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[21 Aug 2016|04:18pm]

darkphoenixrisn
Enter the Void (2009)

Writer/director Gaspar Noé was inspired by the Tibetan Book of the Dead in creating this brilliant, spellbinding, psychedelic rush about a small-time dealer in Tokyo who's shot dead by police and then begins to relive his life while also observing the present and the future. Is it a dying hallucination? Is he experiencing the time between death and reincarnation? The director has a particular interpretation, but the film itself is open to multiple interpretations. It's also raw in its depiction of drugs, abortion, and sex (some of it unsimulated). The neon-infused cinematography of Benoît Debie gives the film a trippy beauty. The sound design is also magnificent, a mix of droning ambient sounds and a collage of experimental electronic music. One of those films you really have to be on the right wavelength to enjoy.
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Hate, Murder, Revenge, and One Awesome Lady [21 Aug 2016|11:03am]

allisontooey
[ mood | tired ]

I've posted a review of Rancho Notorious over at my journal.



Review: http://allisontooey.livejournal.com/144271.html

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The Voices Are More Animated Than the Cartoon is. [17 Aug 2016|11:38pm]

allisontooey
[ mood | satisfied ]

I've posted a review of the 2003 animated adaptation of Ben-Hur over at my journal.



Review here: http://allisontooey.livejournal.com/144034.html

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"THE NICE GUYS" (2016) Review [15 Aug 2016|09:22pm]

lmoore66
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"THE NICE GUYS" (2016) Review

I wrote this REVIEW of the recent comedy-thriller called "THE NICE GUYS". Directed by Shane Black, the movie starred Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling.
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Zoolander 2 & Hail, Ceasar! [16 Aug 2016|01:08am]

shaved_ape
[ mood | awake ]

Two recent comedies:

ZOOLANDER 2:
This is one of the silliest films I have seen in years and I dont mean that in a bad way. Its intentionally, willfully silly and am a little surprised by how much I like it. I very much enjoyed the first film and although the focus of this belated sequel is quite different it is still an entertaining movie. The first film seemed to satirise a little more sharply the vacuous world of the fashion industry but the jokes pile in at such an astonishing rate that the jokes that miss are quickly covered by the ones that hit. The celebrity cameos are even more rapid and intense than the original movie with Benedict Cumberbatch totaly stealing the few scenes he is in. This is a close to totally inconsequential movie but I enjoyed it's outright silliness.

Hail, Ceasar!
A Coen Brothers comedy that only scores as average by their standards is still something worth watching. That is what I found here. This is nothing like the Coens at their best but even their worst is still better than many can manage (and this is not their best or their worst). The Hollywood of the 1950's is the subject of this latest offering. At it's best it reminds me a little of the ending of Blazing Saddles where the cast spill off the Western set and run through the various studio settings of other genre movies. The gleeful look behind the scenes is enhanced by the usual array of classic Coen character parts. Josh Brolin is brilliant throughout and the rest of the casting is spot on but many of my favourite moments go to Ralph Feinnes who gives just a little taste of the comic chops that were so well utilized in The Grand Budapest Hotel.

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Homesman, Salvation & The Virginian [15 Aug 2016|01:58am]

shaved_ape
[ mood | awake ]

Three 'Modern' Westerns:

THE HOMESMAN:
A brilliant and original story with the focus unusually (especially for a western) on the women. The harsh frontier life has taken its toll on the mental health of three young women whose families pay for them to be shipped back East where they can receive proper care and hopefully recover - or at least survive. Brilliant casting puts Hilary Swank and Tommy Lee Jones as the leads who for very different reasons take on this mission. The focus on the female characters and the unusual appearance of serious mental health issues would make this a stand out film regardless but the characters are so well written and vividly performed that I cannot fault this film at all. It is simply a great movie.

THE SALVATION:
Salvation takes another unusual (for Hollywood) take on the old West and focuses on European (not British or Irish) immigrants. Mads Mikkelsen and Eva Green lead the cast which also includes for some reason Eric Cantona. The plot stays fairly simple - it's a revenge western but the immigrant angle adds something fresh and the cast is excellent. I realy enjoyed this.

THE VIRGINIAN:
This is a bit of a throwback being one of several remakes of the original movie of the same title, not counting a tv series, all called The Virginian. This version features Ron Perlman but still harks back to an earlier era of movie westerns. Good guys vs bad, increasing corporate greed vs the little guy. Its all good solid stuff. I haven't seen enough of the other versions to comment on which is the best (this is only my second version that I know of) but it does have Ron Perlman, who is awesome. If you only see one version of the story, it might as well be this one.

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[14 Aug 2016|03:18am]

darkphoenixrisn
John Dies at the End (2012)

Director Don Coscarelli (Phantasm, The Beastmaster) adapts David Wong's novel into a full speed horror/black comedy express. It's genuinely funny as the characters make their way through increasingly surreal experiences to save our dimension with the help of a dog. It's visually inventive, and boasts a really perfect cast (Chase Williamson, Rob Mayes, Paul Giamatti, Clancy Brown, Glynn Turman, Doug Jones, Angus Scrimm, and Fabianne Therese). Filmed on a remarkably small budget, it still manages some rather good visual effects. The world needs more funny and twisted films like this.
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"THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON" (2008) Review [11 Aug 2016|06:12pm]

seldonp38



"THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON" (2008) Review

I wrote this REVIEW of "THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON", the 2008 adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1922 short story. Directed by David Fincher, the movie starred Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett.
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Ben-Hurry it up [10 Aug 2016|11:07am]

allisontooey
[ mood | thirsty ]

I've posted a review of the 1959 version of Ben-Hur over at my journal.



Review: http://allisontooey.livejournal.com/143720.html

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He may love Les Girls, but I'm a bit more ambivalent. [09 Aug 2016|11:34pm]

allisontooey
[ mood | tired ]

I've posted a review of Les Girls over at my journal, as part of the Hit Me With Your Best Shot Challenge.



Review: http://allisontooey.livejournal.com/143493.html

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"CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR" (2016) Photo Gallery [09 Aug 2016|11:43am]

lmoore66
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"CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR" (2016) Photo Gallery

Here is a GALLERY featuring images from "CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR", the latest entry from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, the movie stars Chris Evans as Steve Rogers aka Captain America.
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Die Hard Has Aged Well But I Haven't! [08 Aug 2016|01:00am]

shaved_ape
[ mood | awake ]

A while ago I was watching The Matrix for the first time in several years and very much enjoying it but then something lept out at me that really dated the movie - Neo's phone. I remember when I first saw The Matrix at the cinema Neo's phone looked exactly how it was supposed to - like 'The Future'. A mere handful of years later and that razor sharp piece of kit looked like the housebrick mobile phones of the 1980's!

A series of similar moments took me out of the original Die Hard movie tonight as I rewatched it for the first time in years. Firstly there was the reveal of John Maclean carrying his handgun inflight. Sure he is a cop but seriously, only a few years ago this was casually accepted it seems! Secondly, there was how young Bruce Willis looked (when he still has hair and looked like he could pull of another series of 'Moonlighting' if he really had to). Just as I am getting over the shock of this, up on the screen pops the awesome Alan Rickman - also looking impossibly young and it is at this point that I realise that I am probably older now than either of those two guys were when they appeared in the film. Not only is the film dated but so am I!

Also worthy of mention was the total absence of mobile phones. Did we really not have them then? It would have been a very different film if we did, unless the terrorists had some convenient gizmo to block the signal. Terrorists. That is something else which popped out as so very last millennium - the quality of the terrorists and the general reaction to them.

The final pop up thought I had is just how much better this film is that any of it's sequels or subsequent sub-genre rip-offs. I like some of them too, but there is a richness of detail and character and humour in amongst the comparative simplicity that makes Die Hard brilliant. This is such a good movie. It is probably too late now but I would have like to have seen a spin off movie with Al (the cop) and Argyle (the chauffeur) taking the lead. Maybe they could set up some kind of detective agency or something. I don't care. Its basically just fan fiction (or not even that) but I think the idea has legs.

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I Definitely Prefer a Footlight Parade to a Broadway Melody [06 Aug 2016|03:09pm]

allisontooey
[ mood | aggravated ]

I've posted a review of Footlight Parade over at my journal.



Review: http://allisontooey.livejournal.com/143333.html

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When Movies Were More Religious... [03 Aug 2016|08:54pm]

allisontooey
[ mood | uncomfortable ]

I've posted a review of the 1925 Ben-Hur over at my journal.



Review: http://allisontooey.livejournal.com/142941.html

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Star Trek Beyond & Odd Thomas [02 Aug 2016|12:39am]

shaved_ape
[ mood | awake ]

A semi-unintentional Anton Yelchin double bill, overshadowed by his recent untimely death:

STAR TREK BEYOND:
I haven't read many reviews of this since it's release so I don't know if I am in a minority but I really struggled to like this movie. I loved the first movie in the reboot series but was disappointed by the second once they linked the plot unnecessarily closely to 'Wrath Of Khan.' The first part of this third movie felt like a welcome return to form but I ended up feeling pretty bored and alienated by the film as a whole. There are some great moments, wonderful action set pieces and I am really taken with Karl Urban's take on the young 'Bones McCoy.' A handful of enjoyable moments aside, I found the film hard to stay engaged with. Maybe this plot would (with a bit of editing) make for a great episode of the series but for my tastes it stretched itself way too thin for movie length. It was a mixed bag but I spent more time bored than I did entertained.

ODD THOMAS:
I saw a few minutes of this on tv a few weeks ago but was unable to see it all but was impressed enough by what little I saw to order it on dvd. The already sadly missed Anton Yelchin plays a small town fry-cook who can see ghosts and other paranormal entities. His character is quickly drawn into a plot where he has to fight off an almost apocalyptic paranormal plot. Based on the novel(s) by Dean Koontz, Odd Thomas makes a great companion piece for 'John Dies At The End' a similarly fun small town guy vs paranormal apocalypse set of shenanigans. This is a fun movie.

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Older Movies, Revamped Movies, and One Blatant Ripoff Movie [31 Jul 2016|05:41pm]

allisontooey
[ mood | thirsty ]

I've posted a grab-bag of reviews over at my journal, as is my wont at the end of the month.



Star Wars Review: http://allisontooey.livejournal.com/142765.html#cutid1
Heaven Review: http://allisontooey.livejournal.com/142765.html#cutid2
Fugitive Review: http://allisontooey.livejournal.com/142765.html#cutid3
Mr. Jordan Review: http://allisontooey.livejournal.com/142765.html#cutid4
Earnest Review: http://allisontooey.livejournal.com/142765.html#cutid5
Body Heat Review: http://allisontooey.livejournal.com/142765.html#cutid6

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The Way Way Back & Last Chance Harvey [29 Jul 2016|09:37pm]

shaved_ape
[ mood | awake ]

A pair of heart-warmers:

THE WAY WAY BACK:
I usually prefer my comedies to have a bit more edge/bite than this gentle offering but it has still won me over with some nice performances and a significant quantity of charm. It's a pretty simple coming of age story and there are plenty of those about but this is well written, has a decent central performance from the very likable Liam James and most of all has an excellent supporting cast which includes Steve Carrel, Toni Collette and Sam Rockwell. On this form I could have enjoyed this film just for Rockwell alone but the rest of the cast contribute and I find my cynical self disarmed.

Last Chance Harvey:
Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson play the romantic leads here. I hesitate to use the word rom-com as despite the presence of humour it isn't really a comedy. The humour is nicely balanced with drama and nice character moments. I like this film more than most films of its type for a few reasons. Firstly, the characters are older and it is just more interesting to watch two older people whose lives are somewhat defined by their loneliness skirt around a serious relationship. If the movie featured a pair of twenty-somethings it would not have had the same appeal. The second reason why I like it is the London setting. Springtime London showcases the film beautifully and in turn the romance of the film does for London what 'When Harry Met Sally' did for New York. The third reason why I like this film is simply Dustin Hoffman, possibly my favourite actor and here turning in a worthwhile, subtle performance.

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A Mystery, Wrapped Inside an Enigma, Wrapped Inside a Movie [27 Jul 2016|11:55pm]

allisontooey
[ mood | rushed ]

I've posted a review of the movie now known as Julia over at my journal.



Review: http://allisontooey.livejournal.com/142547.html

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"GHOSTBUSTERS" (2016) Photo Gallery [26 Jul 2016|05:31pm]

lmoore66



"GHOSTBUSTERS" (2016) Photo Gallery

Here is a GALLERY featuring images from the new science-fiction/fantasy movie, "GHOSTBUSTERS". Directed by Paul Fieg, the movie stars Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon.
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An Interesting Alternative to the Modern War Movie [23 Jul 2016|12:35pm]

allisontooey
[ mood | good ]

I've posted a review of All Quiet on the Western Front over at my journal.



Review: http://allisontooey.livejournal.com/142143.html

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