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Halloween II (2009)
Very very disappointing
I am one of the biggest fans of the Halloween series there is. I've seen the whole series at least 2-3 times from start to finish. I didn't liked as much the new reinvented Halloween 1, but i digested it, since i liked the fact that Rob tried to make the whole action have some logic behind it.
So i went with my girlfriend, both horror freaks, with high expectations, and for the first 30 minutes i loved it. Than we see the last 20 minutes were just a dream. I said OK, but what a hell, they can make the whole film end like it was just a dream in this style. The part with the dreaming would be OK if it wasn't used so much.
I liked that we were shown a realistically Michael Meyers, a money/fame driven Dr. Loomis and bearded MM. BUT...
If i ask anyone on the street about the old series they would immediately recall the HALLOWEEN THEME. How can you make a Halloween movie without that awesome theme and save it for the....credits. How can you make a Halloween theme without Michael walking chasing his victims, sitting in the fog with his knife in his hand, looking cold as ice and not standing still.And the most important, how can you make a Halloween movie and kill, what seems with no coming back, the main reason people liked the series, Michael Meyers. I don't care for his sister, she can't take his place. They will make one movie with her, everyone will see what an epic fail it will be, and than in the forth H, they will somehow make Michael Meyers come back, realizing what a huge mistake killing him was. It looks like Rob Zombie left the movie to end in a horror way because he knew he is not responsible for H3, so wtf, i can do anything because i don't have to clean this mess up.
Very, very, very disappointing. There is no cool element that made the original so hot left in this "new vision". The new vision is to make it up side down and it blows.
The Hunt for Gollum (2009)
Very well done fan movie
I will start commenting the movie with the cast. I was pleasantly surprised to see that Gandalf was interpreted in such a good manner by an actor that also looked like Ian McKellen. I loved the Gandalf from the Peter Jackson's interpretation of the books so i really hoped they will pull it of in The Hunt for Gollum too.
Gollum was a very big surprise. I know from the extended editions of the movie that Gollum was such an effort to bring on screen that i feared they will use a lot of bad CG Gollum that will make me close the movie. Except for the ending scene were the lip sync isn't well made Gollum was very fun to see and hear. Yes and hear because in 90% of the cases the voice resembles with the one of Andy Serkins. I laughed when Gollum sings in the bag on the back of Aragorn.
Aragorn was a bit of disappointment to me because i know no other Aragorn will beat or come close to Viggo Mortensen. His lines were also a bit weird in some places, making him look a bit dumb.
The orcs look like they were borrowed from Weta. They are perfect. No comments. Congrats! Visual effects are in some parts really well implemented and in other places very kitchy. One thing i didn't understand was the overuse of some bad CG ring shots. They also gave an amateur look to the movie, since they didn't even compare to the ring shots in the PJ movie. A ring on a black background rotating isn't much of a shot.Some flames could have been used there or something to make it interesting.All of this is excused since this is completely made for free by people in their spear time.
From the behind the scenes movie we can see how much work and dedication came into making this so no one can argue with the fact that this is a very well made movie in the conditions given. I really don't understand how the director gathered 160 people to work for free, and also where did he get the time since he also had a day job, working at Framestore.
Bottom line, this is a must have/see for any LotR fan, so i am hopping for a way to download the HD version. Congratulations to everyone involved and too bad there are no more LotR fan movies. Star Wars has plenty of them. booooh! :)