Aswang - I am actively wanting to watch every single title that Mondo Macabro releases and I got a copy of this DVD cheap on eBay. It's a super low budget horror flick about a rich couple who wants to buy a pregnant teen's unwanted baby. After documents are signed, the husband and the pregnant teen drive out to his secluded estate where his old, ailing mother and her assistant live. And then the teen finds out she should have read the fine print. Pretty solid. For a no budget movie, they do a decent job with effects and the movie manages to be surprising and even intense some times. I was a little disappointed in it initially after some of the reviews I read built it up, but after thinking about it, I decided I liked it. Worth a rent, at least.
Hick - I watched this despite the lukewarm reviews solely because a lot of those same reviews praised Chloe Moretz's performance highly. I honestly think she's one of the best, if not the best, young actress in Hollywood today, so I gave it a shot and felt pretty much the same as most reviewers. The script/plot is kinda ho-hum, but the performances elevate the movie to slightly better than average. I wouldn't really recommend it to anyone, unless you are also fascinated watching Moretz continue to impress.
Heavyweights - The lady likes this movie and wanted me to watch it with her, so I did. It was co-written by Judd Apatow and had Ben Stiller doing a role very similar to the one he played in Dodgeball, so why not? It was good for what it was. I don't really care if I never see it again, but I wouldn't be bothered if I did.
The Yakuza - Robert Mitchum and Ken Takakura vs the Japanese underworld. What's not to like? I saw this on a list of the 25 best Yakuza movies ever made recently, which is what made me decide to bump it up on the priority list. It was good, enjoyable and Ken Takakura was awesome, but I don't think it belongs anywhere near any Top 25 yakuza movies list. MAYBE Top 50.
The Virgin Spring - The main inspiration for The Last House On The Left (not sure if it qualifies as an actual remake), I've been wanting to see this for ****ing ever and it finally showed up on Turner Classics. And it was great. Obviously not going to please all fans of Craven's excellent interpretation, but if you've got the patience to sit through the slow build up, the climax and ending are fantastic. Max Von Sydow plays the dad, too, so that was cool. I would consider buying this if Criterion ever gets around to releasing it on Blu.
The Campaign - Moderately funny, mostly when the two of them were clearly ad-libbing. Worth a rent, maybe, but otherwise fairly forgettable. Though I did like Dylan McDermott a lot in it.
Battleship - ****ing hell, this movie blew. It was awesome that Tadanobu Asano, one of my favorite actors, got such a big part as the captain of the Japanese vessel, but... goddamn, this movie sucked. I hope Rhianna's finished with her "acting" experiment and I hope she takes Brooklyn Decker into "acting" retirement with her. The film gets some points for the stuff with the naval veterans that was a nice nod, but... that's about it.
Magic Mike - Yep. The lady wanted to watch it, and because it's a Soderbergh movie and because Olivia Munn is topless in it, we gave it a try. it may surprise you to learn that she actually turned it off after about an hour, complaining of boredom. She really does not care for Soderbergh at all. I think he's hit and miss. I was fine with the movie up until she decided it was over, but I didn't care enough to want to finish it without her. I got to see what I wanted to see (in the first scene!) and it was kind of all downhill from there as far as that goes.
Brave - As far as Pixar movies goes, this was nowhere near as epic, funny or emotional as you'd expect, but it was still pretty enjoyable.
Premium Rush - Can you tell there was a free HBO/Starz/Cinemax preview weekend? This one was fun. JGL and Michael Shannon were both pretty great and the stunt work was damn impressive. Nothing spectacular, but better than I would have expected. Definitely worth a rent.
Prince Of Darkness - What in the name of **** do people have against this movie? i thought it was ****ing awesome and worthy of John Carpenter's reputation. Maybe it doesn't quite belong with the top tier of his flicks like Halloween and The Thing, but it most certainly stands alongside, if not above, stuff like They Live and In The Mouth Of Madness. It was creepy, it was gross, it was suspenseful and I thought the idea of it all was ****ing great. I WILL own the upcoming Blu-ray.
...and what did you think of it, IDF?
It started out with promise, but really didn't go anywhere, like a bad Masters of Horror episode. Haha. Easily the worst Smith movie I've seen, but I haven't seen Jersey Girl or Cop Out so there's that. ;)
Because I am a huge Poe fan there were some things that I liked about the film and Cusak's performance was solid enough, but I wasn't completely satisfied with the plot and ending.
Tucker & Dale vs Evil
Now this was a pleasant surprise. One of the best horror comedies I've seen.
X-Men First Class
You know, this is the first X-men movie that I've seen from beginning to end. *shrugs* It was really good, actually, and now I want to watch the sequel. ;)
I thought this was okay, but it could've been better.
I like parts of it and the loved the visuals, but it left me cold as a whole. Not as good as Taymor's adaptation of Titus. :/
Wow. What a WASTED opportunity.
And folks, that trite joke is a gazillion times more funny/entertaining than this movie. Good lord I feel so bad for Lara Flynn Boyle. Plastic surgery is a killer. Carey Elwes is unrecognizable in a cameo...god I want my $10 back.
I had high hopes for this one after seeing the trailer jd posted in the sci-fi thread. A bunch of scientists travel to the ice-moon Europa in search of life, and things start going wrong. Not exactly the most original of premises but I love that stuff if well executed. Unfortunately this movie doesn't quite reach that desired level. It's a bit uneventful and lacking in drama when it comes to the day to day stuff. Space travel can be incredibly compelling even when very little is happening but it just falls a bit flat. I think the movie suffers a bit from having unnecessarily chopped up the timeline. But at the same time it had some refreshing angles to the movie, like the crew not losing their **** and keeping their eyes on the bigger picture when bad things happen. None of that "we should have never come here" horror cliche. If you're a fan of space exploration movies with a dab of horror check it out, if not don't worry about it.
Jack the Giant Slayer
I was expecting something big, dumb and mildly entertaining and for better or worse, that's exactly what I got. I wouldn't recommend it.