Ok, Take Wolf Creek, toss in a little Hostel...and a little INSIDE(if you have not seen...shame on you). I won't expand on Adgy's thumbnail of the plot...he's right on about that. But this is a nice little lurid movie that has (in my opinion) a real dandy conclusion. Whitfield is basically a cameo, so that was disappointing. But this movie really makes ya feel kinda icky, and in a horror movie...that's just what the doctor ordered. I may be more the audience for this, because, as already long established, I watch a **** ton of crappy horror flicks. So this one worked for me simply because it was unique, and while not perfect, entertaining. Recommend a rent, or if you can get a cheapie like I did, buy it.
Ok, I have seen Brimstone & Treacle, I Sell the Dead, and now this. As a fan of the whole graverobbing/body snatching sub-genre...I can easily say this was the best. First off, I know...John Landis...I understand those with an anger. He did get away with murder. He will have to answer for that in the next life, or not. But damned if the man still does not know how to frame a shot or tell a story. And he sure knows how to pick a costumer/cinematographer/dialect coach...because this movie is beautiful and technically spotless as far as I am concerned. You know what really sells it? The cast. Seriously, there hasn't been this amount of charming massed together in a while. Pegg=WONDERFUL. Ok, that's not enough, Serkis, in a moment where he is allowed to act without a skintight spandex suit and tennis balls, sleazy and...charming(sense a pattern here?). Jessica Hynes(Spaced...damnitall if you haven't watched Spaced, go away) well, she's damned awesome, and dare I say...Charming(I dare I dare). Isla Fisher is a little weak linky, but she's just so pert/cute, I'll give her a pass. Toss in Tom Wilkinson and the amazing Tim ****ING Curry and...MAGIC. Nice little blinkandyou'llmissit cameo by Christopher Lee and I'm loving myself. Ignore the critics who panned this, if you want a nice little slice of fried gold, I say buy a decent used copy.
Just watched "Water for Elephants." I will say that I don't like the way Reese Witherspoon looks in this movie. I love, love Robert Pattinson. I didn't feel any chemistry between the two. I did love the period clothing/costumes & scenery. The story was very interesting, but I probably wish I would've watched it with another leading actress, perhaps, a brunette, not a platinum blond. From what I hear, in the book she's a brunette. I wish they would've picked a goddess-like young actress & placed her in this role instead. Reese's attitude, persona seems a bit modern for this role. I don't know, I watched it and I was left thinking, "Meh, could've been better."
I watched Black Swan today. Horrible movie. Though, extremely HOT women. I especially like the lesbian sex scene. Anything and everything else was total rubbish. They seriously, need to come up with better story lines. I'm getting tired of stupid movies like this one.
See Adgy's review. He says way better than I would. But I will add that I was surprised, I enjoyed it more than I thought it would. Gina Carano was better than I thought she would be and I agree with Adgy: she would be great as Wonder Woman. I know some are turned off by the fact she is a former MMA fighter and some has described her as "manish". I thought she cleaned up quite well and was pretty hot in a lot of scenes.
Gina looking hot.
Let me start by saying that I am sucker for movies like this. I am a bit of a WWII buff and especially the aircraft, so I was dying to see this. So therefore I liked it, despite it's many flaws. Keep in mind that it was done by good ol' George Lucas and all know the path he taken in his later movies. I get the idea he wanted this to be a "family" movie and I can see why: This is a story that should be told. The fact that so little is known by people today about the Tuskegee Airmen and the first black airmen is sort of shameful. So Lucas wanted this to be accessible to all. If you are expecting "Saving Private Ryan" with airplanes you will disappointed. It is not a gritty, hard movie that shows the horrors or war. You get an idea with a few scenes of bombers being shot down and the terror of being on those planes as they plunge in flames out of the sky but it is pretty mild. There are cliches and some pretty goofy lines, the German flight leader, who is the nemesis in the movie, looks like a bond villain with his blond hair, piercing blue eyes and menacing scar. BTW they one of the lines that made me cringe was when said German flight leader snarled a line in German and the subtitle read "Die you foolish African!" WTF? But the air combat scenes are pretty good ( some are unrealistic but hey, it is a movie) and it cool to see the planes in action. And the German flight leader has a bad-ass 109.
One complaint I have, and this is a bit technical and this movie is not alone in this, is why is it the Germans only fly BF-109s and Me-262 in movies? Were the hell are the FW-190s? They were actually better planes than the 109s. And they were made in large numbers. In fact the ME-262s, the jet fighters, were usually accompanied by an escort of 190-Ds as they were easy targets during take off and landing. Also the 190-D was hell of a plane, it could more than hold its own against the best Allied fighters So first the 262 would tear through a bomber formation and cause havoc, the the 190-ds would scream through and do more damage. Some historians say that if Germany would have had more of the 190-Ds sooner the air war might have been different. So why are they never in WII movies?
A model of a Fock Wulf 190-D in the 262 escort squadron.
Sort of a downer of a movie. A group of guys survive a horrific plane crash in the middle of nowhere only to set upon by a pack of wolves. Liam Neeson is great as always and the story is simple but holds your attention. But like I said a bit of downer, this is a group of broken men with sketchy painful pasts trying to survive in an extremely hostile environment and things are not going well. But I liked it.
The other thing is it is a reminder how deadly wolves are if you tangle with them. I think in modern times we forget just terrifying having a wolf nearby was for people back in the day. Now days an expert hunter sets out some dead animal as bait, hides in a blind and pops the wolf with high powered rifle when it shows up. But back in the day.............. well, there is a reason why wolves are the villains in so many fairy-tails. Or why werewolves were thought to exist. In the Middle Ages wolves were cunning, deadly creatures that at times would terrorize towns and villages. There is a wolf about? No way you want to go into the forest. When I was in Yellowstone last year I was talking to a park ranger and complained that I had seen a lot of animals but not a wolf. He told me that was a good thing, you only want to see wolves a great distance, because if you see one close while you are hiking or camping you may be in trouble. If they are that close they are deciding whether to attack you or not. One night we did hear wolves howl in the distance and it was pretty eerie. I don't know if wolves are that relentless as they are in this movie, after all it is a movie, but it shows you just how nasty wolves are.
I had a couple of hours to kill. Not bad but pretty standard stuff, nothing memorable. Years from now when you talk about movies with friends you won't quote lines from this movie or recount scenes. But that said it was not horrible. If you have seen the trailer you know what to expect. The plus is Elizabeth Banks is in it and I have always liked her.
And Genesis Rodriguez is diabolical.
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So I saw this for the first time tonight.
Am I to understand that the feeling of "what the f***?" it generates is supposed to mirror the feelings of Duke and Gonzo?
I watched it start to finish even though I was really out as of the 30 minutes mark waiting for some kind of payoff. Of course, there was none and there was just nothing entertaining about it.
"Only a numbskull thinks he knows things about things he knows nothing about."
"It's understanding that makes it possible for people like us to tolerate a person like yourself."
You have to watch it while you're wasted, Darbs.
I did and I am better for it!
Only by living absurdly is it possible to break out of this infinite absurdity.
Been on a horror movie binge the past month and this month. Watched a ton, guess I'll list them off.
Hostel I and II
The Exorcism of Emily Rose
The Last Broadcast
The Girl Next Door (not the one with Elisha Cuthbert)
Eyes Without A Face
The Omen (the original)
Midnight Meat Train
I enjoyed alot of them, I didn't really care for Hostel II, Midnight Meat Train, Secret Window, Session 9, and The Shrine. My favorite ones were Hostel, May, and Insidious. The one that disturbed me the most was The Girl Next Door. I cringe even thinking about it because of all the sick, gruesome, and horrid things that occur, and it's compounded by the fact that there was no paranormal stuff or monsters - it very well could happen in real life.
I've watched a few non-horror movies as well that were good.
I love Polanski films. The Tenant shows the main character gradually becoming paranoid and mentally unstable. And like so many of his movies, the ending packs a real punch.
I'm a huge Gasper Noe fan, he certainly isn't one to shy away from visceral, graphic, and disturbing content. The main character has a pretty warped view of the world and is not someone you sympathize with. It's a masterful character study and kept me engaged from start to finish.
If JD, Adgy, or anyone else can recommend any other good horror flicks, particularly ones that involve paranormal stuff as well as suspenseful movies that have some basis in reality, I'd be very grateful.
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