Month: June 2008

Pathology (2008)

Directed by: Marc Schoelermann. Starring: Milo Ventimiglia as Ted Grey, Michael Weston as Jake Gallo, Alyssa Milano as Gwen Williamson, and Lauren Lee Smith as Juliette Bath. Is there a doctor in the house? Okay, so Pathology deals with the other kind of doctor–the medical examiner. Pathology takes place in the ever dreaded morgue of a popular hospital. With gore abound and almost flawless execution, Marc Schoelermann creates a film to die for. Ted Grey is an anatomy prodigy with wit that goes virtually unmatched. He joins a group of medical school students in residency and is quickly cast as an outsider due to his immense knowledge of gross human anatomy. He then meets the egotistical head honcho of the group Jake Gallo. After going on a drunken tour de slums (with Jake) in which Ted meets an immoral body guard and an even more immoral prostitute grandmother, Ted is shocked to discover the body of body guard in the morgue the next day. Of course, in his drunken stupor Ted wound up blacking out and can’t remember anything, but he does suspect Jake had something to do with the ghastly murder. This is where the game begins. Jake asks Ted to meet him back at the hospital later that evening. After meeting in front of the elevators, Jake takes Ted down to a sequestered wing of the hospital....

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Wanted: Angelina Jolie Naked

Wanted was directed by Timur Bekmambetov who is the Russian-Kazakh director known for the visually impressive movies Night Watch and it’s sequel Day Watch. I wasn’t a fan of either of those movies and the movie trailers for Wanted looked a bit silly. However, once I started reading some early screening reviews and hearing fan boys of the graphic comic book it is based upon talk up the story, I decided I needed to see it. Good decision because it was a nice little eye-candy treat. Wanted stars James McAvoy, Angelina Jolie, Morgan Freeman, Terence Stamp, and Common. The plot involves an average joe kind of guy who thinks he is prone to panic attacks and knows he is dying in the routine of office work and his personal relationships; such as his girlfriend that is having sex with his best friend. Well, it turns out he is the offspring of an assassin and the panic attacks are really some of his adrenaline fueled special abilities. This is all discovered when he is recruited into The Fraternity, the group of assassins changing the world based off of their fate decided murders of people around the globe. A rogue assassin, however, is now killing them off one by one and the James McAvoy character is told his father was killed by this rogue and that it is time for him...

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Killing: Resurrecting The Champ

Resurrecting The Champ was directed by Rod Lurie and is based on a true story that was based on a lie. It is about a struggling sportswriter who meets a homeless man who tells him he is a former boxing champ. Desperate to change is life, the sports writer latches on to the homeless man and gets his story published to critical acclaim. However, soon after the story comes out it is obvious that all of the facts don’t exactly match up. The movie stars Josh Hartnett as the writer and Samuel L. Jackson as the homeless boxer. I do not have anything personal against actor Josh Hartnett, I think he is perfect for certain roles. However, I do not think he was the right choice for leading this drama. In such a slow paced movie Josh Hartnett’s expressionless slow acting heaps boring on top of boring. Really the acting comes down to a battle of Josh Hartnett’s hair versus Samuel L. Jackson’s funny voice. Yes, Hartnett’s hair is perfectly combed and weird looking on his head, so much so that it distracts Yes, Samuel L. Jackson’s character talks in a funny voice the entire time, which gets annoying at certain points, though ultimately ends up not being as bad as Hartnett’s hair and its performance. Jackson’s character has the best lines of the movie and becomes the lovable...

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Teeth: Does This Film Bite?

Teeth: if you pay attention to horror news at all you know it is the “movie where the girl’s vagina has teeth.” I’ll tell you my thoughts after having watched it and whether or not it lives up to its campy premise and festival circuit buzz, being out on DVD. Teeth was directed by Mitchell Lichtenstein and the female lead was done by Jess Weixler. The plot, as plucked from IMDB: “High school student Dawn works hard at suppressing her budding sexuality by being the local chastity group’s most active participant. Her task is made even more difficult by her bad boy stepbrother Brad’s increasingly provocative behavior at home. A stranger to her own body, innocent Dawn discovers she has a toothed vagina when she becomes the object of violence. As she struggles to comprehend her anatomical uniqueness, Dawn experiences both the pitfalls and the power of being a living example of the vagina dentata myth.” At first the movie almost feels like someone attempting to tap into the same quirky vibe present in a Tim Burton movie. It’s hard to explain why, since there weren’t elaborate fantasy sets or Johnny Depp with a funky hair-do, but it just felt that way. Yet, at the same time the director, who also wrote the film, put his own stamp on it. There is a reason Tim Burton’s stamp is way...

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Movie Review: Untraceable

Untraceable was directed by Gregory Hoblit, who also directed the thriller Fracture. The movie follows an FBI cyber crime unit as they try to stop a new breed of killer. Someone is killing people live on the internet, devising the murders in a way that the more website visits he gets the quicker the victim dies; essentially making curious internet surfers accomplices to murder. The movie stars Diane Lane, Billy Burke, and Colin Hanks. To start out with: the movie has lots of bad dialog, the actors cannot be to blame for the stale way in which they deliver such lines. However, I was able to push past such things and “go with the flow.” In this way I was able to indeed find entertainment value. The director sets a solid moody tone with darkness and visual shots which were the main thing that kept me into the film regardless of my initially not being impressed with the dialog. The tension and action is built up quite well. The premise is an intriguing one, which many automatically want to chalk up to as being a gimmick to become preachy on the way society acts towards violence in the new age of internet media and how people will watch snuff films such as beheadings and or suicides  without thinking how this affects the families of the victims. People would visit...

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