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 Posted:   Sep 6, 2012 - 3:46 PM   
 By:   Xebec   (Member)

Ghoulies 1/10 - There is more fun in the jaunty title music than the entire film. The Ghoulies themselves are hardly in it and do very little and are unmemorable. And nobody actually dies and it has an awful monsters-appear at the end. Borderline worthless.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 6, 2012 - 5:30 PM   
 By:   sdtom   (Member)

http://bmoviebest.wordpress.com/
pretty awful. * star.
Tom

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 6, 2012 - 6:07 PM   
 By:   Xebec   (Member)

The Shark Is Working - 1/10 - It's not the content, it's the bloody awful and pointless music they have over almost ever second of it that drowns out the interviewees and adds totally nothing to the production. Borderline unwatchable for me today. Awful, awful musical choice and mix.

I am feeling ill today and not well-disposed anything, but, for eff's sake, it is making the thing almost impossible to enjoy. It's a massive botch job. Get rid of the music and it's 10/10 though.

The other documentary on the Blu-Ray consisting entirely of interviews and without this wall-to-wall audio shite is much better for it.

 
 Posted:   Sep 7, 2012 - 6:32 AM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

Brave (2012) dir. Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman, co-directed by Steve Purcell -- A mélange of *** and ****½ elements that don't quite sit happily together. Ultimately it's a pretty good film with a few great moments but doesn't really feel like a Pixar film (oddly, this seems a more traditional Disney film, while the Disney-branded Wreck-It Ralph coming later this year looks like it would have been more up Pixar's alley. . .). Personally I would have gone for a more consistent slightly darker/weirder tone and scaled back on the cute just a tad (did the inscrutable yet oddly plot-serving will-o'-the-wisps really have to be so cutesy?). Pretty glorious score from Doyle, with a missed opportunity as a horrible song played where there should have been a wonderful montage version of Merida's theme. Overall an enjoyable and solid flick but not exactly one of Pixar's best.

Safe (2012) dir. Boaz Yakin -- Liked this more than I expected to -- a cut above most of Statham's stuff, and a cut above most of the year's action/thriller offerings so far. A solid, confident flick that manages not to be too preposterous or stupid and delivers plenty of satisfyingly bone-crunching action, with a score from Mark Mothersbaugh that enhances rather than detracts from the film. Doesn't push the envelope in any way, but it's a good example of what it is, which is apparently too much to ask from a lot of films.

Dr. Seuss' The Lorax (2012) dir. Chris Renaud, co-directed by Kyle Balda -- I thought Renaud's previous film, Despicable Me was not bad but was pretty mediocre and annoyingly overrated, so I didn't really have high hopes for this one, but the previous Dr. Seuss animated film (Horton Hears a Who!) was surprisingly good and featured one of Powell's most soaring, epic and thematically rich scores so I decided to take the chance on this one. I should have. It's garbage. It's rarely even amusing let alone funny, and frequently obnoxious. Powell's score is pretty good, but the songs are awful. I can think of dozens of ways they could have made this movie better and can't help but wonder how, when it's no more expensive to make a good movie than a bad one, this one turned out so poorly. (Also, high-concept I know, but while they were making their environmental statement as stupidly and obnoxiously as possible, why didn't they secure the rights to Bill Peet's The Wump World and integrate that story into this one so they didn't have to fill this with so much idiotic padding?) Anyway. I recommend not subjecting yourself to this bloated nonsense.

Also: without the language, some of the imagery doesn't make sense. If you don't already know that he picks himself up by the seat of his pants, the visual of him doing that is bizarre, to say the least.

 
 Posted:   Sep 9, 2012 - 2:25 AM   
 By:   Storyteller   (Member)

Saw "Cabin In The Woods" last night. My overall thoughts are that the film is, OK. I cannot drool over it like so many other people have. It's one of those films that on the surface, there are a lot of cool ideas and some originality. But once you're done it starts to fall apart as you think back on it.

The largest issue I had with the film is that it gives far too much away too early making a lot of the "in jokes" useless. Once you are in on the gag the "reveals" become pointless, but they keep coming. I found myself very bored at the halfway point for this very reason and it doesn't pick back up until the last third. If they had raised more questions in the beginning instead of showing us exactly what was going on all the time it would have been far more enjoyable.

Worst moment in the film: The "purge" button. I am not going to give anything away for those who have not seen it. But for those who have, you know exactly what I am talking about. This was hands done the worst moment in the film. Now it brings about some of the wildest scenes in the film, but is again that thing that you just can't help but think back on and go "WHAT!?" Why the heck would there be a "purge" button there? Why would you need a "purge" button there? What could ever be the reason to push the "purge" button?

So in the end, I enjoyed the ride for the most part and have to at least give it points for not being the same old thing. But, people keep saying how smart this movie is, and that is where I disagree. It's still just dumb fun with just as many plot holes as any other horror film.

5/10

 
 Posted:   Sep 9, 2012 - 2:53 PM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

But, people keep saying how smart this movie is, and that is where I disagree. It's still just dumb fun with just as many plot holes as any other horror film.

Yes, agree completely on Cabin in the Woods; I went to imdb and someone called it the 'inception' of horror movies; I had to laugh at that.

Ok, some new entries

Men In Black III

9/10

I've never been the biggest fan of the franchise. I thought the first one was ok, the second one a bore, so I started watching with low expectations and I was pleasantly surprised.

Will Smith is back in full 'Fresh Prince' mode, I don't care much for his 'serious roles' and Josh Brolin is amazing in this movie; Actually the casting all round is great; the villain (Jemaine Clement) is top notch and the effects they did on his body are amazing. There is a scene where he confronts himself which is a funny as anything else in the movie, great performance.

The whole time travel storyline is clunky but the spectacle easily makes you overlook; there is even a time travelling alien who has seen the movie before us, which is a fun addition.

Everything looks sharp in this movie, the creature effects, the camera moves, the time period; I love how they didn't skew the racial undertones and make it a great bit for Will Smith to play against. The moments with Will Smith just staring at Brolin in the car is comedy gold.

What I love most about the MIB movies is the 'screensaver' shots they put in there; by that I mean the five second sequences that are beautiful and thought provoking at the same time. There are plenty of those! Home run, great movie.

Hobo with a Shotgun

7/10

Also didn't expect to enjoy this as much as I did; it's gruesome and gory, but for some reason I ate it up. Rutger Hauer's face looks like a piece of leather but it still works (more or less). The villains were a bit too 80s for me but with the colour saturated look of the movie, it somehow works.


 
 
 Posted:   Sep 9, 2012 - 3:40 PM   
 By:   Joe E.   (Member)

Since it arrived at my local theater Friday I've been going to see Raiders of the Lost Ark every day. Do I really need to indicate I rate this one a 10?

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 9, 2012 - 4:29 PM   
 By:   Michael24   (Member)

Get the Gringo (2012) - 4/5

Not quite as action-packed as the trailer made it look, but I really enjoyed it. Classic Mel Gibson, and proof that he can still play a bad ass action star.

 
 Posted:   Sep 10, 2012 - 5:01 AM   
 By:   mstrox   (Member)

In Time - 8.5/10 - The previews for this all looked awful, so I wasn't expecting much - a too-fast-paced high-concept-low-intelligence-level Matrix rip-off, if anything. So, I was pleasantly surprised. The movie was paced well, and there was actually very little action - it was more a thriller. Timberlake did a great job in the role. Once you got past the first fifteen minutes or so (lots of time-related puns and wordplay at the beginning), the concept wasn't annoying and just provided a framework.

 
 Posted:   Sep 10, 2012 - 8:37 AM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

Get the Gringo (2012) - 4/5

Not quite as action-packed as the trailer made it look, but I really enjoyed it. Classic Mel Gibson, and proof that he can still play a bad ass action star.


Accent aside, he was pretty good in 'Edge of Darkness'. Will check out Gringo smile

Dark Shadows

6/10

To me the trailer had all the good parts; the movie starts with a long sequence depicting the Collins family' rise to power and curse that befalls them, I'm not a fan of ramming this much info into the audience when they could've gradually filled us in throughout the movie; we then go to 'Bella Heathcote', who will go to the Collins manor to work as a servant. She seems to be the lead in this movie, BUT once Johnny Depp comes into play she is shoved to the background and not seen again till the last reel; Very weird. She is obviously the love interest for Barnabas, but the movie focuses all the story on Barnabas' feud with the witch Angelique, which becomes tiresome real quick.

There are some fun sequences involving a camp fire with hippies and Jackie Earle Haley escaping from an angry mob, but for the most part 'Dark Shadows' plays like familiar Burton territory and never quite got going for me. It needed some more rewrites and could've done without Alice Cooper (that didn't work at all). So so for me.

 
 Posted:   Sep 10, 2012 - 10:15 AM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)

The Illusionist (2010) - 8/10
Watched this again last night with my boyfriend (first time for him). It has been a while so I didn't remember the twist at the end. Such a fun movie to watch and the reveal at the end is still just as satisfying a second time. Edward Norton's performance is great and Philip Glass's score is delightful.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 10, 2012 - 10:21 AM   
 By:   Michael24   (Member)

Accent aside, he was pretty good in 'Edge of Darkness'. Will check out Gringo smile

Yeah, I thought he was terrific in that as well. I was just disappointed by the film itself. The ads sold it as an action movie, but it's really more of a drama, plus it was painfully-slow and dull. Great performance, though.

 
 Posted:   Sep 11, 2012 - 11:01 AM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

The Pact (2012) dir. Nicholas McCarthy -- A nice supernatural horror movie that's more creeptastic than craptastic. Doesn't reinvent the wheel or anything but is well-made and occasionally really creepy. Plus it has Casper Van Dien doing his best Viggo Mortensen. Anyway. Recommended.

Sennentuntschi (2010) dir. Michael Steiner -- And another good horror flick, this one notable less for creepiness than for being a nasty, horrific piece of work. A strange young woman shows up in a small village in the Swiss Alps and bad things start happening. Is it a curse? The work of the devil? Or are the villagers' sins simply catching up to them. Also recommended, for those who like this kind of thing.

Star Trek (2009) dir. J.J. Abrams -- Was inspired to watch this a second time after all the recent discussion on here. I liked it less the second time around (and enjoyed, but didn't love it the first time around -- at the time I called it "big, dumb, gloriously fun space adventure" and compared it to Galaxy Quest and Serenity). It's got some super solid bits and it accomplishes the most important thing, which was to make space fun again, but I really could have done without the crass and/or slapstick bits, and I didn't care for Quinto's perpetual smirk. Also could really have done without that idiotic car scene at the beginning. It's mostly solid dumb summer fun but it blows my mind a bit that it's so well-loved by so many.

 
 Posted:   Sep 13, 2012 - 9:12 PM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)

The Formula (1980) - 9/10
A highly compelling espionage thriller that drew me in unlike any other. The mystery just sucks you in from beginning to end. The dialogue in the film is so well-crafted and engaging (of course it is based on a novel). Bill Conti's score, though sparsely used, is fitting when there and really enjoyable.

 
 Posted:   Sep 13, 2012 - 10:26 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Alice In Wonderland (Disney/Blu Ray) 8-10

Was never fond of this one as a kid. I preferred the more character driven films. (Snow White, Pinocchio, Bambi) But Ive gained a greater appreciation for this film as an adult. What it lacks in character development and gorgeous backgrounds, it makes up for in pure wackiness.

This is probably as close to a Warner Bros cartoon Disney has ever done. The characters are looney and the slapstick moves at breathtaking speed. But its truly funny and it works. Alice is expertly animated. Something the Disney animators could never match (realistic humans) with their glorious comeback in the 90's.

Regarding the Blu Ray remaster. Its incredibly gorgeous and pristine. Its been noted they screwed up Alice's dress, which should be "Duck Egg Blue" opposed to the more vibrant deep medium blue on the Blu Ray. This to my knowledge is the only mark against the remaster. But it's not something that distracts me from enjoying the film over all. Audio is what to be expected considering the age of the film.

 
 Posted:   Sep 13, 2012 - 11:24 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

United 93 (2006) 10 of 10.

-I felt the need to revisit this film on 9/11. And sadly, by the end of the day it had hit close to home once again because of what had happened elsewhere in the world.

I've mentioned my tangential connection to this flight through Todd Beamer, who was in the same college class I was in. My parents had a deeper connection in two other passengers, Donald and Jean Peterson, the only married couple on the flight. They had gone to the same church in the 80s and knew them on a personal level through the church and other ministry programs.

When Flight 93 crashed very little recognizable debris remained, yet one item that did survive intact was Don Peterson's own Bible. And inside, a sheet of paper with the names of ten men he was praying for in an addiction recovery program he was involved with.

The stories of what kind of people the victims and heroes of 9/11 were that day should always be remembered to give us the clearest contrast with the evil that existed in those who ended their lives.

 
 Posted:   Sep 14, 2012 - 2:33 PM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

Blood Diamond

9/10

Great performances, I didn't recognize Jennifer Connelly till halfway the movie; Di Caprio is excellent and from the first scenes you see of him interacting with the locals, he's totally convincing. I like how the movie shows the illegal diamond trade, the slavery, the child soldiers, the corrupt military mixed in with the traditional action/love story you expect in this type of movie. I was reminded of "Under Fire" a lot while watching it. The score by James Newton Howard is great as well.

Valkyrie

8/10

Singer's best movie for me, also a top notch cast and almost all of the movie takes place in the higher circles of the Nazi regime that it almost feels like a stageplay. Of course you know the outcome, but that doesn't prevent the movie from having lots of suspense moments and great stand off moments. Cruise is excellent as always, but the amount of acting talent he's surrounded by makes for a great team effort.

 
 Posted:   Sep 14, 2012 - 3:10 PM   
 By:   losher22   (Member)

Get the Gringo (2012) - 4/5

Not quite as action-packed as the trailer made it look, but I really enjoyed it. Classic Mel Gibson, and proof that he can still play a bad ass action star.


Glad you indeed got around to seeing this one sir!

Francis, I encourage you to check it out as well. Good stuff!

 
 Posted:   Sep 14, 2012 - 10:46 PM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)

Blood Diamond

9/10

Great performances, I didn't recognize Jennifer Connelly till halfway the movie; Di Caprio is excellent and from the first scenes you see of him interacting with the locals, he's totally convincing. I like how the movie shows the illegal diamond trade, the slavery, the child soldiers, the corrupt military mixed in with the traditional action/love story you expect in this type of movie. I was reminded of "Under Fire" a lot while watching it. The score by James Newton Howard is great as well.


One of my favorites. I was literally stunned when I finished watching the movie in the theater. I couldn't get up and move until the credits were over. I need to watch it again. Great score indeed, one of my favorites by Newton Howard.

 
 Posted:   Sep 15, 2012 - 7:15 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)


8/10
Singer's best movie for me, also a top notch cast and almost all of the movie takes place in the higher circles of the Nazi regime that it almost feels like a stageplay. Of course you know the outcome, but that doesn't prevent the movie from having lots of suspense moments and great stand off moments. Cruise is excellent as always, but the amount of acting talent he's surrounded by makes for a great team effort.


I was surprised how well made and entertaining this film was. Even with the miscast Cruise. There was a special on one of those learning channels. (Discovery or Science?) Where they said, even if the bunker was underground, (like it was supposed to be) the explosion wouldn't have been strong enough to kill Hitler.

 
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