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|Friday, February 22nd, 2008|
|Wednesday, October 17th, 2007|
"The Reaping," what a gigantic suckhole of turdy badness. "Confusing" is too generous, so I'll go with "irredeemably and unnecessarily obscure" and share with you the only cool thing in this entire farce: Hilary Swank wears some sweet-ass boots in one short scene. They're lovely. Brown tooled leather motorcycle boots that are stylish AND stompy.
In lieu of a summation, I'll give away the ending: Dear Hilary Swank's character (which I never bothered to learn the name of), I hope your devil baby eats you from the inside-out whilst coming into this horrifying world that would give us a film as bad as "The Reaping."
See what I did there? Full circle, baby.x-posted to lacyunderall.
|Saturday, October 13th, 2007|
|Wednesday, October 10th, 2007|
The Rocket - A sports movie with a great plot and wonderful acting? Who knew?
The Rocket or Maurice Richard, the biographical story of hockey legend Maurice Richard, is the best sports biography I have ever seen. It is also the best movie that uses sports to highlight historical bigotry I have ever seen. It is the best sports movie I have ever seen.
A poor machinist in the slums of Quebec, trying to do his part for the War effort during World War Two, Maurice Richard decides to try out for the Canadiens hockey team. His amazing talent wasn't enough, though; there were concerns that he was just too frail for hockey. After an extended time of not playing hockey, the Canadiens put him on the ice where he becomes the legend every hockey player studies. He struggles with the uncertainty of his job and supporting his wife and children. During his rise to fame, it is brought to his attention that the French speaking hockey players and citizens are being treated as second class citizens. Using his fame, and with some trepidation, he decides if he is going to be part of the movement for equality or another quiet French-Canadian who accepts the status quo.
The Rocket is not an uplifting, heartwarming, blood pumping movie shallow in plot, like most sports movies; it is a slower-moving, complex and dramatic biography supplemented by exciting hip checks, high sticking and the occasional fight. The pacing is like a train going over a mountain, patience is required to go up but your patience is rewarded when you have an exciting trip down the mountain. There is more plot than hockey and a person who doesn't care about hockey will still enjoy the dramatic feelings and settings cultivated in The Rocket.
The Rocket is as much about the time that Maurice Richard lived in, as it is about him personally. For those of us not familiar with general World War Two Canadian History, this film gives the audience a brief insight into internal strife during that time in the peaceful giant to the north. Using such an icon to display the times is a tired way to tell history but in The Rocket, it seems more natural. Richard is not glorified as beyond human or hero worshiped. He struggles with the people of his country, the same way they do.
The acting in The Rocket is hard hitting (pun intended), and will hip check (I'm not ashamed to make hockey puns) your emotions when you aren't expecting it. Roy Dupuis, who plays hockey megastar Maurice Richard, is a quiet storm, rolling over the hills of emotion. Julie LeBrenton, who plays Lucille Richard, Maurice's wife, performance is like a hurricane blowing in without mercy or regard. Her performance is a powerful triumph. No, in case you were wondering, they don't let the professional hockey players act much, thank you director Charles Binamé for making a thoughtful decision.
The Rocket is beautiful. It's dark and grainy feeling leaves you feeling a little dirty in an industrial way, but intrigued and curious.
In our house, we wouldn't dream of wasting our entertainment money or time on baseball or basketball. We probably could be bothered to see football on someone else's dime, if there wasn't paint to watch dry. What we will do is climb a stack of chairs to change the channel at a sports bar during baseball playoffs to watch hockey because we are a hockey family, through and through. If you've never been to the Shark Tank in San Jose, you just haven't lived. So believe me when I say the hockey in The Rocket is exceptionally fun to watch and technically correct. It makes sense because all of the hockey scenes are played with National Hockey League players. That's right, they don't pretend to play hockey, they actually play professional hockey! If you are a hockey fan you'll see faces you recognize, like Mike Ricci of the San Jose Sharks. Even if you aren't a hockey fan, you'll enjoy the hitting and bleeding.
If you love great hockey, see The Rocket. If you love great writing, see The Rocket. If you love phenomenal acting, see The Rocket. If you aren't a complete idiot, see The Rocket. Just see The Rocket or I'll see you in the boards!
|Tuesday, September 4th, 2007|
King of Kong Review and Director Interview
King of Kong-Fist Full of Quarters is the good vs. evil tale of the world champions of Donkey Kong: Billy Mitchell and Steve Wiebe. These characters couldn't have been made up better and if they were fictional, if this weren't a documentary, the film would be unbelievable.
In 1982, Life Magazine did a story on the world's best video gamers at the time. In that picture was Billy Mitchell, the champion of Centipede, Donkey Kong, and Donkey Kong Jr. It was the beginning of Billy's rise to fame. After a scandal rocked the video game world, Walter Day decided he would start Twin Galaxies, the official score keepers for video games. It also became headquarters for the Billy Mitchell Cult. The employees, even Day himself, worship Billy Mitchell with a frightening reverence. Their reverence for Billy makes them absolutely unable to verify a score when newbie Steve Wiebe shatters his record.Rest of the Review
Seth Gordon, director of documentary film King of Kong: Fist Full of Quarters, a David vs Goliath documentary about two men competing for champion rights to the classic arcade game Donkey Kong, opened up about his new film, its process and his future.
"My favorite place is Fun Spot [arcade in King of Kong]. Family reunions were in New Hampshire. I burn in the sun, so my family would leave me at Fun Spot. It is a family place and they would give tokens for grades. I would think about it all year. I met Steve Wiebe [one of the main characters in the movie] four days after they had been in his garage. At first I thought he was too vanilla but after I met all the players, I wanted to do the project. It took a year and a half." Rest of the Interview
|Monday, June 25th, 2007|
Mike Enslin (John Cusack) is a paranormal investigator who doesn't believe in much. One glorious afternoon, he receives a mysterious postcard warning him not to stay in room 1408 at the Dolphin Hotel. Well, gosh, who could resist something like that. I mean honestly, that is a triple dog dare if I've ever heard one. Anyway, of course he goes, and of course it's bad news. 1408 is based on a short story by Stephen King, and Directed by Mikael Håfström. It also stars Samuel (I'm tired of these motherfuckin' ghosts in this motherfuckin' room" Jackson.
|Wednesday, May 16th, 2007|
Ok, this is the story of some vaguely familiar looking completley unknown actors who get lost in some foreign country, and bad things happen. Sound familiar? It should, because it's the same god damn thing as Hostel. Only at least during Hostel, I was entertained. This turdpile known as "Turistas" was directed by John Stockwell and stars . . . well, it doesn't matter who it stars, because thie effectively started and ended all of their careers in one fell swoop. (I said swoop)
|Tuesday, May 15th, 2007|
28 Weeks Later
Ok, so about 7 months after all the shenanigans of the first movie the U. S. Military has stopped the infection and begun the process of rebuilding and repopulating London. All appears to be going well, but because people are basically stupid and don't do what they are told we find out that the rage virus has NOT been eradicated and finds its way into the Green Zone. Carnage ensues. 28 Weeks stars Catherine McCormack and Robert Carlyle,and was directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo who also had his hand in the screenplay. When I heard that Danny Boyle wasn't directing the sequel, I admit I was concerned, but Juan certainly pulled it off. I dug it.
I'll watch about anything horror-related. I mean, I'll watch the occasional Jason or Freddie film too, but they're for pussies and I acknowledge that. I'm more of a connossieur of the horror genre, preferring ghosts over gore and truly creepy over blatant bloodshed. I do, however, truly appreciate a great zombie movie.
Going with my recent Asian horror obsession
, we recently purchased Imprint
, directed by Takashi Miike. Let me preface the review by saying that Miike-san needs to be under constant surveillance by a team of mental health professionals, allowed a weekly one hour break in a secure yard, whilst being supervised by trained men with long guns.( Dont' read this if you're squeamish.Collapse )
|Monday, May 7th, 2007|
Vacancy is the story of a somewhat unhappily married couple on some sort of road trip arguing about vague references to their dead son. Although with this kind of movie, no one really cares that much about backstory. . . we wanna see the stabby. Vacancy was directed by Nimrod Antal (How many ass kickings do you think that guy got in high school?) and stars Luke Wilson and Kate Beckinsale as our wayward couple. If you are strictly looking for a gore fest, you may well be a little disappointed, and while the film is pretty predictable it never disappoints.
|Wednesday, May 2nd, 2007|
I am currently watching the movie Gravedancers, and I'm pretty sure that in a fight I could totally take a skeleton.
Imprint, directed by Takashi Miike (Audition, Gozu, Ichi the Killer) is far and away one of the most messed up movie I have seen in . . . well, ever. And I have seen some pretty messed up and disturbing movies.
I don't really even know what to say, so I'll go straight to the summary.
Random acts of abortion
I give it 3 out of 5 Fingernail removals
P.S. And that's all in the first third of the movie, because I haven't made it all the way through yet. Current Mood: indescribable
|Friday, April 13th, 2007|
After The Wedding - A+ Movie
After the Wedding (Efter bylluppet) is the marvelously subtle story about the value of family, the decisions we make and the decisions people make for us. It beautifully spins a story of the lengths people will go for who they love and how four people find their worth. ( Fantastic MovieCollapse )
|Tuesday, March 27th, 2007|
What Love Is - Pretty Funny.
“What Love Is” tries to answer the question the title asks by cramming emotionally diverse men and women on a small set. A witty spin on romantic comedy, “What Love Is” was an enjoyable exception to the rule that romance and comedy don’t mix.( What is love anyways?Collapse )
|Monday, March 26th, 2007|
Pride - A light escapist film
Jim Ellis, a Philadelphia recreation center swim coach, is the true life basis for “Pride.” A light, escapist flick, “Pride” is Hollywood’s newest “Sports Savior” film.
Terrence Howard portrays Jim Ellis, an African American swimmer with a master’s degree in mathematics who can’t find a job because universities find him too black and the black community ridicules him for being educated. Finally, when he can’t find a teaching or coaching job, he takes a job for the City of Philadelphia to pack up a closing recreation center. There he meets crotchety center maintenance man, Elston (Bernie Mac). He reopens the pool and encourages youth to come and swim. What was first recreation, changes when he trains Puddin Head (Brandon Fobbs), Walt (Alphonso McAuley), Willie (Regine Nehy), Hakim (Nate Parker) and Andre (Kevin Phillips) to be competitive swimmers. Each of the characters faces a personal struggle including facing the streets alone, losing an important part of their life, being small, racism, and being abandoned. ( be proudCollapse )
|Tuesday, March 13th, 2007|