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This Month's Unintentional Theme...Travellers. [30 Apr 2016|02:35pm]

allisontooey
[ mood | complacent ]

I've posted a grab-bag of reviews over at my journal to close out the month. You can find it under the entry simply titled "Grab-Bag 30".


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"FREQUENCY" (2000) Photo Gallery [28 Apr 2016|11:18pm]

seldonp38



"FREQUENCY" (2000) Photo Gallery

Here is a GALLERY featuring images from the 2000 science-fiction thriller, "FREQUENCY". Directed by Gregory Hoblit, the movie starred Dennis Quaid and James Caviezel.
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Is This a Samurai Sword I see Before Me? [26 Apr 2016|02:33pm]

allisontooey
[ mood | blank ]

I've posted a review of Throne of Blood over at my journal, as part of the Hit Me With Your Best Shot Challenge. You can find it under the title of "So Fair and Foul A Film I have Not Seen".

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"THE PUBLIC EYE" (1992) Photo Gallery [26 Apr 2016|02:09pm]

lmoore66



"THE PUBLIC EYE" (1992) Photo Gallery

Here is a GALLERY featuring images from the 1992 neo-noir film, "THE PUBLIC EYE". Directed by Howard Franklin, the movie starred Joe Pesci and Barbara Hershey.
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Class Of Nuke 'Em High & Sgt. Kabukiman N.Y.P.D. [25 Apr 2016|01:28am]

shaved_ape
[ mood | awake ]

A Troma Double Bill!

CLASS OF NUKE 'EM HIGH:
File this under 'so bad it's good.'Troma specialise in affectionate low rent B-movies and this is no exception. The premise is simple: A nuclear power plant is covering up it's many leaks and kids in the neighbouring high school are suffering from either aberrant behaviour, outright mutation or both. This ticks just about all of the B-movie boxes in some considerable style. Zero budget? Check. Poor effects? Check. Bad/amateur acting? Check. Flimsy story? Check. Awful script? Check. Expositional dialogue highlighting ludicrously poor science? Check. Gratuitous boobs? Check. It might sound awful on paper but it is awful with such deliberate, knowing joy that it is impossible to dislike, or at least admire in some twisted fashion.

SGT. KABUKIMAN N.Y.P.D:
This film starts with a deeply silly premise (and title) and gleefully runs with it. A questionably competent New York cop becomes embroiled in some daemonic shenanigans and is accidentally selected to embody the spirit of the 'chosen one' who can fight off the impending evil through the spirit of Japanese Kabuki theatre, or something. This film is willfully bonkers even by Troma standards and as such is one of my absolute favourites. It is played even more broadly for laughs and even leans towards some action and stunts rather than the usual horror stylings but essentially this is a film that knows it is silly and revels in it. If you are a fan of Troma movies you probably have a reasonable idea of what you are getting into - this just happens to be a particularly good example of it.

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Batman V Superman and X-Men Rogue Cut [24 Apr 2016|08:37pm]

shaved_ape
[ mood | awake ]

BATMAN V SUPERMAN:
I have finally stopped dithering and seen this movie. I always knew I was going to see it but my barely rational dislike of Ben Affleck dampened my usual enthusiasm for this sort of thing. It could possibly be a measure of how good this film is that I liked it a lot despite the presence of Affleck. I know I am being a little unfair, he is not bad in this - but I am saying that despite my deep prejudice I really did enjoy it.
There is a lot of character work going on that goes beyond the usual 'origin story/world building' that we often see in superhero movies. This has to happen. Not only are two normally disparate (cinematic-ally at least) worlds being brought together but the film also needs to create a plausible scenario why two legendary heroes would not only meet but fight when they did. This character work does feel a little long and sometimes just a bit too contrived - but it really does pay off. The final section of the film pays off with dazzling spectacle. It is difficult to understate how iconic these two characters are and what an event bringing them together on screen is - and this film (pun only partially intended) does them justice. A few recent hero movies have flagged for the want of a proper baddie. (It is widely acknowledged in comic book terms that the hero is only ever as good as the villain(s) he faces). This film does not lack for that - first of all the heroes have each other to square off with, then there is a fresh and pleasing take on Lex Luthor and then there is the other thing... It's all quite satisfying and rewards the patience required while all the character stuff is happening earlier.
If having two of the most iconic heroes ever square off in spectacular fashion wasn't enough something even better happens! Wonder Woman is introduced and frankly she looks like she could kick both their arses, in sheer awesomeness if not actual powers. Why has it taken this long to bring her to the big screen? Now that we have her she provides a dose of wow which the DC screen universe sorely needs. The movie has succeeded in the two requirements I was looking for, it was entertaining in its own right - and it has made me excited about seeing further JUstice League type movies. In my mind this will hold at best, second place to the Avengers movies but with this one strike DC have closed more of that enormous gap than I had thought possible with a single film.


X-MEN: 'ROGUE CUT':

Not long after I bought my dvd copy of Days Of Futures Past I began to see a 'Rogue Cut' of the movie had become available. (This is basically the same movie but with a sub-plot about the Rogue character rescued from the editing room floor and cut back into the film). I have dithered for a long time. I do not like buying multiple copies of the same film. I was however, curious. Rogue was almost always my favourite X-man in the comics (the film versions have not done her full justice). I have also seen two excellent 'director's cut' versions of movies recently which have been significant improvements on the originals. My objection to buying two copies of the same film when I recently found a cheap copy of the film now that time has passed. The 'Rogue Cut' is pretty much just what it says on the tin. The sub=plot about Rogue which was largely cut for pacing reasons is restored. There are a few other very minor tweaks - most of them were necessary to cover up the minor holes in the film left when the Rogue plot was cut out.
IS THIS VERSION BETTER THAN THE ORIGINAL CUT? Not by much. It was nice to see Rogue included because I like the character but it added only a little to the story as a whole. IS IT ANY WORSE? Not really. The original cut gets to the climax a little faster but the new cut doesnt feel like it loses a lot of pace. IF YOU HAD TO PICK ONLY ONE VERSION? I would keep the 'Rogue Cut' for the same reason that I buy the extended versions of the LOTR & Hobbit movies. I love the characters and the worlds they are set in. I will happily sacrifice a little pace for the extra footage. This is only a couple of minutes so nothing like the Peter Jackson extended cuts. It makes little difference really. I would not recommend buying both, but if you were only going to but the one I would choose the Rogue Cut.

Note: The 'Rogue Cut' dvd is a two disc set and the original version is included on the other disc. I would definitely say buy this if you were buying your first copy but It might not be worth the extra investment if you already have one.

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This One Will Definitely Stick in Your Memory... [23 Apr 2016|02:19pm]

allisontooey
[ mood | annoyed ]

I've posted a review of Memento over at my journal, under the title "Movies Gone Mental."

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[22 Apr 2016|03:25pm]

darkphoenixrisn
At last, my review of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
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The Lady In The Van and Three & Out [22 Apr 2016|12:49am]

shaved_ape
[ mood | awake ]

Two British Comedy/Dramas:

THE LADY IN THE VAN:
This is as beautifully observed and performed as anything I have seen in a long time. In the 1970's writer Alan Bennett allowed a woman to park the van in which she was living temporarily in the driveway of his Camden home. She remained there until she died fifteen years later. Bennett wrote about his experiences with this woman (and what he pieced together about her life after she had died) and this book was first adapted as a stage play and more recently, this film. Maggie Smith played the role of The Lady in both versions and steals the show in this - an even more impressive task given the superb level of performances from everyone else involved. This is funny and touching in all the right ways. Brilliant.

THREE & OUT:
Sweet but slightly hit and miss comedy/drama about an underground train driver who is informed by colleagues that if a third person dies in front of his train (he has already experienced two) that he will be paid off into early retirement from the job. The driver searches for and finds a man who wants to kill himself and strikes a bargain with him. The man will end his life in front of the train if the driver will help him get affairs with his estranged family in order first. Mackenzie Crook and Colm Meaney are well cast and are supported by a decent cast that notably includes Imelda Staunton and an early appearance from Gemma Arterton. The comedy is a little patchy but the characters are pretty engaging and the film musters some touching moments.

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The Girl Can't Help It and Killing Bono [21 Apr 2016|11:53pm]

shaved_ape
[ mood | awake ]

Two films about Rock 'n' Roll (kind of):

THE GIRL CAN'T HELP IT:
Hollywood 'does' rock 'n' roll in fairly spectacular style in this 1950's Jayne Mansfield vehicle. The musical line up is staggering, the plot as light and insubstantial as candy floss and the colours so vivid they almost give you brain freeze. It is pretty simplistic stuff and heavily sanitised but as a document of the time it will have few equals in this era. The Beatles site it as a formative influence and it still has the power to wow.


KILLING BONO:
Who hasn't thought that was a good idea at some point? Sadly the film isn't exactly about that. The film is an adaptation of the memoir of Neil McCormick (published in the US under the same title but in the UK as 'I Was Bono's Double'). The story follows the McCormick brothers as school friends try to find fame and fortune in the music business but struggle to emerge from the shadow of U2, a band started by other school mates around the same time. There are a few laughs and some insights into the misic business of the time but the movie is most notable for some of its better casting choices. Robert Sheehan (who stole the show in several series of Misits, the tv show) plays Ivan McCormick and Pete Postlethwaite appears in his final film role.

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This Movie is Anything But Beguiling. [19 Apr 2016|02:51pm]

allisontooey
[ mood | complacent ]

I've posted a review of The Beguiled over at my journal as part of the Hit Me With Your Best Shot Challenge. You can find it under the title "Girls' Schools Are Weird Places in the Movies."

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"DIRTY DEEDS" (2002) Photo Gallery [19 Apr 2016|02:14pm]

seldonp38
dirty-deeds-4


"DIRTY DEEDS" (2002) Photo Gallery

Here is a GALLERY of images from the 2002 mob comedy, "DIRTY DEEDS". Directed by David Caesar, the movie starred Bryan Brown, Toni Collette, John Goodman, Sam Worthington and Sam Neill.
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Mysteries of Love [17 Apr 2016|02:35pm]

allisontooey
[ mood | okay ]

I've posted a review of Picnic at Hanging Rock over at my journal. You can find it under the title "The Name is Apropos in More Ways Than One".

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[17 Apr 2016|03:38am]

darkphoenixrisn
Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1953)

Amusing trifle with Bud and Lou as bungling American cops who tangle with the nefarious Dr. Jekyll (Boris Karloff) and his monstrous alter ego Mr. Hyde (Eddie Parker) in London. One of their last films, slow to get started, and while it's not one of their classics, it still delivers laughs. The cast includes Helen Westcott as Jekyll's ward Vicky, Craig Stevens as journalist Bruce Adams, Reginald Denny as a Scotland Yard inspector, and John Dierkes as Jekyll's assistant Batley. Capably directed by Charles Lamont, responsible for most of their 1950s output at Universal.
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Old-Fashioned Lives Meet Modern Filmmaking [12 Apr 2016|02:30pm]

allisontooey
[ mood | content ]

I've posted a review of Witness over at my journal as part of the Hit Me With Your Best Shot Challenge. You can find it under the title "Actually, it Kind of IS an Amish Paradise".

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[10 Apr 2016|02:51am]

darkphoenixrisn
The Man in the Road (1956)

This British B-movie is a surprisingly engrossing Cold War thriller about a man who wakes up in a nursing home with amnesia. It may have a low budget and the story (based on Anthony Armstrong's novel) can be implausible at times, but prolific B-movie director Lance Comfort raises it up a notch with his confident and efficient direction, and the cast is quite good, including Derek Farr as the amnesiac, Donald Wolfit as the professor in charge of the nursing home, Ella Raines as an American who helps the amnesiac, Lisa Daniely as a seductive nurse, Cyril Cusack as an alcoholic doctor, and Russell Napier as a Scotland Yard superintendent. Filmed at Beaconsfield Film Studios.
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I feel like this agency needs more checks and balances [09 Apr 2016|04:27pm]

allisontooey
[ mood | nervous ]

I've posted a review of La Femme Nikita over at my journal.



Review here: http://allisontooey.livejournal.com/133858.html

And also, a heads up; I'm going to be doing a lot of travelling in the next two months, so I've scheduled a series of reviews to be released twice a week, as usual. The only differences will be that a) instead of linking directly to the reviews, I've given you the title of the review so you know which one to click on, and b) I won't be around to respond to comments. But please, feel free to leave comments anyway! I always enjoy seeing what other people have to say, and I will respond to them when I get back.

See you all in June. Happy movie watching!

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"THE HATEFUL EIGHT" (2015) Review [06 Apr 2016|01:08pm]

lmoore66
THE15_23


"THE HATEFUL EIGHT" (2015) Review

I wrote this REVIEW of the 2015 Western-thriller, "THE HATEFUL EIGHT". Written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, the movie starred Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason-Leigh and Walton Goggins.
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Who WOULDN'T Want Him As Their Lawyer? [05 Apr 2016|08:40pm]

allisontooey
[ mood | tired ]

I've posted a review of To Kill a Mockingbird over at my journal, as part of the Hit Me With Your Best Shot challenge.



Review: http://allisontooey.livejournal.com/133558.html

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"THE ILLUSIONIST" (2006) Review [04 Apr 2016|05:48pm]

seldonp38



"THE ILLUSIONIST" (2006) Review

I wrote this REVIEW of "THE ILLUSIONIST", the 2006 adaptation of Steven Millhauser's short story "Eisenheim the Illusionist". Directed by Neil Burger, the movie starred Edward Norton, Paul Giamatti, Jessica Biel and Rufus Sewell.
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