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That's the best I can say about the movie. It delivers every cliché in the book and there are lines of dialog, that were openly laughed at, at the Screening at Frightfest. While director and stars are invited I always feel sort of bad for them, but it wasn't an issue at the Q&A afterwards, which was a good thing.
The actors are all pretty, but some struggle with their lines (especially those whose first language isn't English!). Franco Nero might seem like a lighthouse, but considering the demands he made to be in the movie, it might have been better, if he actually wasn't. He brings some sort of gravitas, but he has some speeches that feel endless and stop the movie entirely. Not that it was up and running in high speed, but still.
There is some nudity and blood to satisfy those needs, but it does not help make this a fun movie. While the poster (english title "Nymph"), promised something entertaining, it couldn't deliver in the way "Zombeaver" did ...
Der Samurai (2014)
Watching the movie at Frightfest where it generally played better than my vote is displaying, it feels weird talking about it. Shot-wise, that is framing and lighting and everything technical is really exceptional. Especially considering this is only a first time effort (and for the "budget" it was made).
But actually understanding the performances (language-wise) and getting that there are quite a few flaws in the acting department takes a bit out of the fun. You also have to have a keen sense of the absurd to really enjoy it. It doesn't hurt if you are not too judgmental either considering the homo-erotic undertones (actually you can say they are not so subtle) in the movie. Something that helps the movie, but due to the "performances" also kind of lets it down (if you have an issue with the ... issue it'll be a letdown either way). Just watching it and getting the essence from the subtitles might be helpful enjoying this more of course. Which many celebrities at Frightfest did. Also the director is a very nice and humble person. And with a festival success like that, he'll be able to do something grander
The Art of the Steal (2013)
Robbing you blind
What a cast! I have to put that out there first. Matt Dillon, Kurt Russell, but also Terence Stamp (every word he's saying has such a weight and him going for comedy, is so great). Actually everyone involved makes it look so effortless. Heist movies of course might not be everyones thing and people might argue, that after Oceans Eleven (or the sequels), there is nothing left to say.
Yes this may be predictable and may or may not make much sense under scrutiny, but it is too fun to watch, twist and turn and go different directions, that it would be a shame for you not to enjoy it. And I can't stress out enough, that this also has a lot to do with the cast involved. The script is good, but you have to have people deliver it. Every role is cast in a great way and this movie makes no secret that it wants to entertain you. It's not as wrangled up as "Now you see me" (which is also better), but it doesn't have to be
Not your average Je
Also not your average Nicolas Cage performance. This actually is one of his better performances in recent years. He's really good in this, though we do get "crazy" Nic of course, it's not as mental as in some of his other movies he's done. The movie is not everyones cup of tea, especially because of it's pacing.
If you only know the director for his comedies (Pineapple Express and Your Highness), you might be more than surprised at what you get here. But apparently his earlier work (which I have to give a look now) is closer to this than those comedies. Also he did a movie with Al Pacino, where the first reactions are: Pacinos best performance in years. Sound familiar? While De Niro got back on track with a few of his last movies, maybe he could do one with him too? That'd be nice (and probably as violent as this)
Joy Ride 3 (2014)
You've seen this before. Actually you probably saw it before ... "Saw". This could be considered Saw light or at least a mixture of "Duel" and "Saw". Not sure Steven Spielberg would totally approve, but this is what you get. And listening to the audio commentary, I am surprised how much effort was put into the movie.
You might not really care (which makes sense at this point of the "franchise"), but the director has some knowledge and he is making an effort. Still story-wise we don't get anything new, but the effects are good and you might wonder what is going to happen next. The beginning with the "couple" is really great (visually and tone-wise), but the movie loses some of its drive along the way. You just won't care anymore. The ending is not really a surprise either ...
Death Do Us Part (2014)
Wedding in the woods
Not really, but cabin in the woods is overused. Oh wait: everything shown here is overused. The soon to be husband, who might not be real marriage material, the girlfriend who has a best friend, who really is into their friendship. And so on and so on, with more stock characters. Also while it's not a bad thing, the present setting (with a bit of "mystery") with a person narrating what happened, might work for other movies, but is just another thing that doesn't work here either. Especially considering what happens at the very end ... which just happens ... for no reason at all.
Anyway, there are not that many effects, though they are nicely done. Acting-wise you shouldn't expect too much. As already made clear the script is really not good either. Could've been a lot better, but as it is, a waste of time
Lighting it up
Weeds means exactly what you think it means. And the show kept running even with a few bumps along the road. The running power was Mary-Louise Parker. The way she portrays the main character (a mom who has to deal with a lot of things - pun intended) is superb. There is always something surrounding her (smoke if you will - because she is hot or for another reason) and it makes the show great.
The fact that she isn't perfect, but sort of "plays" it like she's innocent makes her desirable. It might not always help her grow ... as a human, but it makes a lot of her appeal. The first seasons have an awesome cliffhanger at the end of the show. Not every season can have a "bang" like this, but the series ran for 8 seasons for reason. The fact it tried different things and went different places (also literally), is really great. Actors came back to reprise their roles, even after bigger breaks.
All that lends the show a feeling that makes it feel somewhat real. Even if it is over the top at times and has a lot of comedy in it. But that doesn't mean the show has no consequences. There are serious consequences, there is also nudity and a lot of swearing. If you don't like those things (viewing pleasure-wise), this isn't for you. Everyone else will have a fun time (most of the time) ... now if you see an analogy here ... that might have been intended
Yes every other horror movie lives and dies (no pun intended) with the characters making bad decisions. And while the initial beginning of the movie is really strong (despite the pact that is being made not really making much sense), the rest does let off. More bad decisions coming along, one of them been done twice, which is really hard to swallow however you look at it.
Home is where the heart is, but this "Home" is telling us something else. It's also not about the heart as much as it is about the soul. But horror movies are different or at least try to be. This has a few things going for it (strong beginning and ending), but also a couple of letdowns too.
Maybe one of the things I'm missing, are sound bits from a few more players (actors), like Ron Pearlman, who also was in the original movie. You were expecting Val Kilmer not to take part in this (although he was asked of course). But those things are not really that important, especially considering how great the movie is built and edited. The mayhem that ensued seems to have been inevitable in some sense, but is still very gripping.
There is faults on more than one set of shoulders and maybe the other movie might not have been a better "Island of Dr. Mureau" movie than the one we finally got. But it most definitely would have been crazier (yes it's possible) and might have given a very creative guy some power to fulfill his other visions. A man suffice to say that sort of was not ready for that big a project of course.
And this duality and all the gray areas (plus all those great anecdotes, hoping there will be a few more on a future disc release without them having to cut anything out of the movie we had the pleasure watching at Frightfest) in the movie, make it great. Fun and light and over before you know it ...
Doc of the Dead (2014)
Why are zombies popular right now? How did they get so far? This is what this documentary is about. So if you expect to see many bits from horror movies, you'll be disappointed. This also isn't a history of zombie movies in general and you won't find much about the games here either. One omission I really thought should've been in there, is the "bath salt" thing that happened. Something that the media connected with zombies for some crazy reason. This might be in the extras on the DVD though, as the director said at Frightfest, where the documentary was playing.
One of the surprising things watching, was Romeros stance on zombie walks (another phenomenon that keeps getting bigger and bigger). The "Godfather of the zombie genre" (as he is called by many, with Fulci not available obviously for comments) has a big part in this. He is as normal as always, bedazzled/surprised himself about the success his undead (he wanted to call them Ghouls initially) have right now. Not the best documentary made, but if you like to look a bit behind the current hype (with not much knowledge beforehand), you could do worse