[img]http://images.amazon.com/images/P/1890228648.01.LZZZZZZZ.jpg[/img] Another "so bad it's good" movie. Since it can't be taken seriously, you can't help but laugh at the ridiculous violence or the dubious moral of the main character (he wants to free the prisoners, prisoners who are probably murderers!)
[center][img]http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B00004Y7FB.01.LZZZZZZZ.jpg[/img] [left][font=Arial]Full-Tilt Boogie offers an interesting look behind the scenes of From Dusk Till Dawn. Seeing as how From Dusk Till Dawn is one of my favorite movies of all-time (immensely entertaining movie with great replay value) I was obviously interested throughout this documentary. One could wonder if the material that is present here was strong enough to warrant a full documentary. Still, this one's rather entertaining.[/font] [center][b][font=Arial]7.0/10 ------------------------------- [img]http://images.amazon.com/images/P/6304451393.01.LZZZZZZZ.jpg[/img] [/font][/b] [left][font=Arial]Artist Charlie Sheen (or Charles Sheen as he occasionally likes to get called these days) stars in this action movie about a dead kid who comes back to life and avenges his death by killing off his killers. Before you scream "Crow rip-off", this movie was made before The Crow. Now before you scream "Crow ripped off the Wraith", to my knowledge the comic book of The Crow was written before this movie was made. Then again, apparently the inspiration for this movie came from Eastwood's High Plain Drifter.
It's a decent premise, so it comes as no surprise it's been used before. It's a premise that takes the theme of revenge one step further. Because really, what is left after the revenge takes place? Alas, a Crow this is not.
The hero is pretty much a douche. He comes back from the dead and the first thing he does is pick up a chick on his motorcycle. Actually, how did he come back from the dead? Of course it turns out to be the girl he was dating before dying, so it didn't really bother me. I was bothered by the way the relationship was handled though. This relationship, along with every other one between Sheen and someone else, seems added just for the sake of it. Never do we get the feeling Jake (Sheen) really died and was so pissed off he got to return. Hell, often he's just playing games with the villains. Those are brilliant scenes btw, since Sheen has a helmet on his head the size of a football field.
The villains themselves are not much better. Their leader (played by Nick Cassavetes, embarrassing his father even long before John Q) is supposed to the coolest motherfucker on the block, yet he has to threaten the girl he's crazy about to keep seeing him. Wow, what a guy. The other members of the gang are pretty idiotic as well. I could barely see any of them taking candy from a child, let alone cold-bloodedly murder someone.
Luckily the action scenes are pretty damn cool as is Jake's car. Clint Howard is also in this, which just guarantees cheesy fun. And that's pretty much what The Wraith is: cheesy fun that wastes its wonderful premise. [/font] [center][b][font=Arial][font=Arial]5.0/10 [/font][/font][/b][b][font=Arial]------------------------------- [img]http://www.culturalianet.com/imatges/articulos/4703-1.jpg[/img] [/font][/b] [left][font=Arial]In Target Hackman's wife gets kidnapped in Paris, so along with his son he sets out to free her. Soon we find out he used to work for the CIA and his past has come back to haunt him.
Although Target appears to be a spy thriller, at its core is not the adventure but the relationship between the main characters. This is fairly dull, as we all know they'll give each other a big hug near the end. It's a good thing there are some standout scenes (one with Dillon unable to warn his father for an incoming assailant).
The biggest qualm I had with Target was the lack of urgency, something terribly needed in a movie about a kidnapping. There never seemed to be any real danger. Frantic did a much better job with its similar story.
The movie is somewhat kept together by Hackman, who once again proves he's a highly underrated actor and the afore-mentioned standout scenes.[/font] [center][b][font=Arial]5.9/10[/font][/b] [/center] [/left] [font=Arial][/font][/center] [/left] [/center] [/left] [/center]
[center][img]http://hk.yimg.com/hk/providers/filmplay/sy_juon2thegrudge.jpg[/img] [left][font=Arial]The Grudge 2 is the best one of the Ju-On series IMO, but it still falls short. The narrative isn't as confusing and we actually get real lead characters. Instead of cattle waiting to get killed by ghosts.
Director Takashi Shimuzu fails to create a terrifying atmosphere, he just resorts to cheap scares quite frequently. I especially hated the sound effects given to the ghosts: they sounded like aliens.
At one point in the movie a character says "I expected this to be much more scarier." Exactly how I feel about the Ju-On series. [/font] [center][font=Arial][b]5.0/10[/b][/font] [/center] [/left] [/center]
[center][font=Comic Sans MS][img]http://img383.imageshack.us/img383/5939/blade41jr.jpg[/img] [/font] [left][font=Comic Sans MS]Dao was a lot more brutal and powerful than I had expected. Didn't care much for the romance though. [/font][/left] [font=Comic Sans MS][img]http://img383.imageshack.us/img383/5013/filmromj1mh.jpg[/img] [/font] [left][font=Comic Sans MS]It's well-made and all... but I just couldn't get into it. Kind of surprised to see Michael York in this... [/font][/left] [font=Comic Sans MS][img]http://img383.imageshack.us/img383/6981/city5vj.jpg[/img] [/font] [left][font=Comic Sans MS]Style over substance. But the style's cool and the substance is as well... although I wanted more. [/font][/left] [font=Comic Sans MS][img]http://img391.imageshack.us/img391/7872/angels0aa.jpg[/img] [/font] [left][font=Comic Sans MS]Oh Heist, you fucking douche. [/font][/left] [font=Comic Sans MS][img]http://us.movies1.yimg.com/movies.yahoo.com/images/hv/photo/movie_pix/sony_pictures_classics/2046/tony_leung_chiu_wai/2046.jpg[/img] [/font] [left][font=Comic Sans MS]It has now become my favorite Wong-Kar Wai film. Both visually and thematically. [/font][/left] [/center]
[center][font=Comic Sans MS][img]http://us.movies1.yimg.com/movies.yahoo.com/images/hv/photo/movie_pix/paramount_pictures/changing_lanes/_group_photos/ben_affleck1.jpg[/img] [/font] [left][font=Comic Sans MS]See Ben Affleck act! That's right, he can do it if he needs to, as he's proved before. Samuel L. Jackson is the other star of the movie, and for once he doesn't play a badass. Instead he plays an ex-alcoholic who doesn't want to lose his children. And then his character gets into a car accident with a lawyer, played by Affleck. From there on we get a look at the different lives these characters are leading, and how certain events (such as the accident) can have an impact on them. It's good stuff, although it could've benefited from a better ending. [/font] [center][font=Comic Sans MS]--------------------- [img]http://www.moviemaker.com/issues/46/images/MadnessOfKingGeorge.jpg[/img] [/font] [left][font=Comic Sans MS]A fun little comedy, with Hawthorne stealing the show as the king. Wouldn't we all want a king who goes around exposing those who are only interested in his wealth and fame? Ok, so he'd be a little mad... but eh. [/font] [center][font=Comic Sans MS]--------------------- [img]http://www.studio-nibble.com/drive/images/drive-pic-precrash.jpg[/img] [/font] [left][font=Comic Sans MS]Drive is a lot better than it has any right to be. It's an action movie made for immediate VHS/DVD release, starring Mark Dacascos and some black guy. But the banter between those two is fun and so are the action sequences. Also check out Britanny Murphy playing yet another crazy/horny girl. Don't ever change, Britanny! [/font] [center][font=Comic Sans MS]--------------------- [img]http://www.sensesofcinema.com/images/24/fat_city.jpg[/img] [/font] [left][font=Comic Sans MS]This one is such a glamourless depiction of the boxing world that it makes Raging Bull look like Rocky... honestly. How come Keach never got to be a bigger star? Asshole to work with? Or did the audience just not like him? Anyone know? [/font] [center][font=Comic Sans MS]--------------------- [img]http://www.cineclub.de/images/2003/open_hearts_12.jpg[/img] [/font] [left][font=Comic Sans MS]Dogme movies don't always have to be pretentious crap! Hooray for Dogme movies! [/font][/left] [/center] [/left] [/center] [/left] [/center] [/left] [/center] [/left] [/center]