Friday, December 06, 2013
Another hard-hitting true story, this time about a young and innocent 14 year old student who falls for the popular sports coach leading to a disturbing affair.
Gary Cole plays a horrible part, and plays it well. You can never tell if he is on the brink of obsession or whether he's just a pervert intent of luring a young girl into a torrid relationship behind his wife's back.
Nicholle Tom (whom I remember from 'Beethoven') is excellent in her part. You feel frustration, anger and sympathy for her throughout.
A taboo if not familiar story by now.
This was a really dire film. The quality was awful which didn't help, but there were no credible or standout performances at all.
A young woman sets out to prove a man has been wrongly convicted of armed robbery and murder. In the process she puts her own life at risk from the violent gang who did perform the task.
Thursday, December 05, 2013
I always find myself feeling bad if I have a negative review to say about a noir, it's like I'm personally taking a swipe at it. I can't help it here however, as this film doesn't deserve much credit at all. One reviewer called the characters 'cardboard-like' and I have to say that I agree. Angela Lansbury doesn't really have the personality to be a 'femme fatale' and Keith Andes is neither charming or exciting to watch as the lead role. Andes starts an affair with Lansbury after she approaches him with a business proposition involving the purchasing of some land. However, before long he starts to panic that both she and her husband are plotting to kill him, but cannot get anyone to believe him.
The acting isn't brilliant, and the plot is diluted far too much. In short, just not a very good film.
I think this film must be every parent's nightmare. You trust your children to someone and they betray you.
Nicollette Sheridan plays struggling single mother Anna, who leaves her abusive husband and moves into a rented property with her three young children. Soon after arriving she befriends the next door neighbours Donna and Garrett to the extent that they sometimes babysit her children when she is doing late shifts at the bars she works in.
After a while however, the couple start to become rather personal, and rather pushy, demanding to look after the children even when Anna wants to have them at home with her. On an outing to the park one day Anna turns her back to purchase tickets to one of the rides for the six of them, and when she looks back finds that Garrett, Donna and two of her children have disappeared.
A Capitol Police Officer takes his daughter for a tour of the White House and is caught up in a terrifying hostage situation involving the President. Jamie Foxx is very convincing as the President and actually I liked how he had a sense of dry humour but seemed kind and decent as well (apparently they aren't basing this on anyone we know). Channing Tatum normally has as much appeal as a blank wall, but here he really acted his socks off, and comes across as the kind of person who you would want to protect you if you were in power.
I watched this quite soon after 'Olympus Has Fallen' and actually preferred it which I was surprised by. Tatum and Foxx make a good and realistic team.
I liked it, I was gripped, and I thought in general that the graphics and photography were very impressive. Watch this over the former.
Wednesday, December 04, 2013
This was a surprisingly hard hitting movie. I really resonated with the lead star, who falls in love with an abusive guy who treats her hideously but will not let her go.
Stacy is a shy and innocent 16 year old student, who finds herself in a relationship with the school's most popular 'jock' Bobby who appears to take a shine to her.
Thing start off well, and at first Stacy is flattered by Bobby's constant attention. But soon it becomes uncomfortable and his possessiveness leaves a trail of mental and physical abuse behind it. When Stacy's closest friend notices the tell-tail signs of violence on Stacy, she convinces her to break things off. Stacy can't resist going to meet Bobby one more time however...
Tragic waste of life. Based on a true story. Very sad.
The thing with these films is that they are meant to be gruesome. There's not escaping it. They are based around a vile topic, and there is no way of covering it up.
The first film was hideous, but at least it was original, whereas this sequel was an utter shambles.
A psychotic loaner is obsessed with the first film, so much so that he decides to recreate the picture, frame by frame. To do this he entices some people to an empty building and kidnaps others.
The rest of the film is about how he tries to replicate the first 'Human Centipede' but fails horrifically.
No point in watching this whatsoever.
A couple begin to experience scary and unsettling things in their home which they later find out is the result of a college experiment that has unleashed something very evil into the air.
There is really not a huge amount I can say in favour of this film. Tom Felton from 'Harry Potter' is in it, but that doesn't mean much when you think of how awful the film actually comes across.
Not worth a watch.
This was quite a good storyline. Usually the plots of these Lifetime films follow the same type of formula and I was no different here.
A young and attractive cheerleader becomes the obsession of an older man that she meets at one of her performances. Little does she know that he is married with children, and once their relationship has become intense she also falls prey to an unnamed stalker, intent on cutting the affair off once and for all.
Worth a watch.
You can never expect much from The Asylum film company, after all, they live to make bad films.
This wasn't awful, but when you compare it to 'When a Stranger Calls' (which it is OBVIOUSLY based on) then it just seems a bit of a joke.
A young teen is left to take care of a child as a babysitter while the parents go out for the evening. At first she is pleased to be alone, but soon begins to receive threatening and abusive calls from an unknown number.
I think you can guess the rest so I won't 'spoil' it for you. Not very well acted though.
One of the other posters for this has '24 hours, 1 Partridge' on it. This just about sums the film up. There is only one Alan Partridge, and here he is, being forced into the task of liaising with one of his fellow DJ's Paddy who is holding North Norfolk Digital under siege after being 'let go' due to poor ratings. As Alan is the only person Paddy will communicate with, it is up to him to try and save the day (and the hostages) whilst maintaining his professional exterior.
Alan is a bit useless to be honest, he gets himself in more trouble trying to outdo his mentally deranged friend than any normal person would. He falls out a window with his trousers down, fantasises about becoming Jason Statham, and shows his genitals to the paparazzi.
It was very weird watching Alan without the canned laughter, and I must say I missed it a bit. It wasn't constantly funny like the series is either but then again it's obviously difficult to maintain 'funny' for an hour and a half.
Michael is there, and Lynn of course, but they have both aged drastically, which is strange, because Alan looks almost identical. (If my memory serves me correctly, wasn't he nearly fifty in the 1990s TV show?!)
Anyway, there are some classic moments, and really, it's a funny film.
Watch if you are a fan of 'The Partridge.'
Friday, November 29, 2013
I was so surprised by this film, mostly because Carole Landis's acting is awful! There is no describing that she was a beautiful woman and her death was tragic, but she performed like a piece of wood.
William Gargan plays a cop in charge of investigating the murder of a well known blackmailer, who's body is found full of bullets on the sidewalk next to the station.
After seeing the name of a would be mayor's daughter in his address book, she is brought in for questioning, as well as the estranged wife of the blackmailer and her new beau.
It was quite a slow story, and not one of my favourites.
I only found out after I had finished watching this that it was based on a true event from the 80s. That's always going to freak me out a lot more than normal, especially with my current circumstances.
Laura Black lands a lucrative job in a company that she adores. On her first day she meets a friendly but strange man named Richard. Laura sees them as just work colleagues, but Richard is convinced they are not only going out, but are meant to be together forever.
Brooke Shields does a good job here with a decent script, and Richard Thomas is terrifying as the unhinged stalker.
After the true case occurred, there was a new anti-stalking law passed. That at least, is something.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
I was a bit peeved to discover at the end that this was a Powell and Pressburger movie. Generally the quality of their films is outstanding, but this didn't do much for me after the first 20 minutes or so. Getting deeper into the film seemed a bit like watching 'The Lost Weekend' and I came out of the experience feeling depressed and miserable.
The lead character Sammy is full of woe and self-pity, in a way that renders him utterly unlikeable, and none of the other characters have anything that I could convey as emphatic personalities. He spends his time working as a scientist doing research in a hidden 'Back Room' in London and drinking the evenings away.
In particular the girlfriend of Sammy was awful. Wimpish, with no self respect or anything about her, she clings on to him like a sack of potatoes, regardless of how badly he treats her.
Not one of the ones I would recommend from the otherwise great duo.
Very silly but quite amusing anyway. 'Hell Baby' comes across a bit like a 'Scary Movie' or 'A Haunted House' in the spoof galleries of film. A young couple move in to what they think is a nice house but before long start hearing stories of murders that have been committed in the house. Added to which, the wife is pregnant with what seems to be an unusually large baby, or is it something more sinister?
I couldn't say that there are actually any 'scary' parts, but there are a few jumps here and there, interspersed with typical American humour.
I thought it was quite good, and didn't feel like my time had been completely wasted which is always a bonus.
Saturday, November 23, 2013
Just not a very good story.
Give it a miss.
Why Isla Fisher is in a film about Scottish body snatching I have no idea, she has one of the worst accents I have ever heard. This film isn't meant to be too much of a 'homage' to the two men, more a general romp around with a few laughs chucked in. Despite being labeled 'outrageously funny' by the Daily Star (hardy a reputable newspaper at that) it really isn't, and although I raised a smile a few times, most of the film was just too silly to be taken seriously.
Starts off quite well for a 'found footage' movie, but then descends into a complete chaotic mess. At the end it's really just absurd and I don't really get it. Saying that I don't get many horror movies but I still continue to watch them. To be fair there are a few jumpy moments which is more than can be said for many horror movies.
A group of cheerleaders - known as the 'Fab Five' dominate their school in Texas by abusing, bullying and dominating their fellow students and teachers. They also post provocative film online and send indecent texts to their cheerleading coach's colleague.
Once they are 'outed' they barely get a smack on the wrist, and so the strong willed coach decides to go to the school board, and then to the press with the exploits.
Fascinating stuff. Look up the real case for more information.
Friday, November 22, 2013
'Eye of the Stalker' is a suitably creepy film from the nineties. It is estimated that 5% of the female population in America will be stalked at some point during their lifetime, and this is one of the stories.
A young art student named Beth becomes the obsession of a disturbed individual named Stephen who catches sight of her at the University he teaches (the same one she attends). Once he has her in his sights he becomes fixated on her every move and begins to intrude on her life and try to split up her relationship with her boyfriend. With many stalkers, 'no' is not in their vocabulary, so when he is told to stay away from her by her mother (a prominent judge in the area) it only serves to ignite his intense feelings for her.
It's a scary film, and I think stalking is a very real and very terrifying problem that needs to be stamped out as soon as possible.
'Fatal Vows' is a really awful film. Not in it's acting but because of the sheer audacity of a man who thinks he can abuse and betray his devoted wife and that she will stand by his side throughout everything (even when he turns out to be a serial killer). It's based on a true story as well, so that makes it all the more heart-breaking to watch, especially when the wife's son is hurt.
There are some hideous people in the world, and it's even more of a shock when you think that you know everything about a person and find that they have a deranged double life.
It's quite a sweet film, with a couple of funky songs, but it's probably not one that I would see again.
'Hold Your Breath' is ridiculous. It consists of stupid, half naked teens, one of the worst sex scenes ever, and a supposedly 'terrifying' graveyard that you are supposed to hold your breath in otherwise you will be possessed by an evil spirit.
A load of annoying characters end up stuck in an abandoned prison when their car breaks down. They spend a lot of time wandering around areas of the prison and having sex and generally being annoying. The area they spend the most time in was the scene of an execution 50 years ago of a serial murderer, and what a surprise, his evil spirit begins to take over the group.
Brian Austin Green becomes infatuated with the recently divorced best friend of his mother and they start an affair.
It's quite poorly acted, and in some scenes almost embarrassing. Nothing much happens really except for this drawn out romp that doesn't even last that long.
Give it a miss.
'Social Nightmare' is an exceedingly good film. I didn't even realise it was Daryl Hannah until I looked up the synopsis afterwards.
Hannah and her young daughter Kat have a close relationship and share everything together. But out of no where her daughter becomes the victim of a social profile hacker who puts up inappropriate photos and comments up on her private account. Kat and her best friend Emily's friendship hangs in the balance when Emily suspects (understandably) that her friend is trying to betray her after viewing horrible comments about herself that have been posted from Kat's account.
Kat's mother is understandably devastated on behalf of her daughter, and vows to stand by her. But is she as supportive as she seems?
'Hotel Reserve' is a bit of a hidden gem. It's got a lot of espionage and spying in it and James Mason at his peak. (I am becoming a huge fan of films involving spies)
Mason is a medical student and amateur photographer on holiday in France and staying at the Hotel Reserve. Along with him are many other characters, some normal, and some strange. After taking photographs of wildlife he is suddenly hustled down to the local police station and accused of spying. Unable to understand what is going on, he is asked to show the photographs on his camera. At the end of the roll are photographs of naval bases that he didn't take. But who did?!
Mason begins to suspect everyone at the hotel, and some surprising secrets come out the woodwork. It was obvious who the culprit was but still very enjoyable.
Very well acted, especially Mason and a suitable sleazy Herbert Lom (always a highlight in every film.)
Friday, November 15, 2013
This is a surprisingly well acted movie about the dangers of being young and promiscuous. Hannah is a shy and naïve 14 year old girl from a religious family. Her friends spend their time sleeping with as many men as possible and it is only when Hannah is approached by the 'hottest' guy in school, that she falls pray to his charming yet manipulative ways. When it turns out that she has given in to his affections, other secrets surface from her friends, leading to heart-breaking results.
A good moral film.
This was rather a good movie, and Keri Russell was at her most beautiful and bubbly. She stars as an 18 year old babysitter who becomes attracted and infatuated by her boss after his wife is mysteriously murdered. It's quite a gripping story, but quite obvious who the culprit is almost immediately.
'Fatal Love' was a film that I started watching on the assumption that it was actually another film. When it got to the nitty gritty of the topic of AIDS I realised that I had made a mistake. I'm not usually a big fan of giving up on films half way through so I stuck it out, and although Molly Ringwald does a very good job of portraying AIDS sufferer Alison Gertz it's still an incredibly depressing topic it's not something I would've actively chosen to watch a film about.
I must admit I have a certain fondness for movies regarding obsessive people/relationships. I have been on the receiving end of an obsessed ex partner and it's very scary, but it doesn't stop me enjoying films of the same topic, safe in the knowledge that it never got this far.
Shannen Doherty is pretty good in this actually, before she shot to fame in the 'Charmed' series.
She plays a young lady who becomes infatuated with an older man, and when he decides to call time on the relationship, she turns nasty.
I suppose as the cover says, it is a bit like 'Fatal Attraction' although of course that takes the number 1 title of most obsessive movie.
I remember watching this movie a few years ago and it really got to me. Since then I've read in detail the background of the real life case and felt I wanted to watch it again to see if it was still as powerful. It was.
Tori Spelling plays the unpleasant but utterly popular high school cheerleader who becomes the object of newcomer Kellie Martin's affection, leading to tragic consequences.
It's quite a relatable film in some way, especially the overwhelming desire to 'fit in' at school that makes us do crazy things. Obviously the events in this film are rare, but the pressure nowadays to not be perfect or look a certain way can have a very negative effect on some people.
Friday, November 08, 2013
Not a bad film at all, especially considering all the actors are practically unknown. Explores the lengths of obsession that one woman will go to when the married man she is seeing breaks off their affair. She will do anything to have her revenge, even seducing his younger son.
Good performances. Jennie Garth should be more famous.
Okay, yes, I admit it, I'm now a Predator convert. I have spent the last decade or so putting myself off watching this, and it was only when my boyfriend put it on and practically chained me to the bed to watch it did I realise that it was actually pretty good. Granted, Schwarzenegger is a hilarious actor (unintentionally of course) but the story is really gripping, and when we had also seen a behind the scenes look at how the 'Predator' costume was designed it made it a lot more interesting to me. This movie is quite ahead of it's time when you look at how some of the scenes are filmed (including the heat detector).
Now I have seen it, I realise how exciting it is that two worldwide blockbusters decided to come together and incorporate their stories (Alien vs. Predator). I can't wait to see it.
Although the title of the film is a sneak preview of how bad the movie actually is, the premise looks quite good. It's not. It's one of those awful films that you realise 20 minutes in is going to get worse and worse. I'm not one to give up on films half way through and usually try and stick them out if I can. I sort of wished I had done that here. I like movies based around haunted buildings, but only if when you finally see the ghost or entity, it's actually worthwhile. This was sort of a joke, and there was no way it was going to induce any sort of fear in me.
Loads more horror films with greater ratings. This was a waste of time.
Thursday, November 07, 2013
Saturday, October 19, 2013
A doll being possessed by the soul of a psychotic murderer named Charles 'Chucky' is quite a good idea for a horror film. It's certainly unique, and it's got enough material to spawn a number of sequels. Definitely a must see for horror fans.
Friday, October 18, 2013
I'm not against sequels, in fact occasionally you can find one that is very good and sometimes (*shudder*) even better than the original. This is not better than the original, and in fact I'm deciding whether this might be one of the worst films I have seen this year. The acting is horrendous, almost funny in fact, the plot is as holey as a fishing net, and the characters are ghastly. Not really scary (as in the first film) but just really stupid. The main character, a girl called Stretch (for God's sake don't ask why!) runs around screaming and shrieking with a simplistic look on her face but doesn't seem to appreciate the basic fundamental do's and don'ts of running away from maniacs. She likes hovering around, shouting out 'who's there?' every thirty seconds, tripping herself up on virtually anything and generally making as much noise as possible so that she will be caught. (Do you ever notice in horror films how loudly the characters breathe when they are hiding from their captors? Well she sounds like a warthog with a cold).
'The Internship' has a fair few laughs, and does come across as an original film, but my god you couldn't possibly take something like this seriously.
Vaughn and Wilson play two friends in dire need or fun and worthwhile jobs. By lying on their CV's, they manage to wrangle their way into becoming interns at Google. However, various challenges that they have to face, tasks that they have to complete, and horrible people that they have to have daily contact with, serve to push their self esteem and faith in themselves to the limit.
On the plus side, working at Google looks AMAZING, (although going to strip clubs with your colleagues seems a little far-fetched...)
Worth a watch, but not to buy.
Quite a decent thriller, and I suppose it does have 'film noir' qualities about it, but parts of the film lagged, and I was a tad disappointed with Charlotte Rampling's performance (especially as she is usually brilliant). Gabriel Byrne plays a troubled DI who is covering the case of a man murdered in his flat. By chance, he becomes enthralled by Anna, a mysterious and lonely woman who seems to know more about the murder than she lets on. Is she involved?
Quite a good experience, but certain things just didn't hold my interest.
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Erm no, this is nothing like 'The Sixth Sense'. That was good and genuinely haunting and scary. This is not. Robert De Niro plays a 'real psychic' who Weaver and Murphy are desperate to uncover as a fraud. They just don't seem to be able to find any hoax material on him. Slow, badly paced and the acting was unforgettable. Pointless.
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Nothing new here, although a few jumps and especially bad if you have problems with dolls.
Moderately funny, but nothing to get too worked up about, this movie features Adam Sandler in the role he loves best, that of a quirky, not very funny, hard done-by bloke. After a misunderstanding, Sandler meets a woman he believes is meant for him. The thing is, he has always worn his wedding ring (despite the marriage ending when he was a teen) so that women will not want commitment from him. He therefore has to convince his new girlfriend that he is getting divorced from his wife and she believes him. This is so that she doesn't The only thing is that he doesn't have a wife, only a good friend (Aniston). After a lot of begging, he persuades her to play along as his soon-to-be-divorced spouse, as well as her two children.
Of course there are some funny moments, but the standout performances have to be from Aniston's two children, one of whom spends the whole movie speaking in an awful cockney accent in preparation for going to drama school. Sandler gets annoying after a while.
Monday, October 14, 2013
Having never watched any of this franchise it was rather exciting for me to get to see the first in the series the other day.
However, my excitement disappeared rapidly when I realised how awfully dated and cheesy the whole thing was. I can't actually see what all the fuss is about. Rather like 'Sleepaway Camp' (which spawned plenty of sequels but was utterly stupid to watch) this was a typical slasher from the 1980s, although it really can't compare to anything like Halloween or Texas Chainsaw.
Jason, the main 'star' of these films, is only viewed for about 3 seconds near the end of the film, so I would imagine that I will end up seeing the next one just to see if he makes a more lengthy appearance (a rather clever marketing ploy I think).
Children are disappearing at an alarming rate from the mining town of Cold Rock. After Biel's child is taken, she sets out to discover the truth about who or what is taking the children, and how come the townsfolk seem to know so much more than they are letting on.
The story starts off in a reasonable way, but the end is actually a joke.