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The Exorcist (2016)
42,000+ religions on the planet, surely your god is the one true god...
Religion is a psychological band-aid for people too mentally weak to deal with their own mortality. I get that some folks need it and that there are some genuinely religious/spiritual people out there, but as a whole it's difficult to take any of it seriously. I know because I had Catholicism forced on me from birth and attended Catholic school for 17 years before finally waking up to the realization that it's mostly just a control mechanism disguised as "holy" doctrines meant to teach us spiritual guidance. Their gods forbid you think for yourself.
Where was religion at the dawn of man when we started to walk upright or the aliens intervened to speed up the process of evolution and manipulated our DNA so that we stopped clubbing each other over the head with sticks and stones and used nuclear weapons instead? The answer is, religion was nowhere. It's a man-made construct devised as a control mechanism to keep people in line rather than have complete and total chaos because the church is convinced that without it people wouldn't be able to think for themselves and figure out how to live a fruitful life free of murder, rape, and all the other awesome traits that make us human. Thankfully religions have taken a firm hold on society and none of that bad stuff exists. Oops!
So to explain away the bad stuff the church conveniently invented a devil and sins. Sure. Why not? It scares the living crap out people who buy into the religious construct in the first place. What better way to keep children in line than terrorize them with the concept of hell? It'll be years before they are old enough to figure out it's all BS so milk it for all it's worth and hopefully they don't rebel to the point of *gasp* believing in freewill and start thinking for themselves.
And it's not like anyone is using religion as an excuse to be an utter piece of crap as a human being 6 days out of the week. It's the perfect rubbing alcohol meets paint thinner to wash off the stains accumulated during the week through grotesque behavior that pretty much every Catholic practices because they know Sunday is always coming and they can "repent". So essentially their god forgives them every week for sucking at life. Convenient.
Me? I'll pass on organized religions at this point. Like I said, I did the whole scene and it just didn't take because at some point I came to the realization that it just didn't seem plausible, on any level. Do what thou will, just don't hurt anyone else in the process.
Oh right, the show. It's okay. It's missing all the elements from the movie that made people in the early 70's go running screaming into the streets. I suppose the acid helped. They were lucky they didn't get the director's cut of the movie back in the day otherwise they really would have lost it. The show doesn't have any of that stuff that gave the movie that punch and real horrifying aspect of the absurdity of religion, but it has a few redeeming qualities. The direction is good, the acting is good, the story is okay as long as you can swallow the concept of a god and a devil. It's a bit angsty for me with all the teenager stuff and it's obviously playing to that demographic as well as the religious audience, but it's not the worst thing on television. You could be watching evangelicals spew their nonsense instead.
American Assassin (2017)
right-wing American propaganda
Conservatives and gun lovers drool over this kind of movie. It has a ridiculous level of fear-mongering, and the action is so over the top it obviously plays to a specific demographic, which in this case is the poorly educated Christian right. Seemed like a 2 hour advertisement for guns and baseless stereotypes all the while openly supporting the military industrial complex which is grinding down everything the United States used to stand for. I gave it a 2 instead of a 0 because Michael Keaton can act.
Ghost in the Shell (2017)
A decent take on brilliant anime.
Going in expecting the worst, I was pleasantly surprised by what they managed to deliver. First and foremost, Ghost in the Shell was the anime movie that changed everything for me. I had 0 interest in anime shorts or movies until someone insisted I check out GITS and that was pretty much the beginning of the end for me. GITS blew me away completely and changed my perspective forever. There is an unparalleled depth to Ghost in the Shell that you just don't find anywhere else in anime even to this day. It remains one of the all- time great anime movies because the direction is brilliant, the acting (Japanese) is absolutely perfect, and the story is just plain epic.
Ghost in the Shell 2017 did not fail to deliver. I wasn't actually expecting them to nail every single thing that made the anime so great, but I was expecting them to adapt things as well as they could and they didn't disappoint. It's not the greatest movie ever, it's not the greatest acting ever, and it's probably not going to win an Oscar for anything, ever, but it's an enjoyable adaptation of a great anime movie. Scarlett must have studied Major's facial expressions pretty carefully because she nails those nicely. They also did a pretty brilliant job with all the electronics and high tech gear. Overall a good adaptation of a great anime movie.
Alien: Covenant (2017)
ignore the negative reviews by the trolls
It has become quite apparent that IMDb has been infested with a nasty virus of its own in the form of armies of trolls attempting to manipulate ratings and deceive readers. They are the reason for the demise of the IMDb forums. Do not be fooled by any of it. Summon the courage to watch TV shows and movies because you want to, not because an army of idiots is attempting to manipulate you.
Alien: Covenant, if anything, is Ridley Scott at what I believe to be a pinnacle of sorts in his directing career. He has nailed every aspect of this series and reminded us why we enjoy it so much. I had no idea he was even doing prequels to the original series so I was absolutely blown away by Prometheus. Covenant doesn't disappoint at all. It's intense, it's heavy, it's disgusting and it makes you think. Highly recommended addition to the series!
Prison Break (2005)
Giving it a 5 was generous. As long as you suspend disbelief and go into this series with a completely different mindset than you'd have if say you watched really good shows like Breaking Bad, Six Feet Under, The Sopranos, etc., you might find it entertaining. There was a point during season 1 where I almost walked away because the story was so ludicrous you'd have to be an idiot to believe any of it, but I changed the way I watched it from taking it too seriously to just being entertained while waiting for the better shows to air. There are enough plot holes and plot twists in this series to embarrass Swiss cheese. Unless you have the intelligence of high school dropout you aren't going to be buying much of what Prison Break is selling, but if you need filler, look no further. If you really like guns, squinting, characters that are walking cliche's, and a level of predictability that even a child could figure out, look no further. If you want believable, well-developed characters, well thought out plots, and an engaging story based in reality, you've come to the wrong series.
Men, Women & Children (2014)
thought-provoking and real
Before I tap into what I really enjoyed about the film and why you should give it a chance, allow me to make quick comment about the Adam Sandler bashing which is rampant on IMDb.
Apparently it's trendy to hate Adam because every so often he makes or stars in a dog or two (movies), but the hate is misguided and nothing more than IMDb troll hype. There are numerous boards and threads which are completely overrun by people whose only interest is stirring up trouble. Somehow Adam was on their radar and low behold it became "cool" to dislike anything he was in, regardless of whether or not they had actually seen said film. Case in point are the numerous threads on this board related to this movie where the individual commenting never even bothered to give the movie a chance simply because Adam was in it. These posts should be ignored outright because they are nothing more than trolling to stir the pot.
Adam did a fine job in this movie and has proved once again that he can do serious and he does it very well. He's not a clown and he's not a blundering idiot contrary to the crap you'll read about him on IMDb. Give Adam a chance and you'll find an interesting movie that is very thought-provoking and touches upon a lot of very real subjects.
This movie speaks volumes about the state of our society in such a technologically advanced age and should be a wake-up call for parents and kids alike. It's not like there weren't problems before the invention of the internet, but this movie touches upon some of the pitfalls of the times we live in. I think it's an eye-opening experience for everyone.
The Raid 2: Berandal (2014)
So this is what's been going on in Indonesia? Color me impressed on every level. This is easily one of the most insane movies I've ever seen, and I mean that with the utmost respect, from the acting to the cinematography to the martial arts coordination to the direction. This is some next level **** man! Wow, just wow. If you don't mind the no-holds-barred violence, and love martial arts and action, this is pretty much all you'll ever need. I'm still in shock.
Highly, highly recommended.
I was somewhat impressed with the first movie, but this went all Empire Strikes Back and just blew the first one out of the water. Well done sirs!
A fun, well done twist on the myth
At this point I read all the negatives reviews first because more often than not they'll help you make the right choice. I've found this extremely helpful when purchasing books nowadays. If I hadn't read the negative reviews for Joe Hill's NOS4A2, I probably wouldn't have bothered because there was so much fanboyism going on with the positive reviews. Turns out the negative reviews pointed out all the things I enjoy in literature. Money well spent.
I applied the same principle to Afflicted. So many people were panning this movie for all the reasons I enjoy film that I just had to check it out. The trailer also hooked me pretty good, but without the haters taking a verbal dump on this little gem I probably wouldn't have bothered.
Flaws? Sure. But again, it's a fictional interpretation of a popular myth. If you don't understand that concept by now, quit watching movies all together. If you go into this for what it is (FFF genre) with an open mind, you'll enjoy the ride, and it is one hell of a ride. Great action sequences are replete and the story line is a fun twist on the myth.
I was pleasantly surprised with this one and I do recommend it to anyone who enjoys the FFF genre and the horror mythos.
47 Ronin (2013)
ignore the hate and give it a chance
This movie is visually stunning from start to finish and for that alone it gets a higher rating from me. If I have one criticism it's that it should have been done in the native language with subtitles but this doesn't take away from the overall look and feel of the story. I really enjoyed it and I encourage anyone who likes fantasy, anime or manga to give it a chance.
Most of the negative reviews simply hate Keanu and don't get what the story is about nor understand the culture. These reviews should be ignored outright. There seem to be an alarming amount of trolls using multiple accounts on IMDb to manipulate ratings. Use your best judgment and a keen eye to spot the trolls and give this movie a chance.
Up there with Grave of the Fireflies
Having read Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick, Escape from Camp 14 by Blaine Harden and The Aquariums of Pyongyang by Chol-hwan Kang & Pierre Rigoulot, I was very interested in finding a movie that dealt with the unfortunate realities of modern day North Korea as is detailed in the aforementioned books. I was not disappointed.
Keurosing is a look at a grim reality that most people would rather just ignore. It's a dark, depressing journey. Anyone who has seen Grave of the Fireflies will know what I'm talking about. The movie is well directed and the acting is very good. I highly recommend this to anyone who is interested in North Korea and has read any of the books I've previously mentioned.
Gravity vs. Nerd Rage
It's really easy to sum this movie up. If you go into it knowing full well that it's a (surprise!) movie and you are just along for the ride, you'll enjoy it. If you going into this thing all hyper nerd rage, you are going to be sorely disappointed.
Sandra's performance is fine for this type of film. I didn't expect anything too technical from her and she didn't disappoint. Clooney is Clooney, what else is there to say?
The visuals are absolutely stunning, the dialogue only mediocre. That's it folks. Take it for what it is, a thrilling ride around space. There are technical faults and flaws galore which is what creates Nerd Rage, but this movie isn't about being realistic on any level, DUH.
After Earth (2013)
not nearly as bad as the critics and trolls make it out to be
I spent months on here reading reviews searching for the truth which was not easy to find amid a sea of trolling, hate trending and bigotry. There are however a few reviews which touch upon an important point which is that this movie isn't a 10, nor nearly as bad as a 5. I struggled between giving it a 7 and 8 and finally went with an 8 because it stands up well to criticism which was based on the following:
1.) Jaden can't act and just whines throughout the movie. Wrong. His role is that of a jaded teenager who wants to be something more and is caught up in an extreme situation where he must become a man against strong odds. I thought he played the role perfectly.
2.) There's no plot and the movie is all over the place. Really? It's Science Fiction you dolt and you'd have to be a real toothless hillbilly git not to figure out the plot and direction of this movie. If you are challenged by the Survival Against All Odds plot than I guess maybe you need something a bit more obvious like Muppets Take Manhattan. Yikes. It couldn't have been more obvious there Bubba. Also, it's SCI-FI, and although it can go literally any direction it wants to, it doesn't.
3.) Will Smith is washed up. Say what? Go look at the list of movies he's done since the 90's. His movies make HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS, even the ones that don't still turn a profit. Jealous much?
Which all leads me to believe the overwhelming hate for this movie is stemming from nothing more than hating something because it's trending, jealousy, and probably some deep rooted bigotry which really has no place on an open forum like IMDb. It's pretty obvious there's something more going on here with the reviews than initially meets the eye.
Like science fiction? Give this one a chance.
Pitch Perfect (2012)
c r a p o l a
My wife told me to come over and sit on the couch with her and watch this funny/cute movie. She had caramel corn so I figured, what the hell, at least I get a snack.
From the opening I had a sneaking suspicion this was going to be a movie version of Glee. I asked and she said, "Not really, but there's some singing..." I immediately began to shovel as much caramel corn as I could get, paying close attention to globules of sweet goodness until the bowl was empty, whereupon I got up and went back to work. My sometimes tedious job of localization engineering held far more appeal than a group of angsty college kids slogging their way through a contrived script, towards a plot that Helen Keller could have seen from halfway around the globe.
There are no surprises here other than barf. That's right, BARF. The only redeeming moment of this wet turd was the projectile vomiting. Had she vomited on the made-by-kids-forced-into-slave-labor MAC, I would have given this movie another star.
The whole, "oh dad just leave me alone to be me" thing has been absolutely beaten to death year after year by Hollywood to the point where I didn't think anyone in their right mind could possibly consider funding this garbage. I guess when you are going to piggy back off the success of a (only the gods know why) hit TV series, anything goes.
I honestly don't see the appeal in ripping off everyone's music to make yet another version with lame electronic beats being thrown about.
Dear wannabe DJ rejects,
Owning a MAC doesn't make you a DJ, sorry. Anyone can own a iPod, MAC and or better notebook/laptop/tablet and download MP3s and then play them at a party.
Owning a giant pair of headphones with a lot of bass doesn't make you a DJ either. Anyone, literally ANYONE on this freaking planet can buy headphones.
Ruining original music by slapping whatever garbage beats you think are fresh/phat/sick/dope doesn't make you more innovative or interesting at all. Could you be more unoriginal? A one year old crapping himself while giggling can come up with this stuff. Just put the MAC in front of him and let him start slapping away at the keys and before you know it, a rave/party/whatever will break out.
It takes 0 talent to cut and paste some MP3s together, layer your own BS you've ripped off of someone else, then start altering the pitch while holding one earphone up to your head and gyrating like a complete idiot. Go learn to play an instrument and get some musical background and before you know it you'll be tossing all that electronic crap in the garbage where it belongs.
Total Recall (2012)
I honestly have nothing against any of the actors in this movie. Farrell is a lucky guy to be working with Beckinsale and Biel who are both quite delicious, and Bryon Cranston is an absolutely amazing actor, however, it felt like it was too soon for Mr. White to be making an appearance in a movie. As of writing this review Breaking Bad hasn't finished yet so it just seems weird to have Heisenberg doing anything else right now. I kept waiting for Jesse to appear.
It's not that Beckinsale isn't lacking beauty, but it seemed like the director was all too focused on her look the entire time. She looks great, her makeup looks great, her hair looks perfect, but it started to feel like a shampoo or hair color commercial after a while. There were numerous slow motion or still shots of her that felt contrived and geared towards showing off her look instead of her acting. Not that she's ever done anything that epic. She does the action thing just fine but sometimes I think they're making her character tougher than her frame would actually support because she's such a tiny little thing.
Colin Farrell is just, you know, Colin Farrell. I can't rip on the guy too much because he stays busy, he stays in shape and he's working with some great people and beautiful women, it's just that I keep waiting for him to do something really epic that really digs into his acting skills. I mean something that really grabs you, and in turn, nabs him an Oscar. I think he's got it in him, but it definitely wasn't in this movie.
Biel is really starting to grow on me. I'm believing her characters and I just like her overall because something about her just seems REAL. There wasn't anything spectacular about her in this movie, but she didn't kill it either. Much like Collin, I'm waiting for Jessica to do something so epic that it gets her at least a Golden Globe if not an Oscar. I loved her in The Illusionist. Absolutely LOVED that movie and her character specifically. Eventually a director will come along that can see through the action and obvious beauty and really bring out what I believe to be some serious acting skills which haven't quite been fully tapped yet.
Aside from the actors and acting, the movie is a festival of eye candy. Lovers of the sci-fi visuals will not be disappointed, however, that's about all you are going to get. Although this one had a decent story which didn't try to copy the original scene for scene, the original story was far more interesting.
Not an unpleasant experience and a decent way to kill 2 hours.
Casa de mi Padre (2012)
classic, intelligent humor
This movie is getting ripped on left and right, thankfully I decided to give it a shot anyway and was pleasantly surprised. The humor is pretty old-school which you rarely see these days. They don't spoon-feed the audience a lot of obvious HAW and BAHAHAHA moments which is what makes this movie clever. I got the direction and what they were trying to accomplish throughout. Loved the way it was shot, especially the cut scenes where the director really had some fun. For those of you who enjoy comedy on many different levels, this one is a must. Oh, and could Genesis Rodriguez be any hotter? Stunning woman. Very much enjoyed this flick and I hope people give it a chance. Don't believe all the negative hype. Popular opinion is rarely the right opinion.
mmmmmmmmk. I do love a good surprise and this film doesn't disappoint. Keep in mind I'm not into all the goth, vampire, teen-angst-I-hate-my- parents-and-desperately-need-attention-from-anyone scene, but this film entertains throughout. It's well thought out and continues to flow throughout with plenty of amusing tidbits and darker yet somehow still light-hearted moments which will make just about anyone lolz. I particularly enjoyed the direction and choice of cast here. Everyone seemed to fit into their roles brilliantly, including all of the famous rock n rollers from days of yore. Nice to see everyone is working and keeping their sense of humor as opposed to overdosing and kicking off way too early.
There are a lot of fun visuals going on in this movie which take the viewer on a journey deep into the minds of the characters, but pulling back just at the right time to make way for some genuinely humorous moments. The direction ranges anywhere from B to A at any given moment and transitions nicely between the two. Thankfully the B moments retain some brilliance as well saving them from being misguided and flat.
For someone who isn't that into this particular kind of music, I somehow managed to find my way through the audio tracks and ended up actually liking a few in the end. They are believable, at times heart-felt and yet hilarious when called for. This Is Your Brain On Drugs was particularly entertaining :)
I must say that Alex Lifeson is evolving into quite the actor! I've thoroughly enjoyed his stuff on the most recent RUSH dvds and it just keeps getting better and better. His scenes in this movie had me in tears laughing :)
I highly recommend this film to anyone who is into the whole vampire meets rock n roll thing with a twist of funny.
this one left a lasting impression
So I'm sitting there after having watched the first games of the 2010 World Cup and finishing off a 2nd bottle of wine when I decide to dig through some movies I had recently grabbed. Low and behold there's The Human Centipede just beckoning me to sit for a spell. So I load up the bong to camp out in front of the computer for a bit and hit play.
Our two main characters at the beginning are cute girls who are 'lost and stranded far away from home' (excuse the Gamma Ray lyric steal) which sets the mood for your typical horror flick. The acting is questionable, but not the worst I've seen by far. Anyone who has seen Komodo vs. Cobra knows what I'm talking about. Besides that they are cute and delicious so who really cares how solid the acting is. Some of the dialogue is actually viable so there's that.
I was really considering whether or not to ditch the movie at the onset as it was a bit slow gathering momentum, but then along came a spider in the form of our good doctor. The girls needed help, his house was nearby and fasten your seat-belts kids cause this movie is about to take you for a ride.
I honestly had absolutely no clue as to what was about to take shape in the basement / operating room. I saw images from the cover and heard some scuttlebutt online, but I just figured maybe he was mutilating some folks to make a funky human centipede type thing via thorax etc. Holy crapanoli Batman was I in for a shock! I've seen some sick stuff in my time and didn't think there'd be much left that could come close to Cannibal Holocaust as far as revolting film, but I stood corrected.
This movie definitely pushes some limits friends and neighbors. Even the most hardcore fans of the genre will take pause to absorb what the good doctor pulls off. Nevermind all the verbal internet diarrhea related to the medical experiment in this movie. IT'S A MOVIE FFS! It's supposed to be fantastical and absurd and shocking and that's exactly what our director accomplishes. Sure there are holes (pun intended) galore with the actors and languages and plausibility between this fact and that, but none of these things take away from what's happening on screen. There's sheer terror and revolting turns that'll keep the fan of the weird, bizarre and disgusting quite contented.
I'm surprised they actually found people to play these parts. I'd have been laughing my ass off the entire time being hooked up to another person's back door while filming. I guess that's why they didn't hire me :( For all the questionable acting there are plenty of solid scenes which compensate. There are worse actors, there are worse scripts and much worse films. If you like this genre, The Human Centipede is worth a serious look. Don't go by one bad review. I still can't believe the director pulled this off :) This was a fun ride in the land of the totally messed up!
Cannibal Holocaust (1980)
Wayyy overrated! I went into this thing expecting to be shocked, disgusted or even traumatized in some way, and instead I was bored. I read all of the reviews commenting on how "great" and "intense" this movie was only to be let down completely. The acting is pretty horrific, the entire plot is a mess, and the violence is mostly laughable.
If you enjoy fake rape or the totally unnecessary killing of real animals, this film is for you. I'm a little more interested in story, acting and directing, none of which can be found here. Ignore any and all reviews praising this as some kind of cult classic with special artistic value or hidden meaning only the truly gifted can comprehend. It's a poorly executed attempt at shock, and ends up falling well short of being anything less than an hour and a half of your life wasted.
Vampyros Lesbos (1971)
a good bad movie
Could Soledad Miranda have been any hotter? Jesus Franco showed flashes of brilliance throughout even though his direction was all over the place. There are several areas where this movie makes absolutely no sense, and then all the sudden you'll see these fantastic shots of scenery or rays of sun shining through Ewa Strömberg's radiant blond hair.
The soundtrack is like groovy man! Most of the settings (the ones that make sense) are as well. Straight out of 1970. The dialogue is pretty wtf throughout so don't plan on following any kind of story. Make sure to check out Morpho's groovy purple shades. Also, the doctor couldn't act if his life had depended on it.
I'm giving this a 10 only because Soledad Miranda was in it. She was a stunningly beautiful woman whose untimely death was nothing short of tragic :(
Boys and Girls (2000)
i'd rather eat my own vomit
So I'm sitting at my pc downloading Megadeth cds when I glance over to see what my wife is watching on TV. Having been with my wife for 10 years now I can usually guess what she's watching, and she has a tendency to enjoy romantic comedies. I wasn't wrong. The only thing worse than a romantic comedy is one that's contrived and insults the intelligence of the common viewer. I only managed to catch one scene but it left an impression on me which in turn led me here.
The dance scene where everyone is supposed to be in a bar made me want to throw up on myself and then lick it off and smile about it. What bar on this planet has everyone doing a coordinated dance routine followed by a shower of soap / paint and water? How many bars on this planet have a shower setup on the dance floor? I also noticed the "dj" (guy playing mp3s with his pc) grabbed an umbrella to protect himself and his "equipment" from the "spontaneous" shower on the dance floor. Last time I checked WATER + ELECTRICITY = BAD. The only problem was that he never covered his "equipment". Oops. I like most of these actors and they have done far better work than this contrived, Hollywood laced garbage.
Trust the Man (2005)
J. Moore's Jeckyl & Hyde act
First of all this movie is brilliant and funny as hell. How funny is hell? Really funny when you consider that it doesn't exist yet everyone lives in fear of it anyway. What makes this movie brilliant is that J. Moore didn't ruin it. It's unfortunate that you never really know which J. Moore you are going to get in any given movie because the level of annoyance she may bring to the screen is a crapshoot. Sometimes she makes you quit watching whichever movie she may be starring in because her character, combined with her annoying, desperate, whiny job of acting overshadows everything else happening on the screen. Other times you can actually stand her, which is when there are other very gifted actors in the same scenes with her. For the love of Pete just don't leave her alone and let her start getting all sentimental or blubbery otherwise I'm changing the channel or movie. Having said all that, she's actually pretty good in this movie despite the few moments where she has a cry or gets upset. Duchovny and Crudup are nothing short of the dynamic duo in this film, feeding off of each other all the while making you laugh, and laugh genuinely hard. Gyllenhaal is okay, but I noticed some moments where she was supposed to react to a situation, and just threw too much emotion at it making it look contrived and annoying.
The end of the movie in the theater is also kind of "whatever", but we get fed exactly what we wanted to eat from the proverbial Hollywood banquet of happy endings. For some reason I was expecting either Moore or Gyllenhaal to get hit by a car during their perspective 'crossing the street' scenes...
Funny and real movie as well as being really funny.
The Descent (2005)
GURL POWAH! - possible spoilers -
This movie is a feminist's dream / nightmare come true. My wife and I saw the previews on another DVD, and I decided to grab a copy and check it out. She lasted the better part of 15 minutes into the movie while I decided to stick it out (at a later date). I'm the kind of guy who loves a woman with an accent, but for some reason the entire cast of this movie was just plain annoying. Whoever's idea it was to mix 4 or 5 different accents together in the same room, and have them all talking at the same time needs to have his head examined. Not good. Not good at all.
So we have this group of semi-male ladies who are thrill seekers for some vague reason, and of course we have the weak link in the chain who can't do anything for herself because of a previous trauma blah blah blah... Somehow they are all very adept at Spelunking, but end up trapped in the cave from hell. Queue the gore.
I was expecting some contrived cliché fx, but was pleasantly surprised when the creatures actually dug in for dinner. This film went from a commercial for Tampax to Dawn of the Dead in a hurry which is the only reason I didn't turn the DVD player off. There's plenty of gore for all in this movie which makes it a decent film to rent, but as far as plot and ending, you'll get neither no matter which version you come across.
The animosity between the characters is never explained. Our weak link becoming Rambo is never explained. Oh yeah, there's literally no ending either. I was expecting everything to come together in one final, AND THEY (SHE) ALL LIVED HAPPILY EVER AFTER, but then the credits started to roll.
A good rental for some gore, but a terrible movie on the whole.
This show is absolutely brilliant. The wife and I plowed through all of season 1 in a day and enjoyed every frigging minute of it. I hope this show continues for a long time in the face of any political or social pressures to the contrary. Weird how reality TV wears the mask of a Showtime series :) Shouts to everyone in the cast for being brave enough to do this series, and a big middle finger to all the narrow-minded, uptight, repressed, jackasses who make things so difficult for people just wanting to enjoy life, and are just trying to get by. I'm going to make a prediction for season 2 that says our cancer patient ends up toking or even joining Nancy's little business :)
King Kong (2005)
o m f g
First of all, I'd like to apologize for badmouthing Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings everywhere because of the dwarf tossing and snowboarding elf. I vowed to never watch another P.J. film and was extremely skeptical when I heard he was doing King Kong. I figured we'd end up the same lame humor that doesn't really belong in an epic, and was doubtful as well about the cast. I love Jack and Naomi, but in King Kong? I kneel at the altar of Peter Jackson's vision.
King Kong 2005 left me absolutely speechless. The entire cast comes together to sell the idea of a giant monkey on the loose, and makes you believe in what they are seeing and feeling. Kong is a roller-coaster of emotions from beginning to end. Peter Jackson did a brilliant job of selling the monkey to us as well. The fx are nothing short of incredible. It's so rare to see a film nowadays that can sell that amount of FX in a movie without going overboard *cough* Star Wars 1 - 3.
Without gushing too much, I'd just like to say congratulations to Peter Jackson and the cast on this one, and thanks for bringing my all-time favorite movie monster back to life.
Modern Problems (1981)
Fantastic stuff! Dabney and Chevy are incredible in this one. Great movie!!!!
I highly recommend this movie to any Chevy Chase fans who haven't already seen it. The scene at the ballet is one of my favorites and Dabney acting like a shmuck the entire movie is 100% classic. Excellent comedy.
I hope this is out on DVD because this ranks right up there with Fletch and Vacation.
Dabney Coleman almost steals the show!