Hey Boys and Girls! This is Movie Goer Grim, and I've been brought back from the lonely astroplanes this one time, to spread my thoughts and ideas concerning the latest releases on DVD!
To kick things off, we will cover the remake of the 1980's classic "The Fog". In this version, we find everyone trapped within an eerie mist; the residents of Antonio Bay have become the unwitting victims of a unpleasant vengeance. One hundred years ago, a ship carrying lepers was purposely lured onto the rocky coastline and sunk, drowning all aboard. Now they are back; long dead mariners who have waited a century for their revenge. Seeking out the descendants of those responsible for their deaths, they lurk enshrouded within a supernatural fog of terror.
For the most part the movie was fair, the body of the story was entertaining, and of course the special effects were outstanding. The downfall to this film was the acting; it was too overdone, almost a post of melodrama!
I could not completely get into this one. Throughout the entire feature I was waiting for Tom Welling (TV's Superman of Smallville), to run up to the camera and open his shirt, revealing the big red "S", saying, "This is a job for Superman."
For this little fiasco, I could only dish up One Howl of Pleasure.
Next on the hit list is an independent French film (which was dubbed in English), entitled "High Tension." Yes, this is the same movie that Balcony Betty reviewed, but I felt it needed to be re-reviewed and given its proper due.
Now, let me say that I do not disagree with Betty's view of the movie! In fact I believe most of you people out there would more than likely see it her way than mine, that is unless you are one of two types of people. 1) Someone who understands and follows old foreign films, or 2) Some sick bastard that likes to see copious amounts of blood.
For me though, I am a little of both and will openly admit that I enjoyed it. The movie reminded me of the poorly-made horror films that I used to watch when "Elvira" still had a TV show back when I was a kid.
"High Tension" was a bloody fun movie. My personal favorite part of the movie was the huge saw to a man's face and the ending twist--I never saw it coming! I give this foreign blood bath Two and a Half Howls of Pleasure!
Then we have our next movie, called, "Flightplan." I was hopeful when I heard that Academy Award winner Jodie Foster (The Silence of the Lambs) stared in this movie. Fly some 40,000 feet in a state-of-the-art aircraft that She helped design, and Kyle Pratt's (Foster) six-year-old daughter, Julia, vanishes without a trace. Or did she? No one on the plane believes the little girl was EVER on board. And now Kyle, desperate and alone, can only count on her own wits to unravel the mystery and save her daughter.
I was sadly disappointed with this flick; I had high hopes that this was going to be an action packed movie. But it was just the opposite. I found it rather dull and just not believable! No where did this film say it was sci-fi or futuristic; it was overly fake! Anyone who has any type of knowledge of lift, drag, or the point of angle of attack, would know that this 'state-of-the-art plane' could not work. Sorry guys.
I could only stomach giving this picture a mere Half a Howl of Pleasure, and also suggest everyone go waste 98 minutes and see just how dumb this movie really was!
The fourth film I would like to go over is Gwyneth Paltrow and Anthony Hopkins (The Silence of the Lambs), in "Proof."
It's a powerful story of a young woman haunted by her father's past and the shadow of her own future. Catherine (Paltrow) has devoted years to caring for her brilliant but mentally unstable father, Robert (Hopkins), a mathematical genius. But when his genius slips away, he leaves behind a mystery that affects her life--and her own sanity.
This film will have you from start to finish, with a superb cast and brilliant story--I had it give it Three strong Howls of Pleasure!
The final flick I will be covering this month, is a "Focus Feature" (which I said last year would be the NEXT big production studio, and they ARE!). Bill Murray stars in the comedic story of an aging Don Juan who hits the road on a revealing and humorous cross-country journey. When a mysterious pink letter informs Don Johnston (Murray) that he may have a 19-year-old son, he visits four former lovers, where he comes face to face with the errors of his past and the possibilities of the future. This was yet another great "artsy" film done by Focus Features. At the end of this movie, it leaves you still thinking. I myself enjoyed it to the point of going out and buying the DVD. For "Broken Flower," I am happy to give Four and a Half Howls of Pleasure!
Well that's it for me folks, I have enjoyed coming back and covering these films with you. I want to thank Balcony Betty for being kind enough to let me have another go around with the reviews.
And speaking of our monthly movie mogul, she'll be back next month, to enlighten all of you with her thoughts and wisdom. But wish me luck, if all goes well I may be ready for another guest cameo in June! Remember, the best opinion is your own, so go out there and review the movies I've covered and then let me know your thoughts.
Until next time, this is Moviegoer Grim, saying, "That's all, folks!"
Take it away Rick...
Hey, gang, it's Reaper Rick, feeling a little 'down' this month, so I'm
only able to handle a quickie. Was able to see a couple of flicks from
my bed this past week, one of them not so old, but the other one is a
film that came out several years ago.
First off, I finally got to see "Shuan of the Dead." Now, we all love
zombie movies, right? As long as they have at least something new or
different in them, right? Normally, British made movies--and zombie
flicks, especially--tend to be a bit 'off track.' Case in point:
"Undead." Really poor effort, although the first few minutes were pretty
Anyway, "Shaun" was a different animal, altogether. They worked the
coming of the 'dead' a totally new way, as far as I could tell, and at
least as far as the main character was concerned. And the best part of
the whole movie was that it 'was' funny, all the way through. Here's
this poor schmow, wandering through his useless life, while all around
him people are turning into zombies, and he's oblivious to the whole
thing. And it's done very well--it's funny! Granted, there were some
serious moments, even a few sad moments, but they were overshadowed by
the humor. I don't even know who was in this flick, but if you are a fan
of zombie films, at all, you have to see this one. It's well worth the
price of a DVD rental. While not Oscar material, I give "Shaun of the
Dead" a good Three Howls of Real Pleasure.
The other movie I want to review is an older favorite of mine.
"Restoration" stars Robert Downey, Jr. as an English doctor, just before
the Black Plague hit Europe. It also stars Sam Neill as the king, and
Meg Ryan as Downey's somewhat insane love interest. This is a period
movie, and if you look carefully at the background, you will see an
amazing array of excellent scenic design and accessories. Anyway, Downey
is a doctor who would prefer to play around than work, and after saving
the king's favorite spaniel (that's a dog), he is rewarded with a court
position--taking care of the king's dogs. He abuses his position and as
punishment, the king has Downey marry the royal mistress, so the king can
still see her. Yeah, it's a bit convoluted, but it grows on you.
Downey falls in love with his 'wife,' which the king forbade him to do.
So, he is banished, and ends up working in an insane asylum, where he
meets and seduces a demented Meg Ryan. She becomes pregnant and they are
banished from the Quaker asylum. His child changes Downey's attitude
toward life, and he goes back to healing the sick, who at this time are
mostly plague victims. I don't want to give too much away, but Downey
wins back the king's favor by saving the life of his mistress (Downey's
former wife), and then nearly loses everything in the big fire thatalmost destroyed London (but which also wiped out the plague, by killing
off all [or most] of the rats, who carried the disease).
It may not sound like much, but if you are a fan of historical period
pieces, this movie is great. It also won two Academy Awards, one for
Best Art Direction. So, for the accurate depiction of life and times
during the restoration era, and for Downey's perfect performance (and Sam
Neill is great as King Charles), I give "Restoration" a big, Four Howls
Okay, I'm beat and gotta go. Hopefully next time I'll have more to
say--you'd like that, wouldn't you? Great. Get out there and see some
flicks, eh? Somebody has to.