Posted on 7/10/13 08:24 AM
You can just ignore the critics rating on this one, it's one of the finest Blaxploitation movies I've ever seen. Actually I would say it's my favorite and my personal favorite Jack Hill film. Jack Hill is the man responsible for discovering Pam Grier, and he's also the director responsible for making such films as Coffy, Switchblade Sisters, Swinging Cheerleaders, The Big Doll House, & The Big Bird Cage. Now most fans seem to prefer Coffy to Foxy Brown, I can see why though... Coffy is a litte more violent and you get to see more flesh of Pam Grier. I think Foxy Brown just works better for me, it seems more solid in the acting department. I also like story a little bit more I guess, it's nothing special but it really doesn't need to be.
I will point out one thing, Seth Rogen is apparently a fan of this film because the intro to Foxy Brown and Superbad are so identical. The Foxy Brown intro theme song even utters the words superbad, can't be any more ovious than that, can it? The plot of Foxy Brown is simple, it's your typical revenge movie grindhouse style. Brown is out to avenge her boyfriend's (a narcotics investigator) death that was knocked off by a savage crime ring. Just let it be known don't ever pissed off Pam Grier because if your a man, she will take your manhood, literally. If you've seen True Romance, Pulp Fiction, or Inglourious Basterds, you've noticed gunshots to the balls. Tarantino gets that from Pam Grier and Jack Hill.
Yes, Foxy Brown is ruthless and wild but if you've seen any of Jack Hill's work, you wouldn't expect anything less. And if you're wondering, Foxy Brown the rapper is named after Pam Grier in this film. Grier gave her permission to use the name but there will only be one Foxy Brown to me, Pam Grier can never be duplicated, ever. So if your looking for a real taste of 70's Blaxploitation, make sure get this movie, and don't forget Coffy as well. I highly recommend Foxy Brown for any fan of Grier, Hill, or Blaxploitation, I also think this be great starter for anyone new to the genre. Movies wouldn't be what they are today if it weren't for films like Foxy Brown. The types of movies pushed boundaries and influenced filmmakers and musicians alike.
Posted on 7/02/13 02:55 AM
Here is a movie that made me realise that Hitchcock truly is one of a kind. I really don't know any other director could have directed this, this whole movie takes place in apartment room, yes, the whole takes place in one room. And no this isn't the first time Hitch has done this either, he also did it in Rope. Funny because both starred Jimmy Stewart. This movie might be 56 years old but it's still as suspenseful now as it was back then. Many movies have borrowed from Rear Window but none of them are as brilliant.
Anyone that knows me well enough, knows my favorite director is the master of suspense. Actually no one really comes close to Hitchcock, he made 10 masterpieces, and 10 really good movies, and about 8 or 9 pretty decent pictures. Incase you've lost count, that's around 30 movies that are good in my book. No other filmmaker has that kind of track record. Everyone in Hollywood has borrowed from Hitchcock atleast once, he had that much of an influence on Hollywood.
Anyways for anyone who hasn't seen a Hitchcock film or hasn't seen one they liked and hasn't seen this, well stop reading and rent or buy this now. This one best told murder mystery ever put on film. Every scene here is outstanding, everyone here shines, James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Thelma Ritter, and Raymond Burr, all give great performances. Curtis Hanson once said if someone wants to know what Alfred Hitchcock is all about, just show then Rear Window. It has all the answers on what the man was all about. I recommend this movie to anyone new to Hitchcock, or anyone who loves suspense cinema.
Posted on 2/17/13 10:28 PM
One day this movie will be a reality, trust me, I can see it happening haha. Battle Royale based on a manga of the same name and the movie is mild compared to the sorce material. Not saying Battle Royale isn't violent, because it most certainly is, only manga is the most disturbing comic book I've ever laid eyes on. Battle Royale the movie that raised some eye brows around the world and made some kids afraid to go to school, well maybe not.
Battle Royale is the best survival movie I've probably ever seen. Also if you have a dark sense of humor (I do) you'll laugh your ass off quite abit, well there are a few sad scenes but for the most part this is black comedy. The plot is pretty simple, a high school class is taken to a island where under the BR act, the have to kill each other off until there is only one. The one who is left is set free to join society again.
For those that never seen Battle Royale, it's in complete subtitles, there's no option for dubbing. But it really doesn't matter because this movie is so engaging you'll forget about reading everything. Quentin Tarantino has stated BR is his favorite since becoming a director, he's also stated he wished he had made the movie himself. After watching it you'll see why Quentin loves it so much.
Anyways, I plan having a lottery at my high school reunion and taking my class on little feild trip of my own. Only I know for a fact I'll becoming back alive, because I'm gonna rig my Battle Royale haha. But seriously, Battle Royale is great film to watch with someone else. I actually watched it with my best friend, which I didn't kill by the way haha.
Posted on 12/21/12 01:53 PM
I went to this movie with very low expectations, for one, I believe the original LOTR triology, was real a let down. I'll never understand the lovefest with those films, yeah they were nothing more than decent movies at best. Also, this movie seemed to be getting seriously mixed reviews. Critics saying the movie was way too long, bloated, and a total waste of time. That's some serious criticism, I even heard a very respectable reviewer, called The Hobbit a utter piece of shit. Those were his exact words, so I was very doubtful I was even going to enjoy this. But I decided to go with my gut feeling and ignore the naysayers, I'm so glad I did.
This is easily the best film Jackson's done since the 90's, I totally enjoyed this film, from beginning to end. The Hobbit brought me back to my childhood, yes, I grew up on the book and cartoon. So I was hoping this film would live up to my standards I had set, well Mr.Jackson, you have my seal of approval. And to think I almost totally wrote you off and thought you were never return to your glory days, of making good movies.
I honestly think this film succeeds where the other LOTR films failed. Granted, The Hobbit is more of a children fantasy book than LOTR, Though Jackson added more violence to film, than what was ever in the book. Which worked and I had no problem with it. The Hobbit is also more lighthearted and homurous than LOTR, which makes more fun. The special effects here, are very very good. I felt really immersed into the realm of Middle-Earth, the acting here is also great.
Everyone that return from the original movies, seemed so pleased to be back for these new films. I originally questioned why Jackson would make The Hobbit into a triology, since the book is shorter than any of LOTR books. The Hobbit is like a 300 page book, where the other books are 1,000 pages a piece. I really don't mind doing a triology after seeing this, though one film would have been fine with me.
I say ignore the critics here, the fans know what their talking about. The Hobbit is one my favorites of the year, so glad to finally see Jackson's making quality films again, even if he's not getting the prasie he deserves for it. The Hobbit comes highly recommended and I can't wait for the next two installments! could a prequel triology honestly be better than the original? I might the only person right now, saying yes it can! And so far, so good!
Posted on 10/04/12 11:15 PM
Well, I haven't written a review in a very long time, well this is a movie that doesn't really need one. But I enjoyed this so much, that I kinda wanna share my thoughts. First off, this movie is pretty much what I hoped for. It's loud, hilarious, and has plenty of balls to the wall action. And Joss Whedon directed the hell out of it! there's passion behind every frame of The Avengers. This movie just looks amazing through out, my jaw dropped several times. I'm still foaming at the mouth, guess that's what happens when your nerd alarm goes haywire.
I'm not gonna ruin anything here but first I'm gonna name my cons of the film. First off, The Avengers is pretty much perfect and these are very minor complaints. I think the movie could have had a better story, the plot is nothing spectactular. But I can look over that for the most part. There are some parts that dragged in the beginning of The Avengers, they didn't dragged that much though... just a few scenes that kinda seemed a bit slow. My biggest beef, is the movie could have benefitted from being 15-20 mins longer. Hopefully there will be a director's cut that puts back in some deleted scenes.
Ok. Those are my negatives. My postives are, well everything else that could possibly be awesome about a comic book movie! The special effects are just beyond words, I mean, I was highly impressed. The script and dialogue was very solid, every character meant something here. Nobody to me, felt underwhelming, though some are gonna argue on that. Some could have had more scene time, but it's hard juggling so many personalities and ego's in one film.
Also, The Avengers has plenty of comic relief, which is always a good thing. If you don't laugh atleast once, you don't have a pulse. there were about 4 scenes, where I almost died laughing. The action here is taken to the max, it's rates a 10 plus on my awesome meter. I'm not gonna go into the plot, you can get that from the trailer, like I said, it's pretty simplistic.
All in all, The Avengers is the very definition of Summer Blockbuster. It won't disappoint you, your gonna geek out for 2 and half hrs. Might as well do in theaters! Also make sure to stay to the very end, there will be a sequel. Not that that's a spolier hahaha The Avengers comes highly recommended! So see it now!
Posted on 9/08/12 04:51 AM
What we have here is another cult classic by the Italian horror director Dario Argento. I've been a fan of Argento for about six years now, I've seen most of his best acclaimed movies and Phenomena is one my favorites, maybe my favorite of his. It's between this, Opera, and Suspiria. I like all three about the same. Argento stated that this is personally his favorite, of all the films he's made, I find it funny at the same time Jennifer Connelly, considers it her least favorite role.
I'm in the process of watching Phenomena for the third time, in the last two days. I've seen it about seven times altogether, and it grows on me, more and more. The first time I watched it, I kinda found the film silly but I still enjoyed it. I've learn to overlook it's flaws and just appreciate it for what it is. The soundtrack here is very good, Iron Maiden and Motorhead are two my favorite bands, so I can't complain much there. Plus Goblin's score is also very good, just as good as Suspiria's soundtrack.
Phenomena is about a girl named Jennifer, who has the ability to communicate and control insects. She uses this ability to try to solve a murder of girl, who was decapitated and her body was never found. Phenomena is pretty gory for a 80's film, though maybe not as gory as a Fulci flick. I think Argento does a great job of directing here, I've always loved his use of colors and the way he shoots with his camera.
Though his movies might not always make sense, they are always entertaining. I would say he's the italian John Carpenter, I don't think that's a bad comparision. I also think that Phenomena has dream like quality to it, that's why I enjoy it so much. I highly recommend this to any fan of horror movies but if your new to Argento, I would start with Susperia first. Mainly because that's where I started and it's considered his magnum opus.
The 80's horror films are hard to beat and this is one the best of that decade. But it might take several viewings to fully appreciate it, so don't trust your first impression. Hell, I'm addicted to the movie as we speak. Oh yea, did I mention Donald Pleasence is in this? maybe that's another reason why I compare Argento to Carpenter, they both are fans of Pleasence. -Warning- don't watch the American version "Creepers" if you want to see gore. It's edited out and trust me, you want gore haha.
Posted on 7/19/12 01:49 AM
Stendhal syndrome, Stendhal's syndrome, hyperkulturemia, or Florence syndrome is a psychosomatic illness that causes rapid heartbeat, dizziness, fainting, confusion and even hallucinations when an individual is exposed to art, usually when the art is particularly beautiful or a large amount of art is in a single place. The term can also be used to describe a similar reaction to a surfeit of choice in other circumstances, e.g. when confronted with immense beauty in the natural world.
Best Rape/Revenge movie I've ever seen and only a director like Argento, could make me like a film like this. The Stendhal Syndrome is bizarre, twisted, and sick, yet still one favorite movies of all-time. I also think this movie is very symbolic and probably Dario Argento most thought provoking movie. Then again, most people will probably find this movie more offensive than entertaining.
The Stendhal Syndrome stars Asia Argento who never looked sexier than in this movie. Anna (Asia) suffers from the stendhal syndrome and a rapist named Alfredo (Thomas Krestchmann) uses her condition against her. But the rapist never kills Anna unlike his other victims, he becomes obsessed with her. Anna herself becomes obsessed with madness, that has been brought through being raped and beaten. Anna seeks revenge and tries hard not become the monster, she fears is growing inside of her.
Now this movie will not be for everyone and I realise that. I only recommend it to fans of old grindhouse rape/revenge movies or hardcore fans of Dario Argento. I would also like to mention that Ennio Morricone score here is very good, very haunting after you've seen this several times. This is one crazy as hell movie and one of my favorites from Dario Argento.
Posted on 6/08/12 03:03 AM
Let it be known, that Sergio Martino, might very well be the best at what he does. What he does is, make low budget sleaze fests, masterpieces. The man can masterfully direct and visually stun you all at once, and on top of that, give you some of the best cinematic eye candy (Fenech) you'll ever see. I've been wondering if Torso would ever be matched as my favorite Martino flick, well The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh did more than that, it topped it. This is what most b-movies strive to be, Martino was a very talented director and I give the man major props.
Now, The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh, stars the very beautiful Edwige Fenech. If you're not familar with Edwige Fenech, you can start here. This is by far the best movie I've seen her in, though The Case of The Bloody Iris is a masterpiece in it's own right. The movie plays out like most giallo's do but here it's on a grander scale. The cast is great here, Fenech is stunning in every frame she's in. Ivan Rassimov plays his typical role but I like him best in this film, he has maybe the deadliest glance in cinematic history. He definitely gives Lee Van Cleef, a run for his money.
George Hilton is terrific here as well, I mean the whole movie has great performances. Even in the minor roles, now the twist I saw coming but that's only because this movie has obviously been ripped off tons of times. It's very famous giallo film, after seeing it I can see why. I would also like it to be known that I bought the Mya release of this film. People complain about them changing the name of the title (Blade of The Ripper) plus no special features.
Well, if your just interested in the film only, it's a good release in my opinion. The transfer is just fine and I heard it's just like the No Shame release. The No Shame release will run you $80 on amazon, and Mya release will run you around $17. In others words the No Shame version is out of print, I didn't wanna folk over that kind of cash, so I went cheaper. Glad I did because I can't praise the film enough, I was very doubtful but it's an amazing work of art. Highly recommended of course, so do yourself a favor and seek it out!
Posted on 5/13/12 06:53 PM
Can I say this already? this movie is underrated. Yes, I'm reading the criticisms here, what? what are you people expecting shakespeare? it's an action hero movie, the dialogue fits the movie perfectly. The action was awesome and acting was just fine, the visuals here, were spectactular. I love Kenneth Branagh, and this is his best movie yet. Thor was pretty much what I hoping for, it wasn't a perfect movie but I honestly like this movie more than the Iron Man movies. Or even the Spider Man movies, I rank it maybe the 2nd best Marvel movie yet. Though it could grow into my favorite after a few more viewings, it was pretty darn impressive.
The crowd I saw this with loved it as well, my friends were skeptical at first, but afterwards said they were really surprised. Thor works as a comedy at times, it's pretty funny, yes, maybe a little cheesey but it's awesome regardless. I think Chris Hemsworth does terrific job here, not exactley what I picture Thor as, but his version of Thor most definitely worked for me. Natalie Portman does great as Jane, I think Hemsworth and Portman had pretty good chemistry, I also loved the Stan Lee cameo, the best one so far.
Overall Thor was a blast, critise it all you want but I like having fun with action films, Thor was fun as long you don't take it so seriously. Anyways, Thor is the best movie so far this year, atleast out of the ones I've seen. It won't win any acting awards but who cares, it's highly recommended by me. If you enjoy Marvel previous films, I don't why you'll skip out on this one. Also the ending disclaimer is funny, my friends thought it was kinda dumb, "spoiler alert" Thor will appear next in the Avengers", I seriously didn't see that coming haha.
Posted on 3/24/12 09:30 PM
What's this? another Argento slasher movie? and a great one at that. I think out of all of Dario Argento's work "Terror at The Opera" is probably his creative peak. Maybe not his best movie but very creative none the less, it's pretty close to his best work though. I think I would rank it 3rd out of his movies I've seen. Incase you don't know, I actually like Opera music, I know alot people don't but I love it, if done right. When I was looking through the horror section in local rental store, I saw this movie and read the back, I had to rent it after reading the plot.
Opera is about a Opera singer Betty (Christina Marsillach) who is stalked by a brutal murderer, who kills people that surround Betty's life, while forcing her to watch. Oh, the way he makes her watch is one of most sadistic things I've seen in Italian cinema. It gives me chills everytime I watch it, Not gonna reveal it, you have watch it for yourselves to find out. I sometimes forget how beautiful Christina Marsillach is while watching this, I don't why but I have to note that she is rare beauty. I believe Argento and Marsillach didn't get along on the production of this.
Argento considered Opera a major hassle of a film. He had alot of bad luck here, of course that could be the curse of Macbeth. The opera that used in the film's story, then again I'm not superstitious but shit happens sometimes. Anyways any fan of slasher films or the works of Argento should love this, it's one my all-favorite horror movies. I would definitley rank it up there with Halloween and Suspiria as one the genres best. Also make sure to check out my reviews of Phenomena and Suspiria, I highly recommend those movies with this one. Argento is one my favorite horror directors, he matches up pretty well with Carpenter or Craven.