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A Movie That Should be Redialed [25 May 2016|02:11pm]

allisontooey
[ mood | okay ]

I've posted a review of Sorry, Wrong Number over at my journal, under the heading "I Think The Movie Was Put On Hold..."

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[23 May 2016|02:45pm]

darkphoenixrisn
My review of Captain America: Civil War is here.
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Hidden "G"old [21 May 2016|02:03pm]

allisontooey
[ mood | busy ]

I've posted a review of "G" Men over at my journal, under the heading "The 'G' Stands For Good."

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[21 May 2016|04:05am]

darkphoenixrisn
Demon (2015)

This Polish/Israeli co-production about a wedding disrupted by a dybbuk-possessed groom is not so much horror as dark comedy with elements of magic realism. It's a bit of a slow burn that gradually captivates on its way to an enigmatic ending. The final film from director Marcin Wrona, who committed suicide after it was completed, it combines a lyrical visual sensibility (Pawel Flis' cinematography is excellent) with razor sharp dark humor. Wrona also gets strong work from his cast, including Itay Tiran as the groom, Agnieszka Zulewska as the bride, Andrzej Grabowski as the bride's father, Adam Woronowicz as a drunken doctor, and Wlodzimier Press as an elderly Jewish professor. Also, it's nice to see a film with some dialog in Yiddish. Recommended.
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"THE GOLDEN BOWL" (2000) Review [18 May 2016|09:05pm]

lmoore66
top5-goldenbowl3


"THE GOLDEN BOWL" (2000) Review

I wrote this REVIEW of "THE GOLDEN BOWL", Merchant-Ivory's 2000 adaptation of Henry James' 1904 novel. The movie starred Uma Thurman, Jeremy Northam, Kate Beckinsale and Nick Nolte.
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"THE GOLDEN BOWL" (2000) Photo Gallery [18 May 2016|08:03pm]

lmoore66
Golden Bowl pic 3


"THE GOLDEN BOWL" (2000) Photo Gallery

Here is a GALLERY featuring images from "THE GOLDEN BOWL", Merchant-Ivory's 2000 adaptation of Henry James' 1904 novel. The movie starred Uma Thurman, Jeremy Northam, Kate Beckinsale and Nick Nolte.
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I'll Stick to Vegas, Thanks. [18 May 2016|02:52pm]

allisontooey
[ mood | working ]

I've posted a review of Sin City over at my journal, under the heading "Repentance Review"

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5 Broken Cameras & In The Fog [18 May 2016|07:24pm]

shaved_ape
[ mood | awake ]

Two gems of world cinema rescued from a bargain bin:

5 BROKEN CAMERAS:
The repetition of tragedy can have a numbing effect. How many stories of tragedy have we seen from the Middle East? We are aware of the struggles of the Palestinians, the repression, the violence, the violation of laws and civil rights, but one story follows another and we can become numb. 5 Broken Cameras cuts through this as it tells a specific story, gives us names and faces that we get to know and care about and shows us how an ongoing tragedy shapes (and sometimes takes) their lives. The village is Bil'in on the Palestinian West Bank, land which is arbitrarily taken for Israeli settlements despite an Israeli court ruling that the land grab was illegal. The 5 Cameras of the title belong to villager Emad Burmat who documents the story of the village, each broken camera a milestone in the struggle against the illegal land grab. This documentary tells a story with beautiful simplicity, far removed from the usual acrimonious politics we see regularly played out on the tv news. These are the real people behind the stories and this is a powerful and moving film.


IN THE FOG:
This is an international production but is set and mostly filmed in Latvia. The story takes place in 1942 and the Western frontier of the occupied Soviet Union. Under Nazi occupation one man stands accused of collaboration and is set to be executed by the resistance. The story unfolds on two levels as we see the accused character caught in an ever-closing trap between the advancing Germans forces and the resistance who want him dead. The back story behind the alleged collaboration is told through flashbacks. The film is notable for the way it conveys a tense and gripping story, full of moral complexity with very little actual dialogue. Whole sections of the film contains no dialogue at all and when the characters do speak it is with great economy - the tension and emotions are all the more powerful for that.

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"DIRTY DEEDS" (2002) Review [15 May 2016|07:29pm]

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"DIRTY DEEDS" (2002) Review

I wrote this REVIEW of the 2002 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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Or So It Seems... [15 May 2016|02:38pm]

allisontooey
[ mood | productive ]

I've posted a review of You Only Live Once over at my journal, under the heading "...And Fear is Its Name".

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Doctors Within Borders [11 May 2016|02:05pm]

allisontooey
[ mood | okay ]

I've posted a review of The Killer That Stalked New York over at my journal, under the heading "This Movie May Be Hazardous to Your Health."

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Cooties & A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night [10 May 2016|12:54am]

shaved_ape
[ mood | awake ]

Two from the horror production company of Elijah Wood. (Who Knew?):

COOTIES:
This is all bright vibrant fun. Effectively it is a zombie film but of the 'rage virus' type rather than the living dead. In this case the infected are all pre-pubescent children. The initial outbreak happens on a school day so the teaching staff become besieged in the school. The tone leans towards fun and there are some great set pieces. This is decently made, well written and loads of fun to watch.

A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT:
The concept of an Iranian vampire movie was by itself enough to intrigue me - especially as the vampire in question was a woman. This throws up all kinds of possibilities. It is difficult to discuss specifics without spoilers but the film was kind of fascinating to watch. It draws on all kinds of influences. At times it feels like a spaghetti western and other times you can almost feel the presence of David Lynch. (my initial thought was 'Eraserhead' because it is shot in black and white but in spirit it is much more like 'Wild At Heart'. As a concequence the film's pacing often runs a little on the slow side but if you can get into the vibe of the situation the mood of this willfully offbeat film might just win you over.

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Tank Girl & Captain America: Civil War [09 May 2016|11:58pm]

shaved_ape
[ mood | awake ]

Two comic book adaptations (that are worlds apart):

TANK GIRL:
Until this past week I had never seen the Tank Girl movie all the way through. Every review I have seen or heard (I think without exception) ranks this as one of the worst movies ever certainly in terms of how disappointing it is compared to it's source material. I had attempted to watch it from time to time if it was on tv but either came in far to late or could not commit to watching it for more than a few minutes at a time.
Part of the problem is this: the Tank Girl comics on which the film is based are brilliant. They are wild, anarchic, distinctive and inspire huge loyalty in their devoted fans. If you can forget the source material then the Tank Girl movie is merely a sub-par sci-fi movie - far from good but possibly ill-deserving of of the ire it currently attracts. The problem is that if you have read the comics on which it is based the gulf in class which is lost to the adaptation is huge. It is difficult to forget the original comics as images from them are routinely used as interstitials between the scenes. The anarchic punk elements are minimised beyond recognition. On it's release 20 years ago it was given an 'R' rating in the US. Maybe I am just horribly jaded but the film seems so tame to me that this is something of a surprise. The other surprise worthy of note is the cast includes Naomi Watts in an early role (and Iggy Pop in a small role). It is difficult enough to like this film if you have never read Tank Girl, if you are a fan of the comics then watching it will probably only piss you off.

CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR:
There are so many Marvel characters in this movie it could just as well have been billed as the third Avengers movie and nobody would have batted an eye. (For me this is no bad thing). The story picks up with the characters dealing with the aftermath of the events in the Avengers Ultron movie. There is a drive from human civil authorities for super heroes to become registered and regulated. This raises all kinds of questions for the heroes about accountability and responsibility with the characters polarized around the arguments.
While I was watching the movie I was struck by how similar themes had been used in the recent Batman V Superman film - and then by how much better they had been expressed in the Marvel movie. Marvel at this point have a clear advantage - the characters have had multiple movies to establish themselves and their world whereas DC are running to catch up. Armed with this advantage the story (and issues raised) are handled with pace, humour and a subtlety of character that is so much more satisfying. I liked Batman V Superman but this is leagues ahead - pun intended.
The characters of Ant Man and the newly relaunched Spiderman and introduced to the wider Marvel World and The Black Panther is given a full debut. Just about every other character in the film (which includes all of the Avengers apart from Hulk and Thor) are given a pretty thorough work out and in some cases substantially developed. This brings me on to possibly my favourite aspect of the film (and why I always enjoyed Marvel comics much more than DC) is that this film creates the distinct impression of a unified world where many diverse characters can meet, interact and affect each other in all kinds of ways. The comics had this feature for many years but the cinematic universe is starting to develop it too - and my inner geek is jumping for joy.

A small part of me feels guilty. I am aware that the effect the mega-blockbusters are having on movie production as a whole. These productions are stifling the diversity of the types of films which are being produced - its a simple economic argument. Part of me recognizes what is being lost as cinema changes and enters a phase which is so monolithically dominated by these blockbuster action films. At the same time I cannot deny that this movie - and many like it but especially the Marvel/hero movies of recent years are a total joy to me. I am being suckled by a corporate whore and I am clearly loving it. Guilt and pleasure! What's a man to do?

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And It All Comes Tumbling Down [08 May 2016|02:50pm]

allisontooey
[ mood | listless ]

I've posted a review of Niagra over at my journal, under the heading "When Story Falls Short".

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"AIRPORT" (1970) Review [08 May 2016|12:54pm]

lmoore66
dean


"AIRPORT" (1970) Review

I wrote this REVIEW of "AIRPORT", the 1970 adaptation of Arthur Hailey's 1968 novel. Directed by George Seaton, the movie starred Burt Lancaster, Dean Martin, Jean Seberg, Jacqueline Bisset and George Kennedy.
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[05 May 2016|03:37am]

darkphoenixrisn
Ant-Man (2015)

Like its titular superhero, this film punches above its weight, and it's one of the better Marvel Cinematic Universe films to date. It goes further in the direction of comedy than nearly all previous MCU films, but it still feels like it belongs in the MCU. Paul Rudd capably handles the title role, and his humor is a big part of why it works. Despite the superhero trappings and action scenes, it's a caper film with both humor and heart, and succeeds in entertaini8ng from start to finish. It had a troubled production history, with Peyton Reed replacing co-writer Edgar Wright in the director's chair, but the end result is smooth. The cast includes Michael Douglas as the long-retired original Ant-Man, Evangeline Lilly as his daughter Hope, Corey Stoll as his protégé turned bad guy Yellowjacket, and there are several cool cameos. Fun film.
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Come Into The Parlor... [04 May 2016|02:29pm]

allisontooey
[ mood | indifferent ]

I've posted a review of Black Widow over at my journal. You can find it under the heading "Oh What A Tangled Web We Weave..."

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"SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK" (2012) Photo Gallery [04 May 2016|11:13am]

lmoore66
SLP1


"SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK" (2012) Photo Gallery

Here is a GALLERY of images from "SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK", the 2012 adaptation of Matthew Quick's 2008 novel. Directed by David O. Russell, the movie starred Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper and Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence.
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Death: The Latest Fashion [03 May 2016|02:20pm]

allisontooey
[ mood | exhausted ]

I've posted a review of Death Becomes Her over at my journal, as part of the Hit Me With Your Best Shot Challenge. You can find it under the heading "Green With Envy...Or Is That Decomposition?"

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The Toxic Avenger 4 (Box Set, British Premiere and Director Q&A) [03 May 2016|12:12am]

shaved_ape
[ mood | awake ]

For some weeks I have been bubbling away with quiet excitement. I have been holding tickets to see the British Cinema Premiere of The Toxic Avenger 4: Citizen Toxie.' Producer/Director/Writer/Troma Legend Lloyd Kaufman would be present to introduce the movie and participate in Q&A after the show and my friend Ian was coming up from Wales to see the film on his birthday!
To get in the mood for this I watched the 'Tox Box' collection of all four movies. The fourth film, 'Citizen Toxie' had been available on dvd for a while - it has just never been released in British cinemas - which is pretty disgraceful. The first movie I was already familiar with but is always fun to watch. The second and third movies are considered by Kaufman himself to be horribly compromised but I think are pretty decent sequels. (He compromised on some content in order to obtain an 'R' certificate in the US for the benefit of a video distribution deal, but I like them and they are pretty popular with fans). I have also recently learned that the third film came about because the amount of footage they shot for the second movie was about 6 hours long - so with a few tweaks it was transformed into two separate movies. Part 3 has my favourite title of the series: 'The Last Temptation Of Toxie'!
Across the films then we see Melvin the 95 pound weakling transform into the Toxic Avenger - a mop wielding deformed agent of justice! We see him fight bullies, crime and even the devil. We see him fall in love and even get married. Sometimes we see these things more than once as footage sometimes gets cheekily recycled! In the fourth film we see him fight what is basically an evil version of himself, but that is beside the point in all honesty. Now that the need to 'compromise' has been removed Kaufman cuts loose with every item of tastelessness in his arsenal. Political correctness is trampled, graphic cartoon violence (softened by willfully cheap effects) is unleashed and the mind-bending vision of Troma studio's chief creator is set loose on the world once more. Ron Jeremy and Lemmy from Motorhead are among those making cameo appearances. The legacy of both The Toxic Avanger and Troma studios seem to be pretty safe as far as the fourth film goes.
The reason for this belated British premiere at The Prince Charles Cinema in London? The imminent release of The Toxic Avenger Musical at the Southwark Theatre for the next few weeks at least. The Q&A with Kaufman after the movie was also a lot of fun with the man being as funny, disarming and filthy as you would expect if you have seen any of his films. After both the box set and the screening/Q&A my affection for Kaufman, Toxie and Troma have only grown!

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