Month: June 2011

I’ll Always Know What You Did Last Summer (2006)

I’ll Always Know What You Did Last Summer comes to us for absolutely no reason at all. It was released in 2006, almost a decade after I Still Know What You Did Last Summer graced our screens. Its predecessor wasn’t exactly a big hit with audiences and critics, and the series up until this point was not all that memorable. I enjoyed both previous titles, but I seem to be in the minority. This film comes out as a largely unrelated installment, one whose title is meant just to hopefully milk the cash-cow one last time. But the franchise was more or less dead. Sure, the previous two films made money, but if you leave any series for too long, they get forgotten. When a series doesn’t have much going for it anyway, attaching an almost entirely unrelated film to it won’t help its case. Release this new film direct-to-DVD, with almost no advertising or promotion, and your attempted cash grab will fail to bring in the money. The quality of the film is irrelevant at this point, because nobody will want to see your movie. So we were given I’ll Always Know What You Did Last Summer a movie made just to make money. Did it get any? I’m really not sure. Did it deserve to make any? Not really. It’s a poorly made film that’s more or...

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Drag Me To Hell

Drag Me To Hell (2009) Directed By: Sam Raimi 99 Minutes Sam Raimi (Evil Dead Trilogy, Spider-Man Trilogy) returns to his roots with this Horror/ Black Comedy known as Drag Me To Hell. Christine Brown (Alison Lohman) is a loan officer aspiring for a promotion. Her boss instructs her to go to an elderly woman’s home and evict her. The woman then curses Christine for disrespecting her. Christine deals with many horrible things haunting her. She tries desperately to remove the curse. Justin Long costars as her sweetheart boyfriend with a family that disproves of Christine. This film packs a reasonable amount of thrills. It manages to make a handkerchief menacingly. The curse leads to several horrifying images that are as humorous as they are terrifying. The film however doesn’t manage to be as frightening as the images of the first two Evil Dead movies. It also doesn’t pack the laughs as much as the second to Evil Dead movies. This is more of Evil Dead lite. This is one for classic Raimi fans. Alison Lohman feels exactly like Bruce Campbell if he was girl in her 20’s. She is fun and strong. She deals with everything that gets thrown at her with a psychotic amount of stability. She is very likable. Her scenes with Justin Long are also very sweet. They almost feel like they come from a decent romantic comedy. This comes as a relief...

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The Hangover: Part 2 (2011)

Bangkok has them now…  Cast: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis & Justin Bartha Directed by: Todd Phillips Screenplay by: Craig Mazin, Scot Armstrong & Todd Phillips Plot: The Wolfpack head to Thailand for Stu’s wedding and after a quiet drink on the beach the night before, Phil, Stu and Alan wake up worse for wear in a rundown hotel in the middle of Bangkok. Verdict: There simply can be no denying that when taking your seat to watch The Hangover: Part 2, the first thought that comes to mind is that this is a sequel we really didn’t need. After all, The Hangover came out of nowhere back in the summer of 2009, and finished up as the highest-grossing R-rated comedy ever made. But more importantly, the film felt fresh thanks to its original premise, unique set-up and the shock value that came with it. So it’s somewhat surprising to be able to report that The Hangover: Part 2 is far from the bitter disappointment it probably should have been. A lot of the negative reviews that have materialised for the film have called it ‘lazy’, which of course would be perfectly fine if The Hangover: Part 2 wasn’t actually funny. But in places it is in fact very funny. Also the term ‘carbon copy’ has been used more than once and whilst this may well be a...

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Transformers Dark of the Moon: Was it a good finale for the trilogy?

“Lets roll” That’s the empowering commanding order of the wise and almighty leader of the Autobots Optimus Prime. After months of waiting since the plot was revealed in October 2010, fans can finally follow his command and watch Michael Bays’ final sequel in the Transformers trilogy with his sci-fi action adventure blockbuster of Transformers Dark of the Moon. New girlfriend of hero Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf), Carly (Rosie Huntington-Whiteley) must once again save the Earth with the help of its new allies, the ‘Autobots’ to stop the evil ‘Decepticons’ bringing back their home planet of ‘Cybertron’. Being the final chapter of the trilogy, Transformers Dark of the Moon had to really raise its game in order to keep up with the success of its previous films. Has it done that? No. The plot quite frankly was too predictable. Witwicky, unemployed, with a new girlfriend but without his all in one, car, companion, and friend Bumblebee, is now considered a messenger rather than a hero whilst looking for a job opportunity. Witwicky comes across a job as a ‘temp’ working for technology firm under the peculiar Bruce Brazos (John Malkovich). Obviously it doesn’t last for long as trouble once again follows him as he discovers vital information on the truth about one of the world’s greatest moments in history. The 1969 moon Apollo 11 landing! Years ago a spacecraft, ‘The...

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Midnight in Paris

‘Midnight in Paris’ is written and directed by Woody Allen and stars Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, and Academy Award Winner Marion Cotillard. The film centers on a family traveling to Paris on business but fast discover their life could be better if it was different. Wilson portrays Gil, a hotshot movie producer who is striving to be a novelist and forget Hollywood. McAdams portrays Inez, a snobby, greedy, selfish newly engaged-to Gil-woman who pushes Gil to stop fantasizing about the past and forget the novel. But, one night at midnight, Gil’s life begins to change for the better and he starts to realize this life may not be what he really wants. Can Gil put his second thoughts aside and stay a movie producer in California or will Paris influence him to stick to his novel and view life differently?   ‘Midnight in Paris’ was a beautiful, clever film that will enhance anyone’s imagination. The film takes place in Paris, France and newly engaged couple Gil and Inez are complete opposites. She is high maintenance and irritating and he is insightful and laid back. The acting is impressive. Owen Wilson takes on a more dramatic role then his usual comedic roles, and truly stands out as an inspiring serious actor. Although his character doesn’t experience that many different levels, acting wise, he still delivered a fine performance. Rachel McAdams...

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