Change Your Image
Upload An Image
Crop And Save
Full sequence? It should be FORGOTTEN sequence . . .
Oh, where to begin! The first film at least had something of a plot, where the horror crept over the viewer gradually, almost as if they were one of the three unfortunates that would compose the human centipede slowly realizing what was about to happen to them. Visceral, intense and not for the squeamish, to be sure . . .
That established, how could they possibly come up with this steaming pile of garbage? Others can say all they want about it being the chronicle of a madman - it nonetheless fails spectacularly at such a characterization. The sheer concept alone is a sophomoric attempt to simply shock.
How about using the first film as a starting point, and have it so that the doctor was actually part of a group of sick and depraved like minded fellow surgeons who perform similar vivisection experimentation. Imagine the possibilities if the girl who survived the first sequence were taken away by members of such a group before the authorities got there, to be subjected and witness to worse horrors beyond which she has already suffered . . . ? It could still be done, however, as apparently none of it really happened except in the mind of the antagonist all along, if the final scene was any indication.
Bottom line - save your time and avoid this mess.
Zombie Apocalypse (2011)
Zombie Apocalypse? More like a writing, directing, and acting apocalypse!
What can I say about this stinker? Yet another "SyFy Channel Original Movie" - otherwise known as a poorly produced steaming pile of schlock. It actually took two writers to come up with this garbage? It isn't even good for purely mocking purposes. Makeup people - when you feature a zombie in a fight, make sure you glue down their prosthetics! Computer animation effects team - you have to animate the rounds going into the gun, not just the empty shells exiting the breach . . . Ving, what happened to your career? Whew!
How is it remotely possible that SyFy can produce such great original series, but the absolute WORST movies? For good zombie fare, check out "The Walking Dead," where you actually care about the characters and the writing, direction and acting are solid. Don't waste your time - avoid this one at all costs!
What could have been a first rate thriller with a third rate script
I'd been looking forward to seeing Untraceable. Its viral marketing was mildly intriguing, whereby accessing the killer's website led to a series of flash puzzles ultimately leading to the film's trailer. The premise, using the Internet as a murder weapon, also held some promise. Unfortunately, these concepts are squandered on a third rate script.
Diane Lane. The concept itself, while reminiscent of SAW, with a technological twist.
The identity of the killer is revealed 40 min into the film. Shameless, absolutely unnecessary plug for the Onstar System 10 minutes into the film. The ending was somewhat rushed, and as such felt anti-climactic. The killer's motivation is simple revenge.
All in all, Untraceable isn't too bad - but it definitely leaves you with disappointed expectations.
A surprisingly taut, psychological science fiction thriller . . .
I had my doubts about this one, as its limited release precluded the recognition it deserves. Reviewing the premise only made it seem mildly interesting, but I gave it a shot, and was glad for it . . .
The writing is tight, with nary a scene wasted. The performances are excellent, making you care about the fate of the crew, especially in the scenes of self sacrifice. The music evoked the proper mood of such a dire mission.
A strong case may be made that "Sunshine" parallels "2001: A Space Odyssey", "Event Horizon", and the original "Alien." But if such is done in a new way that works and doesn't feel derivative, all the better. The line between homage and derivation can be a fine one, but Sunshine manages to walk it with aplomb.
Alpha Dog (2006)
Could have been great . . .
. . . but instead the movie unfortunately suffers primarily from poor pacing. It's a shame, since all the elements are there to make a great film - cameos from some big name actors, the tension between the two main characters, a bevy of beautiful young actresses, the kidnap, and the eventual descent into madness from which there is no return. The story itself is compelling in and of itself, and by its very nature has a lot of potential. A few snips here and there in the editing stage would have made this film what it could have been. That and more screen time for the beguiling Amanda Seyfried, who should be in a lot more movies with a minimal amount of clothing. The film would also have benefited from an expansion of a love story between Zack and Julie (Amanda Seyfried), making his murder that much more tragic.
General storyline, Amanda Seyfried, Justin Timberlake - proving again he has serious acting chops, Sharon Stone - I bought her in the mother role, although the fat makeup strained credulity.
Pacing, the labeling of each of the extra characters as "Witness #_" didn't necessarily have a payoff.
Not bad, but also not worth all the accolades . . . .
When any film starts creating buzz and garnering awards, I have to check it out to see what the deal is . . . . I found Juno to be OK, but not as great as its buzz claims though it could have been with a few conscientious alterations.
There is a great deal to like, certainly Ellen Page's performance, the treatment of teenage pregnancy in general, and the interplay of the characters. Unfortunately, the picture was marred by several things that either didn't ring true, or make sense within the confines of the narrative. The reaction of Juno's parents to the announcement of her pregnancy was blasé to the extreme! The stepmother's reaction I can almost understand but the father? Didn't buy it to him it was as big a deal as someone putting saccharine instead of sugar in his morning coffee!
The character of Juno herself was a bundle of contradiction. On one hand she seems to be wise beyond her years, and in other ways she's helpless. That might seem to make sense in the wake of her pregnancy, thus making the story more poignant, but somehow it just doesn't quite work. Juno's bonding with Mark was a pleasantly unexpected turn, but it went nowhere, and then Mark just disappears from the movie in the third act! When Juno tells her father that she knows someone that makes her feel accepted, I thought she was talking about Mark! I was surprised when she went to Paulie, especially based on his recent behavior in the third act of the movie. As such, her choice didn't ring true enough. If he was the one Juno chose, some voice-over narration throughout the flick indicating her caring for him would have made it make a bit more sense . . .
The music was, in a word, awful. The choice to use it was perhaps to give the movie more of an indie feel, but that still doesn't make it good. Maybe having Ellen Page sing all the songs would have worked, dovetailing into the duet she has with Michael Cera at the end that would have made sense both actually and metaphorically.
All in all, Juno was a pleasant exercise, full of a potential that could have been realized had the film makers taken the time to step back from the work and see that the forest didn't look quite right for the trees.
Popular yes, but that doesn't make it good . . .
Sure the show pulls high ratings, provokes fevered discussion and might even be fun for its viewers. They've assembled a tight trio of judges with good natured rapport and enough of a comprehensive critical eye to weed through the shallow, fame-craving riff-raff . . . however . . . I am here to bury Idol, not to praise it! At most the show is a guilty pleasure, as hollowly insubstantial as it is trite. It's best fit as passive, ultimately forgettable recreation for a preadolescent audience with no other life concern except perhaps their schoolwork. The final irony is that all of the "American Idols" picked by the judges and the viewers, with the possible exception of Carrie Underwood, have sooner or later vanished from the formerly adoring public eye that created them! Despite this repeated repudiation of its mere existence, the ungainly behemoth that is American Idol nonetheless slouches towards us each seasonal cycle, waiting to be born anew in all its false idolatric 'splendor' . . .
Sprint, don't run away from seeing this movie
Amazing that Soderberg, who directed the great sex, lies and videotape, would put this out at this point in his directorial career. Like many other films, it suffers from a severe lack of editing. It might actually have been compelling if it was tweaked a bit and shortened to 30 minutes or less. Worse than the film are the DVD "extras," especially the making of the movie. I expect watching Parmesan cheese age would be more more fun. On the bright side, though, the DVD could serve as an excellent cure for Insomnia. The experiment of releasing a film in theaters and DVD at the same time has yet to be fully explored. First, however, you have to have a good film . . .. .
A dramatic journey into the 'human' origin of the last son of Krypton!
Despite the debacle that was Lois and Clark, I had high hopes for this current rendition of the Superman mythos. I can honestly say that they were surpassed beyond my wildest expectations . . . .
Intelligently written and extremely well acted, "Smallville" incorporates the usual problems of a "normal" teen just trying to just fit in and find love and acceptance with the destined background of an alien fated to become Earth's greatest hero. Instead of hitting us over the head with all the familiar aspects of the Superman canon, the show introduces it gradually, also peppering each show with the errant bit of wry dialog portending the destiny awaiting young Clark Kent.
To expound on the world outside Smallville, the producers have mentioned the possibility of other characters visiting the Kansas town, not the least of which is a certain individual named Bruce from Gotham City. . .
Fanboys may take issue with the depiction of certain aspects of some characters, like how Jonathan and Martha each specifically deal with their adopted son's normal (and super) growth or the casting of a black Pete Ross and a mixed heritage (Chinese/dutch) Lana Lang, but such nitpicking is ridiculous and ultimately meaningless. Smallville delivers on all levels - drama, adventure, wry humor, solid writing/acting - and deserves a long, successful run.