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The Thing (2011)
Works for me!
I haven't seen the original John Carpenter version. So I really have nothing to compare this to. I originally thought that this 2011 version is actually a remake (that's why we stayed up until the very end of the credits waiting for what will happen to the dog! hahah...). It's just after reading the reviews here that I came to know that it's actually a prequel.
I'm an avid fan of this type of genre. I love the "Aliens" series, "The Fly" and even "Re-Animator" so I was actually looking forward to watching this updated version of the John Carpenter classic.
Honestly, I enjoyed this film. It's like the Aliens meets Agatha Christie! hehe... The tension of not knowing who's still human or alien amongst them is quite suspenseful and engrossing. I think the director did a good job. There was no point in time during the film that I felt bored (I fell asleep watching the "Transformers"). It held a tight grip on me for the most part. The effects are quite good although there's nothing I haven't seen before. The sound effect is terrific, with crisp, loud bass making the scenes more intense and terrifying. Mary Elizabeth Winstead is very good in the lead character. All in all this is a well made thriller and a good prequel to the original. Makes me want to see the sequel ASAP.
The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996)
The Long Kiss ..... is Fantastic!
I love this movie. I first saw this when it came out in the movie theaters here in the Philippines back in 1996 (I think). So when I saw this film again in Cinemax recently, I was thrilled! This probably Is the best film Renny Harlin has ever done so far. But then again, maybe the credit should be given to Shane Black who wrote the screenplay. The dialogues are fantastic! The chemistry between Charlie (Geena Davis) and Mitch (Samuel L. Jackson) is great! Here are some of my favorite lines:
Charlie: I'm leaving the country, Mitch. I need a fake passport and I need money, lots of it. Mitch: Well why didn't you say so? Hold on a minute while I pull that outta my ass.
Charlie: They're gonna blow my head off, you know. This is the last time I'll ever be pretty.
Charlie: Were you always this stupid, or did you take lessons? Mitch Henessey: I took lessons.
Mitch Henessey: ...everyone knows, when you make an assumption, you make an ass out of "u" and "umption".
Mitch: So, you cold? Charlie: Yeah. Freezing. Mitch: Turn on the heat. It doesn't work, but it makes a very annoying noise - distracts from the cold.
See the Memorable Quotes link for more. This film is a great watch, so don't miss it!