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The Darkest Hour (2011)
I saw a trailer for this a couple of years ago and almost didn't see it because of the low rating on IMDb. And I still don't get why this is trashed so much, its no masterpiece but what is nowadays?
Its an original sci-fi end of the world entertaining movie that doesn't have aliens as little green men and its set in moscow, nice to see a backdrop of a major world city that isn't in the US. The whole idea of "electrical" aliens was in my mind well - executed and the CGI effects were fine.
This is a relatively short movie and there could have been some more plot development and it would have been nice to see what was happening in other cities but this is a great addition to this genre and should not be missed
Seeking Justice (2011)
another cage disappointment
I'm a big fan of vigilante/revenge thrillers and with roger donaldson as director and cage, pearce and a good supporting cast with xander "24" berkely and harold "lost" perrineau I had high hopes for this one, But this one was implausible from the word go, you could drive a bus thru some of the plot holes which are too many to mention here. The acting was also second rate, it all appeared rushed and contrived. And there was little to no suspense here, just a bunch of cliché ridden scenes. Not for the first time, I'm surprised by the rating on here but there's a reason why these movies go straight to DVD, not even worth $5 in a walmart basket
The Art of Getting By (2011)
Not Ferris Bueller
modern day teen movies are so hard to watch, there's so much angst or schmaltz and they always have to have 25 year olds playing teens to give it some gravitas. This is down to earth and simple, anyone can identify with freddy highmore's character as the rebellious, non conformist youth who lusts after the always unavailable hottie. Its a great coming of age tale as in the end, george does step up to the plate and learns some great life lessons. A great cast of "character actors and actresses" are also assembled here and I have no doubt Highmore and Roberts will be headlining in the years to come. Its a shame there was such a limited release but I guess less is more
The Last Word (2008)
Every so often you come across a movie that no-one really saw or knows about, received little or no critical acclaim and it blows your socks off, its great to be surprised like that sometimes and this is one of those films for me.
I should start by saying writer/director Jeffrey Haley should give up the day job of camera tech and do the film creating gig for real.
Great script, great cast, fans of Winona Ryder's cleavage will have a field day here.
Seriously though, this is very offbeat with a taboo subject but there are a few laugh out loud scenes here, mostly thanks to ray romano. I've always like wes bentley as an actor, he's perfect for dark roles and I liked the idiosyncracies like for example not having a car in LA.
the only slight disappointment is the "hollywood" happy ending but the way it followed romano's dream to a tee was so well executed and OTT, it didn't detract from the movie for me.
Hostel: Part III (2011)
Much better than 4.7
No Eli Roth, no eastern European gangsters or Slovakian death chambers, the action is all in the good ol' USA, sin city lives up to its name.
I really liked the first two movies and was a bit reticent about how this makeover would be with a new production team but this did not disappoint at all. Right from the opening scene, it was full of twists, the Ukranian couple were victims, not stalkers of course and all the way through, u didn't know where or when the torture would begin or stop for that matter.
I really don't get the poor reviews, if you're a fan of gore porn this will be right up your street, lots of creative deaths, sexy birds and a good ending even if it was utterly predictable
The Caller (2011)
never got into it
lot of good reviews for this movie, i guess i'd like to address the balance.
a good psychological horror movie needs carefully built up suspense, this had zero, there was the flimsiest of plots, something about a divorcée and her ex, but that was never explained or elaborated on.
Basically, you didn't care about the characters which is a shame because Moyer of True blood fame and Guzman are solid character actors.
Director parkhill has barely been in charge of a full length movie and it showed, I don't often quit before the end but I had to here, the general implausibility, plot holes (simply block a number) and lack of ideas was enough for me.
Going the Distance (2010)
Realistic and funny
I really liked this movie, maybe because I've been in a long distance relationship and one that worked out in the end but I was nodding at all of the frustrations and foibles they were having not seeing each other.
But this was a comedy not a drama and there was great chemistry between all the characters, especially garret's two roommates, Jim gaffigan was a bit underused but the eating at the dinner table scene when erin and garret has to consummate was truly laugh out loud stuff.
Drew barrymore did look a little old for this role and I don't know how realistic it is to be an intern at 31 but overall, this qualifies as good date material stuff
Cassandra's Dream (2007)
I was expecting better from a woody Allen production with a great ensemble cast but this failed with me for a number of reasons.
The whole rich uncle, gambling, murder plot was too simplistic and poorly executed, many people have said this movie was rushed and Allen could definitely have used another half hour of running time to smooth some edges, develop some "outs", create more rationale behind what was going on.
The one bright spot was Colin Farrell, he did a great London accent and showed his versatility as being able to do more than just "bad boy" roles. But the ending was farcical almost and Allen chose to throw in shots of the boat and the girlfriends in some manic way of tying everything together, very unsatisfactory and I was thinking aloud "that's it?"
proper horror movie
Quality horror movies that don't rely on mountains of gore/blood or state of the art CGI effects are rare nowadays as a lot of the work is taken out of the director's hand.
Director Jaume Balagueró does a terrific job here building the suspense. Calista Flockhart clearly chooses her roles very carefully and she was part of an excellent cast.
I don't know if this was an actual old hospital or just a well created set but this definitely added to the whole effect, you could almost anticipate the creaking and crumbling that was going to happen.
And people could relate to a lot of things here spiritually, the whole life death conundrum and everyone knows stories of misdoings in hospitals back in the day, the director skilfully conjures this all up together, the only slight disappointment is the dead nurse herself. While, i'm pleased fx here were at a minimum, she looked like she had been cobbled together by one of the children!
That doesn't detract in anyway from an excellent modern suspense horror movie
The Last Run (2004)
too black to be funny
this movie is billed in some places as a comedy-drama, well there weren't any funny scenes here at all and this is not a movie to take the girlfriend/wife to.
Wonder Years fans will see this to see what an adult fred savage looks like, well pretty washed up to appear in tripe like this, the movie is at least saved by "rescue me's" steven pasquale whose dominant alpha male role is the base for the film.
You don't know whether to feel sorry for steven/fred here and the director tries to tie things up at the end but makes a ham-fisted job of it.