Month: June 2013

Movie Review of ‘Redd Inc’ (‘Inhuman Resources’)

A vicious thriller originating from Australia, Redd Inc. (aka Inhuman Resources) isn’t a picture for the faint of heart. Tonally reminiscent of Saw and Hostel, it’s an unforgivably bleak movie, with director Daniel Krige making the most of his limited budget by keeping things confined in order to focus on tension and gory make-up. Miraculously, it’s a more skilful flick than other recent torture porn features, benefiting from strong performances and convincing make-up effects supervised by none other than horror veteran Tom Savini (who worked on the original Dawn of the Dead and too many other films to mention). When several company executives are beheaded in a brutal multiple homicide, Thomas Reddmann (Nicholas Hope) is arrested and convicted for the crime, winding up dead as a consequence. One of the people who testified against Reddman was the innocuous Annabelle Hale (Kelly Paterniti), who works as an internet stripper. Months down the track, Annabelle is kidnapped, waking up in a dank office room chained to a computer desk with five others – including police officer Edward (Alan Dukes), psychic Sheena (Hayley McElhinney), and the kindly William (Sam Reid), all of whom were involved in the court case against Reddmann in some capacity. As it turns out, Redd is alive after all. Presenting himself to his hostages, Redd explains his innocence in the murder case, ordering them to pour through the evidence in order to find the real killer....

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And the Oscar Went To, or “How it Should Have Happened”

I’m back, folks. If only for this review. Now that I’m 18, I feel that I’ve gained a more direct view on film. I’m beginning to venture into the industry myself, and being a cinephile, I have MANY issues with the Academy. First being that almost every year, the get the awards wrong. They tend to find something political and say “hell, this is the big thing! This will get some buzz! THIS is the future of cinema, because I am an older person that is in touch with modern American society.” So, with this knowledge, I went on a journey through the years. I’ve done something similar to this before, but just for gits and shiggles, I decided to go about making a list of almost all of the awards (excluding the sound editing department and costume department because I am not heavily versed in those fields) that the Academy flopped on. Some of the years had multiple possible winners for Best Picture because I just couldn’t decide which film was the best of that year. So,  without further ado, let’s go reverse-chronologically.   2013 BEST PICTURE Winner – Argo Snubbed – Cloud Atlas / Django Unchained   BEST VISUAL EFFECTS Winner – Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan de Boer & Donald R. Elliot: Life of Pi Snubbed – Cloud Atlas     2012 BEST PICTURE Winner –...

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The Purge

Many of us have seen movies or tv shows dealing with an alternate reality of our country or the entire world. They range from that classic Twilight Zone episode, “ The Eye of the Beholder” to being completely dominated by simians in “Rise of the Planet of the Apes.”Probably the most interesting are the realities we alternate ourselves. Their essentially much more identifiable since they deal directly with us in every aspect of life. Fully armed with an extremely foreboding premise of a not-so-distant future, The Purge combines suspense and horror in a frightful illustration of willful insanity in America, composed of government approved criminal activity for one night annually. It’s the one chance for everyone to “get it out their system.” Naturally , all moral lines are crossed during this 12 hour period of deliberate arson, rape, assault and especially murder, plus all other illegal activities people can think of to cleanse themselves of their innate sense of violence. We all know there’s enough crime in the U.S. But in this alternate world, a 1% unemployment rate coupled with an all time low in unlawful mayhem, is justification for one “free pass” for everybody. Ethan Hawke’s James Sandin and family serve as primary focus. They’re quite upscale thanks to James’ security expertise, providing his kin and their equally affluent neighbors with all the necessary lockdown protection from any...

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Torque (2004)

The funniest thing about Torque is that one of the two major forces in its creation wasn’t sure of what was being made. The director is Joseph Kahn, who wants to have made a satire of films like The Fast and the Furious. Neal H. Moritz is one of the producers of the film, and the one the advertising refers to as “The Producer of The Fast and the Furious, S.W.A.T. and xXx.” He seems to believe that this is another dumb action movie, and has tried to get it advertised as such. What is it really? Probably something of a mix, which explains the confusion by the two men. They were each trying to get something different made, so elements of each have wound up in the final cut. There are parts where it completely mocks its target, while there are others that follow in those films’ footsteps, gladly taking the “dumb action movie” route. It’s inconsistent, and while that doesn’t make it unwatchable, it would have been nicer for there not to be this internal conflict. It would have made the action more enjoyable or the satire more biting. The basic idea here is that it’s Fast and the Furious, ramped up to 11, and with motorcycles instead of cars. The lead is Cary (Martin Henderson), and he is essentially against the entire world in the film....

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Parental Guidance

One of the greatest aspects of being a kid is hanging out with your grandparents.  They are supposed to spoil their grandchildren and then send them back home to the mother and father.  In the latest family comedy to be released by 20th Century Fox, Parental Guidance focuses on a family who has a dysfunctional relationship with their grandparents.  Mother Alice and father Phil have modern family that relies on the new philosophies of parenthood while grandparents Artie and Diane feel that the old school ways are best.  When Alice and Phil need to go out of town for a prestigious event, they have no choice but to invite Artie and Diane to their home to baby sit their three children.  Alice, with her husband, has developed a parenting style that is in complete opposite to that of her own parents. The clash of these two different styles causes conflict and in some cases moments of great laughter as this family learns to accept and respect the way the other does things.  Will this family be able to put aside their differences and compromise with each other to make their relationship work? Parental Guidance is a great family movie that has no vulgarity or profanity and is a movie that the multi-generation family will love to watch together.  It has something for everyone.  The highlight of this movie is...

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