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Finally saw Robie Zombie's 'Halloween II' & was wondering if anyone here could please tell me what the *beep* I just saw (& don't say the obvious "a horror or slasher film")? Because what a convoluted cliché ridden mess of a film H2 truly is. I thought RZ's Halloween was a shameless bastardization of the MM character but, that film still had some decent moments in it. But H2, outside of the brutality had really nothing going for it. Multiple Laurie dream sequences, weird ass white horse & mommy moments, Michael looking like Grizzly Adams, Dr. Loomis going from a concerned, professional psychiatrist in the 1st film to a self absorbed, money grubbing whore with no conscience, Michael's body missing for 2 full years & yet nobody seemed concerned? When the film started out, I thought, "hey this might be pretty decent afterall" with everybody getting hacked to $hit, a body pit filled with butchered hospital staff & Laurie trying to escape etc.. just like in the original H2. But alas, it all went downhill FAST after that (Weird Al-in a horror film?? C'Mon!!). Just like in the first film, I didn't enjoy or care for the characters & Loomis was the least likable. Michael Myers might as well have been Jason Vorhees for all intents & purposes, the ending was terrible & lastly, I never ever felt like I was watching a Halloween film. I rented H2 for 50 cents & in truth that's about all it was worth. The scuttlebutt around the net is that they are planning a H3. Good god I hope not! 4/10.
"Superman/Batman Apocalypse" is yet another winner from DC Animation. Good story, great chemistry between all the characters, lots of action/fights & pretty good animation. The story takes place after the events of the excellent "Superman/Batman: Public Enemies". I wish I could go into specifics on how S/B Apocalypse starts out but it would give away the ending of S/B PE. A meteor crashes in Gotham Harbor & of course Bats checks it out. It is a ship with strange writings on it. After many awesome mishaps, it is discovered that the lone occupant of said spacecraft is none other than Superman's cousin from Krypton who is confused, scared & highly destructive. Superman of course wants to give her a chance, Batman doesn't trust her & smells trouble. Now before any of you here start to think " Oh great, a Barbie movie with Supergirl" let me reassure you, it's definitely not. She's never even referred to once as "Supergirl" during the course of the film. Wonder Woman, Darkseid & yes, even Doomsday make significant appearances in the film (especially Darkseid who has his own evil designs for the cousin of Superman). Overall: a 8/10 & one definitely worth checking out even for casual fans.
Just saw/bought 'Batman: Under The Red Hood' and it's FANTASTIC! The best Batman film I've seen bar none (& yes that includes TDK). A solid 10 out of 10. The Storyline is very captivating, well told & the characters are very strong. We get a deeper look into all the emotional baggage Batman has to carry with him all the way to the grave. The Red Hood, is a very interesting character study especially as the film unfolds & we start to suspect who he might be. The Joker is even more evil in this film than I've ever seen him be. In fact, he's so far removed from being like the 1990's incarnation as to make even Heath Ledger's portrayal look almost sympathetic by comparison. The very beginning of B:UTRH is startling, disturbing & not soon to be forgotten. In short, this Batman film is not to be missed especially if you're a fan of The Dark Knight.
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Man is this film a MAJOR disappointment. I found the entire premise ridiculous even for a Sci-Fi film. A Predator(s) somehow collecting all those lowlifes from wherever with no one ever noticing or seeing anything (not even the captives themselves)& depositing them on another planet to hunt later.O'KAY!! Why not just hunt them here on Earth just like in the first 2 films? Why go through all that complicated bull$hit? What amazes me is most of the folks here who bitched about AvP & AvP:Requiem allegedly being crap, don't seem to notice or care that the same elements that they disliked in those 2 films are present in this one. Predator helping a human against ANOTHER PREDATOR no less NOT an alien species. Not only that but help him try to steal their only ride off the planet?-C'mon! The woman in AvP at least proved her worth & honor in battle against the Aliens & saving the life of a Predator. This guy in Predators-not so much. Why didn't the Predator just kill him then battle the other predator? Also "Predators" contained a group of boring ass characters. I didn't care half as much about them as I did Arnold's or Danny Glover's groups. Also "Predators" was a virtual retelling of the 1st film. And now there is supposedly a inner-species war between the elders & the younger predators-wtf? In retrospect maybe they should've gone with that storyline a bit more. And Topher Grace's character no more looked or acted like a convincing serial Killer than Pinnocho from Shrek. I know he tried to come across like a Ted Bundy but failed. And finally, wtf is Laurence Fishburne doing in this picture-a filled out filler? Not to shabby for a guy allegedly living on scraps on a foreign planet for a decade no less? These group predators looked like & acted like a tamed-down versions of their kin from Predator 2. Where were the different weapons they used (I.e. the net, the spear,the disc etc..)? At least with AVP we saw something fun & different with a further insight into the honor & hunting codes of the predator clans. With "Predators"-nada! I like AvP Requiem better (yes I said it!) because it was more fun-more carnage, gore, mayhem & suspense. It took them decades to make another Predator movie & this is the best they could do? Damn, I haven't felt this letdown since I went to see George A Romero's rancid "Land of The Dead" movie. 6/10
The DVD has two relatively short stories, Hulk vs Thor & Hulk Vs
Wolverine. Hulk vs Thor is the best of the two & the action is off the
charts. The story is well conceived & well executed & the animation is
good (not great but good). I'd give a brief synopsis of Hulk vs Thor
but I'm afraid it would give to much of the plot away.
Hulk Vs Wolverine,is also pretty good in its' own right, but the fight scenes between Hulk & Wolverine aren't nearly as extensive as in Hulk vs Thor. And much of the story has to do more with Wolverine, his past & all the troubles that come with it (meaning SaberTooth, Lady DeathStrike, etc..). The ending is quite inconclusive & kind of a disappointment. And in case anybody is thinking "kiddie cartoon", guess again! It's got plenty of blood & violence to warrant it's PG-13 rating. Definitely one for the fans.
Rating 9 Large Green Fists out of 10
I got 4 words for you. "Stick with the original". Why? 1)The ending negates the entire purpose of Klatu's visit. 2)Yes, GORT is all CGI & is a huge disappointment. 3)The message is not the same as in the first film & is not as clear cut. 4)Keannu Reaves showed more acting range in "The Mattrix" than in this film (aka he's more robotic than even GORT was from the original). 5) The demonstration of alien power to mankind is totally pointless because it comes AFTER an even more powerful demonstration takes place. It's a real shame too because the way T.D.T.E.S.T remake started out with such promise of something special but 2/3 of the way it fell apart; the message lost, GORT reduced to a Biblical style joke coupled with a muddled ending. I would add more but, it might spoil it for others who may still want to see the film. If you must see this flick, I suggest renting it when it comes out on DVD. Spending anymore than $3.00 to see this movie is a waste of $$.
I caught a matinée showing of Iron Man today & let me tell ya, if you're a Marvel fan, you won't be disappointed (& I don't even consider myself an Iron Man fan)! Robert Downey Jr. does a fabulous job, the CGI is not really noticeable, The SPFX compliments the film & doesn't overwhelm it. The characterizations are strong & likable, good dialog & plot & the action level is just right. Even if you're not a comic book fan or even a big fan of Iron Man, you should still find plenty of well paced entertainment & fun from this picture. Definitely a 10/10 in my book. My only hope is that The upcoming "Incredible Hulk" film is done this well.
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Let me get right to the point. This film sucks major AS$!! One hour &
25 minutes of run time & MAYBE 1 minute total of actual footage of the
monster. Plain & simple, Cloverfield is nothing more than a soap opera
that incidentally has some ambiguous giant monster with a few cheap
scares thrown in. And to make matters even worse, the film is done
entirely with a hand held digital camera & the inept individual holding
it either has had too much caffeine or it's his first time using the
damn thing. Because it's all over the place. My seven year old could've
done better camera work-WORD!! We actually get more footage of the
ground than we do of giant monster mayhem-no lie. And the first 20
minutes of Cloverfield will bore you to tears with vacuous frat party
chattering that amounts to nothing more than filler. No explanation of
where the beast came from, how it got here, why it is attacking New
York... in fact no real ending to the film. Even the critter's progeny
aren't given enough air time & they resemble 2nd rate leftovers from
"Starship Troopers" One other note to pass along; most folks when they
are being attacked & gnawed on by let's say a pit bull are not worried
about their damn camera. They're interested in just one thing-RUNNING!
But not in Cloverfield! Also, most folks I know do NOT want a camera
stuck in their face non-stop when they are having a personal
crisis/tragedy (but gee they're just so darn tolerant in Cloverfield).
So the argument some may use of "realism" to defend this rancid turd of
a film is laughable. The producers of Cloverfield obviously must have
seen the success of "The Blair Witch Project" and thought to
themselves; "WOW! Hey let's cash in! Except we'll have a giant
ambiguous monster instead of a witch legend." Problem with that is,
once word gets out on how rotten this film truly is, they won't even
come close to the box office take of TBWP. Warning: If you're prone to
motion sickness DO NOT see this film because you WILL be queasy before
the credits roll.
Bloodstone's recommendation: Save your money & go rent Peter Jackson's King Kong or a cheesy Godzilla film. Both would be vastly more entertaining & you won't even need to take a Dramamine before hand.
BloodStone's Rating: 2 out of 10
"I am Legend" is actually (I really hate to say this being a HUGE
Vincent Price fan) better than "Last Man On Earth.'Legend' is very
reminisent of 28 Weeks Later & "The Descent" in regards to the
appearance & mannerisms of the sub-human beings who dwell in the
darkness. The air-born plague in Legend is also very similar to 'The
Rage Virus' of the 28 Days/Weeks films in that these sub-humanoids are
as violent & unrelenting. They are NOT the shambling weaklings of
director Ubaldo Ragona's 1964 film (which in turn asks the question;
why aren't they given their present situation?). I am Legend does
contain a fair amount of suspense with very little to no blood or gore.
And I fear that will be it's undoing at the box office because Legend's
two recent predecessors "28 Weeks Later" & "The Descent" had more than
their fair share of the crimson goo. Irregardless, I am Legend is still
a very good (albeit not an original) film, with a very solid
performance by Will Smith who plays Colonel Dr. Robert Neville (this is
what now, the 3rd time Will Smith cinematically tries to save the
world). However, I wouldn't be surprised if Will Smith doesn't pick up
his second Oscar nomination for his performance in this film. *Note; I
have not read the novel by author Richard Mattheson so I do not know
how the film compares to its' literary counterpart.
BloodStone's Recommendation: I am Legend is a good film & one worth buying a ticket for.
BloodStone's Rating: 8 out of 10
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*Thanks to a local radio station giving away free passes I was able to
go to an advanced screening of SK's "The Mist" last night.
Let me be short & to the point; This film is GREAT!! "The Mist" makes Carpenter's "The Fog" look like "It's a Wonderful Life" (& I'm a big fan of The Fog). The Mist is very true to SK's novella with an alternative ending thrown in that is THE most depressing cinematic ending since Disney's "Old Yeller." The characters are engaging & the critters that emerge from the mist are THE most disturbing & skin-crawling creations since Peter Jackson's King Kong crevice creatures(HP Lovecraft would be proud). There is a fair amount of blood & gore in the film but it's not over-done or over the top. Suspense & characterizations are where The Mist draws its true power from not SPFX (most of the critters are CGI but it's done fairly well). Overall, I had a BLAST with this film. Director Frank Darabont (who has directed The Shawshank Redemption & The Green Mile)has directed one for the books gang & a film not to be missed or put off till it comes to DVD.
BloodStone's recommendation: Do not miss The Mist.
BloodStone's rating 9.5 out of 10.
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