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Prefer to buy bargain-bin movies than watch Junk-TV, but have been known to spend big bucks on special movie occasions (aka "whim").
Prefer horror, sci-fi, action, fantasy, anything else completely removed from reality. On the other hand, thanks to bargain bins my tastes are expanding.
Can't be here regularly (or at all) when work is heavy, and I apologize now if I miss your response and/or PM. If I don't see your PM and it time-expires please re-post it; I promise I don't ignore PM's on purpose!
Better than Good - no real spoilers within
I sat glued, except when I jumped, to this poignant film about a young man-teen who unwillingly communicates with ghosts, who finds himself in an unusual situation punctuated by a clique of classroom bullies, and feels compelled to assist a "special" friend. The "false end" is so touchingly tender I cried, which surprised the 'ell out of me! If I say anything else I'll spoil something because of the way the film is put together; the viewer is taken back and forth from past to present events until all get tied together with a reasonably logical and acceptable bow.
My favorite "thing" about Mourning Grave (2014) is that in no way did it feel like anything other than a ghost/horror movie. In other words, the stuff you'd find in dramas and romances didn't detract at all.
Oh, and I love the nutty uncle. I want one just like him.
I would call this soft-core, East-Asian horror. Take a chance and enjoy!
The Final (2010)
Should be required watching in Middle School
You know, if kids in fifth and sixth grades are doing drugs and sex then I think this movie should be required watching under "Walk a Mile in Another's Shoes" class.
I'm a boomer who's let go of some ideological standards such as "violence begets violence" simply due to the real-life situations we all witness every day, either personally or by way of the media. If you're aware of the school massacres, postal rampages and D.C. sniper(s?), etc, then you know about the personalities which can be pushed right over the edge. I think shoving something like this down the throats of young people might just be the fastest way to increase bully-awareness in the bullies, themselves.
One thing I missed in this telling was the fact that bullies often come from bullies. They need to exert power over others as power has been exerted over them, and it seems as though no one cares about breaking those cycles. So when parents of bullies get called to the school maybe they should be forced to watch this, too.
Anyway, I felt conflicted when the revenge was a bit overboard; one minute I'm cheering them on and the next I'm not liking them at all. And the bit with the reporter at the end was either an analogy for the way parents and coworkers, etc act innocent and shocked or it was a stupid piece of writing. Either way, I thought it inappropriately placed within this movie; the subject of denial should get its own flick.
So watch and enjoy, cringe, think, whatever. As for me I plan to have this available for my granddaughter ...
Good and solid B with one big problem
I got into this thinking it was something else, but it grabbed me right away with some strangely compelling music and a teen who "heard" her dead parents speak to her directly a couple of times when she was daydreaming under stress.
Then the movie added the father's old Polaroid camera which apparently facilitates some story-telling from the beyond in its pics, including some effects that are surprisingly good for this kind of flick.
And, of course, there's the mysterious and understanding friend who seems to appear out of thin air ...
Well, it was going great for a B-horror, and I would probably watch it again if I didn't have to pay, but something went wrong at the end. Or it suddenly went "artsy" and we have to fill in too many blanks for ourselves. Things just started moving too quickly, like a death that should have left us feeling gutted but didn't. The horses left the gate and the race to the end was over in little more than a blink.
I can tell you that the movie does end, but it doesn't tie things up with a bow, and you will be left with some questions that we all like to have answered. I do recommend this flick if you don't have to pay too much for the sitting, and if you are prepared to be left with a giant question mark on your face at the end.
Love it. Gotta own it.
This movie hit me a little like a cross between a comic book for a new superhero and "Slither", which I watch about twice every year.
It was fun, not funny. The characters (for once) all behaved exactly the way I wanted them to, the dialog was a bit campy from the cop at first, but he really surprised me at every turn - a smart and sympathetic guy bottled in a campy jar!
And I absolutely loved the atmosphere, both visual and musical. It looked like another world, kinda, at times, and the music was rousingly dramatic at all the right times. They both drew me in and held me tightly bound to the screen.
I can't say much more without spoilers, but I can say I had a smile moment in almost every scene.
I love the hero and want him back for more!!!
Needs commentary or something
I would say that there is nothing fundamentally wrong with this film, but I don't understand what it's trying to tell me.
Maybe it's really a premise for something bigger, and that would be a plus, because it does feel very much like a trailer for something interesting.
Well, OK, there's a problem in that I couldn't understand what the announcer was saying, and I suspect the information might have been relevant to understanding the film.
I think the creators should put a lot more information under Trivia and FAQ such as the announcer's lines. Or point to someplace on the web where there's a commentary or something explanatory. The final shot left question marks all over my eyeballs.
Decent movie, Lousy title, Kane Hodder gets hotter
I'd already read the reviews and board posts so I went into this movie knowing just two things: it had a bad title and Kane Hodder was the main character.
Let's do the latter first. Kane Hodder really can act right down to realistic crying with tears. I thought he was especially menacing when doing mad-with-frustration. And maybe it's because I'm a Boomer, but I do believe Hodder gets hotter by the year, and I'm thrilled to see him in this role.
Now about that title ... can a movie be renamed? It's a decent movie if you aren't in immediate need of fast-action cuts and head-to-toe gore, though there is plenty of that. I get that this is "in the same universe" as Ed Gein, but that doesn't make it an Ed Gein movie. It should have been presented as an alternate universe and "what if" fiction.
If you can keep yourself planted in a fiction frame of mind, and you like slasher (kinda) movies then you might want to see this flick.
Stars lost due to stupidity in title and false story presentation.
I liked it.
I liked this enough that I'll buy or rent it in the future for more viewing pleasure, so to speak.
The score was a mix of things from orchestral to twang, and it lent to a tone of "cautious optimism" throughout. And for me that was one of the standout features of this flick, making it different from the standard-issue zombie movies of late.
Others have said all the rest of the positive things I wanted to say, so I'll just add this: it's possible that some of the haters don't want as much fleshing-out as just plain flesh.
Take a chance and see what you think.
Dracula: Reborn (2012)
An interesting take on an old tale, but little in chills and thrills
I don't know about reviewing movies, but I'll share my opinions.
First of all, I love the music. It's perfect for those of us who prefer orchestral flow, and it is hauntingly enthralling throughout. If ever the music is silenced then the break was appropriate as I did not notice at all.
Secondly, this has the feel of the classic Dracula flicks in black and white, and I don't know any serious Horror fan who doesn't have at least some appreciation for those. I like to watch the whole set once per year. If you do, too, then you might just like this movie.
Lastly, "Dracula: Reborn" is thoroughly modern but with an old tone or feel. Characters' names are slightly changed but recognizable and the sequences of events are, too, but changed to modernize. I think Lina's story will surprise you, so pay attention from the very beginning.
Take a chance on this one if you like the old-style horror that really doesn't include much in the way of chills and thrills for modern fans of scares and gore. I think the ending is worth the risk.
New Terminal Hotel (2010)
Kinda sick and twisted fun
I just have to get this on DVD; what a hoot! Of course, I know nothing about reviewing movies, but I had a good bit of fun watching this one, so I thought I'd share a couple of thoughts.
The music made me think of drive-in B-movies, as did some of the dialog in certain places where the voices seemed to be bouncing back and forth in a tunnel. Other than that I liked the story and the characters, quirks and all, even though some of the acting seemed a little off at times.
And then there's a grown-up and often serious "Hoag", really doing a good job playing a psychopath perfectly, right down to being unsuspectable (is that a word?).
The ending made me bust out laughing with sheer joy. Need I say more? How about this: take a chance on this one if you liked the 'fun' tone of "Good Fellas", even though the two flicks have nothing else in common. This is a wonderful revenge movie with an odd touch, and I just have to have it!
The Conspiracy (2012)
Very good Thriller but no Horror until the end, beginning is meh.
I think my Summary Header about says it all.
During the beginning I listened, glanced at the screen occasionally, did some DIY e-juice and googled something.
I started watching when someone turned up missing, and then I couldn't move except to vape. I don't know what happened; it was as though someone flipped a switch, and all of a sudden the movie had me.
But for down-and-dirty Horror fans, forget it. We only get a hint or suggestion of something horrific for about 30 seconds, then it goes back to standard Thriller, for which I gave it a solid 6/10 stars.
Watch and enjoy!