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The Devil Inside
4 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

I have to say that I was really looking forward to this movie. I had hoped that it would be a good horror movie to start 2012 with. Well, this one missed the mark with me.

THE STORY:
20 Something Isabella Rossi (Fernanda Andrade) travels to Vatican City in Italy to visit with her mother, Maria Rossi (Suzan Crowley) who was found not guilty of the murder of three victims and was sent to an asylum for the criminally insane in Rome. Turns out, Isabella's mother killed the three people during an exorcisim in which she was the subject (ohhhh...spooky). While in Rome, Isabella with her camera man Michael(Ionut Grama)...Oh sorry...did I mention that she was making a documentary of this. They visit her mother at the asylum but her mother does not remember her but knows that she ended a pregnancy, speaks in funny languages and cuts herself. Yep, you can guess it, she must be possesed.

Isabella meets two young priests at an exorcisim class that the Vatican sponsers (sounds like fun, I must just drop in on one of these next time I'm in the area). These two priests, David (Evan Helmuth) and Ben (Simon Quarterman) it turns out are performing exorcisims for people that the Vatican will not. Isabella wants to learn more about exercisims so attends an exorcisim that David and Ben are performing for Rosa (Bonnie Morgan), a young girl that is possesed. Well the exorcicim of Rosa goes a bit off the tracks but in the end, David and Ben vanquish the demons. With this under her belt, Isabella decides that she must convince David and Ben to help with her obviously possesed mother.

At about this point in the movie, things actually start to pick up...They decide to perform an exorcism on Isabella's mother, a priest tries to kill a baby during a baptism and eventually shoots himself in the head, demon jumps to Isabella's body, she goes to the hospital and she inflicts all sorts of pain on the hospital staff. Those still alive take Isabella out of the hospital and suffer one of the worst endings to a movie...ever...

MY OPINION
Yep, not a big fan of this flick. I'm am getting a bit tired of the "lost footage/documentary" type horror films. Yeah, I knew it was that type of film going in but I went anyway. The story was pretty thin and really led the way for you, not leaving you to do too much thinking on your own.

The acting was OK, nothing too good or bad. May some better direction would have helped this cast. Actually, I was not really familar with anyone in this film so I was hopeful that someone would shine. That said, I don't believe that there is anyone that will go on to be a major draw at the box office in this film.

There was also some back story about Ben's uncle who was an exorcist that the film introduced but never developed.

There were a couple of scenes that made me jump, one was a pretty cheap scare but there was enough suspense to keep you waiting on the edge of your seat at times.

Positives...the special effects were really pretty good. The scenes during the exorcisims were well done and the controtionist that they got to play Rosa got herself all twisted up in a knot. The background of Rome was nice with the architecture and all but these things really couldn't save the film.

HOT GIRL ALERT
Fernanda Andrade playing Isabella is a pretty cute girl but she never really gets an opportunity to show us. Bonnie Morgan playing Rosa was hot in a creepy way during her exorcism, but again, not enough to really get a good look at her.

OVERALL
So, 4 out of 10. Not a complete waste of time but certainly not worth paying the price of admission to see in the theater. Wait and catch it on DVD when it becomes available.

Enjoy!

Beauty and the Beast
4 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

Got an opportunity to see a sneak peak of this Disney treasure in 3D this morning, almost a week before it is released.

Won't go into the story and stuff as you should all know it by now and if you don't, shame on you, go see it this time around.

What's to be said about the movie? Well, I was a little worried about the 3D aspect of the film. I mean, what could they really do with a animated, hand drawn film with 3D? Much to my surprise, the 3D really did look good through the film. They did not resort to re-drawing anything to have it jump out and scare you, but instead just let images in the foreground stand out in front of images in the back ground. The picture was very clear and bright and just like most of the current 3D offerings, the 3D technology was outstanding.

The theater was filled to capacity with both adults revisiting their younger days as well as young parents with their kids, introducing them to some of the best that Disney has to offer. There were moments in the theater that kids and adults were signing along with portions of the sound track. Go on...you know you want to!

So, is it worth the price of admission to see a animated film that was released over 20 years ago on the big screen. Absolutely!

Do yourself a favor and gather the kids (or borrow some if you have none) and go see this one.

So...9 out of 10 for me. Go see this one while it is on the big screen.

Red Riding Hood
5 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

First and foremost, it is not the same Little Red Riding Hood that you all remember from your childhood. This is a retelling of the story that had tremendous potential that never quite lived up to what it could have been.

This version of Red Riding Hood has Amanda Seyfried playing Valerie (Red Riding Hood), living in a far off village that is plagued by the threat of the Big Bad Wolf that returns each full moon to claim the villages sacrifice of their best livestock.

Valerie is in love with her childhood friend, who has grown up to be a woodsmen, Peter (Shiloh Fernandez) but her parents have arranged for her to marry Henry (Max Irons) who is from a wealthy family. Valerie's sister (who actually does love Henry) finds out of the pending marriage, she is led out to a field during a full moon by a letter she thinks is from Henry and is killed by the Wolf (there is a reason for this but I won't spoil the movie for you). The killing of Valerie's sister spawns the village to set out to kill the Wolf. During the expedition to kill the Wolf, Henry's father is killed. The villagers return from their hunt thinking that they were successful, returning with the head of a common grey wolf.

Solomon (Gary Oldman), a holy man, arrives in the village at the request of Father Auguste (Lukas Haas) to help rid them of their Wolf problem. Solomon explains that he also once fought off a Wolf in his town that turned out to be his wife. Whatever. The movie goes on and on from there...for about hour and forty minutes.I won't spoil the movie for you here. Go ahead and see if it you want to know what happens next.

Amanda Seyfried really fit into the role of Red Riding Hood. She just sort of had that look, with her big doe eyes and long blond hair. But that was about the best of the acting. The rest of the cast was dreadful! What happened to you Gary Oldman (I loved you in The Fifth Element)? Shiloh Fernandez and Max Irons has Valeries love interests were completely boring.

Now, this film had a lot of potential for me. I really like this kind of film, the retelling of a story with a different twist. Thought it might have a bit of blood and guts with some good special effects. Nope! Oh...and not to mention that fact that two of my favorites were in it. Amanda Seyfried one of my current favorites and just plain sexy and very easy on the eyes along with a girl from my 80's/90's past, Virginia Madsen (as Valeries Mother). Even these two couldn't save it for me.

Oh...and what the heck was with the dance scene in the middle of the movie as the village turns out to celebrate what they thought was the killing of the wolf. Completely unnecessary and overall out of place. Again, whatever...

Solomon's arrival in town was also almost laughable. He arrives in a carriage with his two children (who's mother he killed) and their nanny, with armed guards (looks like they tried to please the diversity crowd with these guys) trailed by a guy riding on top of a steel elephant (built by the Romans) pulled by horses. It plays a role in the story a little later but it just seemed silly and out of place. Oh...and what was with the guard that held the crossbow on the villagers the entire time? Solomon arrived in the village because he was asked to be there. Oh, and Soloman brought along a great prop to explain the "Blood Moon". Whatever...

Then you have the "silly" references with names and sayings. For example, Valerie's love in the movie is Peter (think Peter and the Wolf). You have the comical Three Little Pigs during the dance scene (I'll huff and puff and blow your house down). And then you have the dream sequence where Valerie wakes up in bed with her grandmother and utters (What big eyes you have...what big ears you have...what big teeth you have). Funny that you have Amanda Seyfried saying "What big eye's you have" to anyone (not picking on her as I love her look, especially her eye's).

The good? The costuming was good. It was visually a very pretty movie. It was filmed well and the locations were stunning. Yep, I think that is about all that I can come up with.

The dialog was bad. The acting (outside of Seyfried) was bad. The soundtrack was bad...yep, a bad movie.

HOT GIRL ALERT - Amanda Seyfried is an absolute knockout and walks thru this movie is a long frock for most of it. Some potential during a roll in the hay with Peter but nothing every really comes of it. If you want to see much more of Amanda, check out Chloe (a great movie IMHO!). Some of the other village girls are pretty hot too, specifically Kacey Rohl (playing Prudence) and Carmen Lavigne (playing Rose). A bit of "dirty dancing" during the dance scene.

So...3 out of 10 for me...A pretty bad movie that was I give a 3 to only because Amanda Seyfried walked thru it for almost 2 hours. Not a complete waste of time but I think I should have seen Battle: Los Angeles. Nothing in Red Riding Hood that needs to be seen on the big screen. Skip it until it arrives on DVD.

Have fun!

Big Fan
Big Fan (2009)
6 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Big Fan tells the story of Paul Aufiero (Patton Oswalt) who is a "big fan" of the New York Football Giants.

Paul, a parking garage attendant, is nearing middle age, living at home with his elderly mother and in the shadow of his successful lawyer brother Jeff. He doesn't appear to have much going for him but he does have his Giants.

Paul's mom (Marcia Jean Kurtz) is wildly happy about the sucess of her lawyer son Jeff who is on his second marriage to his attractive secretary Gina (Serafina Fiore). She is very disappointed with Paul who she says never dates anyone but his own hand (very funny scene between the two of them).

The only bright spot for Paul is his nightly calls to a sports talk station where he spars with Philadelphia Phil (Michael Rapaport), a Philadelphia Eagles fan that keeps ragging on the Giants and predicts that the Eagles will overtake the Giants in the standings.

Paul and his friend Sal (Kevin Corrigan) attend all of the Giants home games, but not in the stadium, instead in the parking lot of the Meadowlands watching on a TV run by his car.

While out one night, Paul and Sal happen to cross paths with Paul's favorite player, Quantrell Bishop (Jonathan Hamm) and decided to follow him and his friends. Their following ends up taking them into New York City where it would appear that Quantrell's friends take part in a drug purchase. They continue to follow Quantrell to topless bar where they finally get up the nerve to approach Quantrell and his friends. Paul and Sal explain that they had been following them and Quantrell realizes that they may have seen the drug deal take place. This infuriates Quantrell who proceeds to beat Paul very badly.

Paul wakes up in the hospital several days later to find out that his Giants had lost that weekend and that Quantrell has been benched pending the investigation of the beating.

Paul gets out of the hospital and we follow him on a several week downward spiral where he continues to pull for his Giants while fighting in his own head about what his favorite player did to him. He also continues to call into the sports talk show and battles it out with Philadelphia Phil who gets more and more pointed as the Giants continue to lose and the Eagles continue to win. This all comes to a head when Philadelphia Phil reveals that Paul is actually the man that Quantrell beat and that he has filed a lawsuit against him. The lawsuit is news to Paul as his brother filed it on his behalf.

Well, that give away most of the movie but I will not spoil the excellent ending where I felt is was going to go one way but instead went a completely different direction. Very well done in my opinion.

Patton Oswalt was very well cast as Paul who is losing all that he lives for with the loses that his Giants are facing due to the man that beat him being suspended. While I have not seen him in anything else, I would certainly look for him in future roles and watch for him.

Marcia Jean Kurtz was also good as Paul's mom. Some very funny scenes take place between Paul and his mom. Of note, the conversation about the collection of Chinese food sauce packets, his inability to date anyone and Paul's feelings about his brothers second marriage. All good fun!

The film is filmed in a very grainy, low budget fashion which really helped move the story from a upbeat, big fan type film to the unraveling of life.

The sound track was well placed as well, really adding to what was happening on the screen at the moment.

HOT GIRL ALERT - Not much here except Serafina Fiore and her GIANT breasts. Yes...GIANT. She appears in this as the typical Jersey princess.

So...8 out of 10 for me...Good movie with a great ending. It is a shame that this film wasn't a bit better promoted as I think that there is a larger audience out there for it.

Have fun!!!