Posted on 3/19/13 06:43 PM
Really lame comedy. Not worth the time.
Posted on 2/01/12 05:36 PM
Audrey Hepburn stars as Sister Luke, postulant of a Belgian order of nuns. Though frequently disillusioned in her efforts to spread good will -- at one point she is nearly killed by a mental patient - Sister Luke perseveres. Sent as a nurse to the Belgian Congo, an assignment she'd been hoping for, Sister Luke is disappointed to learn that she will not be ministering to the natives but to European patients. Through the example of no-nonsense chief surgeon, the nun sheds her idealism and becomes a diligent worker -- so much so that she contracts tuberculosis. Upon the outbreak of World War II, Sister Luke tries to honor the edicts of her order and not take sides, but this becomes impossible when her father is killed by the Nazis. Realizing that she cannot remain true to her vows, Sister Luke leaves the order and returns to "civilian" life.
I found the movie too slow paced, but Audrey Hepburn gives a very good performance.
Posted on 1/30/11 02:04 PM
Hilarious and irreverent Belgian comics Benoît Delépine and Gustave Kervern wrote, direct, and star in this dark, edgy, and very funny comedy about two antagonistic farmers who, in the course of escalating their bitter rivalry, both end up paralyzed by a tractor. Teaming up, the irascible duo decides to exact revenge from the vehicle's manufacturer, and embark on a memorable oddball odyssey to Helsinki.
Dark comedy that's worth a view.
Filmed in a Tehran prison, a murderer is waiting for his sentence. In Iran, capital punishment is carried out according to Islamic law, which gives the family of the victim ownership of the offender's life. When the fam of the victim repeatedly fails to show up on the appointed day, Mansour's execution is postponed repeatedly which is a slow torture for him.
I didn't find the film that interesting or the charactor's very sympathetic. At least the film is relatively short, 85 min.
Posted on 11/12/10 08:43 AM
The fetching Venetia Stevenson stars in this horror film as Nan Barlow, a young college student who is writing a paper on witchcraft. On winter break, Nan travels to New England to do some research and, on one of her professor's recommendations, stays in a small hotel run by the spirit of an undead witch. Soon, Nan finds that rest of the hotels boarders are witches as well and that she is about to become their annual Candalmas Eve sacrifice. Atmospheric and genuinely scary, HORROR HOTEL stars the inimitable Christopher Lee.
Mediocre horror film. :rotten:
Crypt of Horror (1963)
An Italian horror film in which a witch curses a count, claiming one of his own children will avenge her death. Years later, he fears his own daughter may be the one. AKA "Terror in the Crypt."
Pretty mediocre old horror flick. One thing that I found interesting tho was the lesbian subtext. The count's daughter, bored & lonely in her castle living with her father played by Christopher Lee is tormented by nightmares. Lee hires an investigator because he suspects his daughter is going to fullful this old curse that he will be killed by a member of his family. At first the lonely daughter seems mildly interested in the handsome investigator, who at the moment when he's about to kiss her, a stranger arrives in a horse drawn carriage. A beautiful blonde woman who seems ill, the count's daughter is obviously very taken with the beautiful blonde, and readily takes her in. Her interest in the investigator immediately dissolves and there are moments where the 2 women give each other erotic glances and they seem on the verge of kissing. Not surprisingly this is about as far as it goes, I won't give away the ending, but of course it's the handsome investigator guy to the rescue and the homoerotic element is nothing more but a tease.
Posted on 10/12/10 08:27 AM
While in London, author Edgar Allan Poe wagers that British journalist Alan Foster can't spend an entire night in the haunted castle of Poe's friend Sir Thomas Blackwood. Foster accepts, and once inside the castle, he meets various men and women, who explain to him that they are lost souls being forced to reenact their demises on the anniversary of the day that they occurred. This atmospheric, deeply gothic slice of Euro-horror was originally available in America only in an edited version.
Pretty boring and filled with cliches. The one interesting scene is where the gorgeous blonde woman who just saves the brunette woman from being killed by her jealous lover starts to make out with her. Unfortunately the scene is cut short when the brunette ends up stabbing her.
I've never seen a movie where the dubbed english is occasionaly replaced by the original french (without subtitles), complete with different voices coming out of the actors mouths. :confused: Perhaps these were the scenes that were originally edited for American release, and then later replaced for the dvd release.
The Murder Mansion (1970) -
Four women and three men are forced to spend the night in an eerie mansion due to inclement weather, and they soon wish that they had stayed outside. Inside the horrible structure, terror and mayhem reign.
[size=3]Terribly acted, boring crap. Think this was an Italian movie that was badly dubbed into english. Since I doubt anyone else will waste their time on this crappy film, I'll tell you that all the supernatural events turn out to be a farce, in order to scare the other idiots in the movie to death, and winds up w/ ppl just shooting each other. Not worth the disk it was printed on. :rotten:
The blood-drained bodies of women are being discovered all over Manila, so the Police contact a sex-crimes expert to investigate. Soon he discovers the cult of the "Golden Goddess," a monstrous woman who stays young through ritualistic killings.
Truly bad movie. Some of the worst writing & acting ever caught on film. Only bothered to watch it since I got the dvd new for a $1. another movie is included on it - Castle of Blood. [/size]
Posted on 6/16/10 05:40 PM
Thai horror maestros Oxide and Danny Pang follow up their hit 2002 film with a sequel that equals the chills and creepy mise-en-scene of the first. Qi Shu stars as Joey Cheng, a troubled young woman who is pregnant with the child of the boyfriend who just dumped her. On holiday in Bangkok, she makes a suicide attempt in her hotel room, but is foiled by her wake-up call. Something was altered in her close contact with death, however, and returning home to Hong Kong, the realization slowly dawns on Joey that the wraith-like people she now sees everywhere are actually deceased. This knowledge does not sit well with Joey, and as she descends further and further into her own torment, she attempts to reconnect with her ex-boyfriend Sam, who seems to be hiding some kind of secret. The Pang Brothers' characteristically excellent cinematography infuses THE EYE 2 with atmospheric foreboding, and Qi Shu hands in an outsanding performance as the haunted expectant mother.
Fairly effective horror with some chilling scenes. Not a continuation at all from the first one. I suspect the success of The Eye is the reason they called this a sequal. Still, it's original enough with sufficient creepiness that it's worth a view, especially for fans of asian horror.
Posted on 6/16/10 11:01 AM
Widely regarded as one of the greatest films ever made, Jean Renoir's masterpiece THE RULES OF THE GAME is a devastating satire of the pre-WWII French aristocracy. Starring Marcel Dalio as wealthy landowner Marquis Robert de la Chesnaye, it charts the shifting relationships among the guests at a weekend hunting party on his vast estate. Renoir's subtle deployment of long tracking shots in multiplanar deep focus reveals the relations of both groups and individuals as he dismantles the rituals of hypocrisy that make this society run smoothly.
Maybe I just wasn't in the right frame of mind when I watched this, but I don't see that it was such a great film. I thought the charactors & acting were quite boring as was the story. The only redeeming thing about it is that it does address the rotten core of the "beourgois" class, but in a satiric manner. I just wish there was one charactor or actor that I could sympatize with or at least find interesting.
Posted on 5/27/10 12:25 PM
The INUYASHA television series gets a full length makeover with this feature length production. After lying dormant for 200 years, a powerful demon's son is resurrected, and seeks to wreak havoc on the world. Practically invincible, the demon draws on its father's powers to become increasingly powerful. Inuyasha and his friends are soon on the case, providing a hearty battle in this impressive Anime title.
Anime is well drawn, but I found the story and most of the charactors not very interesting. I'd recommend it only to hardcore anime fans or fans of the show.
Posted on 5/17/10 12:53 PM
The first in a trilogy of Japanese horror films, Masayuki Ochiai's (PARASITE EVE) INFECTION takes place in a dark, isolated hospital, where one nurse's mistake has led to dire consequences for a patient. The night crew decides to cover up the incident, hiding the evidence deep in the bowels of the institution. Soon the hospital is visited by another person dying of some exceedingly unnatural symptoms; that death triggers a bizarre infection that only seems to affect those involved in the initial crime. As the infection spreads, so does the terror, as the staff is dying off one by one and no one knows what to do.
Although it has its fair share of creepy, disturbing moments (which isn't hard to do since afterall, it is set in a hospital), I found this film more annoying than scary. It takes too long to really take off, and there's no real pay off in the end.
[font=Arial]Rasen (aka The Spiral, aka (confusingly) Ring 2), A virus is spreading quickly; people suffocate to death, and everything seems to have to do with a strange videotape that has recently been found. Dr. Ando and Mai Takano investigates the case after Mai's teacher, Professor Takayama, died a sudden death. There seems to be no logical explanation for how the virus is spread as some people
suffocate to death and some die of a sudden heart attack. Mai & Ando have to try to stop this virus before it kills them both.
[size=1][size=2]This movie was made as a sequel to Ringu and was actually released at the same time as Ringu was so that people would want to see the other one after viewing one of them. When Ringu became a huge box-office hit and Rasen flopped completely (not surprisingly), the team behind the movie decided to ignore that they had ever released
Rasen and made a movie called Ringu 2, which was released a bit later. Ringu 2 however was a much bigger hit and rolled in enough money to make a third movie. Most people don't know about Rasen, neither did I until just recently. [/size]
Disappointing film, especially compared to the first Ringu movie.
Confusing, too slow paced.
[size=1]THREE...EXTREMES brings together an Asian scream team of filmmakers, featuring a trio of short works by Hong Kong's Fruit Chan (DURIAN DURIAN), Korea's Chanwook Park (OLDBOY), and Japan's Takashi Miike (AUDITION). The trilogy opens with Chan's disgustingly entertaining DUMPLINGS, which he has also turned into a full-length film. DUMPLINGS stars Miriam Yeung Chin-Wah as Ching, a former TV star who is afraid of facing middle age. She visits Mei (Bai Ling), whose secret recipe for dumplings helps women look and feel younger. But when Ching discovers what's actually in the pot-stickers, she has some deep soul-searching to do. In Park's brutally violent CUT, Lee Byung-hun stars as a movie director who has everything going for him--a beautiful wife, hit films, a fabulous house, and an upstanding reputation. But an extra (Gang Hye-jung) decides to spoil the fun by placing the director in a no-win situation that could end in murder. Finally, Miike closes the frightfest with BOX, a brilliant psychological thriller in which a reclusive novelist (Kyoko Hasegawa) is haunted by her dead twin sister and a dark family secret. Although Miike is highly regarded for his comic ultraviolence, he turns off the blood quotient in this smartly paced, very creepy tale.
What a great idea - 3 separate horror stories by different directors, Chinese, Korean, & Japanese! Although I found none of them particularly scary- mostly just twisted & disturbing. The worst offender is the first one, Dumplings, from China. I don't know how anyone would think a whole story about making dumplings from dead fetuses would be entertaining. Complete with munchin' & crunchin' sound effects to boot. To think they actually later made a full length feature film based on this short! No thanks, I'll pass on seconds..the first course of this made me quite ill.
The Korean one, Cut, was somewhat interesting. But the ending made no sense and I felt cheated waiting for the grand finale after a somewhat long winded "bound, tortured & at the mercy of a psycho" scene.
The third and last was the Japanese story, Box. This was the best I thought of the 3. It was stylish and had more elements of a horror story than just plain grossness & torture.
I would recommend this only to the hardcore fan of Asian horror, which seems to be a growing fanbase here in the west. Or... if you just like tales of twisted & disturbing behaviour.
Collated by infamous Japanese producer Taka Ichise (who brought THE RING and DARK WATER to the screen), this collection of short horror films draws on the work of some talented directors. Hideo Nakata (THE RING), Takashi Shimizu (THE GRUDGE), and Kiyoshi Kurosawa (CURE) are among the contributors who bring some shocking tales to life.
[font=Franklin Gothic Medium][size=3]Compilation of 5 different stories. Yet another slightly disappointing Japanese horror dvd release. The first story, The Spiderwoman[size=4] is fairly well done & pretty creepy. One other story was notable - The Sacrifice. The rest are not engaging or memorable. [/size]
Again, I'd only recommend this to a hardcore fan of Japanese horror. This compilation looks like it was made for tv, so don't expect much blood or gore.[/size][/font][/size][/size][/font]
Posted on 5/12/10 10:59 PM
Massive explosions and incredible stunts abound as Jackie Chan makes what many refer to as a comeback with this Chinese release. He plays the burned-out Inspector Wing, whose motivation died when the rest of his police team was wiped out at the hands of a wily and brutal new gang. When, against the odds, a rookie cop rouses the weathered Inspector to go after the gang, however, there is no stopping him until justice has been served.
Although Jackie Chan is starting to show signs of aging, he's still doing all his own stunts and giving great fast action performances. Story is a little weak in some areas, but then most people watch his films for the action, not the acting or plot. Chan fans should enjoy this one.