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100 Feet (2008)
Jannsen gets the willies put up her.
Marnie Watson after being released from prison and placed under house arrest is being haunted by her abusive policeman husband having killed him in self-defense.
Directed and written by Eric Red 100 Feet is very much a vehicle for the exceedingly likable Famke Jannsen in this Hitchcock Rear Window like set up only here Red plays on her police tag stopping her leave the house. Reminiscent of Stir of Echoes and countless other horrors it works better when there's practical effects rather than in your face CGl. What could have been played out as a subtle subtext pulls no punches as the abusive ghost angle is interesting, tackling the subject of marital physical abuse head on.
Bobby Cannavale's small role is notable and the everyday borough setting gives the film some weight. While the tale is very straight forward Red offers some wince inducing violent scenes, some spooky set ups and to its credit it goes against the norm with some surprising ghost attacks during the day.
Jannsen fans will be pleased and for fans of the genre while not particularly scary the shocks are enough to pass the time swimmingly.
Run All Night (2015)
Solid bonding action drama thriller
Longtime hit man Jimmy Conlon, has to turn against his best friend mob boss Shawn Maguire when his estranged son becomes a mob target.
In the vein of Run, Judgement Night, Road to Perdition, John Wick, The Drop, Copland and countless others, director Jaume Collet- Serra's offering manages to find legs of its own thanks to a solid cast, competent script and pacy direction from emotional conversations to shoot outs and car chases.
Liam Neeson is perfectly cast as the washed up criminal father who after a series of events assists his son framed for murder played by Joel Kinnaman (Robocop). Supporting cast include Vincent D'Onofrio (Jurassic World), Nick Nolte (cameos) and Ed Harris.
Writer Brad Ingelsby offers corruption and plenty of gangster milestones synonymous with the genre complete with a Heat like showdown. However, what starts as a gangster crime thriller, turns quickly into a action thriller especially when an assassin is hired by Harris' character.
It not a genre definer but there's plenty to like a about run thanks to the great locations, cast and although a standard affair Jaume Collet-Serra delivers a satisfying father/son bonding atmospheric thriller.
Statham and Law steal the McCarthy ride.
A desk bound CIA agent gets her chance to work in the field with outlandish consequences.
In this spy comedy Melissa McCarthy plays Susan Cooper the CIA analyst turned field agent with ease and holds the film up effortlessly. Jason Statham steals the show as a super hard spy parodying his Teflon action persona with some great lines, his comedy timing is impeccable. Jude Law sends himself up wonderfully in a Bond-like role. Rose Byrne's steely Raina is a hoot.
The supporting cast are equally as fun including Homeland and V's Morena Baccarin, UK's Miranda Hart as Nancy, Peter Serafinowicz and even a slightly forced cameo by 50 Cent as himself. Notable are Allison Janney as Elaine Crocker, CIA head. And beauty Nargis Fakhri.
Director writer Paul Feig offers some competent action set setups notably a kitchen fight and the garage showdown, the script is punchy, the language is colourfully foul throughout, although many of the jokes are crude they mostly hit the mark, even the uncomfortable ones, with some laugh-out loud moments - great globe-trotting fun.
Feig's Spy, while not as sharply put together or executed as the comparable Kingsmen, it's almost as unpredictable thanks to some twists and turns. With helicopters, car chases and spy gadgets its a basic blast from start to finish thanks to McCarthy's likability and the strong supporting cast.
Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014)
Perfect entertainment spy movie.
A teenager whose is at a dead end turns his life around when he finds a secret spy network that his father worked for before he died.
Director Matthew Vaughn delivers a perfect entertainment spy movie. It's cartoonish, graphically violent and captures the spirit of 007 while poking fun at it at times but to Vaughn's credit Kingsman has an identity all of its own. It's fast paced, stylish, even though it's packed with stereotypes there's plenty of emotion and twists and turns to match. There's some great action and fight setups which feel dangerous as you never know who will be killed off next.
It's not Oscar material and it's not meant to be its pure fun with a stellar cast including a perfectly cast Michael Caine, an unstated Mark Strong, with Samuel L. Jackson who is hilarious to name a few. There's also a cameo by UK's Jack Davenport and Luke Skywalker himself Mark Hamill.
Overall, with a great score and cast finely put together, they don't come much sharper than this. Recommend.
Terminator Genisys (2015)
It's1984 Jim but not as you know it
Kyle Reese travels back in time to save the mother of the saviour of mankind only to find himself in an alternative time-line.
Despite being void of the gritty feel, thematic depth, simplistic conceptual thrills of the 1984 scifi classic Terminator Genisys is fast paced and slick.
While surround by state of the art special effects, super costume and set design, Jason Clarke is solid in his functional incarnation of John Connor. Without drawing too many comparisons to the original actors who portrayed the characters Sarah & Kyle respectively both Emilia Clarke and Jai Courtney do there best but are never given the staging or dialogue to stir the same believable emotions in this science fiction. Lee Byung-Hun, J. K. Simmons are great in their supporting roles but sorely underused. There's also Matt Smith's bland and minimal, yet pivotal role being underutilised for possible future instalments.
The T-800 versus T-800 fight and Pops upgrade is a fanboy dream. You have to commend Schwarzenegger's efforts here who is fine and the glue that tries to hold it all together as they travel from 1984 to 2017 to stop Skynet and yet another Terminator with higher stakes than before.
There's some genuine relationship and heart buried in Genisys but it never explorers these themes or slows down for you to attach to the characters. Director Alan Taylor offers nods to the first instalment, it's fun when its retreading and twisting past events but is less effective when it goes it alone becoming just another action going from one location and confrontation to the next, mindless, car, van and helicopter chases, complete with a setup on the Golden Gate Bridge as every film needs to have one these days.
With its fan film like premise Genisys is crisp, glossy, with big set ups, great effects and a nostalgic score by Lorne Balfe to match but like many big budget contemporary films less is sometimes more. With its lack of danger, debatably this makes Salvation look like the Godfather.
(Partly reminiscent of Rick Kingerski's short film Final Transmission: John Connor which captured the Terminator spirit and had better twist) Taylor's effort leaves loose ends for another sequel with a mid end credit sequence that points to it's now Sarah Connor and company that actually create a hybrid Skynet but it also makes you ask yourself, do you really want one.
Boni and Ristori deliver the zombie goods
WWII battle worn soldiers come across a Nazi complex where experiments are taking place to resurrect dead prisoners.
Zombie Massacre 2: Reich of the Dead (2015) is dark, gloomy, more serious than their 2011 entertaining ride Eaters and more sombre and grounded than Zombie Massacre a.k.a Apocalypse Z.
Again filmmaker talents Luca Boni and Marco Ristori deliver a grim competently constructed bleak zombie horror that is stylishly shot with some good blood and gore effects presented on a saturated colour palette. The practical effects come better off that some of the CGI explosions and splatter. The sets and location look outstanding for the budget.
With actors Andrew Harwood Mills, Dan van Husen and Lucy Drive who is stunning as Erin the rest of the cast are on form and give performances as their picked off one by one that far surpass those in the first outing.
Zombie Massacre 2 is slower and more dramatic than Boni and Ristori's previous work, and while the story isn't the most original there's plenty of gore, creepy visuals, dead soldiers, vertical white stripes zombies, creepy faces and the like.
Boni and Ristori are becoming somewhat cult directors and need a breakout mainstream film but for the moment we have to wait a little longer, nevertheless, it's still agreeable zombie fodder.
Jurassic World (2015)
Undeniably entertaining but fast pass entertainment
22 years after the Isla Nublar incident, brothers Zach and Gray Mitchell go to Jurassic World, a fully functional dinosaur theme park to visit their aunt but things go awry and she enlists the help from an old flame to save her nephews.
Do you want to see Spielberg's Jurassic Park overgrown and in ruins, the original T-Rex, Mr DNA, Dr Wu, Ian's mug on the front of yet another novel, Richard Hammond's statute and a fully functional Jurassic World (park)? Then you've come to the right place.
Director Colin Trevorrow offers CGI is state-of-the-art, however, less is more and as visually impressive as it is it looses it's organic feel. The background CGI of the park it's self is more awe inspiring than much of the dinosaur set ups. Even with the amazing giant water dinosaur it can't match the original for impact, but it works in its own right as a good ride and piece of entertainment with some notable stand out moments, including an aviary escape, a velociraptor chase and aquarium killing to name a few. To Trevorrow's credit it flows from scene to scene rather than in the originals set up to set up, yet due to its pace it's never spends enough time with its characters for you to really feel for them deep down.
Michael Giacchino's score and sound design are great complementing the visual effects, especially the climactic fight scene. The film takes a swipe at American commercialism and the like, however, even with four writers including Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Derek Connolly and Trevorrow the dialogue is not as credible as the previous instalments. There's plenty of nods to the other films, even a throw away line about why the Jurassic Park and World dinosaurs may not look like the dinosaurs that roamed the earth 65 million years ago cleverly batting off any criticism of the creature designs and any factual inconsistencies.
Thankfully there's no part III annoying screaming and Chris Pratt's and Bryce Dallas Howard (as Claire Dearing) performances are great. The cast are enjoyable, funny even if a little ridiculous at times. The exploitation military subplot feels a little unnecessary and the dinosaurs are humanised a tad too much robbing World of its fear factor.
Louder and bigger doesn't mean better and it lacks any subtly, but it undeniably entertains. It's Westworld with dinosaurs with a few moments that even encompass the Jurassic Park novel, a reminder as to why you fell in love with dinosaurs all over again in the first place.
Chicago lawyers from vastly different backgrounds develop a partnership after they unexpectedly meet in court.
The concept is better than the first episode delivers, that said its still fun. Partners feels clichéd, punchline driven, the production looks cheap and cheerful yet every cliché is its strength as it channels a typical 80's/90's American sitcom complete with awful canned laughter. But that's what's good about it, it's familiarity gives a nostalgia feel. It's Cheers meets Will & Grace and a poor mans Boston Legal to name a few. Kelsey Grammar is perfect as the lawyer you love to hate and Martin Lawrence gives a good performance as the well liked counterpart.
Partners is like comfort food - no matter how bad, you can't help but enjoy it.
Haunted by the original.
A father at a low point in his life is forced to move to a new neighbourhood but their new house is riddled with angry unrested spirits.
A remake of the 1982 film its difficult not to draw comparisons, it is generally entertaining yet fundamentally unnecessary. While the remake revisits and reincorporates 'Poltergeist's' themes, hitting the beats as if plotted on a graph throughout, an ominous tree, the supernatural stacking of objects, an eerie clown and investigator's visions it's hard to pin down a single moment where it does it better.
Thanks to Sam Rockwell's Eric Bowen an everyday dad and Jared Harris in a celebrity medium role it does provide a fast paced ride, retaining the family humour of the 1982 version, however, it lacks that idealistic, innocence in contrast to the sinister side that the original Spielberg/Hooper combo provided.
Writer David Lindsey's script is fine and the contemporary monitoring equipment, including GPS locators that the investigators use and the roles shuffled highlights that with all its updates, it becomes clinical losing the organic feeling of the original. Yes some effects out do some of the optical effects of its predecessor but not many. Even with a solid supporting cast and Sam Rami on board as producer with the likes of Sinister, Insidious, Conjuring to name a few doing the rounds it's odd why anyone would want to remake Poltergeist in the first place. Following the template of the first, with slight of hand, the ending dispiritingly borrows elements of the 1986 sequel for the 2015 closing.
Gil Kenan's offering is by no means a travesty and it has some great acting talent on board but it's not enough to cause a remake celebration and maybe a re-imagining would have been a more fitting semi-original route to take.
Burying the Ex (2014)
A film for genre fans
A guy's overbearing girlfriend, who he's afraid to break up with dies in a freak accident. However, she rises from the grave hampering his new relationship.
Written by Alan Trezza reminiscent of IZombie, Big, Over Her Dead Body (2008) only with the ghost aspect replaced with a zombie and Death becomes Her to name a few just a few, Burying the Ex has its own inner city charm. Packed with horror references, it's a genre aficionados dream thanks to Joe Dante's magic touch, effects, score and on location shoot.
Things get interesting when vegan Ashley Greene's Evelyn returns from the grave and Anton Yelchin as Max tries to juggle his new crush, Olivia (Alexandra Daddario) and possessive ex. Yelchin gives the same great every guy performance as he did in Odd Thomas. Greene steels the show with some good makeup effects, from spewing up embalming fluid to being a drop dead gorgeous psycho corpse.
There's touches of the Howling (1981) with the old reference books and Amazing Stories (1986). Some jokes fall flat, but most of the lines, gross out gags are on the money. There's some eerie scenes, vileness and blood when Evelyn realises what zombies enjoy. The film then takes a macabre turn in the latter Evil Dead-like half.
Dante creates a unique off beat atmosphere as he did with Gremlins and Small Soldiers. While zombies have become stale and saturated lately Dante injects some life in what could have been a Twilight Zone, Monsters, Tales from the Darkside or Crypt anthology episode into a snappy horror comedy film. It's not John Landis' American Werewolf but it's a hoot for old school horror, practical effects fans.