Saturday, February 28, 2009

Review: Halloween {2007}

When my father put this title in, I was already wary, since I'd vowed to never see this movie. But, I figured why not give it a try? I've been trying to try everything at least once now, in order to broaden my horizons. So I sat back, and got ready for a viewing experience.

And oh I got an experience, alright.

The first ten minutes of the movie is a swear-fest, and it looks like it was filmed in the house of the winner of 'The Life and Times of Trailer Trash'.

Whoever thought that giving a movie killer a background made them scarier was wrong. Especially one as retarded as this. Oh no! Michael Myers became a serial killer because his step daddy was mean to him! LAME. I find killers are more mysterious when their backgrounds are not explained, and it makes them way more volatile.

This movie makes it clear, at least to me, that Rob Zombie needs to stop writing the movies he directs. Since all of his characters are trailer park denizens with some of the filthiest mouths I've ever seen.

The continuity was ridiculous, not to mention the plot. I'm all for suspension of disbelief in movies, but this was just dumb. How would he know what his sister looks like after all these years? Why does he want to kill her, since he didn't seem all that inclined to when he was a kid?

All in all, the original Michael Myers was way more effective, since he wasn't hulking around like a 6'6" wrestler with horrific strength, killing fornicating teenagers every few minutes.

Grade: F

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Review: Hard-Boiled

"More exciting than a dozen Die Hards!"

Awesome action movie! No throat chopping like in 'Taken', but I give it 4 throat chops out of five. Chow Yun-Fat is really charismatic in this film, he and Tony Leung make the movie amazing. Watch out for two epic gunfights; one in a warehouse and one in a hospital. Bonus for a guy's pants catching on fire and a baby peeing it out!

And if that doesn't make you want to see it, I don't know what will.

Grade: B

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Review: City of God {Cidade de Deus}

This was an amazing, brutal movie. Once it starts, it doesn't stop, and was able to hold my attention for the entirety of the film. I felt sympathy for a lot of the characters, mostly because I could see that there was no way a lot of them would be able to escape the cycle of violence, which is pointed out very well in the film, particularly towards the end when we see The Brats. This is a very absorbing film, and one of the best I've ever seen.

Grade: A