Month: September 2010

Top 10 Movies Ever (The LAST Edition, I PROMISE)

My list of Best Movies isn’t constantly changing, but occasionally I am reminded of how great a movie is, and I simply must move it up in the ranks. I recently watched some movies in my top ten and figured… well wait, this one is better than that one. So, I reordered it in a very preferable style. So now that I have stated this, here is my final (until a better movie comes out) list of the greatest movies ever, at least for the time being, as I said in the former parentheses. Here they are (comment if you agree or disagree): 10. The Big Lebowski – Directors: The Coen Brothers – Hilarious movie that really “ties the room together.” 9. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford – Director: Andrew Dominik – The best Western ever. Simple enough. A must see. 8. Pulp Fiction – Director: Quentin Tarantino – Awesome Crime Drama that shows how cool Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta would have been as mobsters 30 years ago. 7. Brick – Director: Rian Johnson – Great crime drama with fantastic writing, direction, twists and acting. 6. Moon – Director: Duncan Jones – Best Sci-Fi movie ever. Best movie of 2009. Must see. (P.S.: #’s 4 & 5 are interchangeable.) 5. Vanilla Sky – Director: Cameron Crowe – The movie has multiple amazing...

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Let the Right One In (2008)

Let the Right One In, (originally Låt den Rätte Komma In), is a 2008 romance/drama film. It stars Kåre Hedebrant as Oskar, a bullied shut-in of a child, and Lina Leandersson as Eli, a vampire who eventually befriends Oskar. Apart from a couple of subplots, I more or less just described the plot of the entire film. That’s kind of interesting, as the basic plot is one of the most basic I’ve seen in a film. I am not saying that a simple story is a bad thing, and in this case, I’m sure it isn’t. In fact, with the story staying as simple as it is, it allows the viewer to focus more on the details of the film. This ends up working to the film’s advantage, because the details are what really make the film worth watching. It’s in these details that you can really tell that effort was put into making the story feel alive, as well as forcing you to care about the characters that are in it. The characters of Oskar and Eli are almost entirely opposite from one another. Oskar is shy, weak, and always following the lead of others, while Eli is independent, assertive and strong. They truly are two sides of the same coin, and the film relays this to us over its duration. It actually does take a fair bit...

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Stonage: Cabin Fever 2

Though I believe that Cabin Fever is one of those films that you can dislike and still say is genius, Cabin Fever 2 is shit. When I saw this movie I was a quite in-another-mind (I’ll say this to keep some viewers who are against my Stonage reviews in the loop without feeling like they are reading an “evil, illegal-based review”). So the movie begins with one of the awesomest scenes I’ve seen in the state of mind, with Rider Strong’s character getting smashed by a school bus, and mid smash, the movie title pops up on the screen. Awesome. Then things got bad, and the graphic, stupid film began. The movie was terrible, and I believe that it was extremely unnecessary, and ruined the first one’s name. See it?: No. Why?: It sucks, has no real plot besides graphic high school prom incidents with the virus and a stripper with the disease spreading it worldwide. Stonage Rating?: Very Bad out of Awesome. (P.S. Stonage Ratings: My ratings are as follows from worst to best – High-killer, Very Bad, Bad, Alright, Cool, Damn, Holy Shit and...

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Day of the Dead (1985)

George Ramero is hailed as one of the best creators of zombie-related film directors ever known, and if you didn’t know this then I suggest you see this or another one of his films right away. The main characters played by Lori Cardille, Terry Alexander and Joesph Pilato are all either soldiers or scientists holed up in a bunker because the doomsday has come to pass and zombies have taken over the surface world, forcing the few remaining survivors underground. This obviously doesn’t last as a survival strategy, because the zombies eventually get in and all hell breaks loose.One of the best aspects of this film is the way that it presents the end of humanity as we know it. There are no big shots of zombies wandering the streets of New York, or any actual backstory as to how the apocalypse came to pass. There is not much of a set-up as it were, the film assumes that you have heard of zombies and have seen another George Ramero movie. This leaves the audience time to think about it. Although I very much doubt that they will think about it at all, the set up is so basic that it hardly seems to matter. The film seems to say ‘There are zombies, just deal with it”. This is probably the only thing that the film has to a fault,...

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The Ten Commandments, 1956

Ever seen a film that logically shouldn’t be good, but it’s mesmerising? Then watch The Ten Commandments. Another film I sat down with the family to watch, this was 4 or so hours well spent. The combination of Yul Brynner, Charlton Heston and Vincent Price trying to sound louder and more dramatic than the other in a majestic Egyptian setting is something to behold. Credit to Vincent Price for portraying his character with such precision you forget he’s an actor and not a snake-like advisor. I found myself sucked in to the plight of Moses. Some of the most powerful scenes were during the building of the pyramids, seeing slave master whip slave. Every lash of the whip really makes you wince and I found myself elated when Heston gets the balls to stand up to one. Another scene to watch for is the old woman who is stuck. Some fantastic acting from Heston at this point. Despite its length, Cecil DeMille ensures that the audience is kept going by the visual feast of enormous scenery and background. Though barely filmed in Egypt, you would not believe for the most part it is in a sound stage. Incredible detail is put into the scenery and landscape. Even the slave pits are not some template pit, but have a memorable layout. However, this is dwarfed by the scene with the Red...

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