Old 10-08-2012, 05:52 AM
Goke: Body Snatcher From Hell - 7.5/10

-Loved the set design, the lighting, the slick direction, even the premise was pretty cool, ditto for some of the effects. It fell into some of the corny genre cliches if the time that truly prevented this from being great, but it's still worth a look.
Old 10-08-2012, 07:36 AM

Neeson is great as usual and there are a couple of good action sequences ,but this is basically
a watered down version of Taken.It was shocking and laughable at how lackluster and anti climatic
most of the movie was.
Scale of 1-10 a 5


Moving and appealing story of a teen named Charlie (Logan Lerman hitting all the right nervous and emotional notes) adjusting to and trying to fit in at
the start of High School,who is also saddled with emotional and disturbing baggage from his past.
Nice touch from Paul Rudd as Bill (Mr. Anderson), Charlie's English teacher also a good turn from
Emma Watson as Sam ,but its Ezra Miller as the wisecracking and flamboyant Patrick
who steals every scene he's in.
Scale of 1-10 an 8
Old 10-08-2012, 07:42 AM

Old 10-08-2012, 09:41 AM

Old 10-08-2012, 03:38 PM

The Perks of Being a Wallflower(2012)-9/10
Old 10-08-2012, 04:37 PM
The Cabin In the Woods - 8.5/10
Old 10-08-2012, 04:53 PM
Been watching Godzilla (1998). I think it wasn't as bad as everyone else said, even if Godzilla didn't act like himself.
Old 10-08-2012, 06:05 PM
Originally Posted by UseYourIllusion View Post
Goke: Body Snatcher From Hell
that is NOT a coincidence.
Old 10-08-2012, 07:51 PM

Mondays in the Sun 8/10

Old 10-08-2012, 08:34 PM
Reach For Me - A story of two roommates in a hospice - one of them quite young - dealing with how they want to live their remaining days. Seymour Cassel did a pretty good job as the bitter old man who finally decides to change. There's not anything surprising or really revealing during the story but it is decent. 6/10

Being Flynn - DeNiro was actually trying in a movie for once. It's pretty sad that I actually have to commend him for attempting to act rather than just collecting a paycheck. That said the story wasn't all that great. I did like the flashbacks with Julianne Moore though. 5/10
Old 10-08-2012, 10:37 PM

Old 10-08-2012, 11:03 PM
Taken 2 - I'm actually very disappointed with this movie, especially since I'm a big fan of the first film. First off, the screenplay seems to be it's most dominating flaw. I felt that the dialogue was a bit too cliche, and there was just a whole lot of filler and not enough substance. The whole film felt extremely rushed, and was very anticlimactic. Even the action sequences annoyed me. While tolerable at times, I've never been a fan of the frantic up close quick cut action sequences, Taken 2 is very much guilty of this. The fight scenes felt choppy and rough, there was no fluidity. That's not to say Liam Neeson wasn't great, because he absolutely was. He definitely continues to prove that age has nothing to do with being an awesome and believable action star. Overall Taken 2 left a lot to be desired.

Old 10-09-2012, 12:35 AM

House on Haunted Hill(1959)-8/10
Old 10-09-2012, 01:29 AM
The Master - **

I'm sorry, I REALLY wanted to join in on the love for this movie but this is easily the year's most disappointing for me. I never found the characters and story to be at all engaging and most of the movie was quite dull except for a handful of scenes that did crackle with an intensity that the rest of the movie lacked. And those scenes that did worked only worked because of the great acting. Hoffman, Adams and especially Phoenix are all quite excellent. And the movie looks amazing. But the movie was just too boring. It all felt flat.
Old 10-09-2012, 06:48 AM
Originally Posted by Digifruitella View Post
that is NOT a coincidence.
Nope, saw you guys discussing it here and I just got Hulu+, and there it was in the beautiful Criterion section, spotlighted in its own category and all.

Smiley - 2/10

-Atrocious. Might feature the worst lead actress of the year, possibly the decade. Bad. It's just bad.lulz

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Old 10-09-2012, 01:55 PM
Wonderland 8.5/10

The Hitcher (original) 6/10
Old 10-09-2012, 02:03 PM
Originally Posted by UseYourIllusion View Post
Nope, saw you guys discussing it here and I just got Hulu+, and there it was in the beautiful Criterion section, spotlighted in its own category and all.
In that case, I'd recommend you track down Matango as well if you haven't seen it. Plus Criterion, much to my surprise, is coming out with an Eclipse Series DVD on the studio that had a brief horror stint, starting with Goke and on... http://www.criterion.com/boxsets/928...me-to-shochiku
Old 10-09-2012, 03:25 PM

Take This Waltz - 6.5/10

Did Sarah Polley secretly make this movie before Away From Her? This feels like a directorial debut more than her actual debut feature. I can't deny that Polley is a huge talent, and there are lots of great moments on display here (the highlight being the scene(s) in the above image) but she throws out way too much without being able to keep all her plates spinning. Williams/Rogen's relationship is downright bizarre at times, Luke Kirby ranges from seductive to one creepy ass dude and every character/moment can feel too transparent (see Sarah Silverman's role as an alcoholic relative). Yet on the other hand the performances are great and Polley has the balls to let her movie linger on after its conclusion to explore the ramifications of what choices her characters make. Overall really conflicting but I really want to ride the scrambler right now.

Buffalo '66 - 6.5/10

This will be shorter since I don't have much to say. Vincent Gallo is definitely unique and has plenty of great ideas, but most of this felt like him throwing shit against the wall with nothing really coming together. Underage Christina Ricci's cans were out of fucking control though.
Old 10-09-2012, 04:59 PM

Pitch Perfect(2012)-6/10
Old 10-09-2012, 06:04 PM

Dead Alive

Most zombie films, like George A. Romero’s, want to create a theme of how zombies symbolize consumerism, racism, or even class structure. They are films with a message, with a solid story (for the most part in Romero’s film outings) and gore to go with it. But, in other cases, there are zombie films for the sake of creating scenarios where the grossest thing imaginable will occur. This is what director Peter Jackson believed in his first outings as a director, create a gore filled fun time at the movies. Let the audience squirm, scream, and laugh all at the same time, and that’s what his 1992 film Dead Alive set out to achieve; A gross-out horror comedy that should not be missed for lovers of horror and splatter films.

Like the ongoing idea of creating a horror concept, it’s all about escalation. Directors, especially ones who are creating a small budgeted film like Jackson at the time, never want to let the cat out of the bag early. It’s all about the set-up, and how the film can top itself next. Jackson understands that for his film to a tee with a intense opening sequence that pretty much gives viewers an idea on how bloody and off-the-wall the film will be, as well as make way for central character Lionel Cosgrove (Timothy Balme) and his Mum (Elisabeth Moody). From there, the horrifying consequence that the opening brings comes to Lionel’s door, resulting a terrible zombie mess that only he can clean up. Oh, and he finds romance with a random cashier (Diana Penalver), but that’s no big deal.

All that needs to be said is that Peter Jackson must have went to his crew and make-up department, exclaiming “Let’s just throw everything and the kitchen sink”, and his crew all cheered and went to work. I imagined that scenario because the love, hilarity, and sequences that occur in this movie seemed to have this confidence to be cemented in horror movie history. Almost anything heinous and revolting that you can think can occur in this film will pretty much happen in this film, and it’s only 104 minutes.

The acting is simply second nature in this type of film. Most of the actors feel like this is their first movie, and they make the most of the roles. The central performance is the lunacy and gore that gets put on the screen. All the zombie sequences are just tailored made for the audience to have their mouth drop, or just a “okay, I’ll go with this” type of surreal action sequence that pops up in around the middle act of the film. But, then the final act occurs and there’s a bit of that engine running out in the insanity, Jackson just goes for the bold and creates another never-before-seen moment to keep the energy high and vital.

Dead Alive (aka Braindead) doesn’t try to match the satire and wit of Romero’s zombie films, but it doesn’t want to. It just wants to create an off-the-wall zombie film that ratchets u[ the insanity until it puts out everywhere, making a messy, gory, hilarious time. Throw this on your Netflix like I did and be prepared to see why this zombie film is known as one of the goriest films of all time!

Old 10-09-2012, 08:29 PM
Run Fatboy Run - Simon Pegg and Hank Azaria were both pretty good in this one. I didn't like his landlord though - he was just annoying. The ending seemed a little too easy as well. 6/10

The Whole Nine Yards - Amanda Peet was probably the best part of this and not just because she gets completely naked - she was really funny too. The climax of the film was really well done as well. Matthew Perry did annoy me a little but not enough to detract from the film. 7/10
Old 10-09-2012, 09:17 PM
#28 and my 2nd favorite film of all time

Old 10-09-2012, 10:48 PM

Old 10-09-2012, 11:28 PM
Hot Fuzz - 7/10
Old 10-10-2012, 01:13 AM

The Fall of the House of Usher(1960)-8/10
Old 10-10-2012, 05:55 AM

Old 10-10-2012, 07:21 AM

The Dictator
Old 10-10-2012, 08:38 AM

Old 10-10-2012, 09:20 AM
From Russia with Love (Terence Young, 1963)

The next couple of weeks will most likely be busy for me so rather than watch all of the Bond movies, I'll just select a few until Skyfall is released. I can't really put my finger on why this one doesn't make my top five like it seems to with most Bond fans, but it's still a joy to watch, with Robert Shaw being the highlight of the movie for me.

You Only Live Twice (Lewis Gilbert, 1967)

Part of me wonders if the 'witticisms' and sexist comments in this film was screenwriter Roald Dahl being satirical as I was cracking up every now and then watching this. Japanese Sean Connery looks ridiculous, but the Japan presented in the film does look great and the set/set-piece for the final act is impressive.
Old 10-10-2012, 10:36 AM
The Fog (2005)

The second remake in the same year for some of Carpenter's old classics and it doesn't seem like a lesson was learnt.

The age old saying of less is more goes begging yet again folks. This glossy remake simply offers nothing that the original doesn't offer in a better way. There are no real thrills, chills or scares anyway in this extremely poor remake. Not to say that the original was really scary, it wasn't, but it had great atmosphere and more importantly was for an older audience.

Yep you guessed it, this overly long remake is a PG-13 cert...oh good grief. The plot is of course nothing terribly scary, an old spooky sea yarn, but at least try for some genuine thrills and a creepy atmosphere. All you get is a pretty blonde boring teen screaming a lot, a token black guy, long drawn out effects which don't add anything and worse fog effects than the original!.

Some of the effects are nice admittedly but they aren't really needed, its like the plot, it just delves way too deep and goes on too long when it doesn't have to. A typical effect that shows the over the top nature of the production is the tsunami looking wave of fog that approaches the 'Seagrass'.

Despite the plot being too long it still manages to not make a huge amount of sense right at the end. The ghost effects at the end are also laughable. A complete and utter mistake for all involved, could have been decent if made correctly but it wasn't. Devoid of anything remotely interesting or even slightly scary/spooky.
Old 10-10-2012, 10:39 AM

The Target - 6/10

A grand, big-budget sci-fi from Russia that would probably never get made outside of the country. It follows five filthy rich people in Moscow 2020 (a government minister for the booming mineral/natural resource industry and his wife, a TV game show host, a guard for a massive highway for imported/exported goods connecting Paris and Guangzhou and the host of a 'Chinese for dummies' radio show) who learn of an abandoned astrophysics station in the middle of nowhere that will stop their aging. They go and come back feeling revitalized, taking a 52 year old villager (who doesn't look a day over 19) with them. Soon enough the characters, now literally having everything they want, begin to go batshit as a result. Anyone from the West is immediately going to think Tarkovsky when they see this (I've read that this is a futuristic take on Anna Karenina but I'm embarrassingly unfamiliar with Tolstoy so the references were lost on me). For me this played with some interesting ideas and has plenty of striking moments but it's way too strange and baffling to leave any lasting impact. A very singular and unique work that has its supporters (disappointingly it has no North American distribution when it's deserving of it) but it didn't entirely work for me.
Old 10-10-2012, 01:44 PM
Originally Posted by MidnightAngel View Post

Looper - 8/10

Sinister - 5/10
Old 10-10-2012, 02:02 PM
Dredd (7/10)
Old 10-10-2012, 03:30 PM

Taken 2(2012)-7/10
Old 10-10-2012, 06:45 PM
Incendiary - Michelle Williams is just about the only thing this film has going for it. There is little direction which is too bad because it could have been a good film if the script was better. 4/10

Management - A Jennifer Aniston romcom that doesn't suck - who knew? It wasn't anything great but there were some sweet moments between Steve Zahn and Aniston. 6/10
Old 10-10-2012, 07:57 PM
Sadako 3D - 3/10
Old 10-10-2012, 10:32 PM
watched earlier today



now watching first time viewing

will give rating later

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Old 10-10-2012, 11:58 PM
Originally Posted by sarah1980 View Post
watched earlier today


now watching first time viewing

will give rating later
Old 10-11-2012, 01:24 AM

The Tower of London(1962)-8/10
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