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8 Murders a Day (2011)
Documentary about an important subject that could have been better.
8 Murders a Day jumped out at me as an important documentary about an important subject, the drug war and the problem with the cartels and corruption in Mexico. It falls short though, adds very little in the way of facts and information, contains mostly very blurry footage and a repetitive soundtrack, and soundtrack is stretching it, the same sound loop is played over and over throughout the documentary even through the final credits. This causes the movie to be especially boring and although one isn't supposed to enjoy this movie about atrocities, it is very distracting. Yes, legalizing drugs in the U.S. would put the cartels out of business and probably stop most of the violence on both sides of the borders, but because leaders get so much money and power from it on both sides of the border, it isn't likely to ever happen. People in positions of power like the status quo and will fight any efforts to change it.
Year One (2009)
Blasphemy and Atheistic world view poorly disguised as comedy....
I only gave this movie a 2 instead of a 1 because IMDb moderates extremely low and extremely high scores. Year One, while looking like a spoof on Quest for Fire, 1000000 Years B.C. and other "prehistoric" movies is just a painfully blasphemous and sacrilegious movie making fun of the Bible and Judaism with the primary theme being that it's a sham and people should make their own destiny because God and religion are just made up ideas to control people with. A typical blasphemy in the film, Jack Black refers to his privates as the "holy of holies" in one scene that should be particularly reprehensible to mainstream America, regardless of your religious or anti-religious persuasion because it isn't funny, it's disrespectful. Then, there is the poor writing, poor acting, and generally juvenile hi jinks usually associated with Jack Black films (excepting King Kong, which was excellent).
Good movie, we need more movies like this!
While in some parts of this movie, they treat the word "creationist" as if it were a dirty word, somewhat like the treatment of a "conspiracy theorist", when, in simple fact, if you believe God created life, then you are a Creationist, period. So since most people claim to believe this, then Creationist should not be an insulting title to anyone, whether layman or member of the "scientific community". The fact that this documentary has a low rating is most likely because of people who haven't seen it, rating it based on how they feel about the creation/evolution debate. I notice that instead of critiquing the movie, most people want to critique Darwinism or Creationism here. Ben Stein has made an important and entertaining movie about people being unfair, closed-minded, elitist, and in some cases, hypocritical. This is an important movie and I hope many people will see it and give the topics presented a great deal of thought. The amount of contempt and animosity that this topic stirs up in people almost makes you wonder if there is some diabolical force behind people that desperately wants them to believe there is no God.
The Girl Next Door (2007)
Feels like a kick in the gut-ouch! We cried.
While the movie should not be banned, I think it should come with a strong warning on the DVD box as some people not familiar with writers like Jack Ketchum, Edward Lee, and Charlee Jacob, might not know what they are in for, as these are some of the most hardcore writers getting published today, they are known for writing very explicit, visceral horror that makes Stephen King look like a pussycat in comparison, (no offense, Mr. King, we love your work!)
I've enjoyed reading the comments for this movie, and I see from reading these that the movie affected other viewers much as it affected my wife and I. Wow, this is really a nasty, vicious story and hard to watch. Unlike some horror movies where you might laugh at the killer, i.e. Freddy Krueger or even root for him, like the lovable killer Christian Slater played in Heathers or the girl in American Psycho 2, or perhaps the charismatic Hannibal Lector, this is really a grueling torture movie where the victim is particularly helpless and as many reviewers have pointed out, children are taught to torture and to enjoy it, which makes it very subversive (and realistic), indeed. I think it relates to current events as well, and addresses the questions of the morality of torture in an excellent fashion. While humans are not the only species that tortures(ever seen a cat play with a mouse)we are the ones who should know better. The way this builds in a slow fashion leaves us almost like the frog in the water which is slowly heated on the stove. Before we know it, we're boiled.
Loved this movie!!!
Sure Pathfinder is dumb in places. I don't have any spoilers but pointing out some things to look for. The movie seems to have borrowed most of it's story from other movies. It's quite a bit like Dances with Wolves, with a bit of Rambo thrown in. It seems to borrow the ice scene from King Arthur. The sledding scene that everyone thinks is so funny goes on and on. Some people have asked where he learned to use his sword but the movie shows him practicing with it. Besides, we see no fancy swordplay in this movie, it's just hacking and slashing for all your worth. Of course, this is a formula picture in which one person takes on an army by himself basically but there are a few surprises thrown in and some failures that you might not expect from a heroic fantasy. I really liked this movie in spite of its goofiness. My wife absolutely hated it and wouldn't quit squirming in her seat. It's not a chick flick by any stretch of the imagination. Why did I give it a 10 then? Because artistically it's in a class all by itself. Never have the villains looked cooler or crueler than in this movie. Though Conan and 300 are tons better than this movie, no other movie I've ever seen has better looking villains. This look like Vikings from your worst nightmare. Both beautiful, demonic and seemingly invincible. Also their armored horses look absolutely stunning. This is Frazetta brought to life. You just have to see it to believe it. They look great throughout but be forewarned, you've seen the story before, many times, in many films. Silly but artistically wonderful and I just loved it.
Beautiful movie, one of the best.
I've seen thousands of movies, if not tens of thousands of movies in my lifetime and this was artistic, thoughtful, well-acted and very exciting. Though we all know the movie makers took artistic liberties with the historical authenticity of the subject matter (as is done with all historical movies, even those that try to stay as true as possible to historical fact), even considered as a work of fantasy, this is an excellent one. Like some epic tale out of Heavy Metal magazine, the imagery here is not to be missed. This is surely one of the best war movies ever made and I would go as far as saying that it is one of the best movies ever. The action is fast-paced and reminiscent of most modern action movies. The dialog is well-written though I'll admit, a couple of lines were cliché. But the style and beautiful imagery more than make up for this movies few short-comings, an easy 10/10.
Autumn Born (1979)
Beautiful Dorthy Stratten!
It's really much too bad that Dorthy Stratten, who was probably one of the prettiest females to grace this planet, wasn't around longer to make more and better movies. We are left with Galaxina and Autumn Born, the former being the much better known of her two movies. This movie Autumn Born is good at what it is, which, in addition to being a "sexploitation" movie, is almost a perfect, text-book account of how to brainwash someone. Though certainly an unpleasant subject, people should realize that this is a real technique that is used upon unwilling people to cause them to be subjective to other people "the masters". It's a fairly well-made film, for a low-budget feature and one of the only two movies you'll find Dorthy Stratten in, so if your a Stratten fan or interested in brainwashing, then go for it.
Very brutal movie!!
They made a continuously brutal movie and must have skirted that beloved R rating very closely. I think that's the explanation for why you didn't see more actual cannibalism and stuff. They probably opted not to show you his childhood torment and abuse because it might have caused you to feel some sympathy for him and instead they just wanted you to see him as a source of nightmares, a bad-ass killing machine. I think it could have been a stronger, better movie, but it's hard to imagine they could have made it much bleaker, or more sadistic or brutal. I really hope audiences know what they are getting into when they go to see this movie. They are setting themselves up for a little PTSD when they leave the theater! This is bound to happen, with the current influence of the "anything goes" Asian horror cinema, the movies like SAW, HOSTEL, WOLF CREEK, THE CELL and High Tension all competing to see who can make the most sadistic, most brutal movies, and those aforementioned movies having to compete with the crimes witnessed weekly on CSI and the nightly news. So movies will continue to try to break new ground in trying to disturb audiences which will in turn cause audiences to become more jaded to those kinds of crimes and violence. Ermey provides the films much-needed comic relief in small but effective doses and barely keeps this from being one long fake snuff film. Still it does violence well/but jaded horror fans may feel cheated because they kept it down to a R rating, when we are really talking X rated type violence here.
City of Rott (2006)
while this is amazing for a one man show......
Frank Sudol has done an incredible job of making an animated movie by himself and it looks somewhat reminiscent of a Cannibal Corpse cover throughout. I was initially attracted to Sudol's artistic style but quickly became bored because of the repetitiveness of the movie. While this would have been fine as a 5 or 10 minute short, there just wasn't enough story to fill a movie length feature and it became almost unbearably boring to watch. I'm sure there will be those that watched it with friends and maybe under the influence of chemicals, they will have found it to be hilarious or entertaining but as I watched it sober and alone, I really felt it needed to have been a short feature only.
Subject Two (2006)
excellent "little" movie
I love this kind of movie and this one is really good. I only gave it a 8/10, because I think, for the climax, they should have had something that would really blow your socks off. I hope they make a sequel. It was a little like THE TRUE STORY OF FRANKENSTEIN and just a little like the REANIMATOR but a fine film by itself. I may have rated it a little high because I love zombie movies but this is one of the better ones in that genre. It brings out some points and ideas about this that have not been explored in any great detail in previous zombie movies. And with recent breakthroughs in medical technology, this film is a very timely one.