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Dead of the Nite (2013)
Tony Todd owns the screen
Just watched dead of the nite and really enjoyed it.
Some great homages to some more well known movies, the story was original and had me guessing right up to the end. A decent cast includes Tony Todd who owns the screen as he does in every film he is in.
Cicely Tennant is a good leading lady, really plays up her role as the "desperate to be famous" drama queen and it was nice to see a fleeting cameo from scream queen Suzi Lorraine.
The film was made with a very small budget and gets a far too low mark from some on here so i'm giving it a ten as it deserves better recognition. Well done to all involved, I look forward to future projects.
A Dirty Shame (2004)
An absolutely dreadful John Waters sex-"comedy" about a middle aged woman called Sylvia Stickles (Tracey Ullman)who after a meeting with a mystical tow truck driver and a bump on the head, becomes transformed into a sex addict.
From here on the whole town seem getting "bumps" on the head and the whole place becomes an uncontrollable sex mad den.
It really is bottom of the barrel stuff, more cringe-worthy than funny. What on earth attracted a pretty good cast to this appalling junk is a mystery. The whole film is full of over the top annoying characters and seems to go on and on forever.
avoid at all costs.
daft, yet fun teen horror flick
"Decoys" is a fun low budget teen horror about two guys, Luke and Roger trying to hook up with the (any of) the beautiful girls on campus. But when Luke sees something unusual, he begins to suspect that theirs something not quite right, and some of the girls may be in fact aliens!
A virtually unknown cast is aided by former Baywatch beauty Nicolle Eggert in a supporting role, Meghan Ory a standout as Alex, the slightly geeky (yet smolderingly sexy) friend of the two leads.
Not to be taken seriously by any means, it's a tongue in cheek, enjoyably daft "B" movie full of cute college girls
.need I say more!
Beyond the City Limits (2001)
A bit of a "rip off"
Sergei and Yuri are two small time Russian crooks who are attempting to hit the big time by ripping off a casino with the aid of a security guard and a couple of bent cops.
Misha (Nastassja Kinski) and Lexi (Alison Hannigan) are their Girlfriends, two of society's misfits with no real goals in life.
After an argument between Yuri and Lexi, the girls are kicked out of their house and by chance meet Helena (Jennifer Esposito) , an old friend of Mishas who has just got divorced from (yet still lives with) her loser cop husband Jack (Todd Field).
The girls decide to try and get in on the Casino job, and get revenge on the men in their lives who have betrayed them yet things go far from smooth, and anything but as planned.
"Rip it off" is only mildly entertaining at best and it isn't really a surprise that this confused and all in all uninteresting film sunk without trace here in the UK. The characters are either annoying or nasty and it's very hard to sympathise with anyone involved. Its watchable but really does fall quite wide of the mark.
The Day After Tomorrow (2004)
Flawed, yet still enjoyable.
Big scale, Big budget, money no object, special effects extravaganza about a climatologist, Jack Hall (Dennis Quaid) who notices that an abrupt, and massive, change of climate about to happen that could destroy the worked as we know it. Hall must try to figure out a way to prepare the world for what is about to happen. He must also get to his teenage son (Jake Gyllenhaal) in New York, which is being taken over by a new ice age.
Its cheesy, but surprisingly enjoyable, with frighteningly realistic special effects. The plot may not hold up to close scrutiny but the movie still has enough to keep you interested throughout.
From the makers of the 1996 smash hit Independence Day, this film knocks spots off that one, and provides good entertainment for the best part of two hours.
Before Sunrise (1995)
Funny, Real, Romantic yet tragic
A brilliantly observed story about a 20-somthing American man who meets a French girl on a train traveling through Europe.
Hawke and Delpy are fantastic as the young couple, Jesse and Celine who meet, who hit it off immediately and fall in love - for one night only. They know that they only have the few hours together before sunrise, before they have to go back to their normal lives, Jesse in America and Celine back in France.
A real gem of a film, totally unique - the whole film is basically a 2 character show, and you are right there beside them both as they discuss their hopes, dreams, ambitions, fears and their lives in general. Recommended viewing.
Freaky Friday (2003)
Great fun - Jamie's best role for years.
Fun and harmless remake of the popular 1977 Disney film of the same name.
Jamie and Lindsay star as a mother and teenage daughter, who don't exactly see eye to eye. They constantly argue and don't understand each others livelihoods and problems in any way shape or form. That is of course until they are magically transferred into each others bodies for a day with genuinely funny consequences.
Despite the over familiarity of this type of subject, it is handed with real skill and does more than enough to have you chuckling throughout and basically watching the stars make fools of themselves! Lindsay Lohan is great, but the real star of the show is Jamie Lee Curtis in her best performance for years, she clearly enjoys herself in her role as mother (and daughter!!).
The Descent (2005)
Entertaining British Horror
Neil Marshall follows on from his previous Brit-Horror outing, Dog Soldiers, with this tense gory offering about a group of female friends who every year meet up and participate in an adventure, this years excursion is Caving, in deepest darkest middle of nowhere.
Interesting characters and a tense storyline make this movie well worth watching and proves that Marshall really has got his finger on the pulse of what is a difficult genre to come up with new and interesting ideas. He does though, in parts, borrow from other movie makers to good effect and keeps you guessing as well as thinking about this film until well after the thought provoking ending.
Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)
One of the most enjoyable movies of the 1980's
Fun, fast, and at times farcical with characters you care about and situations so funny they can make you fall off your seat.
Neal Paige is a marketing executive who is on his way back to his home in Chicago for thanksgiving. His first problem is he's running late, his 2nd problem is he seems to run into traveling shower curtain salesman Del Griffith at every turn. Things go from bad to worse and what should be a straight forward journey home turns into a journey through hell.
John Hughes clearly enjoys himself directing his fantastic script and throwing in a few Hughes regulars in show stealing small roles. Look for Kevin Bacon (She's having a Baby), and "Ferris Buellerites" Edie McClurg, Ben Stein and Lyman Ward.
sit back, buckle up and enjoy the mayhem!!
All the Way (1999)
All the Way (.....to the charity shop with the rest of my junk)
A Great fun idea A twenty-something guy needs to raise $30,000 in order to save his mothers house from being repossessed by the bank and his friends offer to help raise the cash needed by pooling their talents and making a porno movie!
The result is far from fun, it's a muddled bore with a script that's so awful it makes the scriptwriters fellow countrymen who write the likes of "Sons and Daughters" and "Home and Away" look like "best script" Oscar contenders.
The acting is also pretty substandard to say the least. All in all, a great big Australian mess.
More 'stay away' than 'All the way' - don't bother with this one.