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The Brass Teapot - 4 years, 10 months ago
In Ramaa Mosley‘s The Brass Teapot, a young couple played by Juno Temple and Michael Angarano find out where their limits lie. When they discover a magical teapot that promises to solve their financial problems, they’re ecstatic. The one catch, however, is that the teapot only spits out money when they hurt each other. It’s easy to imagine a more twisted director making a much darker film out of this premise. The logical end to the teapot’s demand for pain (and no, I can’t believe I just typed those words either) would seem to be murder or torture. Though i won't tell what happens. Overall, this was a fine dark comedy and watchable.
Come Out and Play - 4 years, 10 months ago
Come Out and Play is in fact a remake of Who Can Kill a Child, and the fact that it hasn’t lost a step in this over-35-years-later translation speaks to the universality of that fear. Sure, in a more literal sense, Beth and Francis are afraid of being murdered by hordes of psychotic tots, but what’s really chasing them all through their vacation is the dramatic life upheaval that comes replete with a young couple having their first child. On some level it’s a morbid incarnation of the absolute worst case scenario in which your child turns out to be a murderer, but the concept of a child trying to kill an expectant mother is an expression of a primal fear of the pain of childbirth. This plays more directly into the narrative as well, but the more figurative aspects are maintained in Makinov‘s remake.
The Bouquet - 4 years, 10 months ago
An elderly couple are struggling with their home florist business. They have two daughters, one is a New York business woman and the other is a dedicated activist; both are always too busy to see their parents. When dad suddenly drops dead at Easter dinner, the two women realize that being a family and helping each other is more important than their own selfish desires. I’m not going to mince words, this movie was predictable and hella cheesy. This looks like something that will probably air on The Hallmark Channel or Lifetime as it is safe for children and religious families – I say that because God and prayer is strewn about throughout the film, but I wouldn’t call this a religious film.
Madagascar 3 - 5 years, 7 months ago
With their third outing, DreamWorks have pulled out all the stops to redeem themselves from the last Madagascar blunder. There's a good, exciting story, great jokes, breathtaking visual appeal and the added novelty of finally taking our favorite animals out of the jungle and into the city. Europe's Most Wanted finds Alex the lion, Marty the zebra, Gloria the hippo and Melman the giraffe in the midst of European metropolitan opulence, where they befriend a troupe of circus animals in a bid to find their way back home to Central Park Zoo. The film really rides high on the adventure quotient scale at this point, with the animals becoming a part of the circus act.
Wrath of the Titans - 5 years, 7 months ago
Clash of the Titans was a somewhat underwhelming affair, with its wooden acting, formulaic, video game-style progression, poor 3D conversion and action sequences that were more lackluster than thrilling. Wrath of the Titans is indeed an improvement upon its predecessor – but not by much. So if you like action, you would like the movie.
Snow White and the Huntsman - 5 years, 7 months ago
OK, so Snow White and the Huntsman didn't really have much to beat. The Tim Burton-lite pantomimery of the March release, Mirror Mirror, faded from memory faster than the last time you noticed a cloud. Whatever. For a creaky old fairytale considered by many past its bedtime-story prime, this Snow White turns out to be much, much better than expected. The tone of the picture - a little darker, and a lot more dangerous than your regular-strength Snow Whites - harks back to the original version of the story.
The Legend of Lylah Clare - 5 years, 8 months ago
Hollywood picking its scabs is always a riveting sight, and never more enjoyably so than in Aldrich's supremely vulgar movie, which feeds gluttonously off movie myth and experience to create a vigorously animated Hollywood Babylon where dead stars talk and everyone's laundry is filthy. Kim Novak stars as the moulded reincarnation of Lylah Clare, whose stellar career ended in mysterious death on the night of her wedding to director Lewis Zarkan (Finch), now attempting a semi-confessional biopic on the subject, which naturally involves an outrageous gallery of grotesques and innocents in its revelatory course from concept to screen. Necrophilia, cancer, cripples, French critics, lesbianism, ignorant producers, nepotism, abortion, 'film-artists', Italian studs and TV are the tasty elements Aldrich ghoulishly (and a little masochistically) juggles into a film-fan's delight, a side-splitting charade of satire, sarcasm and sheer perverse affection.
The Principles of Lust - 5 years, 8 months ago
This tale of a novelist who's drawn into a dark subculture of sex, drugs, and bare-knuckle kiddie fighting is a fascinating failure that scores points for being bold enough to go against the grain. A gripping and disturbing ride, it marks out Woolcock as a major talent for the future. It trots out explicit scenes of sex, drugs and violence, but ultimately has little to say.
The Dark Hour - 5 years, 8 months ago
“The Dark Hour” does a bang up job simulating post conditions and how others will group to survive. Relationships, schooling and training all all important parts of the order they must maintain for themselves and future generations. Material matters are reduced to only that which is on hand to learn from or use. Director and writer Elio Quiroga has a great sense of gloom mixed with drama that succeeds this sometimes slow moving movie. The combination of elements makes it for an interesting story and progression that is highly original on many levels while still staying familiar on others.
The Pirates! Band of Misfits - 5 years, 8 months ago
Tries to go for the Monty Python approach to humor (broad, irreverent silliness) but isn't nearly quick or witty enough to even compare. The Pirates! Band of Misfits is my least favorite of the Aardman Films, but it's terrific soundtrack, animation, and handful of genuinely funny gags suffice for a family viewing in the living room.
Transfer - 5 years, 8 months ago
The movie is based on a short story called Thousand Euros, One Life by Eli Barcelo. The movie has an almost too obvious theme about seeing things in black or white, both in the colour of the main characters’ skin, but also in the way they argument. Transfer gives a new perspective of the relation between the rich and the poor in the world. In this movie we see how Europeans exploit Africans to the degree that “we” take over their bodies. This makes it sci-fi, but is a good metaphor for how we make others give up their life for our well being, without really knowing or considering the costs.
Dark Shadows - 5 years, 8 months ago
Never knowing where it wants to go, "Dark Shadows" is the type of movie that only die hard Tim Burton fans will love. The cast is fantastic as they always are in his films, but the story is very generic and almost feels like it steals from the rules of twilight sometimes. Don't get me wrong, I did it enjoy some of it and there were a few awesome scenes, but if that is all that I enjoyed about it, then no, i didn't like it that much. When the movie ended, I wanted to yell at the screen, because this film starts with so much potential but never delivers. I hoped for so much more out of this film. "Dark Shadows" is among many of my 2012 shrugged shoulder films. I will mildly recommend this to any fans of Tim Burton, but other than that, you will probably hate it. "Dark Shadows" will be forgotten in the shadows of 2012.
John Carter - 5 years, 8 months ago
John Carter begs the question: Where did all the money go? It certainly wasn't spent on the screenplay, that's for sure. And with a gargantuan budget of $250,000,000, you'd think the visual effects would look a little better. I've seen films that have done far more with less than half of those sums. No wonder it became such a huge fiasco at the box-office.Placing Taylor Kitsch in lead wasn't such wise move either. Granted that he doesn't have a lot to work with, but he lacks both the appeal and charisma to really carry a film like this by himself. In the supporting cast it looks a little brighter though, including as many as three of the stars from HBO's Rome - one of my personal favourites in the TV realm. Again, however, they are served mere scraps and bones of dialogue, in a very watered-down story.It isn't a complete and total failure though; on the whole its quite entertaining and thought they did a really good job with the creature- and production design. I bet George Lucas would love this film; particularily as it more or less borrows the whole Geonosis arena battle from "Attack of the Clones". It's an unmistakable parallel, that is impossible not to draw.How sad though to see such an epic squandering of time, talent and money. Director Andrew Stanton, who have previously given us delightful adventures like Wall-E and Finding Nemo, makes a flawed and bumpy transition from animation to live-action. Maybe pressure from Disney is to blame, I don't know, but this soulless overload of blue-screens and CGI, doesn't even remotely resemble the warm and heartfelt features from Pixar studios. Not bad altogether, just grievously, inexplicably and spectacularly average.
The Flowers of War - 5 years, 8 months ago
Another 2012 GG nominated movie in the category Best Foreign Language,The Flowers of war was a dramatic story of a group of Nanking prostitutes, a group of young Chinese Catholic orphans and an American "priest" played by Christian Bale who took these girls and ladies under refugee and helped them during the Japanese massacre in Nanking in 1937. Chinese director Zhang Yimou brought here a powerful, touching and beautiful story, while delivering stunning visual effects.The script was based on true stories, painfully it was much worse, because there wasn't a hero,only constant desperation. The characters themselves were all well written and Christian Bale delivered a powerful performance as the lead character as he showed his efforts to help these young girls survive, and in his own sacrifice to escape Nanking.The film was really tragic but beautiful, where the evil of human nature was clearly exposed under the beast of war.
Mirror Mirror - 5 years, 8 months ago
Mirror Mirror ends up being a mixed bag. Director Tarsem Singh doesn't disappoint visually. One scene after another is a sensation of color and costumes. Impressive achievement subtly recalls Tim Burton via Alice in Wonderland. Like that adaptation, this screws with the original in a way that's detrimental. The narrative fails to enchant with its political correctness. Nevertheless, if vivid production design and some genuine laughs are what you desire, you'll find that here. This isn't an entirely slick revisionist take. The script still has heart and means to entertain children with its creativity. For the most part, it wants to present the legend with sincerity for that audience. Amidst the modern touches remains the earnest tale of a girl who falls in love with her prince.
The Dictator - 5 years, 8 months ago
"The Dictator" is rude and offensive 24/7, while still offering a nice helping of Sacha Baron Cohen on the big screen once again. Straying away from his original mockumentary style of filmmaking, he comes on with all barrels blazing, playing a dictator in which everyone in the city of New York seems to hate. He is replaced and sentenced to death in order to bring to the people what they want. What the problem for the city is, is that he did not die and now he must devise a plan to get back into his final speech, that will give America what they want, or make them hate him forever. I must say that I laughed pretty hard during this movie, but it didn't move at a fast enough pace for me. "The Dictator" is not much of a film, but it will sure make you laugh!
Safe House - 5 years, 8 months ago
"I only kill professionals," Denzel Washington informs Ryan Reynolds at a crucial point in this action thriller. It's a resonant line for a number of reasons, not many of them having much to do with what's going on in the movie itself. "Safe House" is yet another big-budget vehicle for Washington, and, like the venerable "Training Day" (2001) and the more recent "Unstoppable," it has Denzel portraying a grizzled vet of sorts who's gotta teach a younger white newbie How It's Done.
Battleship - 5 years, 9 months ago
In a naval-gazing mood? You could do worse than this bronzed, gung-ho and entirely silly sailors-versus-aliens hardware-fest. As in its airborne cohort, Independence Day, the plot is a broadly motiveless one-liner: aliens have landed and are trying to take over the world, probably. Why? Because it's there. Are they definitely evil? Sure, why not. They have a pop at Hong Kong and Hawaii, but there are fewer destruction-porn slow-mo shots of notable landmarks going the way of the piñata, perhaps in a concession to post-9/11 sensibilities, or perhaps because most of the action takes place way out on that ocean blue. The only thing standing in the aliens' way is the world's largest international maritime outfit, the Rim of The Pacific Exercise. Or Rimpac, as it is mercilessly referred to throughout. They should make a spin-off game: Rimpacman. Oh, hush. But wait, this film is already based on an existing property, and for the life of us, we can't see why; are there seriously hordes of Hasbro's Battleship fanboys out there, waiting to see what Hollywood has made of their beloved naval combat board game? What indeed; the answer is a film that feels no embarrassment whatsoever about lingering slow-mo shots of the stars and stripes fluttering bravely in the breeze as muscular boys polish big shiny guns ready to shoot their massive payload all over E.T's stupid face. If you were feeling playful, you might make a case for Battleship's power dynamic subverting its own jingoistic aesthetic: there's a line in which the situation faced by Uncle Sam's finest (plus token foreigners) is likened to European settlers massacring the Native Americans of the New World, only this time, "we're the Indians". Certainly, the alien race's reliance on up-to-the-minute military technology which, at short range, enables them to identify and spare unarmed children, even as they attack "legitimate targets" undoubtedly resulting in far more grievous "collateral damage" (i.e. dead children), could seem oddly resonant if you were of a paranoid mindset. That might be giving a little too much credit to a film that revels in exchanges like "Prepare to fire." "Sir, which weapons?" "All of them." Your tolerance for this sort of borderline parodic Hot Shots-type dialogue will likely dictate your tolerance of Battleship as a whole, since lines like this are far and away the most enjoyable aspect. Even Battleship's lead, Hopper (Taylor Kitsch), is not noticeably less ludicrous than his clear bromynym Topper (Charlie Sheen) from Hot Shots, a film in turn riffing on the at-the-time critically lambasted Top Gun, whose DNA Battleship undoubtedly shares, right down to the involvement of the US military in filming. VERDICT An assault on reason, logic and complex characterisation, but in an enjoyable way, like a slightly less camp dramatisation of the Village People's finest ship-based sing-song. They want you, they want you, they want you as a new recruit, etc.
A Thousand Words - 5 years, 9 months ago
In A Thousand Words, Eddie Murphy plays a motormouth literary agent who is such a greedy, caffeinated huckster that he seems to have turned his entire life into a form of speed-dating. After a run-in with an Indian guru, he becomes the victim of a karmic curse: A tree sprouts in his backyard, and every time he utters a word, one of its leaves falls off. (If all the leaves fall, he'll die.) The movie, in other words, takes an Eddie Murphy who talks very, very fast (what a concept!) and turns him into an Eddie Murphy who can't allow himself to talk at all (what an even less entertaining concept!). In theory, A Thousand Words should draw on its star's abilities as a physical comedian, but Murphy, miming his order for a triple latte at Starbucks, comes off like Charlie Chaplin on crystal meth; he's strenuously unfunny to watch. The movie also makes virtually no sense: With a thousand words at his disposal, couldn't Murphy take at least one sentence to explain what's happening to his wife (Kerry Washington)? And why does no one even question why he has suddenly stopped talking? The only answer is that everyone in the film seems to be living in Stupid High-Concept Movieville. There's one halfway amusing scene in which Murphy uses talking action figures (Austin Powers, the Terminator) to speak for him during a conference call, but most of A Thousand Words is profoundly tedious. It makes you want to see Murphy team up with Judd Apatow, or even take on a deadly serious dramatic role — do anything but star in another movie like this one. D-
One Lucky Elephant - 5 years, 9 months ago
A parable of pachydermish proportions, "One Lucky Elephant" is a bittersweet story of man, beast and a very real relationship that makes helmer Lisa Leeman's docu the thinking person's "Dumbo" -- and, coincidentally, one of the better kids' movies on the fest circuit. Subject, characters and a tender tone seem destined to give this "Elephant" broad exposure both in the specialty market and across the savanna-like expanse of nature programming.
The Lady - 5 years, 9 months ago
“The Lady,” Luc Besson’s worshipful film about the Myanmar opposition leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, arrives at a propitious moment. In the real world Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi — played by Michelle Yeoh and referred to as Suu in the movie — was elected to Parliament earlier this month, one of the latest signs that Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) may be moving in a democratic direction after a half-century of military dictatorship. Mr. Besson’s movie, while it does not include these very recent developments, nonetheless angles toward an optimistic conclusion. Stories of heroic, self-sacrificing resistance seem to work best if there is at least a provisional happy ending, since their common theme is hope in the face of repression and injustice.
The Fallen Idol - 5 years, 9 months ago
The Fallen Idol--a quiet masterpiece that delves into the strange insular world of servants, and their difficult, murky relationships with their employers. The Fallen Idol is the first of three films from a fusion of the minds of author Graham Greene and director Carol Reed. The Third Man followed in 1949, and Our Man in Havana was released in 1959. Of the many film adaptations of Greene’s work, he was apparently most pleased with The Fallen Idol. The film is based on the short story The Basement Room, and Greene acknowledged that converting a novel into a film called for “compromise.” He surmised that perhaps The Fallen Idol was so successful an adaptation because it was based on a short story. Indeed the plot is simple and takes place over the course of a weekend.
Swimming to Cambodia - 5 years, 9 months ago
Spalding Gray is one of the best-known monologists of the late 20th century, and Jonathan Demme’s Swimming to Cambodia — an edited combination of two live performances, accompanied by Laurie Anderson’s evocative sound effects — provides a fascinating glimpse at his prowess. In this unusual storytelling event, Gray intersperses humorous vignettes from his experiences filming in Thailand with a concise history of the brutal Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia — an unexpected, yet surprisingly effective, marriage of ideas. Gray’s monologue is poignant rather than hilarious; he’s not a stand-up comedian, but rather an astute commentator on the intersection of personal travails and public tragedies.
Take My Eyes - 5 years, 9 months ago
This Spanish story of a woman and a man locked in an abusive marriage could not be more sincere. When the film opens, Pilar (Laia Marull) is frantically trying to rouse her sleeping young son, Juan (Nicolas Fernandez Luna), from a deep slumber. Soon, the two are taking refuge under the roof of her sister, Ana (Candela Pea), who furnishes shelter from the raging storms provided by Pilar's husband, Antonio (Luis Tosar). A charmless bully with anxious fists, Antonio displays the usual abuser M.O.: he beats Pilar, makes nice, beats her, makes nice. For the most part, the film employs the usual American cable television M.O., too, though with a twist: after Pilar splits, Antonio enters therapy in an attempt to rid them both of his demons. The director, Iciar Bollain, who wrote the screenplay with Alicia Luna, invests Antonio with humanity, which would be more impressive if she had paid more attention to exploring the darker recesses of Pilar's inner life. While Pilar is the film's ostensible focus, because Antonio has to process his feelings in a journal as well as in some grimly funny group therapy sessions with similar Neanderthals we learn more about why and how he ticks. By contrast, Pilar, who clearly loves her abuser too much and herself too little, remains a mystery. Neither the couple's palpable sexual connection nor their son is enough to explain why she put both her life and that of her child at such risk. The film won a sack of Goya Awards in 2004, so clearly this mystery wasn't much of a bother for the original audience.
Mouchette - 5 years, 9 months ago
IN focusing on the loveless tragedy of a peasant teenager in "Mouchette,", Robert Bresson, the French director-writer, enhances the mystiques emanating from his truly artistic dedication to the disenfranchised and the rejected. But he once again indicates, as he often has in the sparse body of his work over the last 25 years ("Diary of a Country Priest," "Les Anges de Peche," etc.) that his devotion and subjects are so special as to constitute a communications gap for the uninitiated. It is clear that Mouchette is hated or ignored by her schoolmates, teacher and dissolute father and only vaguely appreciated by her moribund mother as a nursemaid for her infant brother. She, in turn, gumly hates them in laconic, one-note style. But one wonders about that hate, her sudden involvement in a drunken, near-fatal tussle between a couple of villagers. her rape by one of them, the churlish townspeople's attitudes and the reasons for the general air of doom that hangs over a nominally peaceful pastoral scene. These are dour, defeated people and Nadine Nortier, as the ill-fated, painfully plain Mouchette, and the other principals, aptly illustrate the pervasive gloom. But in artistically pointing up their lack of understanding and affection for Mouchette, Mr. Bresson never fully lets a viewer in on details that would help him appreciate them, too.
Bubba's Chili Parlor - 5 years, 9 months ago
Bubba's Chili Parlor attempts to take you back to the good old drive-in days, and right from the beginning it works — starting with the presentation itself. The picture is a mess of grain, over exposure, cigarette burns, the occasional time when the film jumps and, in at least two instances, the picture craps out altogether and picks up a short time later in the movie. Couple that with an intro and two intermissions that are all drive-in — right down to the paper thin gray meat advertisements that drive-ins passed for a "hamburger" — and you are on your way to a '70s movie experience. If Bubba's failed at everything else, it could take solace in the fact it nailed the drive-in memories. Fortunately for Bubba's, and us, there was more than just window dressing. Writer/director Joey Evans does an exemplary job not just making the most of what he has, but also using what he has wisely. By rule of thumb, Evans putting his daughter, Audrey Elizabeth, in one of the main supporting roles as Ashley — super zombie extraordinaire — seems like a bad idea. But the script was obviously written to her strengths, and she pulls through just fine. Hell, she even brings S. Mike Davis' performance up a notch when the two are on screen together. As Bubba, Ashley's surrogate father while her mom is off whoring around or just all around ignoring her, Davis' real life affection for the girl really comes across onscreen. The two's scenes are some of the best in movie. Until little Ashley goes on her eating spree, at least.
Rifftrax The Happening - 5 years, 9 months ago
Idea. Let’s pitch a movie about some unexplainable occurrence that causes people to inexplicably kill themselves. Then M. Night Shyamalan can direct it so people will invariably think there is a monumental twist at the end. And to make it even more eerie and intriguing let’s name it The Happening. There you have, in a nutshell, what I suspect was the thought process for the movie (although M. Night wrote, directed and produced the whole feature). The Happening, unfortunately, turns out to be a movie that relies more on the past of body of work of its director than on substance. It’s a thriller with little thrill. It’s one of those movies that looks so much better on the paper than on the screen. From a critic’s standpoint, I think this movie ranks in a dead heat with Shyamalan’s worst offerings – The Village and Lady in the Water.
The Trouble with Bliss - 5 years, 9 months ago
I'm tempted to say, "the trouble with this movie," but will hold forth for the sake of giving it a break. Based on author Douglas Light's quirky, somewhat kinky novel East Fifth Bliss and adapted by director Michael Knowles (One Night) for the screen, The Trouble With Bliss Iis another of those New York low-budget genre films that seem designed to keep local actors working, although I have to admit that this comedic satire has a few things going for it that makes it a cut above the general output. Not hugely so, mind, but maybe worth parking yourself on East Fifth for an hour and a half, which is where the whimsical fable for modern times unfolds.
The Thing - 5 years, 9 months ago
“We’re not getting out of here alive…but neither is that thing…“ I remember being completely terrified during the course of the film. The special effects were, and still are, shocking. ( Special effects wiz Rob Bottin was only 22-years old when he did the effects for "The Thing".) Unfortunately we could not plug our ears to spare us from the horrifying screams and howls of the creature, along with the creepy soundtrack. I still have fond memories of that night, and I sincerely doubt that I will ever see any monster movie that will shock me as much as the first time I snuck into "The Thing" with my kid brother. I believe the only other movie that came close was "Alien" (which I didn’t have to sneak into I write this review as a "tip of the hat" to one of the great monster movies of our time, so any seemingly cynical remark I make is made in the spirit of good fun. Maybe not a "classic" in the sense of "King Kong" and the like, but boy, did this film make on impact on me.
Nightfall - 5 years, 9 months ago
REVIEW: NIGHTFALL WASTES ITS CAST, PREMISE AND YOUR TIME After viewing director Roy Chow Yin Yeung's new thriller, NIGHTFALL, I shall resist the temptation to label him Hong Kong's answer to M. Night Shyamalan, for the sole reason that it might be too complimentary. The director's debut, MURDERER, was also penned by Christine To and boasts one of the most audaciously bad twist endings in recent memory. Their second collaboration may lack the balls-out shock value of MURDERER's climactic reveal, but the entire drama revolves around a series of twists that, when considered for a moment, make not a lick of sense and ensure that a rather dull and uninvolving procedural thriller comes crashing to its knees.
Serial Killing 4 Dummys - 5 years, 9 months ago
“Serial Killing 4 Dummys” (sic) is listed at as a 2004 movie, but it’s actually a 1999 feature called “Serial Killing 101″. Being able to trick the all-knowing, all-powerful is quite a feat, and in truth the movie is much better than it really has any right to be. Fortunately the folks behind “Dummys” are no dummies, and the script by writer/director Trace Slobotkin oftentimes manages to ascend beyond the constraints of the movie. Billed as a horror/comedy, “Dummys” is pretty funny, with many of its winning moments coming from its matter-of-fact approach to serial killing as conducted by Goth posers Casey (Justin Urich) and Sasha (Lisa Loeb). The movie is essentially about Casey, a too cool for school slacker who decides he wants to be a serial killer because, well, he just can’t figure out what else to be. Offering her time and expertise in the macabre world of serial killers is Sasha, who wants, as a reward, to be Casey’s first victim. As the teens go about transforming Casey into a notorious serial killer, a real serial killer is going around town claiming high school victims. “Dummys” is definitely more comedy than horror, which seems to be the direction low-budget American slasher films have been headed for the last 10 years or so. Personally, I’m not entirely sure if the trend works for me, but I have seen some good examples of the hybrid genre, most recently in the funny and micro budgeted “Silo Killer”. “Dummys” seems to have a slightly bigger budget than “Killer” (albeit not by much) but the movie is burdened with uninspired camerawork and much of the film looks grainy for some reason. The kid at the head of the class is Justin Urich, who does a fabulous job as slacker Casey, a smart kid who just can’t find it in himself to be ambitious. Even his foray into serial killing reminds him of just how unmotivated he is, as he finds himself unable to kill anything, even his neighbor’s annoying dog. The love interest is singer Lisa Loeb, who will probably still look like a high school geek even when she’s 50. With her signature nerdy glass, it’s a little hard to take Loeb seriously as a Goth wannabe. Although the movie eventually explains Sasha’s real interest in being Casey’s first victim, you can’t help but think that another actress would have done better in the role. In any case, the star is Urich, and he’s more than up to the task, even opposite the absurdly comical Thomas Haden Church (TV’s “Wings”), here playing an ex-military nutjob turned gym coach. Another funny face is Rick Overton as a career counselor who tries to communicate with the kids via popular slang. You’ve seen this guy wandering your high school hallways, and Overton is dead-on serious as the dead-on goofy counselor. The movie’s funnier scenes involve Overton “getting down and rapping” with the kids. Which isn’t to say “Dummys” does everything well. The plot about a real serial killer kidnapping nubile high school girls get lost in the shuffle of Casey and Sasha’s ongoing experiment. It’s not until the final 20 minutes or so that the real serial killer plot even makes any kind of impact, even though a Detective investigating the killings suspects Casey of being involved. But the suspicion on Casey plays out as too random and inconsequential, and as a result Casey is never really made to feel the heat for his dabbling into serial killers. The real identity of the serial killer also gets shortchanged, and like much of the real serial killer plot, seems random in nature. Casey just realizes that all of his serial killer research fits one man exactly and — voila! He’s right. It’s a little anti-climactic to say the least. The film tries to throw a red herring into the mix, but I’m afraid most of the actors are so obvious that it’s not even worth mentioning who the red herring is. In truth, it feels as if the whole “real serial killer is lurking in the background” plot is almost a last minute add-on. And if not, then the script fails badly to make it interesting. “Serial Killing 4 Dummys” is generally a well-written movie, if only for its comedic elements. Lead Justin Urich is superb, and the film is funnier than most comedies out there. Alas there’s no nudity and very little gore to speak off, which will likely turn off its targeted audience. Trace Slobotkin (director) / Trace Slobotkin (screenplay) CAST: Thomas Haden Church …. Vince Grimaldi Justin Urich …. Casey Noland Lisa Loeb …. Sasha Fitzgerald Rick Overton …. Mr. Korn George Murdock …. Detective Ray Berro
Truth About Kerry - 5 years, 9 months ago
The Truth about Kerry Is Not Pretty Truth about Kerry is a suspenseful tale marred by overacting. Set among overwhelmingly beautiful land- and seascapes tinged with gloom, it is the story of a young woman who accompanies an ill-tempered, disrespectful boyfriend on a trip to an Irish village where everyone drinks too much, especially Kerry. In fact, so much alcohol is consumed we are surprised that Kerry didn’t die of alcohol poisoning. In the course of Emma’s investigation, she focuses on several men she suspects may have killed Kerry, including boyfriend Hunter (Rick Yudt) and Patrick (Darren Keefe), a local man who seemed particularly fond of Kerry. Emma’s fiancé joins her in Ireland, fearful for her safety—with cause since there have been several threats against it. Emma’s obsession with Kerry’s death strains their relationship, resulting in unpleasant exchanges. Truth about Kerry is an example of a good premise with a mediocre execution. Some of the dialogue is unnatural and it is often not convincingly delivered. The mystery itself is what keeps the audience tagging along, guessing who—if anyone—did it. Throughout the story, Emma is forced to face things she didn’t know about Kerry (and herself)—many of which she refuses to accept. When she finally concludes what happened, makes amends to those she falsely accused, and returns to America, we learn the truth. It’s a bit of a twist ending, but no matter what happened to Kerry, the truth is she’s still dead.
Island Of The Damned - 5 years, 9 months ago
Truly Awful!!! I rented this title not knowing anything about it. I thought it might be some cool horror film that had by-passed cinemas and come straight onto video. Alas I was mistaken - this is a "thriller" which isn't very thrilling. It moves along at such a slow pace I thought I was going to fall asleep (which I almost did)! The plot is about 2 men who get washed up on an island, where they meet a mysterious woman who appears to be hiding a secret. They uncover what this secret is and....well to be honest I wasn't really that bothered by then. I had lost all interest for this film. The director has only made this one film, which is probably a good thing.
My Brother's War - 5 years, 9 months ago
Rather typical IRA movie has two brothers (who look nothing alike, strangely) on opposite sides of the conflict... until American CIA agent James Brolin(!) comes to Ireland to save the day! Watch for 90210's Jennie Garth as a red-haired Irish lass, trying to go legit until she realizes she's in a Roger Corman production. Mercifully short at 85 minutes long. The premise of writer-director Whitney Hamilton's period picture My Brother's War springs from a little-known historical footnote: the fact that in the Civil War, an excess of 400 young women disguised themselves as men and trekked off to the battlefront in drag. As this story opens, young Grace Kieler (Hamilton) perceives the ideological divisions in her own clan - her fiancé marches off to vie for the Union, while her brother vows to support the Confederacy. Kieler fulfills a promise to her dying father by attempting to protect her brother's life. She does so by cropping her hair short, donning her sibling's uniform, and heading off to the front lines herself, as a man. She soon finds herself drawn magnetically into the life and world of a war widow, Virginia. A romance blossoms between the two, guided by Virginia's assumption that Grace is a man; when Virginia learns the truth, the two women must confront the fact that, despite the morals and behavioral limitations of the period, their passion for one another knows no boundaries. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi
Kiss Me Quick - 5 years, 9 months ago
Kiss Me Quick! was the first film to be produced by Harry Novak, one of the legendary figures in the history of the American sexploitation film. And a strange, crazy but still oddly entertaining little film it is (assuming you have a taste for this weird and wacky movie genre). This is a mixture of monster movie, science fiction and sexploitation, but in fact it’s your basic nudie-cutie formula as perfected by Russ Meyer back in 1959 with The Immoral Mr Teas - combine lots of completely non-sexualised footage of naked women with as many laughs as possible, with the humour being silly, fairly juvenile but good-natured. In this case the monster element has been thrown in because monsters in a comedic role were big at the time - both The Addams Family and The Munsters had premiered on US TV earlier the same year. This type of movie is by today’s standards ridiculously tame, and it has a kind of charming innocence to it. Its main appeal is its camp value, which is exceptionally high.
Switch - 5 years, 9 months ago
The thriller Switch was released in France's theatres on July 6 2011. This film has a Canadian connection. In fact, Switch is the first French film in which Canadian actress Karine Vanasse plays. In this film, she stars as a Montrealer named Sophie Malaterre. She decides to go live in Paris. In order to do so, she exchanges on a web site her apartment with someone else. However, once in Paris, the police tells her that a corpse has been found in Sophie's new apartment in Paris. The film also stars Eric Cantona, Mehdi Nebbou, Aurélien Recoing, Karina Testa, Bruno Todeschini and Niseema Theillaud. Other Canadians in the cast include Maxim Roy and Sophie Faucher.
Joyful Noise - 5 years, 9 months ago
The movie Joyful Noise opened at the box office this weekend and I couldn't wait to see it, and I did! The main reason I wanted to see this movie was that it has two strong women playing the lead roles. I couldn't comprehend Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah disappointing me, and they didn't! The title Joyful Noise can be taken literally in this case. Joyful Noise is a flick with themes of family, Christian values, high-energy and joyful gospel music, teamwork, and forgiveness. This movie is as refreshing as a cold glass of iced tea on a scorching summer day! You will walk away from this movie feeling better than when you went in. With all of these positive things said, the movie is not without some humanistic flare in the storyline. There are a few contemporary naughty words and a couple of sexual inferences, but this movie in comparison to every other movie on the screen, Joyful Noise is a clean, wholesome movie for everyone. And like life, the characters have a few valleys to go through before they reach the top of the mountain.
A Nocturne - 5 years, 9 months ago
From the Australian undeground comes a dynamic gothic original. Z and X are vampires bound by love and driven by their lust for blood. Together they stalk their unsuspecting prey in the dark streets and back alleys of Melbourne, but tonight they aren’t the only killers lurking in the shadows. A moody and atmospheric thriller, A NOCTURNE: NIGHT OF THE VAMPIRE is a sophisticated reworking of the vampire genre with film noir stylistics.
Jesus Henry Christ - 5 years, 9 months ago
Too deliberately eccentric to attain quite the level of wigginess it aspires to, "Jesus Henry Christ" does feature some standout perfs and a refreshingly unconventional approach to telling its slight story, about an angry mom, her artificially inseminated son, an academe and his socially ostracized daughter. A name cast and the backing of India-based Reliance Big will likely push this offbeat quasi-comedy to respectable earnings, if not quite cult status.

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