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Stir of Echoes (1999)
David Koepp finally atones for "Mission: Impossible"
With "Stir of Echoes", David Koepp finally manages to make up for his past transgressions. While the script for "Mission: Impossible" was nearly incomprehensible, the screenplay and direction for "Stir of Echoes" is almost unerringly dead on target. Kevin Bacon plays a regular guy in Chicago. A good looking wife, a young boy, a tough but okay job and moonlights in a rock band. When his wife tells him that she thinks she's pregnant again (which means that he'll have to work more and probably give up the and), Bacon begins to feel that his goals in life, his attempts to do something really special, have passed him by. Later, while at a party with friends, Bacon allows his sister in law (played with a great New Age flakiness by Illyana Douglas), to hypnotize him. While under, Bacon receives images from a dead girl who went missing six months earlier. From this point on, Bacon becomes obsessed with what the girl is trying to tell him. He begins to feel like this is his one opportunity to do something that matters and it doesn't go down well with the wife.
Koepp manages to create a neighborhood we'd all like to live in, only to peel the surface layer away to show us that evil can exist anywhere in anyone. In short, one of the better film out of the current crop of horror / supernatural / suspense films on the market and well worth the ticket price. ***** out of *****
Truly original film worthy of cult following
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai has withstood critical blasting and a studio that tried to kill it to become one of the quirkiest little cult films in the past 20 years. Stocked with a cast of actors and actresses who were all on the verge of becoming big, "Banzai" is just plain fun. A pulp character that was never printed in pulp magazines brought to life, a Doc Savage for the 80's, Buckaroo is something you watch for pure enjoyment, not personal enlightenment.
You are who you eat.....
One of the most intelligently written and acted horror films I've seen in years. Forget the "Scream" films - this is true horror but with a darkly humorous twist. The film take an interesting turn on the cannibalism by infusing native legends of the wendigo (wen-dee-go), an ancient demon that would eat men and steal their strength. Using this premise, the cannibals of "Ravenous" gain strength and great recouperative powers from the eating of human flesh. Robert Carlyle as the prime cannibal plays his part almost like a vampire - trying to lead some people onto the path while looking for more prime cuts to put in the camp's stew. Definitely worth checking out!