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Des hommes et des dieux (2010)
Whosoever tries to save his life shall lose it.
The French New Wave cinema is alive and well, thank you, as evidence by this powerful film.
Slow and subtle, it gives us a look at community, in this case a community of Trappist monks working with poor Algerians. They are faced with almost certain death by Muslim fundamentalists if they stay, but can they abandon the mission they were sent to do.
A look at differences in religious belief is a fundamental of the film. The Muslim soldiers cannot fathom the praying over a dead terrorist, but didn't god say to pray for your enemies? The music is amazing and the scenery is spectacular, but it is the agony of decision amidst war that really hits home.
The Fury (1978)
...and what a culture can't assimilate, it destroys.
Leave it to director Brian De Palma to De Palma's to really show us the bizarre and the paranormal, and the special effects necessary to create them. In Carrie, he had Sissy Spacek tear apart houses and burned down the high school. Look for the same excitement and fun here. From nosebleeds to explosion, he mines the kids in the film for all they are worth.
Kirk Douglas, who plays a former government agent, is on the trail of his son, who has these psychic abilities, and who was kidnapped by the government.
Amy Irving, who was Carrie;s friend gets her own opportunity to shine.
Yes, it does have one of the goriest scenes in the movies.
Cold weather makes people stupid and that's a fact.
A Brad Pitt movie I haven't seen. What a surprise?It also has Juliette Lewis, and that's a big plus.
As an additional bonus, it has Maryann (Michelle Forbes) from True Blood. Mchelle was also in The Killing as Mitch Larsen. She was also in three episodes of Waking the dead; episodes I have not seen yet.
It was a fascinating film about serial killers and Pitt was dark and amazing as the one they never expected.
Lewis was her usual funny white trashy self.
Forbes was the real star here as the one that went from revulsion to fear.
Mind blowing action.
The Black Sleep (1956)
Classic tale with classic actors
Basil Rathbone, Bela Lugosi, and Lon Chaney all in the same film. No matter what the films flaws, the presence of these three portends a film that will be worth watching.
Add to that John Carradine (House of the Long Shadows), Tor Johnson (Plan 9 From Outer Space, The Beast of Yucca Flats), and Akim Tamiroff (For Whom the Bell Tolls, The General Died at Dawn). A fine supporting cast of horror characters.
Loonies, religious nuts,mutants, dungeons. and exposed brain matter. A refreshingly intelligent premise and a completely deranged finale that comes out of nowhere.
Well worth watching.
Blood Shack (1971)
The chooper will git ya!
If you like watching home movies, you will love this film. It is a real family affair.
Directed by Ray Dennis Steckler, a schlock filmmaker who did horror in the 60s and 70s, and then went on to porn as Cindy Lou Sutters, it stars Carolyn Brandt, who was married to him at the time, and their two daughters, Linda and Laura. Like I said, a family affair.
I had to laugh every time Daniel (Jason Wayne) talked about the "chooper" instead of "chopper." Needless to say, many of the actors in this film did nothing else. Probably just locals picked up for a cheap film.
If you are looking for blood, gore, and nudity, look elsewhere, as this film lacks everything.
You take a man's wife, Mr. Farrell, but not his money?
Hammer films are usually enjoyable, so I take the time to tune in to what promises to be an interesting story.
I don't know much about Liliane Brousse (Annette). She only made 12 films in a short period, and this was the next to last one. She plays a young girl who helps an artist (Kerwin Mathews ) who is stranded in town.
Her stepmother Eve(Nadia Gray) has plans for the young man. Plans that involve her incarcerated husband.
Plenty of double-crosses to keep you interested, but you are left wanting something that is not provided.
The King's Speech (2010)
Because I have a right to be heard. I have a voice!
I never miss an opportunity to see Helena Bonham Carter. As Queen Elizabeth, she was fantastic. I also like Timothy Spall. He made a great Winston Churchhill.
That being said, the film is about events surrounding King George VI (Colin Firth) and Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush), a speech teacher.
It was a compelling story of love and war and a reluctant King.
The struggle between King and teacher went far beyond the surface until a friendship developed that allowed Lionel (Rush) to get King George through the most difficult days England has ever faced.
Worth watching over and over.
I would say you're 30 pounds of junk food and a retail job away from killing yourself. Just a guess.
For those not into the Twilight genre of pretend vampire movies, this is an interesting film from Canada.
The band sucks, and so does someone else. The second sucking will cure the first.
Rock legends Alice Cooper, Moby, and Iggy Pop contribute to the fun, which also includes cartoon scenes interspersed throughout.
And, what would be a vampire movie without Van Helsing. Malcolm McDowell fills that role splendidly.
More yucks than gore. So, it is really a very soft R, almost a PG-13. Put drugs in a film and it overrides everything else.
The Stepfather (2009)
That kind of thing really gets to me, that someone could do that to her own children.
This is supposedly based upon real events in New Jersey in the 70s, as if that makes it better. It is also supposedly an exact remake of the 1987 film of the same name. I was interested in that, as I have not been able to catch the original, which had two sequels. I did see the second one.
First off, something cannot be a replica if it has a different rating. The 1987 original was rated "R." This is PG-13 to appeal to the teens. That is why they also added Penn Badgley (Gossip Girl) and Amber Heard.
A crucial element of 80s slasher films is missing, and I do not have to tell aficionados what that is.
I do like Jon Tenney (The Closer) in the role of the real father. He acts just like I would.
Dylan Walsh as the stepfather creeps around until he realizes the jig is up. Then he jumps into the only real action in the film.
The ending? Well, there were three in the original series, so...
Long Weekend (2008)
Don't screw with Mother Nature
I knew I would regret this when I found that the DVD title (Nature's Grave)is different. I would never have tuned into Long Weekend, especially if I knew it was a remake. At least the first one supposedly had some naked charlies; not in this one. In fact, I find it difficult to understand the "R" rating.
It stars James Caviezel, better known as Jesus in that movie I would never watch. He is a real jerk. You might use a stronger word. Let's just say that spending a couple of days with him in the wood would indeed be a long weekend - a very very long weekend. You would be tempted to pick up one of his toys and use it.
His wife is Claudia Karvan, nice looking, and supposedly one of Austrailia's best actresses. I have not seen her before, though I am tempted to get her first film, Down Under. She was clearly the superior actor in this movie.
This was not a horror film. The only instance where is could have been called horror, was too funny. It had to do with a Manatee.
Bottom line: two people hate each other and agree to get away for a weekend in the woods with another couple. Other couple doesn't show, and you are stuck with someone you hate. He is a supreme jerk that has no respect for nature or the environment. He gets what's coming to him.