Oct. 13th, 2011

Review: Hunter Prey [2010]

Hunter Prey (2010)Title: Hunter Prey
Writer: Nick Damon / Sandy Collora
Director: Sandy Collora
Outline: The Prometheus has dropped out of orbit. Communications and life support systems are down. Situation Critical: Status of Crew and Prisoner unknown. With orders to catch their Alien Prisoner alive the surviving crew of the spaceship Prometheus pursue a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse with their escaped prisoner on a deserted and barren planet. But, who is the hunter and who is its prey?
Starring: Isaac C. Singleton Jr., Clark Bartram, Damion Poitier, Simon Potter, Erin Gray

Not since I sat down to watch Pitch Black with my husband have I been so pleasantly surprised by a low-budget sci-fi movie. Like with PB, I was expecting a mindless creature-feature to pass a bit of time. However, this story delivers with some good acting and, in my opinion, a good story/plot. I won't go into what I think really made this movie click as it would be spoiler-y, but I definitely recommend it for those who like their sci-fi with a bit less boom and a bit more intelligence.

If you have Netflix, either get the DVD or stream it, it's definitely worth your time.

Feb. 3rd, 2008

Review: Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels [1998]

Title: Lock. Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
Writer: Guy Ritchie
Director: Guy Ritchie
Outline: Four London working class stiffs pool their money to put one in a high stakes card game, but things go wrong and they end up owing half a million pounds and having one week to come up with the cash.
Starring: Jason Flemyng, Dexter Fletcher, Vinnie Jones, Nick Moran, Jason Statham

This is one of those movies I go to regardless of the mood I'm in. I always end up laughing my ass off. Honestly, from the first scene Bacon [Statham] became my favorite. I have a feeling it has something to do with the actor, since I loved his characters in The Italian Job and Cellular. However, I haven't actually got a chance to see The Transporter or Transporter 2. I plan to rectify this.

My second favorite character in this would have to be Big Chris [Jones]. Something about the contrast of being a dept collector and devoted father. I find a disproportional amount of giggles out of him taking his son out on jobs and the entire time nagging his son and others around him to watch their language and tone.

I did get a personal squee out of seeing Sting in this. Speaking of music, I totally loved the music in this movie.

Feb. 2nd, 2008

Upcoming Movie Reviews

  • Foolish Wives [1922] [IMBD]
  • Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels [1988] [IMBD]
  • Nil by Mouth [1997] [IMBD]
  • Nosferatu [1922] [IMBD]
  • Prick Up Your Ears [1987] [IMBD]
  • Sherlock [2002] [IMBD]

Not sure what order they'll be in, but I'll be getting to them. If you want me to review any specific movie, go ahead and let me know. If I don't have it, and you can't get it to me, then I'll do my best to track it down.

Review: Svengali [1931]

Title: Svengali
Writer: J. Grubb Alexander (writer), George L. Du Maurier (novel)
Director: Archie Mayo
Outline: Through hypnotism and telepathic mind control, a sinister music maestro controls the singing voice, but not the heart, of the woman he loves.
Starring: John Barrymore, Marian Marsh, Bramwell Fletcher

OMG. I nearly fell over giggling in some parts. And, I do believe they were supposed to be funny. Svengali [the character] was so very self-serving and willing to use anyone around him. It was too funny. I also loved the leading lady [that's rare for me in earlier films]. She was fun and sassy, and I actually liked the way she played her character while under Svengali's control. And, honestly, she was just so very adorable.

Honestly, if you really love unrepentant and wickedly funny villains along with adorably lovable leading ladies, I would so recommend this movie to you.

So, if you got a chance to see it, let me know what you think!

Review: Beyond the Rocks [1922]

Title: Beyond the Rocks
Writer: Elinor Glyn (novel), Jack Cunningham (scenario)
Director: Sam Wood
Outline: A young woman marries an older millionaire and then falls in love with a handsome nobleman on her honeymoon.
Starring: Rudolph Valentino, Gloria Swanson, Robert Bolder

I am a sucker for silent films, so it was pretty much a sure shot that I would really like this. However, I ended up loving it. At first, I was wondering of Hector was supposed to come off as creepy and self-serving, because it seemed that way to me. However, I really started to feel for both he and Theodora after they did they're best to not act on their attraction and love [well, after a few slips].

When I really started to love the movie was when Josiah finds out about Hector and Theodora being in love. I really started to feel for him. Up until that point I thought it was pretty much just there as a plot device. However, it was his attempt [and success] at sacrificing himself so that the woman he loved could be happy with the man that she loved that made me feel for him and really start to love the movie.

This is definitely worth watching over and over again. Of course, I'm still giggling at the random insert of scene-appropriate sound effects [such as the clomping of hooves and yelling/cheering/murmuring of people]. The music, however, was beautiful.

So, if you got a chance to see it, let me know what you think!

Review: Ballet Shoes [2007]

Title: Ballet Shoes
Writer: Noel Streatfeild (novel), Heidi Thomas (screenplay)
Director: Sandra Goldbacher
Outline: [taken from imbd] The story of three orphan girls (Pauline, Petrova, and Posy), adopted by an eccentric explorer, Great Uncle Matthew, and his niece Sylvia, in 1930s London.
Starring: Emilia Fox, Victoria Wood, Emma Watson, Yasmin Paige, Lucy Boynton, Richard Griffiths, Marc Warren, Lucy Cohu, Gemma Jones, Harriet Walter, Eileen Atkins

Originally I wasn't going to see this, because it sounded too close to a chick-flick for my taste. I'm glad I did though.

I can't tell you if Emma Watson can actually pull off a character that doesn't end up sounding too close to Hermione Granger, because she seemed just the same to me. However, I'm one of those people who don't have a problem with the way she played Hermione, and I can't really watch a movie one time through and pick out how an actor does this character different from others they play. All I know is she didn't suck.

I figured if I liked this movie, it would be because of the bond of the three sisters. Don't get me wrong, I loved that part of it. But what really pulled me in was the romance between Sylvia Brown and John Simpson, and the character of Petrova.

Over-all, it is a bit of a chick-flick. a lot like something you might find on the Lifetime network, but it's really good and touching, in my opinion. I so want to get this on DVD.

So, if you got a chance to see it, let me know what you think!

Making a Loud Noise Until Rescued

"I thought," said Piglet earnestly, "that if Eeyore stood at the bottom of the tree, and if Pooh stood on Eeyore's back, and if I stood on Pooh's shoulders----"

"And if Eeyore's back snapped suddenly, then we could all laugh. Ha ha! Amusing in a quiet way," said Eeyore, "but not really helpful."

"Well," said Piglet meekly, "I thought----"

"Would it break your back, Eeyore?" asked Pooh, very much surprised.

"That's what would be so interesting, Pooh. Not being quite sure till afterwards."

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