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It's such a fun zombie movie, I'm amazed it didn't get a full theatrical release.
Ving Rhames, Nick Cannon, and Mena Suvari star in director Steve Miner (Friday the 13th Part II, Halloween: H20)'s remake of the apocalyptic gore-fest that originally concluded George A. Romero's zombie trilogy back in 1985. A small American town has been infected with a deadly virus, and the military is determined to contain the sickness by establishing quarantine. When the situation spirals out of control and the infected residents develop a taste for human flesh, the military and surviving residents must band together to battle an enemy whose goal is not simply to kill, but to consume as well.
Director: Donna Deitch Writers: Jane Yolen (novel), Robert J. Avrech (teleplay) Stars: Kirsten Dunst, Brittany Murphy, Paul Freeman
Hannah Stern (Kirsten Dunst), an American-born Jewish adolescent, is uninterested in the culture, faith and customs of her relatives; however, Hannah begins to reevaluate her heritage when she has a supernatural experience that transports her back to a Nazi death camp in 1941. There, she meets a young girl named Rivkah (Brittany Murphy), a fellow captive in the camp. As Rivkah and Hannah struggle to survive in the face of daily atrocities, they form an unbreakable bond.
Overall, the films art direction, cinematography and story line remained consistently good throughout the film. Excellent acting and no glossing over what happened in the camps.
Of the many holocaust-related movies, this film is unique in its transportation of a modern girl into 1940s Poland. It is very well done, contrasting the frivolous modern lifestyle with the hardships of the 1940s.
Death Wish 3, holy shit balls, what a mindfuck this movie was. It's like they decided to just go all out and say "Fuck it! Let's give 'em something they'll remember!", as opposed to it's restrained hard-edged approach in the first two films in the series. Death Wish 3 is nuts, in the best possible way.
Architect/vigilante Paul Kersey takes on the members of a vicious Los Angeles drug cartel to stop the flow of drugs after his girlfriend's daughter dies from an overdose.
Director: J. Lee Thompson
Writers: Brian Garfield (characters), Gail Morgan Hickman
Stars: Charles Bronson, Kay Lenz, John P. Ryan
Charles Bronson is best known, of course, as an onscreen badass, a pistol-wielding action hero who was making chumps quake in their shoes long before Schwarzenegger and and Willis. Bronson make them both look like pussies :-)
Bronson, to his credit, delivers yet another solid performance. It's effortless. He plays calm and cool like nobody else, almost to the point of being a robot. But when he puts on the charm, or has that little twinkle in his eye, he can make you forget he's about to kill you. By this time, Bronson is showing some serious age, yet it doesn't slow him down or prevent him from being a bad.a.s.s. Quite the contrary, age and experience has only made him more capable. It's hard to think of anyone else in this role.
Death Wish IV is one of my favorite Death Wish films. It's 80's Trash through and through and it's glorious; in the same kind of way Rocky IV and Rambo III are awesome, because they perfectly capture the extreme cheesy part of the 80's decade, and relish in it's absurdity. Death Wish sequels are solidly entertaining in an ironic, so-bad-it's-good, what-the-hell-were- we-thinking-in-the-1980s kind of way.
Howard Hawks's "Bringing Up Baby" is the go-to example of screwball comedy that critics and film-lovers reference most as the definitive model of the genre. Quirky, original, perfectly timed, and with hilarious performances from the likes of Cary Grant and the incomparable Katharine Hepburn. It has been said that Hepburn struggled with a comedy performance, but as a mark of her talent, this never shows through. She is absolutely brilliant in this movie, blending slapstick, witty repartee, and even a little 'come hither' romance in a wild, frenetic script. She even does a mean gangster impression towards the end. Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, and a leopard, hey, what more could you want? One of the highest high points of the entire screwball comedy genre, with its sharp script and wonderfully balanced leads. Recommended for all. This film is an absolute joy. 10/10