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|Thursday, July 13th, 2006|
About Clerks II.
It’s Mark Hamill! Applause!
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|Wednesday, October 26th, 2005|
I want to invite you to join themoviecrew
. This community no longer has a moderator, and I am defecting. This is my last post to this community, so if you want to join, welcome. Current Mood: determined
|Sunday, October 16th, 2005|
To bring you up to speed
My original intent with this year's Octoberween was to review each movie and post daily.
Ah, well, had not done that. So, instead, I will list the ones viewed, so I can let my "burden" subside. Yeah, yeah, yeah, on to the list...
- The Last House on the Left - I had not ever seen this first film by Wes Craven, but it was recommended by someone I have (today) known for one year. Good choice Yv. I really liked it, and can't wait to see it again. 8/10.
- The Shining - I wrote seven pages of notes on this one, but maybe I will transcribe some/more at another time. If you haven't seen this, your loss. 10/10.
- The Nightmare on Elm Street - Another Craven gem. I loved this when I saw it the first time, and love it still. Freddy Kreuger is a classic villain. Duh. 8/10.
- Cujo - this is the scariest movie I have ever seen. I have this thing with big dogs, and no matter how many times I have seen this movie, I still cower behind something/someone, and jump when Cujo attacks. 10/10 (for scare-factor alone). I wrote this funny "ghetto" review on this one, and may post it later too.
- Texas Chainsaw Massacre - classic. Tobe Hooper's "documentary" taught me many a lesson, from not to pick up hitchhikers (creepy!!) and to stay off other's property. Why in the world would you go into that house? Baffling... 8/10.
- The Evil Dead - I love this movie because of Bruce Campbell, low sweeping camera angles, Bruce Campbell, screeching deadites, and Bruce Campbell. ::loves:: 9/10.
- Urban Legend - Tara Reid should have died more quickly. The movie would've gotten a higher score. 5/10.
- House on Haunted Hill - an oldie but a goodie. The blind woman was priceless. Funny what was scary back then. 6/10.
I am now current, except that we watched Suspiria, too... I just haven't gotten everything together on that... More later!! Current Mood: indescribable
|Thursday, October 13th, 2005|
|Wednesday, October 5th, 2005|
This is the best time I've had since I nailed your mama in the back of your daddy's truck.
Every day is the same `ol same `ol for Caleb (Adrian Pasdar), until the night he met Mae. She lures him out into the Oklahoma night, and just before leaving him at dawn, she bites him. Yep, Mae's a vampire (not that they even use that word in the movie, now that I think of it.) When Caleb is grabbed up by her misfit "family," he is given a chance to join them. Near Dark (1987) is the story of these gypsy vampires and how they survive night in and night out. Jesse (Lance Henreiksen) and Diamondback are the leaders, with Severen (Bill Paxton), Homer and Mae rounding out the group. My favorite character is Severen, raucous, sneering, and wild.
The film has a lot of conflict, mostly around Caleb's choice between this new group and Mae, or the life with his father and sister. This is an Octoberween perennial favorite, and I give it an eight and a half. Current Mood: cheerful
|Tuesday, October 4th, 2005|
Look At Me, Damien. It's All For You!
The Omen is one of my favorite horror films. It has excellent cinematography, beautiful sets, and compelling actors. I think I was most impressed with the stylized filming.
Life is good for UN Ambassador Thorne. His career is thriving and his wife is about to give birth to their first child. Tragedy strikes and the ambassador is forced to make a decision that will forever change his life. His own child died at birth and the priests at the church offer an orphan to replace their baby, sparing his wife of the heartache of loss.
( Advice to all the mens of the world:Collapse )
Current Mood: thirsty
What an Odd Way To Go.
Today's film review is for Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland. Again, Angela returns, played by the ever popular Pamela "Yes, It's Bruce's Sister" Springsteen (It's on the box, y'all.) In a horrid rat's nest of a wig, she poses as the new counselor at Camp New Horizon. Camp New Horizon is trying to put to rest all of the macabre history of the area, with the mad transsexual killing people and and all.
An experiment in sharing
Legendary character actor Michael J. Pollard and Renee "Emilio & Charlie Sheen's Sister" Estevez lend their talents to this film. Of course, with every other in the series you get your gratuitous nudity, laughable singing, interesting fashion, and even more inventive means of offing the campers. Will everyone's favorite counselor take care of all of the bad seeds before her identity is known? Hmm, you'll have to watch and see. It was a pretty good series, which I was seeing for the first time. I give this one a six as well. Current Mood: mellow
|Sunday, October 2nd, 2005|
Who Wears Short-Shorts?
Today's evaluations/reviews are of Sleepaway Camp and Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers.
Sleepaway Camp (1983) takes place at Camp Arawak, where it seems that there is a killer among the campers! This film is chock full of creepy characters, dimwitted adults, laughable fashion, with a shocker of an ender that will blow your mind, yo. (overacting) This movie was funny and gruesome, with some unique ways of being "sent home." ( SPOILER:Collapse ) Current Mood: relaxed
|Saturday, October 1st, 2005|
Don't dream it. Be it.
The unofficial start of Octoberween was kicked off with the viewing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975). I already know what you are saying, uhm, not a horror film, people. Yes, true, but you cannot argue with a film as campy as this. I find it best for the camp and kitsch factor, quotability, and of course, the songs.
I think that Susan Sarandon and Barry Bostick were great choices as Janet Weiss and Brad Majors, both characters evolving from uptight and prudish to daring and sexual. Tim Curry undoubtedly made the movie what it was. His Dr. Frank-N-Furter put the "F" in fabulous. Yeah, I said that. His songs were often the highlights of the film. I also enjoyed his locking eyes with the camera, somewhat conspiratorially.
I have never been to a viewing in the theater, so yes, I am a "virgin." They don't really show it around here, and if they did, I would want to do it up right - with a group of friends and all of us dressed in character and armed with props. I would most likely dress as Magenta. I find her character most intriguing and most adaptable to me and my personality. I think it would be so fun to participate in this at least once in my life. I'm sure the opportunity will present itself one of these days.
Favorite songs: "Dammit, Janet," "Theres' a Light," "Touch-a Touch-a Touch Me," "Sweet Transvestite," and "Wise Up." Current Mood: chipper
|Friday, September 23rd, 2005|
We are working on the 4th annual Octoberween. If you aren't familiar with this, scan back entries in this journal. I need some suggestions for MUST-SEE horror films. Gimme your best! Current Mood: curious
|Tuesday, July 26th, 2005|
Kinda big update
Movies I have watched in the past three daysA Dirty Shame
-staring Tracey Ullman and Johnny Knoxville. Funny, sick, gross, hilarious movie. Also has Selma Blair and Chris Isack.A Beautiful Mind
-could appreciate as much the second time a round because being a psych. major makes me point out all the flaws with this movie. But none the less, a good if not great movie. It helped make Russell Crowe into instant box office success and allow him into the Tom Hanks/Johnny Depp club of being able to make successful films that aren't filled with explosions.In the Bedroom
-Another artsy film. Rent this or buy it. It is a great movie. One of the best I have seen in a long time.Jurassic Park:Lost World
-Good movie to MST3K. I forgot that Vince Vaughn was in it. The having to rely on script and storyline is not Speilburgs strong suit. After Jurassic Park 1:Back in the Bronx, the whole computer/robot dinos lose appeal. Good movie to buy if it is in the discount bin at Wal Mart.
|Thursday, July 7th, 2005|
Okay a few good ones
First and foremost, "Citizen Kane"
It is tough to make an argument that this is not the greatest movie of all time. Great cast, great directing, groundbreaking camera work, good plot buuuttt I still don't think its the greatest of all time. Casablanca and Godfather 2 rate above it and here is why.
First, rewatchablility. Casablanca and GF2, I will watch at anytime, day or night. Kane, I would watch if a friend has not seen it.
Second, the plot. It leaves me hanging. The audience gets resolution but I feel empty because the other characters do not get it. Plus, parts of it are a little bland and I didn't particularly like Kane's second wife.
Next up, "One Flew Over the Cockoo's Nest"
What can I say, it swept everything in 1976, I believe. Best picture, best actor and actress and director and original story.
Jack Nicholson develops the character he uses in at least 80% of the rest of his movies. A badass who may be the only one with a sense in his head but everyone else is so crazy that they think he is the crazy one.
Hilarious movie. This is a movie I would consider buying.
Last but not least, "The Blues Brothers"
The only thing you need to know about this movie-"We're on a mission from Gawd"
|Wednesday, July 6th, 2005|
The School of What?
Let me begin by saying that I am a major fan of Jack Black. I find him enormously talented, funny, and even a little sexy. That being said, I was a little disappointed with The School of Rock. Sure, I think it's great to have a film "teaching" the kids about the majesty that is rock `n roll. I found it to be a little saccharine and sappy, filled with "aw, shucks" and "how adorable" kinds of looks. Can I give advice how it could have been better? Nah, not really. I will say this though, it would be nice to think that kids could easily listen to and appreciate the works of Led Zeppelin, Yes, and Aretha Franklin. But I am more pessimistic than that. In this case, education starts at home. Current Mood: hmmm...
|Thursday, June 30th, 2005|
28 Days Later
In watching 28 Days Later, I felt anxious through the entire 113 minutes. Most movies involving zombies were made up of slow, lumbering creatures. I knew that this movie did not have those manageable zombies, no indeed. 28 Days Later has charging, snarling zombies. You can only guess which kind I would rather face. I know that I felt anxious, expecting something to happen at any moment. It was a little disappointing that the action was not as continuous as expected. There were some intense moments, mostly after you got past the parts where Cillian Murphy wanders around shouting “HELLO!!” It must suck to find out you’re pretty much the only living human. Of course, it’s not as unfortunate as finding out you are living among zombies.
I found this movie to be very suspenseful, with cool cinematography, a hearty cast, and a sufficient amount of gore.
HELLO?? HELLO!!! Current Mood: cool
|Monday, June 20th, 2005|
Recently watched movies
First, "Lawerence Of Arabia" All I can say about this is "WOW" Peter O'Toole plays one of the most interesting characters in cinema history perfectly. The score is terrific.
Second, "Forrest Gump" I saw this in the movie theater when I was little and thought it was good. Now that I am older and understand more of the references. I, of course, am a big fan of movie music and this movie combines the music of 4 decades perfectly. Tom Hanks was propelled to superstar status because of this movie for good reason.
|Wednesday, June 15th, 2005|
Begin, Batman Begin
Last night at midnight, I saw the best Batman film I have ever seen.
Christopher Nolan, I am impressed with how seriously you treated the legend that is Batman. Christian Bale, I knew you could embody Bruce Wayne with your incredible physique, but I was wowed by your strength as the caped crusader. Katie Holmes, you were pretty good, but you didn't have enough screen time, plus your youthful looks kept many from believing you were a mature assistant district attorney. Gary Oldman, I thought that your portrayal of Officer (eventually Lieutenant, later Commissioner) Gordon was formidable, displaying the humanity that drew Bruce Wayne to trust you. Cillian Murphy, WOW, your Scarecrow was fantastic! Kudos to Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Ken Watanabe (sp?), and Liam Neeson.
The script was plausible, the action was swift and continuous, and I enjoyed each actor's contribution to the film. I love the fact that they leave it open for a sequel (as if), which I will hope can live up to this one. I can't wait to see it again. If you haven't seen it yet, go see it. I am sure it's playing somewhere near you. Current Mood: ecstatic
|Wednesday, March 30th, 2005|
I watched Saved! last night. I really enjoyed this movie for a number of reasons:
- crazy passionate warped belief system, most prominently displayed by Mandy Moore's character, Hillary Faye.
- Mary's (Jena Malone) character decides that in order to save her boyfriend from dreaded homosexuality, she must sleep with him to "save him."
- Cassandra's (Eva Amurri, isn't she Susan Sarandon's daughter?) brassy "rebellious" behavior, including dating wheelchair-bound Roland (Macaulay Culkin), whose relationship grew into a mutually beneficial one, rather than for shits and giggles.
- Patrick Fugit, Patrick Fugit, Patrick Fugit. I was totally crushing him.
- I would enjoy my Christian school with Pastor Skip as my principal!
Well, there is more to it than those few things. I was surprised by how much I liked it, really. The cast was well-assembled, the writing was witty and biting, and there was a moral to the story (quelle surprise!) that was well-suited but not preachy. I fell in love with a song in it, that I found out this morning I own, so no hunting for said song! That alone saved me. Get it? Oh, I really shouldn't have put that in there..... Current Mood: happy
|Tuesday, March 15th, 2005|
Okay here is my DVD collection
Kill Bill Vol. 1
O Brother Where Art Thou
Lord of the Rings One and Two
We have a bunch of movies that aren't ours but those are mine and my roommates. I think that is a pretty good collection.
|Thursday, February 24th, 2005|
Constantine is a good movie
But I like the comic better.
If there was a way they could do "The Sandman" into a movie, I would probably crap my pants. But alas, they(movie exes) would fuke it up and put Johnny Depp as Morpheus and Alec Baldwin as Destruction and Christina Ricci as Death. Well, Christina Ricci would make a great Death but the rest would suck.
|Friday, February 11th, 2005|
What the fuck you doin’ stealin’ boxes for? What, you tryin’ to build a clubhouse?
I posted this in my own journal, but feel that there are not enough postings in this group anymore, so I will contribute. I will be doing more reviews this weekend, to fill 'er up.
I am writing about Friday, one of my most beloved comedies. Back at 56 (a former residence/party spot/free-for-all space), we would ritually view this every Friday, then proceed to “get fucked up” as we “didn’t have shit to do.”
I think this is such a great movie, a comedy that urges you to think about friendships, loyalties, good times, dealing with adversities, parents bullshit, love interests, sibling relations, and the crazy people we involve ourselves with. Craig and Smokey “hash” out their problems, while trying to figure a way to avoid being dealt with by “Big Perm/Worm” over $200 that is owed to him by Smokey.
“What I can’t figure is, how you sell bud, when you smoke bud?”
I love the “hoochie-mama” Joy, as she reminds me (verbatim) of a friend of mine.
“Well, you tell that bitch, WHOEVER SHE IS, I’m gonna beat her azz!”
Verbatim. As if their own situation isn’t stressful enough, they have to content with the local bully, Deebo, whose pleasure it is to relieve you of all of your possessions. The funniest of these moments is the “beach cruiser” shared by he and Red.
“That’s my bike, bitch!”
“You got knocked the FUCK out!”
Craig’s father, a dog catcher, who later gets bit on the ass, but finds time early on in the day, in the bathroom of all places, to advise his son to go out and get a job.
“The word today is job.”
The day builds and builds, as the anxiety over being killed over $200 escalates. The movie wraps up so well, flashing to the “might have been” scenarios. You feel like all will be different for Craig and Smokey, as well as the other residents of their hood.
“And you KNOW this, man!”
If you haven't seen Friday, where have you been? Current Mood: bouncy