV or read blogs and/or articles centered around films).

 
 Posted:   Sep 2, 2010 - 8:19 PM   
 By:   Holly Mitchell   (Member)

Wolf Creek (2005) -- 6/10

Oh man this movie could've been great.




We own the score, but I haven't viewed the film yet. Will need to rent from the Library...



When you watch it, let me know what you think re: my massive blacked-out spoilerfest.

I'd highly recommend you check out Rogue instead, from the same director (Greg McLean). I saw Rogue before Wolf Creek and it was light years better.


Mahalo! I've never heard of Rogue, but then again, I'm always the last to know about films (don't watch much TV or read blogs and/or articles centered around films).


Well, this is too funny...Joshua said he acquired the score a few days ago...and it is awesome. He hasn't seen the film, though. Thanks for the suggestion, DR! And now I have a new score to listen to, too! Ha!!

Oops...did a double tripple. Was responding to an earlier post...and forgot I had posted before. Old age...

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 2, 2010 - 8:39 PM   
 By:   Odlicno   (Member)

The Island of Dr. Moreau 4/10 - i remember back in the day reading my Fangoria's relating all the shenanigans that went on with the Richard Stanley script, which if i recall was akin more to an Italian cannibal film from the 70s as he described it. A cursed production for sure and not a great end product. Even the opening credits sequence irritated me. The music worked better in the film than it made an album. It was one album i actually chucked away.

 
 Posted:   Sep 2, 2010 - 8:45 PM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

The reason I still haven't seen ROGUE is that I thought WOLF CREEK was simply awful beyond belief.

 
 Posted:   Sep 2, 2010 - 8:50 PM   
 By:   Holly Mitchell   (Member)

The Island of Dr. Moreau 4/10 - i remember back in the day reading my Fangoria's relating all the shenanigans that went on with the Richard Stanley script, which if i recall was akin more to an Italian cannibal film from the 70s as he described it. A cursed production for sure and not a great end product. Even the opening credits sequence irritated me. The music worked better in the film than it made an album. It was one album i actually chucked away.

Yes! I saw it in the theater way back when...and I see the similarities (of which you describe). My *main* reason to view it --> Marlon Brando, who I always thought of as timeless...even in Apocalypse Now (1979). The film (Dr. M.) itself was very flawed, in spite of the actors who represented it. But, I'm still thankful that I saw it in the theater...a different perspective, one gains. For all the brutality and unjust it encompassed, I also noted a passive-like empathy...very odd when compared to some films, as you see now.

 
 Posted:   Sep 2, 2010 - 9:22 PM   
 By:   David Sones (Allardyce)   (Member)


"If you do good stuff, you can come back as an eagle. You can come back as a dragon. You can come back as Jude Law. big grin


I'll see that quote and raise ya: (text hidden for profanity)

"This is like if that Blue Oyster shit met that Afghan Kush I had - and they had a baby. And then, meanwhile, that crazy Northern Light stuff I had and the Super Red Espresso Snowflake met and had a baby. And by some miracle, those two babies met and fucked - this would be the shit that they birthed."

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 2, 2010 - 9:23 PM   
 By:   Odlicno   (Member)

Hey Holly, that's an interesting pointer on the violence there. I intended to go see it back in the day, mostly because i liked Temuera Morrison after seeing him in the excellent Once Were Warriors (and Shortland Street wink

Just about to watch Re-Animator, so i'll just give it a 10/10 now.

For what i assume was a low-budget production it has a barnstorming opening scene with a great prosthetic effect and Jeffrey Combs eyeballing the camera "I gave him life." before going into a very, very nice titles sequence with the most blatant rip-off music of Psycho, which is not only ace but works perfectly.

Oh, and Jeffrey Combs is pure brilliance!

 
 Posted:   Sep 2, 2010 - 9:57 PM   
 By:   Holly Mitchell   (Member)

Hey Holly, that's an interesting pointer on the violence there. I intended to go see it back in the day, mostly because i liked Temuera Morrison after seeing him in the excellent Once Were Warriors (and Shortland Street wink

Just about to watch Re-Animator, so i'll just give it a 10/10 now.

For what i assume was a low-budget production it has a barnstorming opening scene with a great prosthetic effect and Jeffrey Combs eyeballing the camera "I gave him life." before going into a very, very nice titles sequence with the most blatant rip-off music of Psycho, which is not only ace but works perfectly.

Oh, and Jeffrey Combs is pure brilliance!


Post below...

 
 Posted:   Sep 2, 2010 - 9:59 PM   
 By:   Holly Mitchell   (Member)

Hey Holly, that's an interesting pointer on the violence there. I intended to go see it back in the day, mostly because i liked Temuera Morrison after seeing him in the excellent Once Were Warriors (and Shortland Street wink

Just about to watch Re-Animator, so i'll just give it a 10/10 now.

For what i assume was a low-budget production it has a barnstorming opening scene with a great prosthetic effect and Jeffrey Combs eyeballing the camera "I gave him life." before going into a very, very nice titles sequence with the most blatant rip-off music of Psycho, which is not only ace but works perfectly.

Oh, and Jeffrey Combs is pure brilliance!



I have not viewed Once Were Warriors (IMDB'ing at the moment...mahalo!) Re-Animator...such a classic...love it.

And...for those of us among who have not viewed yet: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Re-Animator

 
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