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Tom Six is a genius
23 October 2011
(This is a reference to both Human Centipede I and II.) Whether or not you enjoy these movies, Tom Six is a directorial genius. In just two movies, Six has managed to encompass two grand extremes of the horror genre.

In The Human Centipede (First Sequence), Six gave us a disturbing yet comedic film, very cleanly shot with a campy, madman of a villain. The film progressed in a very Hollywood style, with an easy-to-follow story arc, plot turns along the way, and just enough implied to disturb the audience.

Now, with The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence), Six throws the audience to the far end of the spectrum. HC2 is a dark, twisted and entirely disturbing film of obsession and psychosis. The filming style is extraordinarily gritty and feels more like the video-diary of a deranged psychopath. Every gory and nasty detail is presented in full to the audience, bringing all the implied horrors of the first film to the forefront. There is no clear-cut story arc here, only a driving motivation that the Full Sequence will be realized.

Those seeking the laughs of HC1 will instead be treated to gasps, gags and fright. Six has managed to shock even those who saw HC1 by created an expectation in the first film and completely shattering it. Bravo.
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Smokin' Aces (2006)
Welcome to the magic show
23 January 2007
Smokin' Aces was most certainly a bit of a magic show within itself, in that while you watched the evident plot go one way, you didn't notice the actual plot until BAM! it came out of nowhere. It wasn't the most coherent of plots sometimes, but for the most part it all wraps up in the end.

As far as greatness goes, this won't be up there winning awards. Rather, it might be remembered fondly as "that cool movie I saw a while ago." Good drama, good action. Ryan Reynolds breaks out in a truly serious and compelling role.

Definitely a movie worth viewing.
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The Avengers (1998)
Weather or not you like it, it's worth a view
19 January 2007
By no means is The Avengers a great film. Nor would I consider it a good film. But it is by no means a bad film. The plot is weak, the acting leaves something left to be desired. The fight choreography is decent, and the special effects--for their time--are moderate. Nevertheless, this film is worth your time if you are looking for a movie that is unintentionally comedic. Though placed under the action/adventure category, it is almost impossible to take this film seriously; in fact, it's almost a decent example of British comedy. Back and forth wit, ridiculous puns, and shocking moments make for quite a few laughs. This is one of those films that you must see if you are looking for a cheesy film to laugh at with your friends. View it at least once.
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Casanova (2005)
Jacamo Casanova Dances Across the Screen with Grace
6 January 2006
Warning: Spoilers
Heads and dresses whirl in this eye-capture of a piece. Heath Ledger plays the title character of Jacamo Casanova, wooer of the ladies of Venice. Casanova has gotten in and out of trouble with the officials of Venice many a time. Now, he is ordered to find a wife for himself by Carnival, else be removed from Venice permanently. Casanova secures a marriage to the lovely virgin Victoria (Natalie Dormer), but is soon challenged by her admirer, Giovanni Bruni (Charlie Cox). He accepts and mask duels the man under a false name...only to discover that he has been dueling Bruni's sister, Francesca (Sienna Miller), a despiser of Casanova and champion of women, set to be wed to Paprizzio (Oliver Platt), a man she has never met. Casanova falls for her. At this moment, from the Vatican comes Bishop Pucci (Jeremy Irons), chief inquisitor, on the hunt for the fornicator Casanova. This is the adventure of Casanova tries to gain the one true love of his life...as well as stay one step ahead of the hangman's noose.

With wonderful sights, colours, and sounds of old Venice, this movie is a beauty in its own. And with a humorous plot and a good cast to support it, the film proves to be an entertaining one. My only disappointment was that there was not enough character build for Casanova--while it was sufficient, there could have been more. Nevertheless, the pros outweigh the cons. Beautiful Baroque music swells and falls throughout the visual masterpiece as Casanova goes about his escapade.

Casanova slips away with a seven out of ten.
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