tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-71236774614118222962011-01-30T20:23:34.688-08:00Fear Of The Dark@Jeff_FOTD's Movie Tally BlogJeff K.http://www.blogger.com/profile/02487121582459931508noreply@blogger.comBlogger27125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7123677461411822296.post-89312064018265015192011-01-30T19:46:00.000-08:002011-01-30T20:23:34.829-08:00Moving Violations (1985)<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/TUY4vcTP0LI/AAAAAAAAAvk/7QKemT_MyNg/s1600/moving-violations-movie-poster-1020254762.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/TUY4vcTP0LI/AAAAAAAAAvk/7QKemT_MyNg/s320/moving-violations-movie-poster-1020254762.jpg" width="208" /></a></div><br /><b><u>IMDB Link:</u></b> <br /><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0089629/"><b>Moving Violations</b></a><br /><br /><u><b>Directed By:</b></u><br /><a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0411477/"><b>Neal Isreal</b></a> <br /><br /><br /><div style="text-align: justify;"><u><b>Summing It Up:</b></u></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><u><b> </b></u></div><div style="text-align: justify;">A group of social misfits with a history of bad driving and traffic violations find themselves in a court-ordered traffic school. If they don't pass the class,&nbsp; they will not get their impounded cars back, and that seems to be the likely outcome, given the hard-ass traffic cops who have been assigned as their teachers and the scheming judge who sent them there.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><u><b>Quick Thoughts:</b></u>&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: justify;">I'm going to be honest, <b><i>Moving Violations </i></b>is far from being a great film. At its best, it's a shining example of the formulaic excesses of 80s comedy. However, since it is a movie that I watched over and over again while growing up, it has a fond place in my heart.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">That being said, I was very happy to find that it was recently added to Netflix Instant. You see, I had been wanting to watch it again for some time now, but given that the VHS copy that I taped off of HBO all those years ago has long since worn out, and Anchor Bay's DVD of the film has been out of print for several years, it hasn't been possible. Luckily, it was as fun as I remembered it.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Another film I grew up with was <b><i>Police Academy</i></b>, and it just so happens that Neal Isreal directed that as well. As such, you shouldn't be shocked to find that the similarities between the two films run rampant, with the main exception being that <b><i>Police Academy</i></b> was rated R, while <b><i>Violations</i></b> is PG-13. So, what's missing from this one? Well, aside from an increased number of F-Bombs and boobs, not very much. You still have the asshole cops with an authority problem, the lovable weirdos under their tutelage, a conspiracy from above to fail the class, goofy romance, and a metric fuck-ton of smart-ass one liners (mostly courtesy of John Murray, brother of Bill Murray) and politically incorrect humor.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Plus, there's a lot of sex jokes in this film. And early turns from Fred Willard, Jennifer Tilly, and James Keach don't hurt. Still, the centerpiece of the whole thing is the over-the-top performance from the aforementioned John Murray, who does his best to ape the cocky sarcasm that his brother turned in one year prior in <i><b>Ghostbusters</b></i>. That alone is worth the price of admission.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">They just don't make films like this anymore... and is that a bad thing? Well, probably not. But still, that doesn't mean <b><i>Moving Violations</i></b> isn't worth your time. Re-watching this film today is like an adult finding an old time capsule that they buried in their backyard. One that's filled with things that they loved as a child. Upon opening it, they not only experience a great deal of nostalgia, but they also find some value that they didn't realize these things had when they were young.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Definitely recommended, and I hope someone reissues this one on DVD and/or Blu-ray soon, as I'd love to re-add it to my collection for good.</div><br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><u><b>Verdict</b></u><b>:</b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/SsVML-gEOmI/AAAAAAAAACs/vNxu8-S36lM/s320/blood.png" style="border: 0pt none;" /><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/SsVML-gEOmI/AAAAAAAAACs/vNxu8-S36lM/s320/blood.png" style="border: 0pt none;" /><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/SsVML-gEOmI/AAAAAAAAACs/vNxu8-S36lM/s320/blood.png" style="border: 0pt none;" /><img src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/StPuQ_YmsjI/AAAAAAAAALg/XC8c3eb6yp8/s320/half_blood.png" style="border: 0pt none;" /> </div><div style="text-align: center;"><i><b>3 1/2 out of 5</b></i><br /><br /><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" class="youtube-player" frameborder="0" height="390" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/BKU85IV0_Bw" title="YouTube video player" type="text/html" width="480"></iframe></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/7123677461411822296-8931206401826501519?l=www.fotd-online.com' alt='' /></div>Jeff K.http://www.blogger.com/profile/02487121582459931508noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7123677461411822296.post-56429824618868152952011-01-29T23:30:00.000-08:002011-01-30T08:59:24.327-08:00Weeds: Season 6 (2010)<a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/TUWYg65BlwI/AAAAAAAAAvg/SVuMtblCU0A/s1600/weeds_s6.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/TUWYg65BlwI/AAAAAAAAAvg/SVuMtblCU0A/s320/weeds_s6.jpg" width="160" /></a><br /><b><u>IMDB Link:</u></b> <br /><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0439100/"><b>Weeds</b></a><br /><br /><u><b>Directed By:</b></u><br />Various<br /><br /><br /><div style="text-align: justify;"><u><b>Summing It Up:</b></u></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><u><b> </b></u></div><div style="text-align: justify;">The sixth season of <b><i>Weeds</i></b> finds the Botwin family on the run from the police and FBI, as well as the Mexican politicians and thugs that they double crossed in their most recent misadventures. Desperate to escape to a "normal" life, they assume fake identities and attempt to leave the country.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><u><b>Quick Thoughts:</b></u>&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: justify;">I didn't start watching <b><i>Weeds</i></b> until after Season 6 had begun airing on television. However, I caught up in just a couple of weeks, via <b>Netflix Instant</b>, because the show sucked me in. By the time that I got to the end of Season 5, I was definitely a fan, and I couldn't wait to watch Season 6.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">With that said, I dug into Season 6 almost immediately. However, I only made it a few episodes in initially, mostly because I found that the season seemed to be losing steam quickly. After about five episodes, I kind of lost interest, and I moved on to some other things.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Well, I eventually decided that I should give the remainder of the season a shot, and I am honestly glad that I did because things did pick up very quickly once I started watching again. The family's misadventures in drug dealing, murder, and all sorts of other illegal things amused me once again, and the show gained some much needed direction during the last half of the season.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">The result of this is that, if you found yourself unimpressed by the beginning of this season and stopped watching, you should dig it back up and give it a shot. I did, and I feel that it was very much worth it. For those who have yet to even check the show out, I think you should definitely do so.</div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><u><b>Verdict</b></u><b>:</b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/SsVML-gEOmI/AAAAAAAAACs/vNxu8-S36lM/s320/blood.png" style="border: 0pt none;" /><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/SsVML-gEOmI/AAAAAAAAACs/vNxu8-S36lM/s320/blood.png" style="border: 0pt none;" /><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/SsVML-gEOmI/AAAAAAAAACs/vNxu8-S36lM/s320/blood.png" style="border: 0pt none;" /><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/SsVML-gEOmI/AAAAAAAAACs/vNxu8-S36lM/s320/blood.png" style="border: 0pt none;" /> </div><div style="text-align: center;"><i><b>4 out of 5</b></i></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"></div><div style="text-align: center;"></div><div style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" class="youtube-player" frameborder="0" height="390" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/p6tSV5cmFb8" title="YouTube video player" type="text/html" width="640"></iframe></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/7123677461411822296-5642982461886815295?l=www.fotd-online.com' alt='' /></div>Jeff K.http://www.blogger.com/profile/02487121582459931508noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7123677461411822296.post-15335234061159124302011-01-26T17:20:00.000-08:002011-01-26T17:21:21.702-08:00Outcast (2010)<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/TUDCruvNZpI/AAAAAAAAAvc/d8ocPq44YNM/s1600/outcast_poster.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/TUDCruvNZpI/AAAAAAAAAvc/d8ocPq44YNM/s320/outcast_poster.jpg" width="218" /></a></div><br /><b><u>IMDB Link:</u></b> <br /><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1396219/"><b>Outcast</b></a><br /><br /><u><b>Directed By:</b></u><br /><a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1142073/"><b>Colm McCarthy</b></a><br /><br /><br /><div style="text-align: justify;"><div style="text-align: justify;"><u><b>Summing It Up:</b></u></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><u><b> </b></u></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><b><i>Outcast</i></b> tells the story of a young girl and a mysterious drifter who fall in love with one another. However, as they become closer, a beast begins killing those around them and a man with magical powers, whose intentions are unknown, begins closing in...</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><u><b>Quick Thoughts:</b></u>&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: justify;">If you want my full thoughts on the film and <b>Momentum</b>'s Region 2 DVD release, then you should head over to <a href="http://www.bloodsprayer.com/reviews/outcast-2010/"><b>The Blood Sprayer</b></a> and check out my review (that link will take you directly to it). However, the gist of it is that <b><i>Outcast</i></b> features a concept that is very original, but it is flawed because it tries to tackle too much at once and manages to come up a bit short.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">I really enjoyed the look and tone of the film, but the Director's attempt to build mystery and suspense overcomplicated the subject matter and, at times, made it hard to follow. Luckily, things pull together more towards the end, but the payoff is a bit too little and it comes too late. Does that kill the film? No, it doesn't, but it certainly keeps it from living up to the promise that it initially has.</div><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Still, I have to give TV-Turned-Film Director <b>Colm McCarthy</b> credit for trying. Though the film is definitely uneven, it manages a lot on it's obviously small budget. Maybe it's just the growing pains that come from shifting to a longer format, or maybe the film was just overambitious... My guess is that <b><i>Outcast</i></b>'s problems are a result of a little bit of both these things.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Still, regardless of its faults, I enjoyed the movie at least enough to stick with it. It's worth a watch, but in the end, it is far from spectacular.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">If you're looking for the DVD, you can pick it up from <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Outcast-DVD-James-Nesbitt/dp/B004C9MC2E/ref=sr_1_1?s=dvd&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1296091105&amp;sr=1-1"><b>Amazon UK</b></a>.</div><br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><u><b>Verdict</b></u><b>:</b></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/SsVML-gEOmI/AAAAAAAAACs/vNxu8-S36lM/s320/blood.png" style="border: 0pt none;" /><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/SsVML-gEOmI/AAAAAAAAACs/vNxu8-S36lM/s320/blood.png" style="border: 0pt none;" /><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/SsVML-gEOmI/AAAAAAAAACs/vNxu8-S36lM/s320/blood.png" style="border: 0pt none;" /> </div><div style="text-align: center;"><i><b>3 out of 5</b></i><br /><br /><br /><iframe allowfullscreen="" class="youtube-player" frameborder="0" height="390" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/IH5bbbn3vZs" title="YouTube video player" type="text/html" width="640"></iframe><br /><br /></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/7123677461411822296-1533523406115912430?l=www.fotd-online.com' alt='' /></div>Jeff K.http://www.blogger.com/profile/02487121582459931508noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7123677461411822296.post-49637462587543783002011-01-23T19:38:00.001-08:002011-01-24T18:18:05.451-08:00Summer School (1987)<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/TT4xS_g_BCI/AAAAAAAAAvY/H4OrzHCeLHQ/s1600/summer_school_xlg.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/TT4xS_g_BCI/AAAAAAAAAvY/H4OrzHCeLHQ/s320/summer_school_xlg.jpg" width="210" /></a></div><br /><b><u>IMDB Link:</u></b> <br /><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0094072/"><b>Summer School</b></a><br /><br /><u><b>Directed By:</b></u><br /><b><a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0005348/">Carl Reiner</a></b><br /><br /><br /><div style="text-align: justify;"><u><b>Summing It Up:</b></u></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><u><b> </b></u></div><div style="text-align: justify;">After the normal summer school teacher wins the lottery and runs off, a care-free gym teacher finds himself stuck teaching Remedial English to a group of social misfits.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><u><b>Quick Thoughts:</b></u>&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><b><i>Summer School</i></b> has been a favorite of mine since I was a kid, so it's safe to say that I highly enjoyed rewatching it as an adult. Part of it is due to the nostalgia of it, part of it is because I now understand even more of the humor, and part is just because it's plain old fun.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Director <b>Carl Reiner </b>(<b><i>The Jerk</i></b>) does an excellent job taking what could have been just another cheesy 80s comedy and turning it into something much more. Sure, it has all of the trappings of the 80s - bad hair, bad fashion,&nbsp; a sidekick dog, <b>Kirstie Alley </b>- but it also has a well-meaning heart and some damn funny scenes as well. <b>Mark Harmon</b> is very likable as the bumbling teacher, and the cast of students (including a young, and pregnant, <b>Shawnee Smith</b>) are all equally fun to watch. However, it's safe to say that, for me, the characters of Chainsaw and Dave steal the show (the scenes with their pranks are epic).</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">If you're a lover of 80s comedy, and you haven't seen <b><i>Summer School</i></b>, then you should do so immediately. Or, as Chainsaw and Dave would say, "I give this two <i>big</i> thumbs up!"</div><br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><u><b>Verdict</b></u><b>:</b></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/SsVML-gEOmI/AAAAAAAAACs/vNxu8-S36lM/s320/blood.png" style="border: 0pt none;" /><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/SsVML-gEOmI/AAAAAAAAACs/vNxu8-S36lM/s320/blood.png" style="border: 0pt none;" /><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/SsVML-gEOmI/AAAAAAAAACs/vNxu8-S36lM/s320/blood.png" style="border: 0pt none;" /><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/SsVML-gEOmI/AAAAAAAAACs/vNxu8-S36lM/s320/blood.png" style="border: 0pt none;" /> </div><div style="text-align: center;"><i><b>4 out of 5</b></i></div><div style="text-align: center;"></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><br /><br /><iframe allowfullscreen="" class="youtube-player" frameborder="0" height="390" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/SiqWPa368q0" title="YouTube video player" type="text/html" width="480"></iframe></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/7123677461411822296-4963746258754378300?l=www.fotd-online.com' alt='' /></div>Jeff K.http://www.blogger.com/profile/02487121582459931508noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7123677461411822296.post-54816370519211989332011-01-22T16:43:00.000-08:002011-01-24T18:16:21.958-08:00The Wild Life (1984)<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/TT4sJ76mgmI/AAAAAAAAAvU/LIn3epaP5HY/s1600/the-wild-life-movie-poster.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/TT4sJ76mgmI/AAAAAAAAAvU/LIn3epaP5HY/s320/the-wild-life-movie-poster.jpg" width="204" /></a></div><br /><b><u>IMDB Link:</u></b> <br /><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0088402/"><b>The Wild Life</b></a><br /><br /><u><b>Directed By:</b></u><br /><b><a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0513165/">Art Linson</a></b><br /><br /><br /><div style="text-align: justify;"><u><b>Summing It Up:</b></u></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><u><b> </b></u></div><div style="text-align: justify;">A group of teenagers learn about love, loss, independence, and sex as the summer comes to a close in this 80s comedy from the people who brought us <b><i>Fast Times At Ridgemont High</i></b>.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><u><b>Quick Thoughts:</b></u>&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: justify;">Many people consider <b><i>The Wild Life</i></b> to be the "unofficial sequel" to the awesome flick, <b><i>Fast Times At Ridgemont High</i></b>. After all, <b>Cameron Crowe</b> wrote the script, <b>Sean Penn</b>'s brother, <b>Chris Penn </b>(looking <i>much</i> different than I'm sure <i>any </i>of us remember him), plays a party happy jock, and the film deals with the crazy antics of a group of teenagers on their way out of High School. However, that is pretty much where the similarities end.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">That's not to say that <b><i>Wild Life</i></b> isn't a fun movie; because it definitely is. It just isn't as fun, or well done, as <b><i>Fast Times</i></b> was. But let's be honest, movies like that are a rarity, so we shouldn't be expecting lightning to strike twice. That may also be a part of why <b><i>Wild Life</i></b> has managed to slip into relative obscurity over the years.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">After all, the film hasn't had an official home video release since the heydays of VHS and Laserdisc (the copy I watched was sourced from the latter). I guess the reason for this has something to do with rights to some of the film's music, which features songs from a bunch of popular 80s bands and an original score by <b>Eddie Van Halen</b> himself. So, like several other films over the years (<b><i>Angus</i></b>, anyone?), this movie has languished in distribution limbo, and many have forgotten that it exists.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">With that in mind, if you can find a copy, I really recommend giving it a watch. <b>Crowe</b>'s script is funny, touching, nostalgic, and filled with all of the angst that we've come to expect from him, and the cast is wonderful. Along with <b>Penn</b>, we also get turns from <b>Lea Thompson</b>, <b>Eric Stoltz</b>, <b>Rick Moranis</b>, and <b>Randy Quaid</b> (who is amazingly un-humorous here, though it is for good reason). Producer/Director <b>Art Linson</b> does a decent enough job here, but it's clear that producing is where he does his best work (he only took the helm to avoid cancellation, after the film's original director dropped out at the last minute).</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">All in all, you could do a lot worse with your time, so if you haven't seen <b><i>Wild Life</i></b>, and this sounds appealing, I think you should try tracking it down. You may even be surprised by it.</div><br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><u><b>Verdict</b></u><b>:</b></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/SsVML-gEOmI/AAAAAAAAACs/vNxu8-S36lM/s320/blood.png" style="border: 0pt none;" /><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/SsVML-gEOmI/AAAAAAAAACs/vNxu8-S36lM/s320/blood.png" style="border: 0pt none;" /><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/SsVML-gEOmI/AAAAAAAAACs/vNxu8-S36lM/s320/blood.png" style="border: 0pt none;" /><img src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/StPuQ_YmsjI/AAAAAAAAALg/XC8c3eb6yp8/s320/half_blood.png" style="border: 0pt none;" /> </div><div style="text-align: center;"></div><div style="text-align: center;"><i><b>3 1/2 out of 5</b></i></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /><br /><br /><iframe allowfullscreen="" class="youtube-player" frameborder="0" height="390" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/OMCKBotk3p0" title="YouTube video player" type="text/html" width="480"></iframe><br /><br /><b><br /></b></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/7123677461411822296-5481637051921198933?l=www.fotd-online.com' alt='' /></div>Jeff K.http://www.blogger.com/profile/02487121582459931508noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7123677461411822296.post-86970528448899464672011-01-22T15:29:00.001-08:002011-01-24T17:17:57.899-08:00Bare Behind Bars [aka A Prisão] (1980)<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/TT4kO9q8L7I/AAAAAAAAAvQ/34dApVS8ACo/s1600/bare-behind-bars-poster.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/TT4kO9q8L7I/AAAAAAAAAvQ/34dApVS8ACo/s320/bare-behind-bars-poster.jpg" width="212" /></a></div><br /><b><u>IMDB Link:</u></b> <br /><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0171089/"><b>A Prisão</b></a><br /><br /><u><b>Directed By:</b></u><br /><b><a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0210709/">Oswaldo de Oliveira</a></b><br /><br /><br /><div style="text-align: justify;"><u><b>Summing It Up:</b></u></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><u><b> </b></u></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Women in a prison continually encounter sexual "abuse" and sadistic treatment at the hands of the warden, "nursing" staff, and the prison guards. Eventually, some escape from the depraved prison, only to be hunted by the Police.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><u><b>Quick Thoughts:</b></u>&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: justify;">Wow. Just fucking wow.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">I've seen bits and pieces of random "Women In Prison" films before, but I'd never bothered to sit down and watch a full one until my good friend, Kristy, brought over a DVD Screener for <b>Arrow Video</b>'s release of the notorious <b><i>Bare Behind Bars</i></b>. Needless to say, this had everything I expected, only there was about 1000 times more of it than I ever thought would be present in a film of this type.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">I may write up a full review for the site (if I do, I'll update this post with the link), but the gist of it is that this was one insane fucking movie. The entire thing is basically nothing but an excuse to show lots of naked chicks, lesbian sex, and absurd violence. Though there was a plot of sorts, the entire thing felt scattered and randomly strung together, but I suppose one doesn't watch films like this for the plot, now do they?</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Anyway, in the end, <b><i>Bare Behind Bars</i></b> is basically a softcore porn; only the script and acting are even more horrid than even the worst of those. Still, the bizarreness of everything that happens in the film somehow makes it watchable, and it's not just because of the sex, as most of the girls are far from what I would consider to be attractive. There's just something about the mix of badly dubbed dialog, insanely illogical situations, and completely non-apologetic exploitation that is on display here that makes it hard to stop watching.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">If you're looking for a well-made (or even a <i>good</i>) film, look elsewhere. However, if you want to see a sleazy piece of trash that is guaranteed to make you slap your forehead in awe, then <b><i>Bare Behind Bars</i></b> is for you.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Check out the clip below for a taste of what I mean.&nbsp; </div><br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><u><b>Verdict</b></u><b>:</b></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/SsVML-gEOmI/AAAAAAAAACs/vNxu8-S36lM/s320/blood.png" style="border: 0pt none;" /><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/SsVML-gEOmI/AAAAAAAAACs/vNxu8-S36lM/s320/blood.png" style="border: 0pt none;" /><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/SsVML-gEOmI/AAAAAAAAACs/vNxu8-S36lM/s320/blood.png" style="border: 0pt none;" /> </div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><i><b>3 out of 5</b></i></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"></div><div style="text-align: center;"></div><div style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" class="youtube-player" frameborder="0" height="390" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/y9B42gWXsdo" title="YouTube video player" type="text/html" width="480"></iframe></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/7123677461411822296-8697052844889946467?l=www.fotd-online.com' alt='' /></div>Jeff K.http://www.blogger.com/profile/02487121582459931508noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7123677461411822296.post-60078846999179817912011-01-19T19:12:00.000-08:002011-01-20T16:55:41.991-08:00Barry Munday (2010)<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/TTjZXeSQ9SI/AAAAAAAAAvM/nFUINbCBLuY/s1600/Barry-Munday-poster1.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/TTjZXeSQ9SI/AAAAAAAAAvM/nFUINbCBLuY/s320/Barry-Munday-poster1.jpg" width="216" /></a></div><br /><b><u>IMDB Link:</u></b> <br /><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0482461/"><b>Barry Munday</b></a><br /><br /><u><b>Directed By:</b></u><br /><b><a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0195476/">Chris D'Arienzo</a></b><br /><br /><br /><div style="text-align: justify;"><u><b>Summing It Up:</b></u></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><u><b> </b></u></div><div style="text-align: justify;">A womanizing slacker gets his life turned upside down when he awakes in the hospital to find that he lost both of his testicles after being assaulted by an angry father in a movie theater. Just when he thinks things can't get any crazier, he also discovers that he may be the father of one of his forgotten conquest's as-of-yet unborn child.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><u><b>Quick Thoughts:</b></u>&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: justify;">I consider myself to have been pretty lucky recently, as all of the films I have watched lately have been very good and exceeded my expectations. <b><i>Barry Munday</i></b> continues that trend by being surprisingly funny, yet oddly poignant at the same time.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">I really didn't know anything about the film going into it; just that a few friends had recommended it and that it was now on <b>Netflix Instant</b>. I had some time to kill, so I started it up, hoping for a few laughs. What I got was pretty much 90 minutes of continuous laughter and some surprisingly emotional thought buried underneath.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">This isn't your typical Romantic Comedy at all. In fact, the characters should all be very unlikeable because they are selfish, socially inept, mean people for the most part. However, deep down, they all have some sort of heart to them, and in the end, you really end up rooting for them; even if it feels weird to do so.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">The jokes are juvenile, but somehow, they come off as being more clever than they probably really are, and I think that is a testament to the great cast that is on display here. <b>Patrick Wilson</b> (<b><i>Hard Candy</i></b>) and <b>Judy Greer</b> (<b><i>Arrested Development</i></b>) do a great job playing the oddest couple that I've seen on screen in a while, and there are some great turns by <b>Malcolm McDowell</b>,<b> Chloë Sevigny</b>, and even <b>Billy Dee Williams</b>(!) as well.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">I really can't recommend this one enough; especially since you can watch it immediately on <b>Netflix</b>. To be honest, this is one that I feel should be added to my collection.</div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><u><b>Verdict</b></u><b>:</b></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/SsVML-gEOmI/AAAAAAAAACs/vNxu8-S36lM/s320/blood.png" style="border: 0pt none;" /><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/SsVML-gEOmI/AAAAAAAAACs/vNxu8-S36lM/s320/blood.png" style="border: 0pt none;" /><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/SsVML-gEOmI/AAAAAAAAACs/vNxu8-S36lM/s320/blood.png" style="border: 0pt none;" /><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/SsVML-gEOmI/AAAAAAAAACs/vNxu8-S36lM/s320/blood.png" style="border: 0pt none;" /> </div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><i><b>4 out of 5</b></i></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/7123677461411822296-6007884699917981791?l=www.fotd-online.com' alt='' /></div>Jeff K.http://www.blogger.com/profile/02487121582459931508noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7123677461411822296.post-69293298776262604602011-01-18T18:46:00.001-08:002011-01-20T16:59:19.587-08:00Moon (2009)<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/TTjUoRU0lGI/AAAAAAAAAvI/rFfy1eDUQ6A/s1600/moon-poster-2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/TTjUoRU0lGI/AAAAAAAAAvI/rFfy1eDUQ6A/s320/moon-poster-2.jpg" width="217" /></a></div><br /><b><u>IMDB Link:</u></b> <br /><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1182345/"><b>Moon</b></a><br /><br /><u><b>Directed By:</b></u><br /><a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1512910/"><b>Duncan Jones</b></a><br /><br /><br /><div style="text-align: justify;"><u><b><br /></b></u></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><u><b>Summing It Up:</b></u></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><u><b> </b></u></div><div style="text-align: justify;">A lone space worker, nearing the end of his three-year contract harvesting Helium-3 on the Moon, has an accident, and he awakens to find that not only is he not alone now, but things are much different than he thought they were...<br /><br /><br /><u><b>Quick Thoughts:</b></u>&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: justify;">I've had this one on Blu-ray for a while now, but I just finally got around to watching it. After hearing such great things about it, I was a bit skeptical, but I can now say that this is one of the best Science Fiction films that I've ever seen.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"></div><div style="text-align: justify;"></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br />The film wasn't really what I expected going into it, and I have to admit that is probably a good thing. I had this idea in my mind that was going to focus more on the interplanetary living aspect of things, and that it would probably just be straight Sci-Fi. Instead, it actually turned out to be a very original mindbender with a lot of cool concepts behind it.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">This is not an effects film by any means, so those looking for lots of space travel and crazy shots won't get what they want. However, <b><i>Moon</i></b> is a nicely shot, intelligently scripted film that manages to engage the viewer based on it's main character's development, and some crazy theories. <b>Sam Rockwell</b> is great in this film, and I am now a bit bewildered that he didn't get more attention from the Academy when this came out a couple years ago.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">All in all, <b><i>Moon</i></b> is a beautiful little piece of quiet madness that just begs for a rewatch. Highly recommended; especially if you like slow-burn films.</div><br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><u><b>Verdict</b></u><b>:</b></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/SsVML-gEOmI/AAAAAAAAACs/vNxu8-S36lM/s320/blood.png" style="border: 0pt none;" /><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/SsVML-gEOmI/AAAAAAAAACs/vNxu8-S36lM/s320/blood.png" style="border: 0pt none;" /><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/SsVML-gEOmI/AAAAAAAAACs/vNxu8-S36lM/s320/blood.png" style="border: 0pt none;" /><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/SsVML-gEOmI/AAAAAAAAACs/vNxu8-S36lM/s320/blood.png" style="border: 0pt none;" /> </div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><i><b>4 out of 5</b></i></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/7123677461411822296-6929329877626260460?l=www.fotd-online.com' alt='' /></div>Jeff K.http://www.blogger.com/profile/02487121582459931508noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7123677461411822296.post-66159937630451964912011-01-17T19:47:00.000-08:002011-01-18T16:47:55.461-08:00Prince of Darkness (1987)<a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/TTYzuljQ03I/AAAAAAAAAvE/ca8MQHxhtD8/s1600/prince_of_darkness.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/TTYzuljQ03I/AAAAAAAAAvE/ca8MQHxhtD8/s320/prince_of_darkness.jpg" width="205" /></a><br /><b><u>IMDB Link:</u></b> <br /><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0093777/"><b>Prince Of Darkness</b></a><br /><br /><u><b>Directed By:</b></u><br /><a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000118/"><b>John Carpenter</b></a><br /><br /><div style="text-align: justify;"><u><b><br /></b></u></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><u><b>Summing It Up:</b></u></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><u><b> </b></u></div><div style="text-align: justify;">A group of college students, hired for a research project, join their professor and a priest as they attempt to unlock the mystery of a cylinder that was found in the basement of an old church. Unfortunately for them, it turns out that the substance inside of it may have a sinister connection that could cause the end of the world as they know it.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><u><b>Quick Thoughts:</b></u>&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: justify;">For some reason or another, I found myself with an urge to revisit <b>Carpenter</b>'s <b><i>Prince Of Darkness</i></b>. Maybe it was just because I hadn't seen the film in many years, or it could be because I had heard its name pop up a few times over the last couple weeks... I'm not really sure. Anyway, I think I liked the film even more this time around, and I am beginning to think that it may be one of the Director's more underrated efforts.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">This film came shortly after <b><i>Big Trouble In Little China</i></b> - which may possibly be my favorite <b>Carpenter</b> film of all time (yes, I love <b><i>The Thing</i></b> as well, but <b><i>Big Trouble</i></b> is a one of a kind gem) - and <b><i>Prince</i></b>'s score sounds very similar to that film's in a lot of regards. As always, there is a lot of synth, some droning guitar work, and an air of something other-worldly. The score is easily one of the best things about the film, next to the crazy storyline and sweet practical effects.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">There's just something about the movie that makes it unsettling. Maybe it's the creepy homeless people (one of whom is none other than <b>Alice Cooper</b>), or it could be the amount of insects and worms that are all over&nbsp; the place... Regardless, the film manages to blend Sci-Fi with Horror in a way that only <b>Carpenter</b> could do; with a logic so odd that I'm still not sure what was going on in some parts.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Speaking of that... If I only like the rest of the film, I love the ending. It's one of <b>Carpenter</b>'s more open-ended conclusions, and it's filled with a nihilism that I can't help but love. Say what you will, but the man can do bleak endings better than just about anyone else out there.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">I know that some don't feel the same way as I do, but overall, I found <b><i>Prince Of Darkness</i></b> to be thought provoking and creepy. Sure, it's not perfect, but few films are; even the great ones.</div><br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><u><b>Verdict</b></u><b>:</b></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/SsVML-gEOmI/AAAAAAAAACs/vNxu8-S36lM/s320/blood.png" style="border: 0pt none;" /><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/SsVML-gEOmI/AAAAAAAAACs/vNxu8-S36lM/s320/blood.png" style="border: 0pt none;" /><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/SsVML-gEOmI/AAAAAAAAACs/vNxu8-S36lM/s320/blood.png" style="border: 0pt none;" /><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/SsVML-gEOmI/AAAAAAAAACs/vNxu8-S36lM/s320/blood.png" style="border: 0pt none;" /> </div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><i><b>4 out of 5</b></i></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/7123677461411822296-6615993763045196491?l=www.fotd-online.com' alt='' /></div>Jeff K.http://www.blogger.com/profile/02487121582459931508noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7123677461411822296.post-29983684736884209882011-01-16T21:15:00.000-08:002011-01-18T16:15:34.085-08:00Hot Tub Time Machine (2010)<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/TTYs0WaU3bI/AAAAAAAAAvA/61topn5SAZw/s1600/Hot-Tub-Time-Machine_poster.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/TTYs0WaU3bI/AAAAAAAAAvA/61topn5SAZw/s320/Hot-Tub-Time-Machine_poster.jpg" width="212" /></a></div><br /><b><u>IMDB Link:</u></b> <br /><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1231587/"><b>Hot Tub Time Machine</b></a><br /><br /><u><b>Directed By:</b></u><br /><a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0796864/"><b></b></a><b><a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0684336/">Steve Pink</a></b><br /><br /><br /><div style="text-align: justify;"><u><b>Summing It Up:</b></u></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><u><b> </b></u></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Four friends travel back in time to the 80s via a mishap involving Russian energy drinks and a hot tub. Once there, they must relive the past as their younger selves while trying to figure out how to get back to their future lives.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><u><b>Quick Thoughts:</b></u>&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: justify;">After I realized that <b>Sean Anders</b>, who wrote and directed <b><i>Sex Drive</i></b> (see my thoughts <a href="http://www.fotd-online.com/2011/01/sex-drive-2008.html"><b>HERE</b></a>), was also a co-writer on <b><i>Hot Tub Time Machine</i></b>, I suddenly felt the urge to watch it again. This was my third viewing of the film in the past year, and it was just as good as ever this time around, cementing its place as one of my favorite recent comedies.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><b><i>Hot Tub</i></b> works so well because it doesn't take it's subject matter very seriously, yet it also manages to pay homage to just about every sub-genre of 80s comedies without making fun of them. All the staples are here: A Hair Metal-fueled soundtrack, Jheri Curls, Cocaine, Bad Fashion, <b>John Cusack</b>... The result is a movie that is very funny and brings back a lot of nostalgia for those of us who grew up on those types of films.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">If you haven't seen <b><i>Hot Tub</i></b> yet, I definitely recommend it. I know that I will probably watch it a few more times.</div><br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><u><b>Verdict</b></u><b>:</b></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/SsVML-gEOmI/AAAAAAAAACs/vNxu8-S36lM/s320/blood.png" style="border: 0pt none;" /><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/SsVML-gEOmI/AAAAAAAAACs/vNxu8-S36lM/s320/blood.png" style="border: 0pt none;" /><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/SsVML-gEOmI/AAAAAAAAACs/vNxu8-S36lM/s320/blood.png" style="border: 0pt none;" /><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/SsVML-gEOmI/AAAAAAAAACs/vNxu8-S36lM/s320/blood.png" style="border: 0pt none;" /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /><i><b>4 out of 5</b></i></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/7123677461411822296-2998368473688420988?l=www.fotd-online.com' alt='' /></div>Jeff K.http://www.blogger.com/profile/02487121582459931508noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7123677461411822296.post-61451653446331501482011-01-16T17:36:00.001-08:002011-01-18T15:53:22.256-08:00Sex Drive (2008)<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/TTYn1D3VPAI/AAAAAAAAAu8/Mw9qFw73OwY/s1600/sex-drive.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/TTYn1D3VPAI/AAAAAAAAAu8/Mw9qFw73OwY/s320/sex-drive.jpg" width="222" /></a></div><br /><b><u>IMDB Link:</u></b> <br /><b><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1135985/">Sex Drive</a></b><br /><br /><u><b>Directed By:</b></u><br /><b><a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1890845/">Sean Anders</a></b><br /><br /><div style="text-align: justify;"><u><b><br /></b></u></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><u><b>Summing It Up:</b></u></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><u><b> </b></u></div><div style="text-align: justify;">A high school senior heads out on a road trip with his friends to try and lose his virginity with a girl that he met online. Ridiculousness ensues.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><u><b>Quick Thoughts:</b></u>&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: justify;">On this particular night, I was in the mood to watch some comedies, as I needed a good laugh. I've always been a fan of a good sex comedy, and some friends had told me that <b><i>Sex Drive</i></b> was worth a watch. I figured that, good or bad, it's on Instant Watch, so I really had nothing to lose. Imagine my surprise when it turned out to be a really good time.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Don't get me wrong, there is nothing groundbreaking in this film at all. However, Director <b>Sean Anders</b> (who also co-wrote <b><i>Hot Tub Time Machine</i></b>, another recent comedy that I love) manages to bring us a modern take on the 80s Road Trip/Sex Comedy hybrid. In a way, it's kind of like <b><i>American Pie</i></b> crossed with <i><b>The Sure Thing</b></i>, and that is far from a bad thing, in my opinion.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">There's lots of lowbrow humor, some decent nudity, and the most ridiculous subplot involving Amish people that I've ever witnessed. The cast is also pretty decent, and they manage to make the characters likable (well, the ones that you are supposed to like anyway). In particular, <b>Clark Duke</b> (<b><i>Kick Ass, Hot Tub Time Machine</i></b>) does a great job as the obnoxious "player" character.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">All in all, <b><i>Sex Drive</i></b> far exceeded my expectations, and I really hope that <b>Anders</b> gets behind the camera again soon. Highly recommended, and very underrated.</div><br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><u><b>Verdict</b></u><b>:</b></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/SsVML-gEOmI/AAAAAAAAACs/vNxu8-S36lM/s320/blood.png" style="border: 0pt none;" /><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/SsVML-gEOmI/AAAAAAAAACs/vNxu8-S36lM/s320/blood.png" style="border: 0pt none;" /><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/SsVML-gEOmI/AAAAAAAAACs/vNxu8-S36lM/s320/blood.png" style="border: 0pt none;" /><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/SsVML-gEOmI/AAAAAAAAACs/vNxu8-S36lM/s320/blood.png" style="border: 0pt none;" /> </div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /><i><b>4 out of 5</b></i><br /></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/7123677461411822296-6145165344633150148?l=www.fotd-online.com' alt='' /></div>Jeff K.http://www.blogger.com/profile/02487121582459931508noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7123677461411822296.post-77738135933253307842011-01-16T11:40:00.000-08:002011-01-16T14:12:06.976-08:00Chaos Theory (2008)<div style="text-align: right;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/TTNJPDM9MrI/AAAAAAAAAu4/r0fWpF6WujA/s1600/chaostheory-onesheet.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/TTNJPDM9MrI/AAAAAAAAAu4/r0fWpF6WujA/s320/chaostheory-onesheet.jpg" width="215" /></a></div><br /><b><u>IMDB Link:</u></b> <br /><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0460745/">Chaos Theory</a><br /><br /><u><b>Directed By:</b></u><br /><a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0796864/">Marcos Siega</a><br /><br /><div style="text-align: justify;"><u><b><br /></b></u></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><u><b>Summing It Up:</b></u></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><u><b> </b></u></div><div style="text-align: justify;">An obsessively organized man, who makes a living teaching others how to be efficient, has his world turned upside-down when his wife turns his clock back, causing him to be late to catch his ferry</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /><br /><u><b>Quick Thoughts:</b></u>&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: justify;">This one was a late-night spontaneous pick on <b>Netflix Instant</b>. In a way, I suppose that it serves as proof that I will watch pretty much anything that Ryan Reynolds is in. That's not to say that it's a bad film or anything; it's just not the kind of movie that I would usually choose.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">I was hoping for a light comedy, but instead,<b><i> Chaos Theory</i></b> turned out to be a Romantic Dramedy of sorts. It had it's moments where it was funny, but there was definitely a heavy dose of "take a look at you life" thrown in there as well. Still, I must admit that, in the end, it was still enjoyable.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Admittedly, part of the reason that I liked it is because Reynolds is one of those actors who can really carry a movie regardless of its subject matter. It also helps that the comedy that was on display here had a darker undertone to it. Jokes about suicide, baby abandonment, etc are here for the taking, but they also come with some serious thoughts on relationships and family. Oh yeah, and Sarah Chalke (from <b><i>Scrubs</i></b>) walks around in her underwear for a bit, which is definitely not an unwelcome viewing experience.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">When all is said and done, <b><i>Chaos Theory</i></b> accomplishes what it sets out to do. What's more, if you are looking for something to watch with the wife/girlfriend that is more intelligent than the latest piece of Rom-Com fluff that is being hawked at the time, this is a good choice.</div><br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><u><b>Verdict</b></u><b>:</b></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/SsVML-gEOmI/AAAAAAAAACs/vNxu8-S36lM/s320/blood.png" style="border: 0pt none;" /><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/SsVML-gEOmI/AAAAAAAAACs/vNxu8-S36lM/s320/blood.png" style="border: 0pt none;" /><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/SsVML-gEOmI/AAAAAAAAACs/vNxu8-S36lM/s320/blood.png" style="border: 0pt none;" /><img src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/StPuQ_YmsjI/AAAAAAAAALg/XC8c3eb6yp8/s320/half_blood.png" style="border: 0pt none;" /> </div><div style="text-align: center;"><i><b>&nbsp;3 1/2 out of 5</b></i></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/7123677461411822296-7773813593325330784?l=www.fotd-online.com' alt='' /></div>Jeff K.http://www.blogger.com/profile/02487121582459931508noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7123677461411822296.post-20479068235064674742011-01-15T22:42:00.001-08:002011-01-16T10:35:29.010-08:00Nightmare [aka Nightmare In A Damaged Brain] (1981)<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/TTMyUqnnBaI/AAAAAAAAAu0/m1pDUPCLilg/s1600/nightmare_1981_poster_01.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/TTMyUqnnBaI/AAAAAAAAAu0/m1pDUPCLilg/s320/nightmare_1981_poster_01.jpg" width="213" /></a></div><br /><b><u>IMDB Link:</u></b> <br /><div style="text-align: justify;"><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0082818/">Nightmare</a></div><br /><u><b>Directed By:</b></u><br /><a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0769349/">Romano Scavolini</a><br /><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><u><b><br /></b></u></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><u><b>Summing It Up:</b></u></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><u><b> </b></u></div><div style="text-align: justify;">An escaped mental patient, who is plagued by nightmares of an incident in his past, heads South from New York, leaving a trail of death in his wake. Once he reaches his destination, he terrorizes a family.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><u><b>Quick Thoughts:</b></u>&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><b><i>Nightmare</i></b> - which is probably better known by its alternate title, <b><i>Nightmare In A Damaged Brain</i></b> - is a strange little film. This is the first movie that will be part of my "Video Nasty Project," in which I am going to attempt to watch all of the films (there are around 72 of them) that were involved in the UK scandal over the coming months (for more about the scandal, you can head over <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Video_nasty"><b>HERE</b></a>).</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Anyhow, I say that <b><i>Nightmare</i></b> is strange not because it is really anything special, but because I'm still not sure what to make of it. My friend (and Podcast Co-Host), Kristy, brought over a UK DVD of it, and while we were watching it, we mostly laughing at how ridiculous it was. Sure there were some moments of graphic violence, but overall, it seemed much tamer than I expected (something that I am guessing will become a running theme during this project among the titles that I have never watched before).</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Not only was the violence quite underwhelming, but the first half of the film is very hard to follow. As if terrible acting, horrid dialog, and ridiculous music (I kid you not, there are scenes that were scored with only a Recorder... Yes, the one from elementary school), weren't enough to drive you nuts, the movie jumps from one scene to another without ever really giving you much of a story to follow until the crazy dude finally winds up in the South, At that point, it is pretty easy to understand, and it kind of ties things together.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">However, while I was thoroughly unimpressed with the film after watching it, I have had several conversations about it since that make me wonder if it really is better than I first thought. And, just to clarify, I don't mean "better" in the sense of higher quality. In the end, this is still a prime example of cheaply made, shot-in-English-but-directed-by-an-Italian horror, and technically speaking, it is terrible. However, it's almost so bad that it transcends the boundaries of taste and becomes entertaining simply because it is so bizarre and inept.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">The short of it is that you can tell the filmmakers had an idea they were striving for, and it could have been a decent one if done right. But instead, they misfired so badly that it becomes epic in its ridiculousness. Alka Seltzer mouth foaming, a dude in a mask that look like a Black version Sid Haig, and an over abundance of bad mustaches and beards are just a few of the highlights. You'll have to watch it understand what I mean.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Recommended for those who understand why <b><i>Pieces</i></b> is so entertaining.</div><br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><u><b>Verdict</b></u><b>:</b></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/SsVML-gEOmI/AAAAAAAAACs/vNxu8-S36lM/s320/blood.png" style="border: 0pt none;" /><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/SsVML-gEOmI/AAAAAAAAACs/vNxu8-S36lM/s320/blood.png" style="border: 0pt none;" /><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/SsVML-gEOmI/AAAAAAAAACs/vNxu8-S36lM/s320/blood.png" style="border: 0pt none;" /> </div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><i><b>3 out of 5</b></i></div><div style="text-align: center;"></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/7123677461411822296-2047906823506467474?l=www.fotd-online.com' alt='' /></div>Jeff K.http://www.blogger.com/profile/02487121582459931508noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7123677461411822296.post-66276846365292197552011-01-14T09:57:00.000-08:002011-01-16T10:36:08.244-08:00Battle Royale: Directors Cut (2001)<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0266308/" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/TTMxBhPmjUI/AAAAAAAAAuw/y9B3H5f3QkY/s320/Battle_royale.jpg" width="224" /></a></div><br /><u><b>Directed By:</b></u><br /><a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0297935/">Kinji Fukasaku</a><br /><div style="text-align: justify;"><u><b><br /></b></u></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><u><b><br /></b></u></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><u><b>Summing It Up:</b></u><br /><u><b> </b></u><br />In the future, students in Japan's school system have become unruly and violent, causing the Japanese government to pass the "Battle Royale Act." Under this act, a random class of children is selected each year to become participants in a game where they are all put on a remote island and forced to fight against (and kill) each other until there is only one student left standing.<br /><br /><br /><u><b>Quick Thoughts:</b></u>&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><b><i>Battle Royale</i></b> has been a favorite of mine since I first saw it. In my mind, it's a modern masterpiece of Japanese exploitation cinema. However, the main thing that separates this film from many of the others that fall under that banner is that, underneath all of the violence, <b><i>Battle Royale</i></b> actually has a huge heart. While on the surface, it appears to exist solely to shock audiences with a story about kids killing kids, the underlying themes in the film deal with the limits and tests of true friendship.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"></div><div style="text-align: justify;"></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">The history behind the film is an interesting one, and it has remained the subject of controversy since it's initial release a little over a decade ago (while the "Director's Cut" was released in 2001, the theatrical print was from 2000). This may be part of the reason why it has yet to have a real release here in America. Some say it's because the rights holder, <b>Toei</b>, wants too much money for distribution rights, and some say it is due to the child violence that makes up the backbone of the story (after all, the Columbine Tragedy happened not too long before this film first surfaced, and several others have followed over the years). Regardless, it still managed to find an audience here via imports, bootlegs, etc.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">At this point, I've probably seen the film around 15 times or so. I have an original R3 DVD copy of the Theatrical Cut from Hong Kong, and an R0 DVD copy of the Director's Cut that came from there as well, but this viewing was of the Director's Cut from <b>Arrow Video</b>'s new Limited Edition Blu-ray box set (it includes both versions of the film and a ton of extra stuff). The set is Region-Free, and since all material is in 1080p HD, it will play on all equipment.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">To date, this is the best that I think the film has ever looked or sounded. The film transfer isn't perfect (there is some digital manipulation to the source), but it is a definite upgrade from the other versions that I own, and my suspicions are that any shortcomings are due to the source that <b>Toei</b> made available. The audio, however, is pretty much perfect, and the lossless track was nothing short of amazing. In my opinion, it really enhanced the viewing experience, and I would recommend this disc for that particular upgrade alone.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">In the end, if you haven't seen this film, I highly recommend it. As to which version I suggest, it's really hard to say. I love both of them, but my inclination is to point people towards the Director's Cut; if only because it features more of the emotional character arcs that make this film more than just an exploitative piece. Still, I think that genre fans will enjoy it either way.</div><br /><br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><u><b>Verdict</b></u><b>:</b></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/SsVML-gEOmI/AAAAAAAAACs/vNxu8-S36lM/s320/blood.png" style="border: 0pt none;" /><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/SsVML-gEOmI/AAAAAAAAACs/vNxu8-S36lM/s320/blood.png" style="border: 0pt none;" /><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/SsVML-gEOmI/AAAAAAAAACs/vNxu8-S36lM/s320/blood.png" style="border: 0pt none;" /><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/SsVML-gEOmI/AAAAAAAAACs/vNxu8-S36lM/s320/blood.png" style="border: 0pt none;" /><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/SsVML-gEOmI/AAAAAAAAACs/vNxu8-S36lM/s320/blood.png" style="border: 0pt none;" /> </div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><i><b>5 out of 5</b></i></div><div style="text-align: center;"></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/7123677461411822296-6627684636529219755?l=www.fotd-online.com' alt='' /></div>Jeff K.http://www.blogger.com/profile/02487121582459931508noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7123677461411822296.post-1713167019177238822011-01-12T20:22:00.001-08:002011-01-13T16:57:36.375-08:00Piranha (2010)<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0464154/" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/TS-fF-n24aI/AAAAAAAAAus/4kd5qj1GitE/s320/piranha_french_poster-570x761.jpg" width="239" /></a></div><br /><u><b>Directed By:</b></u><br /><div style="text-align: justify;"><a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0014960/">Alexandre Aja</a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><u><b><br /></b></u></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><u><b><br /></b></u></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><u><b>Summing It Up:</b></u><br /><u><b> </b></u><br />A "remake" of Joe Dante's classic B-Movie about a bunch of killer fish that terrorize a resort during its busy season.<br /><br /><br /><u><b>Quick Thoughts:</b></u>&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: justify;">It's pretty hard to sum up my thoughts on <b><i>Piranha</i></b>. Part of this is because the movie does so well at delivering what it promises. Gore, tits, juvenile humor, and homages to it's 70s predecessor are present here in heaping doses. And that's exactly why it's such a fun movie.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br />Debating the merits of the film really feels like doing a critique of a porno flick. In other words, this really isn't the kind of film that needs to be analyzed, and those who are disappointed by it probably shouldn't have been watching it in the first place.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"></div><div style="text-align: justify;">I initially saw the film theatrically, in its 3D incarnation, this past summer. I loved it then, and to be honest, I love it even more now. Part of that is probably because I didn't really think the 3D was very good (it was a bit distracting, and it made my head hurt at times), and part of it is likely because it's just such a fun movie. Honestly, they really don't make them like this anymore.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"></div><div style="text-align: justify;"></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"></div><div style="text-align: justify;">The Blu-ray looked and sounded excellent, but I've pretty much come to expect that from Sony's discs. In fact, it almost looks too good for what it is. However, Aja somehow manages to make a movie that looks like a mega-Hollywood production, but still feels like a ridiculous B-Movie from the 70s. Kudos to him once again. I have yet to be disappointed by his films; though, to be fair, I haven't seen <b><i>Mirrors</i></b> yet.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Anyway, if you're looking for a trashy movie with a lot of gratuitous violence, naked girls, and some great cameos, then this one is for you. I suggest watching it with a bunch of friends and some "adult substances," as that is probably the only way it would be more fun than it already is.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Oh yeah, and for those who were disappointed, what the hell were you expecting?</div><br /><br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><u><b>Verdict</b></u><b>:</b></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/SsVML-gEOmI/AAAAAAAAACs/vNxu8-S36lM/s320/blood.png" style="border: 0pt none;" /><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/SsVML-gEOmI/AAAAAAAAACs/vNxu8-S36lM/s320/blood.png" style="border: 0pt none;" /><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/SsVML-gEOmI/AAAAAAAAACs/vNxu8-S36lM/s320/blood.png" style="border: 0pt none;" /><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/SsVML-gEOmI/AAAAAAAAACs/vNxu8-S36lM/s320/blood.png" style="border: 0pt none;" /> </div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><i><b>4 out of 5</b></i></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/7123677461411822296-171316701917723882?l=www.fotd-online.com' alt='' /></div>Jeff K.http://www.blogger.com/profile/02487121582459931508noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7123677461411822296.post-62287242408401702042011-01-11T20:07:00.000-08:002011-01-11T20:07:07.459-08:00The Social Network (2010)<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1285016/" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/TS0jTR2n_SI/AAAAAAAAAuk/adBWh6zKmCs/s320/the-social-network-poster.jpg" width="216" /></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><u><b>Directed By:</b></u></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000399/">David Fincher</a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><u><b><br /></b></u></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><u><b><br /></b></u></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><u><b>Summing It Up:</b></u><br /><u><b> </b></u>Director David Fincher (<b><i>Seven, Alien 3</i></b>) brings us Hollywood's version of Mark Zuckerberg and the founding of Facebook.<br /><br /><u><b> </b></u><br /><u><b>Quick Thoughts:</b></u>&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: justify;">I caught this one in the theater when it was released a few months ago, and I have to say that I was very impressed. However, I couldn't help but wonder how it would play on a second viewing. Well, I'm happy to say that it was just as good the second time around; maybe even better.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br />It's no secret that I've been a fan of Fincher's films for the better part of the past two decades now, but initially, I wasn't sure how he would lend his dark and moody style to a semi-fictional biopic about Facebook. As it turns out, the man can make just about anything interesting. In this case, he does so by presenting a very detached and stylized account of how things (supposedly) went down.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br />Why do I say "detached?" Well, for the most part, the characters in the film are far from likable. In fact, aside from Zuckerberg's initial business partner, Eduardo (played amazingly by Andrew Garfield), most of the characters come across as cold, obsessive creeps. In fact, for a story that is supposed to come from Zuckerberg's point of view, and center on his involvement, you would expect some sort of identification with him. However, the whole thing makes you feel as though you are an outsider, watching quietly from the sidelines somewhere; kind of like Facebook itself. And I guess that's where Fincher injected his brand of filmmaking.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">In the end, the film is highly entertaining. It's beautifully shot, even if the photography is dark and cold, and the soundtrack (co-scored by Trent Reznor) is a perfect fit. The electronic soundscape fluctuates between loud and raucous, and quietly somber.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">The cast also does a great job. However, while most people have been talking about Jesse Eisenberg's (who actually steps outside of his Michael Cera Lite reputation) portrayal of Zuckerberg, I found Garfield's to be the best of the bunch. You really get the feeling that he is the only one in the film who still had some kind of contact with humanity.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Anyway, this was one of my favorite non-genre films of 2010. If you haven't checked it out yet, you should definitely do so. If you have the means, the Blu-ray looks and sounds phenomenal.</div><br /><br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><u><b>Verdict</b></u><b>:</b></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/SsVML-gEOmI/AAAAAAAAACs/vNxu8-S36lM/s320/blood.png" style="border: 0pt none;" /><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/SsVML-gEOmI/AAAAAAAAACs/vNxu8-S36lM/s320/blood.png" style="border: 0pt none;" /><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/SsVML-gEOmI/AAAAAAAAACs/vNxu8-S36lM/s320/blood.png" style="border: 0pt none;" /><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/SsVML-gEOmI/AAAAAAAAACs/vNxu8-S36lM/s320/blood.png" style="border: 0pt none;" /><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/SsVML-gEOmI/AAAAAAAAACs/vNxu8-S36lM/s320/blood.png" style="border: 0pt none;" /> </div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><i><b>5 out of 5</b></i></div><div style="text-align: center;"><i><b>&nbsp;</b></i></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/7123677461411822296-6228724240840170204?l=www.fotd-online.com' alt='' /></div>Jeff K.http://www.blogger.com/profile/02487121582459931508noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7123677461411822296.post-34956363238273280072011-01-09T13:11:00.001-08:002011-01-11T20:07:46.388-08:00The IT Crowd: Series 3 (2008)<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0487831/" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/TSz0HAGQqJI/AAAAAAAAAug/C3HH11oMhGs/s320/IT_CROWD_3.jpg" width="224" /></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><u><b>Directed By:</b></u></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0512627/">Graham Linehan</a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0090877/">Richard Boden</a> </div><div style="text-align: justify;"><u><b><br /></b></u></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><u><b><br /></b></u></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><u><b>Summing It Up:</b></u><br /><u><b> </b></u>&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: justify;">This British show features the continuing misadventures of a couple of socially inept IT employees and their computer illiterate supervisor.<br /><br /><u><b> </b></u><br /><u><b>Quick Thoughts:</b></u>&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: justify;">I'll be honest, British comedy is hit or miss for me. Some of it I love, and some of it I really just don't care for. Because of this, I tend to avoid watching much of it until after I have heard more about it from trusted sources. This basically means that I'm always late to the party when it comes to the good stuff. <b><i>The IT Crowd</i></b> is a great example of this.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">I didn't start watching it until a couple months ago, but after a couple episodes, I was pretty much hooked. The Series One was good, and then the second got better, which left me hoping that the third Series wouldn't drop the ball. Well, I'm happy to say that it didn't. In fact, it is far and away the best that I've seen thus far (I still haven't seen Series 4).</div><br />After only one watch, I can already tell that this season is one that will eventually get a few rewatches. In fact, I'm now convinced that Series Four has to be great. Looking forward to watching it soon<br /><br /><br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><u><b>Verdict</b></u><b>:</b></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/SsVML-gEOmI/AAAAAAAAACs/vNxu8-S36lM/s320/blood.png" style="border: 0pt none;" /><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/SsVML-gEOmI/AAAAAAAAACs/vNxu8-S36lM/s320/blood.png" style="border: 0pt none;" /><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/SsVML-gEOmI/AAAAAAAAACs/vNxu8-S36lM/s320/blood.png" style="border: 0pt none;" /><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/SsVML-gEOmI/AAAAAAAAACs/vNxu8-S36lM/s320/blood.png" style="border: 0pt none;" /><img src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/StPuQ_YmsjI/AAAAAAAAALg/XC8c3eb6yp8/s320/half_blood.png" style="border: 0pt none;" /> </div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><i><b>4 1/2 out of 5</b></i></div><div style="text-align: center;"></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/7123677461411822296-3495636323827328007?l=www.fotd-online.com' alt='' /></div>Jeff K.http://www.blogger.com/profile/02487121582459931508noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7123677461411822296.post-24538210434332122322011-01-08T20:01:00.001-08:002011-01-11T20:08:11.583-08:00Silent Night, Deadly Night: Part 2 (1987)<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0093974/" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/TSoZU_GpRiI/AAAAAAAAAuc/FfXl_L8ZQR4/s320/SNDN%253AP2.jpeg" width="211" /></a></div><br /><br /><div style="text-align: justify;"><u><b>Directed By:</b></u></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0366045/">Lee Harry</a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><u><b><br /></b></u></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><u><b><br /></b></u></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><u><b>Summing It Up:</b></u><br /><u><b> </b></u><br />This sequel to the infamous 80's Santa-slasher finds Billy's younger brother, Ricky, locked up and in counseling for his murderous behavior. Unfortunately for those around him. he busts out and goes on a rampage of his own.<br /><br /><u><b> </b></u><br /><u><b>Quick Thoughts:</b></u>&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: justify;">I've never thought that the original <b><i>Silent Night, Deadly Night</i></b> was a great film. Sure, it is fairly entertaining most of the time, and there are some memorable (and unintentionally laughable) moments in the film. However, for the most part, I feel like the controversy that surrounded it upon its initial release is far more interesting than the movie itself.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"></div><div style="text-align: justify;"></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br />That being said, it's obvious that this film was made quickly and cheaply, for the sole purpose of cashing in on the attention that the first film had gotten. Apparently, one way to reduce the turnaround time was to just include about 40 minutes of footage from the original film; which is exactly what they did here. The good news is that this footage encompasses pretty much all of the interesting moments from the first film, so if you've never seen it, or if it's been a while, it's not really a problem. However, to avoid basically watching the same movie twice, back-to-back viewings of <b><i>Silent Night, Deadly Night</i></b> and this sequel are not recommended (unless, of course, you are only out to prove your tolerance for crap).</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Other than that, this movie is surprisingly easy to watch. This is probably because the last half, when Ricky goes on his killing spree, is so ridiculously cheesy and over the top that you can't help but laugh at it. However, I'm sure that most of you know this by now; even if you've never seen the whole film. If you don't know what I'm referring to, then just search <b>Youtube</b> for the "Garbage Day" clip. That basically sums up the experience.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Also, it's worth nothing that, unlike the original, the Christmas factor really shouldn't affect your decision on what time of year you watch this. This is mainly because, aside from the "flashbacks," this movie has about as much of a Christmas feel as a hot day in July. Seriously, if they didn't flash the dates on the screen to let you know that it was December 24/25, you would never be able to tell. There's no snow, and everyone is wearing short sleeve shirts, etc.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Anyway, <b><i>Silent Night, Deadly Night: Part 2</i></b> is far from being a good movie. In fact, it's pretty much a huge piece of shit. However, even after multiple viewings, it is still an <i>entertaining</i> piece of shit, and it's one that I think every B-grade horror fan should watch at least once for the experience.</div><br /><br /><br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><u><b>Verdict</b></u><b>:</b></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/SsVML-gEOmI/AAAAAAAAACs/vNxu8-S36lM/s320/blood.png" style="border: 0pt none;" /><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/SsVML-gEOmI/AAAAAAAAACs/vNxu8-S36lM/s320/blood.png" style="border: 0pt none;" /><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/SsVML-gEOmI/AAAAAAAAACs/vNxu8-S36lM/s320/blood.png" style="border: 0pt none;" /> </div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><i><b>3 out of 5</b></i></div><div style="text-align: center;"></div><div style="text-align: center;"><i><b> </b></i></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/7123677461411822296-2453821043433212232?l=www.fotd-online.com' alt='' /></div>Jeff K.http://www.blogger.com/profile/02487121582459931508noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7123677461411822296.post-81728539676093003602011-01-08T11:18:00.000-08:002011-01-11T20:08:38.588-08:00Screamtime (1983)<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/TSix8lTzTGI/AAAAAAAAAuY/c8F2rDlGcpA/s1600/screamtime.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/TSix8lTzTGI/AAAAAAAAAuY/c8F2rDlGcpA/s320/screamtime.jpg" width="195" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: justify;"><u><b>Directed By:</b></u></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0035830/">Michael Armstrong</a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0519193/">Stanley A. Long</a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><u><b><br /></b></u></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><u><b><br /></b></u></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><u><b>Summing It Up:</b></u><br /><u><b> </b></u>Another 80s Horror Anthology from the UK. This one centers around a couple of "punks" and a slutty girl who sit down to watch several stolen horror films on their VCR. Shorts included focus on murderous puppets, a woman suffering from horrific visions, and a man who takes a gardening job, only to find out that the house has a bloody history.<br /><br /><br /><u><b> </b></u><br /><u><b>Quick Thoughts:</b></u>&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: justify;"></div><div style="text-align: justify;">In general, I love anthology films (hence the reason why I have watched several in the last few days). Unfortunately, though, this one is pretty much a waste of time.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Sure, it's a poorly made cheapie from the 80s video boom, with some of the worst acting and dialog I've come across recently, and the effects are ridiculous. However, while I can normally get past all of those things (and usually have fun laughing at them), I really can't find value in something that is extremely boring; and that's exactly what this film is. In fact, I wouldn't hold it against anyone if they shut it off in the middle of it and never bothered to see it through to the end. Hell, even I was tempted to, and generally, I can suffer through anything.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">As for the individual stories, there could have been some promise in the ideas, but the execution is just lame; even by 80s cheese-fest standards. Had this movie felt more campy and fun, and not tried to take itself seriously, then maybe it would have been more tolerable.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Mad props on the use of a midget as a killer garden gnome though.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Recommended only if you have a group of friends to watch/mock with and some booze to help. Even then, be warned that this one is a tough watch.</div><br /><br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><u><b>Verdict</b></u><b>:</b></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/SsVML-gEOmI/AAAAAAAAACs/vNxu8-S36lM/s320/blood.png" style="border: 0pt none;" /><img src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/StPuQ_YmsjI/AAAAAAAAALg/XC8c3eb6yp8/s320/half_blood.png" style="border: 0pt none;" /> </div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><i><b>1 1/2 out of 5</b></i></div><div style="text-align: center;"><i><b>(The half is for the midget) </b></i></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/7123677461411822296-8172853967609300360?l=www.fotd-online.com' alt='' /></div>Jeff K.http://www.blogger.com/profile/02487121582459931508noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7123677461411822296.post-40332911396273659792011-01-08T10:47:00.000-08:002011-01-11T20:09:13.529-08:00Countdown To Zero (2010)<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1572769/" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/TSitix8UPGI/AAAAAAAAAuU/Je8t7VVwIpI/s320/Countdown.jpg" width="215" /></a></div><br /><u><b>Directed By:</b></u><br /><div style="text-align: justify;"><a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1013671/">Lucy Walker</a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><u><b><br /></b></u></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><u><b><br /></b></u></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><u><b>Summing It Up:</b></u></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><u><b> </b></u>Excellent documentary about the history of nuclear weapons and why we need to call for disarmament.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><u><b> </b></u></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><u><b>Quick Thoughts:</b></u>&nbsp;</div>I love a good documentary, and for whatever reason, I have found myself watching more and more&nbsp; of those based around WWII during the last year or so. To be more specific, I have been fascinated with the history, and resulting fallout, from the nuclear weapons that were developed during that war. This film does not cover the war, but instead, it looks at the development and spread of nuclear arms; beginning with the events that led to the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings and carrying into present day.<br /><br />Personally, this film solidified my view that the nuclear problem is something that, though not as talked about as it has been in past years, will probably come back to bite us in the ass somewhere down the line. I learned quite a bit about the proliferation of nuclear weapons and how the various countries that have them came to develop the bombs. There's also a lot of detail on how poorly they are guarded, how easily they can be obtained, and how accident-prone the monitoring and launch systems really can be. Pretty scary stuff when you think about it.<br /><br />In my opinion, this is a must-watch for anyone interested in the subject. Even if you just have a general interest in documentaries, I think you'll find something to take away from this. Great execution and educational value.<br /><br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><u><b>Verdict</b></u><b>:</b></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><img src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/SsVML-gEOmI/AAAAAAAAACs/vNxu8-S36lM/s320/blood.png" style="border: 0pt none;" /><img src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/SsVML-gEOmI/AAAAAAAAACs/vNxu8-S36lM/s320/blood.png" style="border: 0pt none;" /><img src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/SsVML-gEOmI/AAAAAAAAACs/vNxu8-S36lM/s320/blood.png" style="border: 0pt none;" /><img src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/SsVML-gEOmI/AAAAAAAAACs/vNxu8-S36lM/s320/blood.png" style="border: 0pt none;" /> </div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><i><b>4 out of 5</b></i></div><div style="text-align: center;"></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/7123677461411822296-4033291139627365979?l=www.fotd-online.com' alt='' /></div>Jeff K.http://www.blogger.com/profile/02487121582459931508noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7123677461411822296.post-9430145520887412212011-01-07T21:04:00.000-08:002011-01-11T20:10:39.614-08:00Rumpelstiltskin (1995)<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0114306/" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/TSfrxZvzFoI/AAAAAAAAAuQ/I2Zw-QNM4Iw/s320/rumpelstiltskin-movie-poster-1020204737.jpg" width="216" /></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /><u><b>Directed By:</b></u></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0428751/">Mark Jones </a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><u><b><br /></b></u></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><u><b><br /></b></u></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><u><b>Summing It Up:</b></u></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><u><b> </b></u>A young woman finds out that the fairy tale of <b>Rumpelstiltskin</b> is all too real when she accidentally releases the murderous monster from captivity. After he steals her child, she must fight to get the baby back and send <b>Rumpelstiltskin </b>back to where he came from. Unfortunately, the only person who believes her story is a loudmouthed, <b>Jerry Springer</b>-like talk show host.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><u><b> </b></u></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><u><b>Quick Thoughts:</b></u>&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: justify;">Let's get this straight... This movie is a total piece of shit. However, it is a fairly entertaining, and utterly laughable piece of shit. I guess that should be expected though, since Director/Co-Writer <b>Mark Jones</b> is the man responsible for bringing us the <b>Leprechaun</b> character.&nbsp; </div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Like that film, this one features a ridiculous-looking, small-stature creature who spouts off random one-liners while killing people (Seriously, they make little to no sense whatsoever). He also has the stupidest weakness ever (Really? Straw is the best they could do?). Still, somehow the bad dialog, over-the-top acting, cheesy kills, and horrid score managed to keep my attention.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">I first saw this movie about 15 years ago (I own the <b>Republic</b> VHS tape), and while I chuckled at it back then, I now found myself belly-laughing throughout the film. My wife, on the other hand, couldn't take it, and after about twenty minutes, she left and went to bed. That being said, if you like shitty movies, then I think you'll get a kick out of this one.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Oh yeah, and <b>Jones</b> also was a writer for <i><b>The A-Team</b></i> (you know, the TV series <b>Mr. T</b>), so keep an eye out for the scene where the midget monster is driving an 18-wheeler while chasing down a guy in a dune buggy, and he yells out, "I love it when a plan comes together!" It is definitely a WTF?! moment, and I'm sure it has been lost on many a person who isn't up on their obscure crap trivia. </div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><u><b>Verdict</b></u><b>:</b></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><img src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/SsVML-gEOmI/AAAAAAAAACs/vNxu8-S36lM/s320/blood.png" style="border: 0pt none;" /><img src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/SsVML-gEOmI/AAAAAAAAACs/vNxu8-S36lM/s320/blood.png" style="border: 0pt none;" /><img src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/StPuQ_YmsjI/AAAAAAAAALg/XC8c3eb6yp8/s320/half_blood.png" style="border: 0pt none;" /> </div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><i><b>2 1/2 out of 5</b></i></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/7123677461411822296-943014552088741221?l=www.fotd-online.com' alt='' /></div>Jeff K.http://www.blogger.com/profile/02487121582459931508noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7123677461411822296.post-65915848372388335912011-01-06T20:37:00.000-08:002011-01-11T20:11:24.932-08:00The Vault Of Horror (1973) [PG-rated US DVD Cut]<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070868/" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/TSflZtClmBI/AAAAAAAAAuM/yRW5EbX0KB4/s320/VaultOfHorror.jpg" width="214" /></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /><u><b>Directed By:</b></u></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001928/">Roy Ward Baker </a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><u><b><br /></b></u></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><u><b><br /></b></u></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><u><b>Summing It Up:</b></u></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><u><b> </b></u>The second <b>Amicus </b>anthology based on <b>EC Comics</b>' <i><b>Tales From The Crypt</b></i> series. Five men wind up in the basement vault of an office building where they each share their own horrific stories.<b><i></i></b></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><u><b> </b></u></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><u><b>Quick Thoughts:</b></u>&nbsp;</div>As I said in my post on the original <b><i>Tales From The Crypt</i></b> (read it <a href="http://www.fotd-online.com/2011/01/tales-from-crypt-1972.html"><b>HERE</b></a>), I am a huge fan of the old <b>EC</b> comic book series. Still this was the first time that I ever got around to watching this particular film in its entirety. I'm glad that I did, but I wish I had watched something other than the DVD edition that <b>FOX</b> released (it was included as part of a two-pack with 1972's <b><i>Tales From The Crypt</i></b>).<br /><br />To be more specific, I am referring to the fact that the version of the film on that disc (the <i>only</i> US DVD version of the film that is available outside of fan-made bootlegs) is cut from its original R-rated form into a PG-rated edition. How did they do it? Well, they simply chose to cut the death scenes out and insert awkward still frames from each of them. Yes, that looks as ridiculous as it sounds... <br /><br />That being said, the cuts don't really ruin the film, per se. In fact, they make it kind of laughable in a way. Don't get me wrong, I'm not advocating this version (I think it was originally cut this way for TV broadcast), and if the British DVD versions - which are uncut - didn't have awful transfers, I would pick one of them up. However, I don't feel that this film warrants another purchase unless a pristine, uncut version surfaces (maybe on Blu-ray?).<br /><br />All in all, it's a fun movie; though slightly less entertaining than the original <b><i>Tales</i></b> film that was made the year before (this was supposed to be a sequel of sorts). The rating below pertains to this (poorly) edited edition. Had it been uncut, I would have given it a half-splatter more (the same as I gave <b><i>Tales</i></b>).<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><u><b>Verdict</b></u><b>:</b></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><img src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/SsVML-gEOmI/AAAAAAAAACs/vNxu8-S36lM/s320/blood.png" style="border: 0pt none;" /><img src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/SsVML-gEOmI/AAAAAAAAACs/vNxu8-S36lM/s320/blood.png" style="border: 0pt none;" /><img src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/SsVML-gEOmI/AAAAAAAAACs/vNxu8-S36lM/s320/blood.png" style="border: 0pt none;" /> </div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><i><b>3 out of 5</b></i></div><div style="text-align: center;"></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/7123677461411822296-6591584837238833591?l=www.fotd-online.com' alt='' /></div>Jeff K.http://www.blogger.com/profile/02487121582459931508noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7123677461411822296.post-53004800906053683942011-01-05T16:41:00.000-08:002011-01-11T20:11:58.616-08:00Tales From The Crypt (1972)<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0069341/" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/TSZiOnHw98I/AAAAAAAAAuE/Q5HMCp1HZtU/s320/TalesfromtheCrypt.jpg" width="212" /></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /><u><b>Directed By:</b></u></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Freddie Francis <u><b></b></u></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><u><b><br /></b></u></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><u><b>Summing It Up:</b></u></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><u><b> </b></u>The original <b>Amicus </b>anthology based on <b>EC Comics</b>' seminal horror comic series. Five strangers find themselves lost in a catacomb where the Crypt Keeper shows each of them their horrific fate.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><u><b> </b></u></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><u><b>Quick Thoughts:</b></u>&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: justify;">I am a huge fan of the original comic series, and I am a firm believer that <b>HBO</b>'s TV series of the same name is the best horror anthology show ever produced (Well, except for the 7th season... Yikes!). However, believe it or not, I had never seen the original <b>Amicus</b> films based on the comics. Well, I can now say that I have seen one of them - the other, <b><i>The Vault Of Horror</i></b>, will probably follow shortly.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Overall, <b><i>Tales From The Crypt</i></b> is a nice little anthology film. Of course, it didn't hurt that I was already familiar with most of the stories in it from have read them in the books or seen updated versions on the show. Still, it was fun to see the older productions; even if the clothing styles were often scarier than the stories themselves (I kid you not, one of them even features people wearing Shriners hats!).</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">The standouts here are the tale of the homicidal Santa Claus (<b><i>And All Through The House</i></b>) and the one where the cruel man running a home for the blind gets his just desserts (<b><i>Blind Alleys</i></b>). Again, I was probably biased more towards these because they were also two of my favorites from the TV series.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">Bottom line: If you still have yet to watch this, do so now; especially if you are a fan of property.</div><br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><u><b>Verdict</b></u><b>:</b></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><img src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/SsVML-gEOmI/AAAAAAAAACs/vNxu8-S36lM/s320/blood.png" style="border: 0pt none;" /><img src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/SsVML-gEOmI/AAAAAAAAACs/vNxu8-S36lM/s320/blood.png" style="border: 0pt none;" /><img src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/SsVML-gEOmI/AAAAAAAAACs/vNxu8-S36lM/s320/blood.png" style="border: 0pt none;" /><img src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/StPuQ_YmsjI/AAAAAAAAALg/XC8c3eb6yp8/s320/half_blood.png" style="border: 0pt none;" /> </div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><i><b>3 1/2 out of 5</b></i></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/7123677461411822296-5300480090605368394?l=www.fotd-online.com' alt='' /></div>Jeff K.http://www.blogger.com/profile/02487121582459931508noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7123677461411822296.post-18600338647636272812011-01-04T21:20:00.000-08:002011-01-11T20:12:45.266-08:00Four Lions (2010)<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1341167/" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/TSfiWGrBOOI/AAAAAAAAAuI/4pkSPfXCdIU/s320/Four_Lions_poster.jpg" width="213" /></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /><u><b>Directed By:</b></u><br />Christopher Morris <br /><br /><u><b> </b></u><br /><u><b>Summing It Up:</b></u><br /><u><b> </b></u>A bumbling group of British jihadists attempt to plan a terrorist attack. Comedy ensues.<br /><br /><u><b> </b></u><br /><u><b>Quick Thoughts:</b></u>&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: justify;">I heard a lot of positive buzz about this film, so I was rather curious to check out. Glad to say that it lived up to the hype.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"></div><div style="text-align: justify;"></div><div style="text-align: justify;"></div><div style="text-align: justify;"></div><div style="text-align: justify;">If the concept sounds like somewhat of a touchy subject, that's probably because, for a lot of folks, it is. However, if you can put your political correctness aside for an hour-and-a-half, I think you'll find that the movie itself is quite hilarious. Just think&nbsp; of it as the a modern day Three Stooges film; only the Stooges are British Muslims bent on waging Holy War.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"></div><div style="text-align: justify;"></div><div style="text-align: justify;"></div><div style="text-align: justify;"></div><div style="text-align: justify;">This movie made it onto a lot of critics' "Best-Of" lists for 2010, and I can understand why. Give it a shot if you have the chance.</div><br /><br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><u><b>Verdict</b></u><b>:</b></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><img src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/SsVML-gEOmI/AAAAAAAAACs/vNxu8-S36lM/s320/blood.png" style="border: 0pt none;" /><img src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/SsVML-gEOmI/AAAAAAAAACs/vNxu8-S36lM/s320/blood.png" style="border: 0pt none;" /><img src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/SsVML-gEOmI/AAAAAAAAACs/vNxu8-S36lM/s320/blood.png" style="border: 0pt none;" /><img src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/SsVML-gEOmI/AAAAAAAAACs/vNxu8-S36lM/s320/blood.png" style="border: 0pt none;" /> </div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><i><b>4 out of 5</b></i></div><div style="text-align: center;"></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/7123677461411822296-1860033864763627281?l=www.fotd-online.com' alt='' /></div>Jeff K.http://www.blogger.com/profile/02487121582459931508noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7123677461411822296.post-26082361704758988502011-01-03T16:20:00.000-08:002011-01-11T20:15:48.821-08:00Daybreakers (2010)<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0433362/" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/TSZcqRjDbiI/AAAAAAAAAuA/cMAkLnkNwmc/s320/daybreakers_ver5.jpg" width="223" /></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><b><u>Directed By</u>:</b><br /><a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1294961/">Michael Spierig</a><br /><a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1294962/">Peter Spierig</a><br /><br /><br /><u><b>Summing It Up:</b></u></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><u><b> </b></u>One of the better vampire-themed films of the last few years. There's a decent amount of action and gore with some cool visuals. I dug the Noir-ish feel.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><u><b> </b></u></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><u><b>Quick Thoughts:</b></u>&nbsp;</div>I wasn't blown away by the <b>Spierig Brothers</b>' film, <b><i>Undead</i></b>, like many others were. Don't get me wrong, it was very good for what it was - a self-financed zombie film with studio-quality effects done on a home computer - but, to me, it was rather obvious that it was a "first film." In other words, it was uneven.<br /><br />Because of this, I wasn't sure how <b><i>Daybreakers</i></b> - a futuristic film set in a society where vampires make up the majority of the population and the human blood supply is almost wiped out - would wind up. This might be why I missed it in theaters and then let my Netflix rental sit on the shelf for a couple months (yes, I am <i>that</i> guy) before watching it. Well, imagine my surprise when it turned out to be a pretty fun movie.<br /><br />Sure there is societal commentary buried in there somewhere, but mostly, I enjoyed watching vampires be mean and fuck shit up; something that the <b><i>Twilight</i></b> franchise seems to have taken away from us. It was also pretty cool that the film had a very Noir-like feel to it.<br /><br />Anyway, nothing to rave about, but still a decent way to spend an hour-and-a-half of your time. The Blu-ray looked and sounded excellent, and the 2-hour making-of feature was very insightful.<br /><br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><u><b>Verdict</b></u><b>:</b></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><img src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/SsVML-gEOmI/AAAAAAAAACs/vNxu8-S36lM/s320/blood.png" style="border: 0pt none;" /><img src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/SsVML-gEOmI/AAAAAAAAACs/vNxu8-S36lM/s320/blood.png" style="border: 0pt none;" /><img src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/SsVML-gEOmI/AAAAAAAAACs/vNxu8-S36lM/s320/blood.png" style="border: 0pt none;" /><img src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ppvxahoo3qg/StPuQ_YmsjI/AAAAAAAAALg/XC8c3eb6yp8/s320/half_blood.png" style="border: 0pt none;" /> </div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><i><b>3 1/2 out of 5</b></i></div><div style="text-align: center;"><i><b> </b></i></div><div style="text-align: center;"><i><b> </b></i></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/7123677461411822296-2608236170475898850?l=www.fotd-online.com' alt='' /></div>Jeff K.http://www.blogger.com/profile/02487121582459931508noreply@blogger.com0