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Crimson Peak (2015)
More MTV drama instead of substance
This was a huge disappointment for me. I like Devil's Backbone and Pan's Labyrinth, never watched the Hellboy movies, but am familiar enough with the work of Dell Toro to appreciate. This film however, really infuriated me for the waste of time it was.
The only good things about this film, is the cinematography and set work (colors, etc). The plot is terrible, MTV-Kardashian-Degrassi type drama, and the film tries hard to be like Coppola's Dracula, Burton's Sleepy Hollow, etc etc...
This film is supposed to take place over 200 years ago, yet everyone looks like they have had fresh plastic surgery or are magazine models, not very convincing considering people did not look that way in the USA (or anywhere) over 200 years ago.
I wonder if Del Toro didn't understand that the plot was not old and overused, but incredibly shallow and yet another movie aimed at Americans who like useless drama. This is not a film for the thinking brain, it's eye candy with lousy acting and good use of color scheming, that's all.
If I were to write more on this movie on why it's so bad, I'd have to write spoilers. The CGI isn't terrible, but isn't good either. That being said, this movie was a waste of time, and the money spent on making it, which could of funded 1000 better films.
36 million dollar piece of trash
First off, I wasn't aware that there were TWO X-files films, I found this DVD in a clearance section at half price books, i didn't look at it very closely obviously to see it was the 2008 film, but had I known anyways, I still would of bought it, so here goes the review;
AWFUL. There's no spoilers of scenes or plot in this review, but i felt I would say that it contains spoilers anyways since there are some features of the film that need to be explained.
To start, I read the budget and couldn't believe my eyes. This is a joke, not X-files. It's directed at the shallow, stupid American audience that Hollywood has relied on for so long, so if you have a brain, you won't like it. The film was obviously directed at the families of America, and it's themes, plot and dialogue are predictable and often seen on teenage TV shows at best, this movie was made for a theatre release and $$, not to please any X-Files fans.
Let me give you the idea of the film; it's more about the relationship of Scully and Mulder, than X-Files. It mostly consists of Mulder begging his mom Scully to let him go out and play (investigate a series of murders), whereas in all of this bloodshed and horror, Scully is more concerned about the rotting state of their marriage. No back story on the killers, no big tasty treat at the end of this sh*t film to make the long, agonizing watch worth it, I feel it was a big scam the whole time. Duchovony is rushing through his lines, visibly bored, and aware of how bad the film is-- but still there because there is a paycheck. Anderson actually does a well job of acting, but her lines and role in the film is written quite badly, so it does her and the film no good.
To top it off, some of the story revolves around a character who was a priest and convicted pedophile, though there is nothing in the film that explains the situations pertaining to that, either. It almost seems like the movie is trying to brainwash people into accepting pedophiles and forgiving them. Well, I do not forgive X-Files or Chris Carter, and I hope you do not make the same mistake I have by watching this 36 million dollar piece of trash.
King of New York (1990)
The King of Gangster Flicks
I give the title "King of Gangster Flicks" for many reasons.... no spoilers.
First off, find the DVD release of this film, on VHS the quality of picture was rather poor (very dark).
this stands right next to Scarface as it's ugly yankee twin brother .. Cocaine is visible in actor's noses, most of the characters in the movie are overly vulgar and hostile , with a rather unattractive cast.
it's a straight cold blooded gangster film that makes many others pale in comparison.
Fishburne's character is best described as a nightmarish cartoon, Caruso is a vigilant maniac with a witty sense of humor... Walken delivers as usual
Best of the Series
the A Nightmare on Elm Street series is by far my least favorite of the original 70's and 80's horror franchise (compared to Friday the 13th, Halloween, Amityville Horror, etc). The original film took me a couple of times to appreciate (Yes, I am surprisingly a fan of the remake over the original, though Robert Englund will always look better as Freddy...yes I was even surprised myself when it hit me).
So that being said, in my opinion ANoEM 3: Dream Warriors is the best the series has to offer besides the original (and New Nightmare, though that isn't apart of the same name franchise).
It has Patricia Arquette (darling she is) and Laurence Fishburne in this film, two strong actors who never fail to deliver their parts in a realistic or at least well played fashion (something not present in a lot of the sequels IMO).
Also the kill scenes are quite innovative for the time, a few times the movie tricked me as well with the dream sequences. If you are interested in the series, this one should not disappoint you.
As the title says, I find this to be sort of the 'heroin' version of Scarface though the stories are not identical, but when you see the ending, you might know what I mean. The movie features strong actors who can be seen in movies/shows like True Romance, American Pie, The Sopranos, The Substitute, Ransom, etc.
The movie is trippy/surreal so in some ways it's comparable to David Lynch's directing style. The story revolves around drug dealers and an ex-dealer getting out of prison and trying to reclaim his place in the drug world in Florida. i don't want to give the story away, but you can assume from the aforementioned summary of the plot, that there will be friction, and deaths.
strong movie, obviously from the rating, it's poorly underrated.
Club Vampire (1998)
very acquired taste
All of the acting is good and I can not emphasize enough on the artistically genius way this film was directed. The film is graphic but there is enough black humor to put it off, otherwise it would be a cold and brittle film. If you have seen nearly every vampire movie ever created or are trying to, you could like this, if you're open minded and not one to compare.
I am not saying that this movie is substandard or inferior to any other vampire movie, just definitely one of a kind, and obviously misunderstood. not for squeamish or prudes.
If you like David Lynch and violent vampire films, you might like this. I wasn't too fancy on the soundtrack but it wasn't horrible either, soft goth rock or something like that but the OST is fine.
A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)
Actually pretty good!
The only reason I bothered seeing this on opening day is because it was around the time of my birthday, and a friend took to the movies as a gift. I for sure thought up until the first kill scene that this movie was going to be typical re-make for the $$$ garbage. After said scene (no spoilers), the whole theatre gasped, before bursting out into laughter. Talk about reaction! I ended up enjoy this movie very much, and the storyline of Freddy's background adds for interest plot line. Of course, no Freddy K. will ever look as ghoulish as mr. Robert Englund, but the Freddy portrayed in this movie is far more sadistic than the original.