Month: December 2008

The Bewitching ‘Oz’

Australia – very vaguely titled but completely understandable once watched – is a tale of the continent’s wartime culture, with particular reference to racial attitudes of the times, and the ‘stolen generations’ which were the mixed-race children of Aboriginal women and the white supremecists who raped them.  Having never studied Australian history, I cannot comment upon its accuracy, but it does seem to tie in with the little that I do know on this subject.  The film reunites Baz Luhrmann with Moulin Rouge star Nicole Kidman, and also stars the undeniably ruggedly handsome Hugh Jackman.  Before watching the film, I thought it apt that two such prominent Australian stars had been cast.  However, Kidman’s character of Mrs. Ashley turns out to be overly English, and although Jackman remains as hot as ever he is, it has to be noted that the heavy Australian accent he brings to this film is nothing compared to his charming British accent in Kate and Leopold. Australia tells the story of Sarah Ashley – the newly-widowed wife of a cattle breeder – who finds herself living on a ranch in Australia after his funeral and having to herd 2000 bulls accross the Australian planes in order to not allow her late husband’s business competitors to rip her off after some of the bulls are stolen.  At least, this is what I came to understand of...

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DVD Review: Resident Evil – Degeneration

Are you the type of video-gamer who skips through introductions and storyboards to get right into the action? Are you the type of movie-goer who enjoys an interesting line of characters and compelling story to accompany a film’s marvelous animation? If so, then you’ll probably have a hard time getting into Resident Evil: Degeneration. Seven years after the tragedy in Raccoon City took place, the deadly G-Virus is unleashed in Harvardville Airport and both Claire Redfield and Leon S. Kennedy are ready to battle an infection that just might wipe out another city. Even with two of the most advanced technological agents in action, their goal of saving a town in need of help seems just as improbable as saving Raccoon City seven years ago. If you’re not familiar with the Resident Evil video game made popular in 1996, a little insight would be suitable before viewing. The best way to do this is to play the video game. If you aren’t into playing video games or don’t have a game system, watching the three live-action features would help. This addictive game spawned a series of movies that started in 2002 and continue to this date with a Resident Evil 4 announced to appear in theaters sometime in 2010. Thankfully, it will be a live-action feature. Degeneration gets points for looking good and having a couple well-done action sequences...

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In The Mouth of Madness (1994)

Graced by the appearance of Charlton Heston and with the well established stars of horror, John Trent and Jurgen Prochnow, In The Mouth of Madness offers to serve the deserving Michael De Luca script with assured success. Surprisingly, however, John Carpenter’s direction leaves something to be desired for it treats the viewer to vastly too much effect, too much emphasis, in getting points across where subtlety would have satisfied the adage, “where less is more”. Obviously a script influenced by H. P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu mythology, none of the traditional Lovecraft devices to enhance the terror are explored (forgivable were others employed satisfactorily,) but both interpretation and direction presumes to count almost entirely on more original storyline twists badly bolstered by grossly redundant effects. Were this reviewer to have to see one more return to a painting forebodingly prescient in its supernatural reflection of the future of our mis-adventuring couple (John Trent and the lovely Julie Carmen) he might have to sail the DVD out a near-by window. Still the storyline is very good and a little editing would make the movie so much better. And Mr. Carpenter, we know, has the ability to make good movies, even spectacular ones. While a Byzantine style church out in the country is a touch that certainly holds attention and creates its own air of apprehension, overdoing everything with inverted crosses and incessant...

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Traitor

Throughout both 2007 and 2008, moviegoers saw what seemed like an endless string of movies focusing on or around the ongoing War on Terror. For a majority of these films, which ranged from character dramas (“Stop-Loss” or “Grace is Gone”), political thrillers (“Lions for Lambs” or “Rendition”), to just good ol’ fashioned action films (“The Kingdom”), the response from audiences was far from welcoming. Most of these titles, along with a few others I didn’t mention, suffered through a rather brief stint at the box office and didn’t enjoy much more success on DVD. To me the lacking success for these films would seem to be enough to get the studios’ attention, and make them aware that audiences just don’t want to go to the movies to watch something that involves a topic that can be seen daily on any news channel known to man. Regardless of all of this, the political thriller “Traitor” starring Don Cheadle and Guy Pearce was released to theaters this summer. If memory serves me, this is merely the latest film released in the War on Terror genre; I’m calling it a genre due to the surprisingly large number of movies based on the subject that has been released thus far. I personally question the reasoning behind even releasing this movie in the first place, especially in light of all the losses the studios...

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Burn After Reading

Hey, Burn After Reading was the most pointless movie I have ever seen I try to watch but I got bored in fact I did not even watch all of it but Brad Pitt was Funny!! pointless but funny. John Malkovich, was a former agent of some wack-up agency was writing a memoir that exposes the agency. thanks for reading...

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