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Welcome to the Jungle (2007)
This Jungle Should Be Clear Cut
This must be one of the worst and most annoying mockumentaries ever made....Follow 4 pampered twenty nothings as they quest to find another well to do never was former twenty nothing from 1961 rumored to be in the jungles of New Guinea after crashing off its coast 35 years earlier (or so the premise goes). On their stereotypical shallow "mis"adventure, you have your gun toting towny bandits, your angry bitter meaninglessly antagonizable militia, your sacred burial grounds complete with skulls and dress up skeletons, your creepy random forest dwelling Aussie guy appearing from and disappearing to nowhere warning the characters about said skulls and skeletons, your loin clothed flesh hungry forest locals outfitted with spears, body paint, and bows, and, oh yeah, the best part, your make shift rafts materializing out of nowhere made with no supplies yet seaworthy enough to float them down a river (that looks like a creek in Montana).....Ultimately, the dialog makes no sense and was often difficult to hear (which was a good thing considering the parts you can hear). The "home" video camera stylings fall apart almost immediately and watching becomes a chore. It was understood that this was low low low budget movie, but this was an absolute horror to watch.
Don't say I didn't warn you!
The real spoiler is that this movie was made!!
You won't find any spoiler in my comments because there it would be pointless to describe this ridiculous movie which will spoil your desire to see any future installments by either Lucas or Spielberg. This is yet another example of how George Lucas' ego gets in the way of quality movie making. We all appreciate THX surround sound, but does the guy have an original thought when it comes to making a movie? George, stop writing and let talented creative people handle that...The ending of this movie is such a blatant rip off I am shocked there aren't lawsuits.
And Spielberg doesn't go without blame either. Come on! Do you think you are so much a part Hollywood royalty that people will watch whatever you direct? Perhaps...since this movie might prove that point but I ask how many of these stinkers will it take before people stop watching?! Didn't you learn your lessen for wrecking AI? No one doubts you are a good director, but this movie was terrible and why couldn't you see that? Stop believing in your own hype!
Overall, from the opening moments to the bitter end, this movie was laughable and manages to destroy all the goodness of the other three movies. Good actors, mostly in roles they should NOT be in, made to speak bad lines with awkward and distracting direction. It was a huge disappointment even with low expectations.
Don't say I didn't warn you!!!!
One of the worst sequels ever....terrible.....
First, let me say I was a big fan of the first Harold and Kumar film.
This sequel has none of the witty elements of the first film. The movie seemed like a weak student film with novice acting, poor direction, and no continuity (forget about how bad the writing was for this movie - here is a tip to the writers; that thing about smoking weed to get creativity, it is a myth so you might want to put the bong down next time). If this was the writer directors first film, it would surely be their last because it was so bad. Luckily, I didn't pay to see this junk and even so I feel like I should ask for money back! Don't say I didn't warn you......
Well thought out......except for the girlfriend
Gripping movie surrounding a world of religious beliefs, generational betrayals, and blackmail
.Throughout, the movie chimes a powerful message as voiced by the main character Adam: "how many people have to die for you to make your point?" Follow Adam as he is guided through the darker sides of human nature while he tries to save his family, his unborn child, and his conviction.
The writers were outstanding in the backdrop motivations for the characters even down to a little boy thief. They do a good job of helping the viewer wrap realism around the "why". The "voice" on the phone of the terrorist was mesmerizing as he instructed Adam on his journey through the Philippine squatter camps and towns. It was a good choice to not put a face with the voice of Adam's nemesis. The only real problem with the story is the "girlfriend" back story. The conversation between Adam and the girl about her not wanting a "Muslim" baby made no sense and was out of place considering their first conversation on the phone. It should have been left at that.
Over all, it was worth the watch so don't say I didn't tell ya!
Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man (2005)
Leonard Good, Movie Bad
If your going to make a documentary about Leonard Cohen try making it about Leonard Cohen! This is filled with only enough Leonard to anger the viewer who will be left wondering why they are listening to all these other singers (some of them questionable) talk about themselves. Puleeze....sounds like them reliving their diary entries in junior high - who cares about you, what about Leonard? Guess what people, if you "do something" worthy maybe someone will make a documentary about you. I found particularly insulting the parading of U2's members as if that would add credibility to this movie - NOT. Leonard doesn't need Bono or the Edge talking about his spirituality. What would have been nice would have been for the filmmakers to embody some piece of his spirituality through the film. Gee, what a concept! I will give props to Rufus Wainwright and Jarvis Cocker for their covers of Cohen tunes - the rest of the performances were a bore and some were unbearable.
Cohen fans, don't say I didn't warn you!
Customer 152 (2004)
Customer one fifty poo!
Follow customer 152 through the resulting perils of rampant credit card spending gone wild and live his darkest nightmares of creepy collection agents that have a penchant for the shady side of settling things up.
Terrance, a mild mannered mildly challenged package handler, claims bankruptcy absolving himself of credit card debt. Soon after, he finds himself in a financial pinch and is unable to resist the temptation to apply secretly for a new credit card (which enlists him as customer 152). What follows next for him is a journey into paranoia, uncomfortable stares, and unfortunate events.
The best part of this movie is an interesting painting Terrance continually ogles (very nice!) Bravo to Don Lemmux's restrained and sinister performance as the bankruptcy lawyer (reminded me a lot of Daniel von Bargen). His time on the screen was an enjoyment to watch. Also, interesting performances by the elevated suited agents (although their names are horribly written, their interactions in the movie were worthy of note).
The movie is a decent enough for low budget and, for brief moments, borders on semi-good. However, if a rapid tempo story line is what is wanted, this movie should be avoided. It is protracted and persistently slow; even when it doesn't need to be. Nothing, though, compares to the annoyingly distracting facial antics of Terrance. It played out as just plain dumb which might have been the point, but......
In the end, it is a low budget movie and for those that do not mind the inconsistencies, acting, and production styling that go along with that, this one might be worth a watch. I stress "might".
Don't say I didn't tell you!
The Off Season (2004)
Leave off without Off Season
Leave off without Off Season
After having driven to the Viking hotel in Portland (ME) from Manhattan during the off season, a playwright and his girlfriend settle in to their new home only to find strange things abound. They both begin to experience the strange things, yet neither seem interested in revealing those experiences to each other - for no good reason. The oddities soon take a toll on their relationship physically manifesting mainly against the girlfriend (probably because she doesn't walk around in the hotel room naked like any respectable B-Horror actress should). She suffers dearly getting the paranormal flu (who knew the afterlife was so unsanitary?!), booted from her job (as a part time librarian?), dumped by the boyfriend (for the company of the day drinking town hooligan; a guy that hangs out across the street from the hotel and flips off the manager when confronted - oooooh....scary), and a sweltering shiner (beware of the dangerous library book). No worries for her though because a dead relative that talks through the answering machine (only after the beep) to her will help guide her through the advances of dirty old men wielding small cactus, long haired freaky wet men cowering in the shower (don't get hopes up for any nudity!), and homicidal book smacking psycho chicks. Our heroine triumphs in the end writing her own best seller exposing the exploits of another best selling novelist that co-incidentally lived in the same hotel before she arrived.
Believe me when I say I am making this movie sound better than it is. It is an incredibly bad movie that attempts weakly to capture small town colloquialisms by spinning them into a yarn of mystery and horror (which it doesn't). The problem is the writing and the direction. The plot is almost impossible to follow (not in a good way) and is filled with a myriad of ridiculousness (would the makers of this movie please decide if it is cold or warm or what is the actual weather pattern in Portland during the off season! Sheez!). For the psychological thriller fan, the story is not tight and the characters hold no interest. For the B-horror fan, this movie is missing all the elements - no gratuitous nudity, no slashing, and no chasing.
The only screams are coming from the people that paid to see this movie.
Don't say I didn't warn you!!
Subject Two (2006)
subject two....too long.
Here is what could have been an interesting movie for the Frankenstein/Re-animator fan.....Mad scientist living in the seclusion of a snowy mountain cabin seduces young, gifted, and rebellious medical student into his remote log cabin lair to work with him as apprentice to his experimentation on an unknowing test subject number "two". That is about the gist of it and number two is what this stinker of a movie is laced with from that point onward.... From the start to the end (if it can be called an end), it is too long, too slow, and filled with too much ridiculousness to maintain interest. Unlike Frankenstein's countless remakes each of (which could win an academy award compared with this movie), Subject 2 has no purpose.... oh, other than what the Professor states - "We have much more work to do"....???? What work? Vic's random note taking as he speaks into an miniature recorder? Unlike Re-animator, Subject 2 has no entertainment.....well, there is some minor laughter listening to the Professor scold his apprentice. The sad thing is that it wasn't meant to be a comedic scene. The shot of the subject wandering aimlessly through the mountains in hopelessness defines this movie...and is ultimately passed off to the viewer after watching - hopeless to get time or money back. Where, what, who, huh? At least it is over....
Don't say I didn't warn you.
Combed over with a Hammer
This low budget B horror's plot comes with all the amenities - mad scientist complete with sidekick, malicious corporate greed of pharmaceutical industry, eccentric and extreme genetic engineering, and information technology....can't leave that out.
Start with strange sequence of hot looking nameless boaters that foolishly decide to take a dip in the waters near an uncharted island and end up chum for swarming hammerhead sharks.....
Cut to weak back story implying the stock decline of a generic pharma corporation which motivates its wicked Shakespeare quoting CEO to entertain an un-solicited offer made by a former employee/scientist that was jilted out of his job as head of research and who also happens to be a nut...of course (total Herbert West wannabe). He is offering up a new stem cell technology that could make tons o' cash...or so it seems...This lures in several employees to his Moreau-ish island (must have been quite an impressive exit package from the company when he was let go for him to afford an island) to validate his scientific findings including the CEO and, co-incidentally, the ex-fiancé of the mad scientist's son now morphed sharkuman (how convenient)....
The plan, sort of, is to rekindle lost love between the former nuptials while exacting revenge on the former colleagues for his termination. (Sheez, how can this guy be bitter? He has his own friggen' island after all...).
Soon, everyone is on the run (from endless supply of security guards toting heavy weaponry, from mutant plants can there be an uncharted island without man-eating plants?, from sharky son's appetite for carnage, from quack daddy's breeding plans, and from lack of a cell phone signal)...and they all must learn to work together to get off the island alive!
Will anyone escape? Will a new species be created? Watch it and find out.
There is some entertainment value in this movie, but don't expect much...for the true Combs fan, this is not to be missed.
Don't say I didn't warn you.
Elvis Has Left the Building (2004)
YOU might want to leave the building......
My main comment on this movie is how Zwick was able to get credible actors to work on this movie? Impressive cast even for the supporting characters, none of which helps this movie really. I have to admit though, Tom Hank's cameo almost made it worth it what was that about Tom? Did you lose a bet? The best cameo of the movie was Joe Isuzu though - by far a classic! The premise is good. Basinger's character, struggling with existence as a Pink Lady, is making her way toward Vegas motel by motel pitching the glorious pyramid of cosmetic sales. This happens as Corbett's character is on his way to Vegas to deliver an Elvis suit to his soon to be ex-wife motivated by
.extortion. As they both make their way, they have numerous run-ins with Elvis impersonators who on their way to an Elvis impersonating convention in Vegas. Soon, the FBI gets involved and begins to track what they think is an Elvis impersonator serial killer. Unfortunately, premise doesn't mean the movie was good.
When watching this movie, imagine you are back in the first grade when story lines and continuity aren't really important. It is much more enjoyable to just watch Basinger look beautiful in her Pink Lady outfit rather than wondering why what she is doing doesn't really make sense. The movie tries hard, but ultimately falls way way way short. Ultimately, it is filled with ideas that could have theoretically been funny but in practice were not that funny.
It isn't the worst, but you may find you yourself feel like leaving the building when watching this one Don't say I didn't warn you!
Buzz is Good
If you enjoy your typical genetically altered insect turned into environmental catastrophe movie, then you will like Swarmed. Begins with run of the mill experimentations that are inadvertently foiled by the ever clumsy custodial engineer. For his part, the janitor pays dearly and hence begins the death toll for an innocent unsuspecting town. The absurdity of the story multiplies as quickly as the town folks death count yet somehow only serves to further augment the entertainment value.
The movie's story revolves around an impending barbecued hamburger contest which co-incidentally and conveniently is exactly what the wasps are attracted to....yum....love that sauce!! This meat fest occurs in a tasty slice of small town America wrought with corruption, stupidity, and greed - bad combination for city and event planning, great combination for carnage. No worries for the citizens though, the local professor of entomology (doesn't every small town have one?), that also happens to be thank goodness a hotty, will piece it all together with help from the lab scientist that engineered the original overly aggressive easily antagonized wasps.
This is a definite must see if you ever wanted to see an administrative assistant hunt city hall for a wasp with a double barreled shotgun. Quite impressive!! Equally impressive was the actual cook off where pandemonium strikes as the meat hungry wasps arrive. Kudos to Tim Matherson for masterful cameo - good to see he hasn't totally lost his B stature which he strongly enforces in the scene where he knocks over the mother and her baby stroller while trying to escape - well done Tim.
Overall, it is much better than you might expect.
Don't be burned by watching UV
First, let me start by saying I am both a huge fan of Milla J, and Kurt W's movie Equilibrium (most underrated movie).
That said, both have failed to make a worthy effort with this movie. It is as boring as it is pointless of statement. The action sequences are tired and slow one so overdone in other movies, I am wondering how it made it past the editing floor (UV jumping off the roof and lands in a crouched runner's pose with small cracks in the earth beneath her hmmmm, can you say Underworld or Matrix, or .you get the point). The visual effects are interesting in and in themselves shape shifting colors and anti-gravity. That is about it though as none are really explored or explained to any satisfaction. Neither was the whole vampire concept of the movie. The government was experimenting with biological enhancements for soldiers and created vampires that desperately want to be cured and return to humanity? After which follows some bland allusions to different breeds of transforming hemophage types that are loosely aligned yet somehow competing (for what? Who knows or cares? not the viewer). And a guy driving around in 18 wheeler (secret bio lab) dragging a big red container can't be tracked by a government sophisticated enough to create a bio-weapon powerful enough to enslave the entire human race?
Basically, this was probably a decent idea (at one point) with poor execution. The writing isn't tight or at least didn't translate in the visual (that could be due to the poor shots and direction). Saying it might have been a good idea though may be giving it more credit than is due (again, since I thought Equilibrium was superb). If you are addict of japanimation and/or live action doctored with a lot of CG, then perhaps some mild enjoyment will result. I found the movie lacking in essentials on every level. It had no story, boring action, no surprises, and the acting was overdone.
Don't say I didn't warn you.
Miss Cast Away (2004)
So very very bad....and not in a good way!
This movie (even calling it a movie is an overstatement) is ridiculously horrible. Normally a huge fan of Eric Roberts in "B" list movies, this tragedy of a flick makes me question his real B list clout! And Charlie, please go back to hoping for a Diagnosis Murder revival rather than this.....you can't blame the nameless eye candy (uhhum...beauty pageant members) for participating in this weak movie, but YOU are a former TV star man! Pull yourself together. Don't even get me started on Stuart Pankin. For the sake of all that is good Stuart, you should have seen this was not necessarily a real movie! Bryan Michael Stoller exemplifies absolute genius only in the fact that he was able to dupe anyone into investing in this picture (money or time).
Really, this was no parody or spoof movie although it tries on a 2nd grade level. Mostly, it is poor writing and acting and camera work and editing and....well poor everything. I watched it because I read an article in some mag about agent MJ's involvement and my interest was peaked due to the lawsuit in which he was involved. I now wonder if the only reason they show him from the shoulders up in the movie is because he, like at the trial, showed up wearing pajama bottoms and barely lucid (wait a second, is he ever really considered lucid?...I digress). And Agent MJ? Is that the best they could come up with for a name for his character? Sheez. What a startling piece of originality! Or, maybe that was supposed to be funny? Putting Marriott into the movie was a nice touch at first, but overdone and annoying after all is said and done.
Spare yourself the grief of watching......don't say I didn't warn you.
Interestingly disturbing. It really started very slow, almost annoyingly so - I guess some people would call that artsy. Gus does a good job by the end to show the pointlessness of the whole situation and how seemingly unconnected people get tangled by chance in a wrong place wrong time scenario (probably why the French liked the movie so much). Oui, it is all meaningless in the end. Which is true, the end is quite strange and abrupt. Some of the visual stunts Gus uses to bring the events into perspective have been done before - life as video game (The Beach or The Bishop of Battle from Nightmares). In all, I give it a sideways nod. Most of the characters are ridiculously bland and purposeless (which again might have been the point), but in some scenes it is just, dare I say overkill, to get the watcher to where they are as desensitized as the killers themselves about the fact that all those people are now dead.
Caged Hearts (1996)
Tasteful Shower Scenes
For the astute late night viewers, this picture is enjoyable. Surprisingly, a high percentage of the actors (30%) actually could act. Valiant, but failed attempt to make a political commentary of the current penal system. Innocent PYTs get wrongly convicted of murder and enter the BIG HOUSE under the cruel control of a maladjusted warden. Predictable outcome, but like a train wreck I couldn't take my eyes off the screen (in hopes of additional tastefully shot and interesting shower scenes).