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Body of War (2007)
Moving and Inspiring
Recently, there have been a glut of documentary films and narrative fiction features released at festivals and in theatres that have been focusing on the current Iraq conflict. Many of these films are have been content to gloss over the conflict or have been intent to provide the typical shock tactics to frighten or hammer conservatives or provide further fuel for the fire, without allowing audiences with a genuine connection or emotional investment. This is not the case with the incredibly engaging and passionate BODY OF WAR. Ellen Spiro ands Phil Donahue's documentary smartly focuses on an engaging, brave and resilient protagonist who gives audiences an opportunity to connect with an actual survivor of the Iraq conflict. BODY OF WAR is a film that unlike other films currently focusing on the conflict, sets out to inspire others to stand alongside the film's hero and hopefully make a difference.
To All a Goodnight (1980)
Way too harsh on this
OK People come on... TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT , may be marred by some poor lighting, but overall this is a serviceable and nasty lil' holiday treat. There are some fantastic kills in it, and hell anything directed by Mr. Hess, Written by The Incredible Melting man and starring 80's teen film regular Jenny Runyon, is well worth the price of admission. If anything, watch it for a Plane propeller killing. Worth a rental. Keep your eyes peeled for a DVD release. I mean, if Christmas Evil can get a fantastic repackaging, then surely something like this can get some decent treatment. 7 out of 10 definitely, for a myriad of great gruesome deaths.
Tarantino BOTCHES THE FUN
OK, So yes I went in totally jazzed, I'm a big fan of both guys, and truly figured they would give it their all. Well... I was disappointed, but only in QT's ability to forget he was making an homage to grindhouse cinema not a Grindhouse style homage to his own films.
I find it a bit arrogant to spend entire parts of your tribute to a style of cinema and an era and basically talk about your own movies, and make references to things from your other films (Foot Massages, Big Kahuna Burger, etc.). Its a real shame, because tons of people in the screening I was at were walking out in his movie, hell I did.
But... I Was happy I came back for the finale of Death Proof, with some killer stunt work by my pal Zoe Bell (Subject of the stuntwoman doc, DOUBLE DARE) She goes over the top on this, and makes this film almost worthwhile. But truly, Tarantino comes way too close to shooting himself in the foot. Save the dialogue for the art-house crowd, we want T&A and car crashes and blood from our Grindhouse films.
Planet Terror, well,,, All I'll say is well it is what is, and it hits all the marks. I loved it!
BTW, the faux trailers are topnotch also, THANKSGIVING is easilly Eli Roth's best film. Let's just let him make shorts or trailers from now on.
Bottoms Up (2006)
Why I'm giving this a 10
OK, So here is the deal this is certainly not Preston Sturges, but there truly are worse films out there than this. I mean I can't really live in a world where The Passion of the Christ is not on a list of worst films, or where Larry The Cable Guy goes middle of the pack on this list, which reminds me, I'm hoping enough people see The Hamster Cage, because its incredibly bad, let try and get that film on here for the ages.
Here's hoping films other than a low brow , indie comedy can while being bad can give way to true stinkers. An yes The Hamster Cage was also a low budget indie, but compared to Bottoms Up , The Hamster Cage is auspisciously bad, and takes itself a lot more seriously.
Another Gay Movie (2006)
Incredibly disappointing film from a talented writer/director
With the exception of a few funny moments, this is a completely unsatisfying comedy, from the pen of the man who brought us such gay classics as Edge of Seventeen and Gypsy 83. The film borders on the verge of plagiarism, literally stealing jokes completely from other low brow comedy classics. Its not original just because you have gay characters reenact classic scenes from Dumb and Dumber, American Pie, etc.
The Actors certainly are not to blame, they certainly go for it in every way , but when a comic genius like Scott Thompson, can barely muster a laugh out of a script, then that must be the problem.
Granted there are some definite positives, Graham Norton is quite wonderful and over the top, and Jonah Blechman goes all out and gives a fitfully funny performance. Also keep your eyes and ears open for some wonderful sight gags, and queer historical pop culture references.
With these exceptions, Another Gay Movie, is just another gay bore.
Unbelievably entertaining and messy genre entry
I'm rather surprised at some of the negative comments posted here about the film. I just got back from Montreal where the film just had it stellar North American premiere at the always incredible Fantasia festival, one that packs in the very best from around the globe, and Wilderness does not disappoint. I totally bought into this film. Its chock full of jumps, great kills, and really awesome amounts of gore. This is a total horror and genre geek must see! Its an amped up, highly charged popcorn movie with a damn great young cast. If Lions Gate or someone does not pick this up, they are bloody insane!! This is film gets me really charged up for the next Michael J. Bassett offering.
Decent, campy fun!
CREATURES FROM THE PINK LAGOON, is a goofy send up of 50's monster movies, that gloriously and at times hilariously sends up every gay stereotype abound. Judy Garland, sex toys, butch/femme dynamics, etc. This film embraces those stereotypes, in a loving and sly way, and its those things, plus a variety of stock character types, and Ed Wood nods (giant monster mosquitoes, gloriously low key set pieces) that keep this piece at a high click. Where CREATURES suffers is when it decides to incorporate its gory violent moments. I love gory movies, but the films tone shifts so dramatically, that you forget at times you're watching a parody and send up, and it just turns into a painfully bad gore zombie movie. Luckily for us, the able cast of theatre veterans go for the gusto, and manage to chew the necessary scenery required to save the film from falling into this pit. The final issue will be the video format, a good run through a film look process could only enhance the film's above average lensing, and give it a much needed authentic feel.
For fans of 50's queer satire, this will provide more laughs than disappointing fare like Straight Jacket, and signals an interesting new voice amongst queer filmmakers.
5th World (2005)
Masterful and moving!!
5th World may just be the best American Indie to come along in the last 5 years. Nods to Tarkovsky, Bela Tarr, Maya Deren and, of course, Cassavettes, are evident in this devastatingly beautiful love story, which deserves to be seen by a wide audience of sophisticated cinephiles. Not everyone will fall in Love with this film, nor appreciate all of its magic. Blackhorse Lowe is as exciting a new voice as Apichatpong Weeresthakul, and hopefully will continue to create more challenging, provocative features. The Performances are also something magical, the improvisational dialogue is pitch perfect, and the visual palette is lush and soothing. BRAVO! BRAVO! BRAVO!
The Nightowls of Coventry (2004)
A Competently made, well acted little Pic!!
Nightowls of Coventry, has a light hearted charm that allows it to flow smoothly through it's tight 75 minutes. A cast of veteran character actors with a long list of television and film credits between them helps the film's banter keep moving at full speed. While the film certainly has it's flaws , it is an easy, delightful way to spend time at the movies. The best element of the film is it's overall look, ably helped by acclaimed rising star cinematographer Caroline Constantine from Australia, who has most notably shot award winning shorts for another rising star filmmaker Carla Drago. Overall this is a delightful fluid first feature that will appeal to a wide base audience but will certainly be a hit with the Jewish film audiences!!
A Queer Cinematic masterpiece!!
A Queer cinematic masterpiece. A brooding ,slow burning love story about a disgraced, suicidal bankrupt bondsman, who is helped by a gay, homeless drifter. The two decide to set out together to find a new beginning, as the drifter falls slowly in love with the straight bondsman. This is a gorgeous, tragic love story, teaming with style. The gentle, climax of the love story will have viewers swooning and sighing.
The film is stylistically a cross between Wong Kar Wai's Happy Together and the fractured family story style of Tsai Ming Liang's The River. A Majestic, Breathtaking, and heartwrenchingly tragic screen debut for South Korean helmer In-Shik Kim !!