Month: July 2013

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

 This film is the definition of the term cult classic. “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”, based off of the musical of the same name, debuted in theaters in 1975, and while not a huge box office success the movie has gained a large legion of fans. The film has definitely outlived the stage show, and that’s saying something. While the movie may not appeal to everyone, it is still a blast to watch. “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” is a fun experience even if you’re not a die hard fan like the rest of the community.  The story has a couple named Brad Majors (Barry Bostwick) and Janet Weiss (Susan Surandon) respectively, getting lost on a rainy night, and spend the rest of the evening at a castle owned by Dr. Frank N. Furter (Tim Curry). What follows is a strange and definitely weird romp filled with bizarre and sexual escapades, along with cheeky humor poking fun at bad sci-fi and horror films of the past.  “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” is a unique experience that needs to be seen to be believed. The story is silly, campy and overall just plain fun. The acting is over-the-top, but what can you expect from a production that pays tribute to low-budget cinema? While most of the cast is great to watch, it is Tim Curry’s performance that ultimately steals the...

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The Wolverine

Struggling with his immortality and the loss of all those he loves, Logan, otherwise known as the Wolverine, may have found an answer to his unending pain.  Summoned to Tokyo to say goodbye to a man whose life he saved many years ago, Logan is presented with the possibility of living a normal human life.  Yashida, the man he saved in World War II believes he has a way to give Logan the gift of mortality, by transplanting Logan’s healing powers to himself.  Little does he know that this offer will be one of his greatest challenges of all.  Still wrestling with the death of the love of his life, Logan finds himself in the middle of a terrible manufactured family conflict.  Yashida is slowly dying and intends on leaving his fortune to his granddaughter Mariko, bypassing his son.  This makes Mariko a target for kidnappers and assassins and Logan feels compelled to protect her from the Yakuza crime ring and even her father.  Logan will come up against a fight he has never had before in a life or death conflict that will change him forever. In The Wolverine, Hugh Jackman reprises his role as Logan, a mutant with the powers of keen animal-like senses and healing abilities.  He was experimented on and given a skeleton made of adamantium which accounts for the claws that come out of...

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Beetlejuice (1988)

Archetypal Tim Burton productions like Beetlejuice never fail to put a smile on my face. Starring Michael Keaton (the titular Beetlejuice), Alec Baldwin (Adam Maitland), Geena Davis (Barbara Maitland), Jeffrey Jones (Charles Deetz), Catherine O’Hara (Delia Deetz), Glenn Shadix (Otho) and Winona Ryder (Lydia Deetz) this madcap comedy is a delight. Adam and Barbara Maitland are a slightly eccentric somewhat old fashioned young couple who buy a ramshackle old house in a small (very small) town. They adore their home and dream of growing old together there. But fate has other plans. On a trip into town to buy supplies they suffer a freak and fatal accident. It takes them some time however to realise that they are dead. They find themselves back home where, gradually, the truth dawns – they are now ghosts. The house is soon sold to Charles and Delia Deetz and their brooding daughter Lydia. While Charles and Lydia like the house just as it is, the ever petulant Delia wants to change everything about it much to the disgust of the ghostly former owners who decide that they must scare the Deetz family away. Despite their best efforts however, nothing works and they have to resort to asking for help from their caseworker in the afterlife ‘Juno’ played by Sylvia Sidney. Juno warns them not to resort to asking for help from Beetlejuice a...

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Pacific Rim

In Guillermo del Toro’s film Pacific Rim the world is under attack by huge alien monsters that some from the sea called Kaiju.  To defend the world against the giant Kaiju the different governments have come together and designed large robots called Jaegers which are driven by two co-pilots that are connected by a neural bridge.  While the minds are connected the two pilots can control the massive robots in hand to hand combat with the Kaiju.  So far the Jaeger program has been successful but as time has passed the Kaiju have learned how to protect themselves, rendering the Jaegers defenseless.  In a last ditch effort to rescue the world a former washed out Jaeger pilot and a rookie trainee are paired together in an obsolete Jaeger to finally push the Kaiju into extinction and to save the planet. Pacific Rim had received a lot of press before it even was released that it would be a bomb, but after the release it has found some success at the box office.  Perhaps people are simply curious to see if all the rumors are true, but I find that if you go in without any expectations it opens the door for you to be pleasantly surprised and that is what happens with Pacific Rim.  Guillermo del Toro is known for intricate and detailed out of this world creatures, and...

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Movie Review of ‘The Conjuring’ (2013)

The Conjuring is 2013’s must-see scary movie, following in the shadow of last year’s Sinister and director James Wan’s own 2011 flick Insidious. Written by Chad and Carey Hayes, this is a horror outing which favours tension and restraint over in-your-face bedlam, confirming that Wan is a master of the genre who’s almost unparalleled in his ability to conjure pure terror. Wan is also notable for paying attention to one aspect here that’s often neglected by his contemporaries: atmosphere. Horror movies can have jump-scares and bloodletting, but it’s ultimately the mood and tone that matters in the long run, as such elements can transform bumps in the night into an experience that will haunt you for weeks. Add to this a handful of strong performances from an able cast, beautiful filmmaking and a sharp script, and The Conjuring deserves every bit of acclaim that it receives. Real-life figures Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine Warren (Vera Farmiga) examined a number of supernatural occurrences during their time as paranormal investigators. Supposedly, the married pair once encountered a case so petrifying and malevolent that they tried to keep it under wraps – and it’s this case which forms the basis of The Conjuring. Set in 1971, the Perron family move into a rural house purchased at auction, with parents Carolyn (Lili Taylor) and Roger (Ron Livingston) looking to build a cosy new life with their five daughters. At night,...

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