Month: May 2008

Drive Thru

“Drive Thru” stars a handful of unknowns including Leighton Meester, Nicholas D’Agosto, and Van De La Plante. It’s written and directed by newby Brendan Cowles and Shane Kuhn (writer/director of Rednecks). A beautiful young teen named Mackenzie (Leighton Meester) becomes the ensued victim of a deranged clown. This killer clown is determined to get revenge for being killed on his eighteenth birthday by Mackenzie’s mother. Now the killer clown must kill Orange County teens while waiting for Mackenzie to reach her eighteenth birthday to do what he does best. All you need is a glimpse at the first five minutes of the film to get the drift that this has as much brains as every other killer clown movie. But, what the film lacks in brains it almost makes up for in gooey gore, campy humor, a cute lead, and one helluva killer clown. I have no problem admitting that the dialog is dated, the story is silly, and the film isn’t entirely memorable. It is simply a film not to be taken seriously. If you take this film seriously to even the smallest extent, every flaw will stand-out and dwell in memory. But if you tune into the mood for this kind of stuff, these flaws wont matter as much. In a film of this type with a concept this daft, one would expect full-on gore, half-baked one-liners,...

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“Walk All Over Me” (2007)

  Directed by Robert Cuffley, “Walk all over me” stars Leelee Sobieski as Alberta, a small town girl who always seems to be jumping out of one mess and head-long into another. After misplacing her boyfriends money to pay back some thugs in the beginning of the movie, Alberta hops on a bus to Vancouver and looks up her old babysitter, Celene (Tricia Helfer from “Battlestar Galactica”) and asks for a place to stay for awhile. Soon she learns that Celene now makes her living as a dominatrix, and decides to assume her identity to make some quick cash, after watching an introduction tape from Paul (Jacob Tierney). Paul is in his own world of trouble. His former employer, Rene (Lothaire Bluteau) and his two henchmen (Michael Eckland and Michael Adamthwaite) have tracked him down and suspect him of stealing a heap of cash. It turns out Paul has recently won $20,000 gambling, and Rene finds it as he and the henchmen interrupt Paul and Alberta’s first “date”. Paul is knocked senseless, and Alberta grabs the cash and runs off, stealing Paul’s car and unwittingly bringing Celene into the mix as well. Now the two girls devise a plan to free Paul, keep the money and get the goons off there back for good. It is a dark comedy-thriller, and despite its slow start, the film becomes entrancing once it...

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The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe

Starring Tilda Swinton, Georgie Henley, William Moseley, Skandar Keynes and Rupert Everett, this movie is two hours and fifteen minutes long.  It is rated PG and is okay for everyone althoug some of the scenes might be too intense for children under the age of 6. The Chronicles of Narnia is based on the series of books written by CS Lewis.  This is the first in the series of the books.  It is about a group of children who are sent to the safe haven of a professor to wait out the end of the war, and hopefully stay safe.  The movie begins with planes bombing the children and the homes around them so their mother sends them off, like many other children into the homes of strangers who are willing to give war torn children refuge.  Lucy, the youngest, discovers a wardrobe that leads to a magical land.  The land of Narnia is torn between the evil tyrrany of the white witch or the snow queen, and the protective warmth of of Aslan, the heroic lion.  All of the children enter the wardrobe, Peter (the oldest), Susan, Edmund, and Lucy, to find that they are the answer to a prophecy, a prophecy to end the reigh of the queen.  After trechory, traitors, worry, sadness, forgiveness and war things come to a head and the real winner and hero is...

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“Alien v.s. Predator: Requiem”

  Directed by brothers Colin and Greg Strause, “Alien v.s. Predator: Requiem” is the sequel to 2004’s runaway hit “Alien v.s. Predator.” When we last left the two warring alien races, a group of the Predator’s were blasting off with there dead comrade, and shortly after we saw an Alien-Predator hyprid burst threw the dead soldier’s chest before the credits rolled. In the opening frames of the sequel, “AVP: Requiem”, the hybrid grows up quickly, kills several Predator’s and steals a shuttle and heads back to earth. Why? Who the hell knows, but it’s apparent that its not very important to the plot. The shuttle, now filled with gooey face-huggers as well, crashes in the wilderness outside a small Colorado town. A hunter and his young son are soon attacked by the huggers, and not long after newbie aliens hatch out of the father and son’s chest. The film then spends most of the next hour pointlessly attempting to develop character arcs for the main human characters before the real carnage begins. We meet Dallas (Steven Pasquale), the silent tough guy with a checkered past, being picked up at a bus stop after apparently serving three years in jail. Picking him up is an old friend, and now town sheriff (John Ortiz), whose emotional range in the film most closely resembles wet cardboard. We cut to Dallas’ little brother, Ricky (Johnny Lewis), a high...

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Batman Begins (2005)

Batman Begins (2005)Directed by Christopher NolanStarring Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Katie Holmes, Morgan Freeman, Cillian Murphy, Liam Neeson, Gary Oldman, Tom Wilkinson, Rutger Hauer, Ket Watanabe   “[Bruce awakens from a nightmare] Thomas Wayne: The bats again? [Bruce nods] Thomas Wayne: You know why they attacked you, don’t you? They were afraid of you. Bruce Wayne – age 8: Afraid of me? Thomas Wayne: All creatures feel fear. Bruce Wayne – age 8: Even the scary ones? Thomas Wayne: Especially the scary ones.”  The tale finds the disillusioned industrial heir Bruce Wayne, in the wake of his parents’ murder, travelling the world to seek the means to fight injustice and turn fear against those who prey on the fearful. He returns to Gotham and unveils his alter-ego: Batman, a masked crusader who uses his strength, intellect and an array of high tech deceptions to fight the sinister forces that threaten the city. Learn about batman origins and feel what it is like to be a normal human who trying to fight against evil all by his own. Well, maybe not all on his own, but with help of bats- the biggest fear of his life.   Batman begins perhaps the best batman film of its time. The title says it all: it’s a beginning of a new batman era and it’s a perfect beginning for a perfect film series....

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