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The Fly (1986)
Cronenberg is the king of body horror
I first saw this film in July with my father and sister. I knew it was going to get bad. Just how bad, I didn't know. Within the first ten minutes, the shocked reaction of the theatre patrons could be heard, and I knew that what I was watching was one of the scariest films I've ever seen.
The fly is a tragic blend of sci fi, romance and, in typical David Cronenberg fashion, body horror. The story is of Seth Brundle, a young scientist whose experimentations with a newly created teleporter goes horribly, horribly wrong. What follows is one of two things, depending on what kind of audience member you are: either the most amazing display of special and make up effects since the Italian horror classic Zombi, or the most disgusting scenes of body horror ever shown.
The film itself is driven through the central performances of Jeff Golblum and Geena Davis, whose on screen chemistry reflects on their real life relationship, as well as providing some much needed heart to the characters. Goldblum, even when he's under the heaviest extent of makeup, still conveys the heart and conflicting mental state of Seth Brundle, while also showing an eccentricity that blends well with Davis's down to earth portrayal.
Now, there is not a person alive who can talk about this movie without mentioning the incredible special effects. Most Cronenberg films pride themselves on having vomit inducing special effects, but the fly has the most sickening. the various stages of Brundle's decay are really quite hard to watch, but what's worse is the scenes of Brundle discovering his new bodily functions. I wont give too much away, but you'll never want to bite your fingernails after watching.
Though a remake, the fly remains one of the only films that surpasses the original. It adjusts well to time, and, though disgusting in parts, is quite an enjoyable film. If you're planning on watching it any time soon, though, a word of advice: don't eat anything before or during. It'll come back up.
Underrated, and significantly better than everyone else says
Watching this movie, I was reminded of why I love these kinds of movies. They are simple, effective, and most of all, good. And that is what this movie is: Good. Comparisons to Fatal Attraction and Misery can be drawn, but this is its own movie, and that is its brilliance.
First off, the story isn't anything new, but it works in the films favor. Basically, guy meets girl, guy dates girl, guy brings girl home to his town for his football jersey retirement, guys psycho ex kidnaps girl, and that's about it. It's simple and dated, but still fun to watch. The reason why I like this film so much, however, is because often times, it feels real. I don't mind violence and gore in movies. I can watch the goriest films ever made and still sleep like a baby. Where Homecoming is different is that its gore and violence is spaced out and simple: rather than excessive blood shed, it tones it down, and when it does occur, it is some of the few moments committed to celluloid that can make me cringe, and that is saying something.
the other aspect of the film that makes it work so well is the acting. I'm not Mischa Barton's biggest fan, but she was genuinely creepy and quite gives an unnerving performance. Matt Long makes for a great oblivious boyfriend, and he plays the character well, occasionally adding a light attitude to otherwise quiet scenes of dialog. However, the best performance in the film is Jessica Stroup. Her character is well played, sympathetic, and, most importantly, believable. It also helps that she is quite beautiful, adding a sense of innocence to the character that would have otherwise been absent.
The film is not without flaws, but then again, so is every other movie. Despite comparisons that can be made between Homecoming and others, it is well crafted, the performances are well played and the violence is spaced out enough and realistic enough to make even the most conditioned of gore hounds cringe. It is a fine example of a modern thriller, and deserves more praise than it gets.
ECW One Night Stand (2005)
ecw before it got bad
ECW's resurrection show is without argument the best thing that happened to it during its second coming. The show represented everything good about the old school ECW, and was everything that made it work. I'll start with the matches. Jericho vs Storm A great opening contest, the contest showcased the technical gifts of both competitors. The only problem with the match came from its end. It could have been a standout match if not for it. Mysterio vs Psicosis Another great match, the Lucha Libre style looks great in this bout, and though not the best, definitely gets things going. Benoit vs Guerrerro Again, not the best match, but a good one. Both of the late wrestlers put on a great showcase of their abilities. Sabu vs Rhino Now we're getting into the good stuff. Set after an emotional RVD speech, this match was the first display of extreme wrestling. Tables, chairs, and the suicidal, homicidal, genocidal, death defying mad man make a great match. Awesome vs Tanaka Arguably the best match of the entire show, Mike Awesome and Masato Tanaka put on a contest which highlights the best of both competitors. Awesomes insanely athletic abilities and hardcore style clashed wonderfully with Tanaka, and the matches climax made for a fantastic match. Dreamer, Sandman vs Dudleys I'm a Dreamer fan. I'll admit it. This match is second only to its former. The amount of weapons used is truly wonderful for extreme fans, and shows the best of both teams. The conclusion was amazing, and I liked the appearance by Beulah, Kid Kash, the B.W.O, the hardcore chair swinging freaks and especially Spike Dudley. A great way to end a great show.
Punisher: War Zone (2008)
One of the most underrated comic book movies ever
Being a fan of the Punisher comic books, I watched this movie knowing what to expect. While I was watching it, I was happy to have my expectations met. Punisher War Zone is a visceral and violent as the comics let it be, blending it with brilliantly placed comedy. Lexi Alexander has made a comic book film for the fans, not shying away from any graphic violence and this is one thing that makes the film so brilliant.
Violence aside, the film is brilliant in its look and performances. Ray Stevenson fits the look of the Punisher, barely changing facial expression throughout the film. Dominic West, as well, is to be praised for his portrayal of Jigsaw. However, the performance that steals the show is Doug Hutcherson as Loony Bin Jim. His mere presence on screen is enough to creep you out.
This movie is not for everyone. It is not The Dark Knight, and it is definitely not Iron Man. This is a movie that cannot be viewed properly by those expecting to see any of these movies, but if viewed without these expectations, it can be appreciated for what it is: the perfect Punisher film for Punisher fans.