Snow White and the Huntsman

Friday, 14 September 12

Kristen Stewart
Chris Hemsworth
Charlize Theron
Sam Clafin
Sam Spruell
Ian McShane
Bob Hoskins
Ray Winston
Nick Frost
Eddie Marsan
Toby Jones
Johnny Harris
Brian Gleeson



PG13           132 min           2012

Snow White, imprisoned daughter of the late king, escapes just as the Magic Mirror declares her the source of the Evil Queen’s immortality. The Queen sends her men, led by a local huntsman to bring her back. But upon her capture, the huntsman finds he’s being played and turns against the Queens men, saving Snow White in the process. Meanwhile, Snow’s childhood friend, William, learns that she is alive and sets off to save her. Written by G.C. Bendixen


First it’s surreal that Thor and the Huntsman are played by the same guy who sacrificed himself on the USS Kelvin. He’s barely recognizable from the other two roles. I wasn’t too stressed about seeing this film until I found out that this was Bob Hoskin’s last film. Been a fan since Who Framed Roger Rabbit? [One of the first childhood movie that I watched as an adult and wondered: Is this really for kids?]

Snow White and the Huntsman on Blu-Ray is sensory overload. There is too much going on to grasp it in one sitting. Some of the imaginary I still don’t get. It may just come from my ignorance of the character. There’s no Disney’s Snow White to be found here.

The extended edition is advertised as ‘the version you couldn’t see in theatres.’ After watching it, I can’t tell what couldn’t be shouldn’t theatres unless scenes were blatantly cut for time reasons. Coming in just under two and half hours, I would have had to drive out of town to see this movie. Anything over two hours and my local theatre adds a ten minute break. If go to theatres to see a movie I want to SEE THE MOVIE, if I want breaks I’ll watch it at home.

I’ve never taken hallucinogens but whatever Snow White came into contact with seemed like a fun trip and she was no worse for wear. I’m a little ambivalent to miffed that the dwarves were relegated to secondary parts in this tale, not to mention they weren’t played by little people. But that aside the story was an interesting interpretation but I think I like Cameron Jace’s interpretation in Snow White Blood Red better.

Charlize Theron’s maniac crazy ‘evil’ stepmother perfect, unlike some calling it over the top, she was coming apart mentally at the seams. I imagine suckling the life essence from people will eventual rip your psyche. Kristen Stewart’s breathing from the mouth must have been aside an effect of that hallucinogen. Chris Hemsworth’s Hunstman and Sam Claflin’s William are perfect counterpoints to each other, two side of the same coin.

Although they left it open for a sequel, typical in today Hollywood, my imagination can’t conceive a plot to carry a second film. That’s the reason I feel I’m ignorant in the original Grimms’ take of Snow White.

I give Snow White and the Huntsman 3 out 5 Gs.


I Am Number Four

Saturday, 19 February 11

Alex Pettyfer
Timothy Olyphant
Teresa Palmer
Dianna Agron
Callan McAuliffe
Kevin Durand
Jake Abel











PG13           104min           2011




Based on the book of the same name by Pittacus Lore. I Am Number Four is about nine human looking aliens and their guardians hiding in plain sight being hunted by another race of alien that destroyed their home world. These nine can only be killed in order. The first three are dead. The protagonist is the fourth and he its his story.

As I’m a fan of the book, I really liked “I Am Number Four.” This adaptation did make changes but these changes were for the better and worked better for the visual medium of film. The visual effects are amazing. I have yet to be disappoint on of D.J. Caruso.

This film stay true to the core story of the book and even most of the action sequence of the book. Most of the change are cosmetic to make the action in the book work in the changes in the film. Some changes work probably made to save cost. But of all its a film that story the novel in this series and it works.

Most of this movie is setup work what happens at the end of the film. For the most part, the setup, is streamlined and fast paced. A lot of information about the characters that is in the book is left out but they do it all the broad stroke to make the character interest. The cast is unbelievable hot which does take from the film especially in the case of Sam.
It shouldn’t be any surprised that the special effects looked amazing. *Spoiler Alert* You truly believe that light is emitting John’s hand and that Six can disappear with ease. I am disappointed in the changes in Four and Six powers; they were better in the book.*Spoiler Alert*

I give ‘I Am Number Four’ 4 out of 5.


“Push”

Tuesday, 7 July 09

pushChris Evans
Dakota Fanning
Camille Belle
Djimon Hounsou
Neil Jackson















PG13           111min           2009




A group of young American ex-pats with telekinetic and clairvoyant abilities are hiding from a clandestine U.S. government agency. They must utilize their different talents and band together for a final job enabling them to escape the agency forever.

There is nothing spectacular about this film that makes it stand out. It’s a good science fiction film, but it felt like it was the pilot to a television show or a setup to a better sequel.

This is a quick paced film from beginning to end. All the fat has been cut to the point of almost leaving it tasteless. I want more from the story and I want to see where the rest of the story is going. With most of the cast being second generation “talents” and references being made to the generation before, there’s more interesting story to this film that has not been told.

Push does a good job of grounding its science fiction to reality. The character have layers that where lightly pealed in this film. This does two things… leave the film open to sequel and allows the writer much more room to layer onto these characters.

What this film doesn’t do well is conclude the story. At the end of this film it still felt incomplete. This was either done intentional or poor writing. If intentional then I’m looking forward to a sequel; but with so much story untold it could easily be adapted to television.

I give Push 3 out of 5.


“The Unborn”

Tuesday, 7 July 09

unbornOdette Yustman
Gary Oldman
Meagan Good
Cam Gigandet
Idris Elba
Jane Alexander
Atticus Shaffer
James Remar
Carla Gugino











Unrated           87min           2009




Enter a world of unrelenting evil as terror finds a new form in The Unborn. In this shocking supernatural thriller, a young woman, Casey (Yustman), is plagued by chilling dreams and tortured by a demonic ghost that haunts her waking hours. Her only hope to break the debilitating paranormal curse is in an exorcism with spiritual advisor Sendak (Oldman). See what lies beyond the doorway of our world in this non-stop nightmare of the undead. – from the back cover

“The Unborn” blends the natural with the supernatural very well. I’m a believer in the others side from various experiences as a child. I don’t watch many horror films as a rule. “The Unborn” called out to me with an intriguing premise. Having seen the power of twins first hand, it gave me even more to be frighten of. Many people rule out the improbable as impossible.

I have never liked mirrors and having seen “Mirrors” which is the perfect setup to this film. Remember scary movie night…”Mirrors” and “The Unborn”. “The Unborn” had me jumping like a little girl. The cuts and the musical cues did a perfect job of setting the mood and eeriness of the situation.

I give “The Unborn” 4 out of 5.


Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Friday, 26 June 09

Transformers (RotF)Shia LaBeouf
Megan Fox
Josh Duhamel
Tyrese Gibson
John Turturro
Ramon Rodriguez
Kevin White
Julie White
Isabel Lucas










PG13           150min           2009

Decepticon forces return to Earth on a mission to take Sam Witwicky prisoner, after the young hero learns the truth about the ancient origins of the Transformers. Joining the mission to protect humankind is Optimus Prime, who forms an alliance with international armies for a second epic battle. | – from imdb

If you were around during the heyday of Transformers then you know the story of ROTF. Most parts are taken from the original cartoon movie. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is modernized and simplified for the commercial marketing

“Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” definitely does what a good sequel is supposed to. More robots, more hot bodies, and it moves the trilogy arc along. With over 20 different robots represented in the movie, it doubles the number and also most quadruple the screen time from the previous. Jessica Lucas comes to the screen bringing another hot body with a surprise. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen brings more story showing how our civilizations histories are intertwinned.

All those crying out that the twins are racists lighten the frak up. They are comic relief and fictional robots as much as I wish they were real. Its the absurdity of the characters that makes them funny.

Transformer: Revenge of the Fallen is what it is… a great summer movie. It’s directed by a director at the best of his game. Go, relax, buy some popcorn and soda, and enjoy one of this summer’s best film. Coming next week “Public Enemies” starring Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, in his second outing this summer, and Marion Cotillard.

I give Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen 5 out of 5.


“Fired Up”

Tuesday, 9 June 09

firedupNicholas D’Agosto
Eric Christian Olsen
Sarah Roemer
Molly Sims
Danneel Harris
Adhir Kaylan
AnneLynne McCord
Philip Baker Hall
John Michael Higgins














Unrated         91min         2009

In this laugh-out-loud comedy, Ford High’s star football players Shawn Colfax and Nick Brady sheme to ditch football camp so they can spend the summer surrounded by beautiful girls… at cheer camp. The guys are having the time of their lives as they use their new reputations as “sensitive guys” to talk the hotties into skinny dipping, cheering naked and hooking up. But when Shawn falls for the gorgeous head cheerleader who’s suspicious of their motives, the players must change their game to prove Shawn’s intentions before the thrilling cheer competition finals. – back of box

“Fired Up” is the comedy of every male on the planet. The premise of this film is so simple. It makes them think: why didn’t I think of this. Once you start laughing you don’t ever stop until you see the menu again.

Every male on the planet can enjoy “Fired Up” but its a guilty pleasure. Filmmakers should have known from the start. You can take your girlfriend to this film and expect to get some later. That’s why it was a box office failure, but will be a home video classic. It’s a film that guys can get together, watch, and enjoy together sans women.

The premise is so simple but sexists to the max. That’s why they have not be done. But are an enjoy to watch. “Fired Up” does a great job of this. Horny males nabbing tale and lots of it. What makes this film works is that it knows its absurd and makes the jokes on themselves.

I give “Fired Up” 3 out of 5 Gs.


“One Week”

Wednesday, 3 June 09

oneweekJoshua Jackson
Liane Balaban
Fiona Reid
Chuck Shamata
Gordon Downie
Marc Strange
Gabriel Hogan
Jane Spidell
Emm Gryner
Campbell Scott










PG13         94min         2009


“One Week (2008)”, chronicles the motorcycle trip of Ben Tyler as he rides from Toronto to Tofino, British Columbia. Ben stops at landmarks that are both iconic and idiosyncratic on his quest to find meaning in his life.

This is an amazing film with many universal theme, great acting cinematography. It premiered at the Toronto Film Festival. I saw it on the Internet. This film unlike so many other films finding release should be released in theaters.

“One Week (2008)” is about a man searching for the meaning so many things in his life after finding out he has stage four cancer. Like any great narrative it hits on those major theme that we all face everyday in our lives. Is this the path I would have chosen for my life. Is this the woman I’m suppose to marry. Is this all that life has in store for me. Should I give up.

Joshua Jackson does a great job of helping us connect with his character. The does a lot with the pained moments of silence. He had the complete ranges of emotion working all through “One Week”. Those emotion were highlighted by Campbell Scott’s narration.

The major part of this film was a cinematography nod to Canada and its beauty. Scene after scene where land marks indicative of Canada. “One Week”“One Week (2008)” takes the audience on the same site seeing trip as the character Ben Tyler (Jackson) does.

But what makes “One Week (2008)” come together is the voice of Campbell Scott and the wonder soundtrack to this film. His voice is the quantifying voice of Tyler’s personal GOD relaying information and insight not readily upfront. The soundtrack counter points Campbell Scott voice with music that draws out the emotion to connect with each situation on film. Helping you take the journey of emotions needed to enjoy this film. It’s becoming harder to find gems of this calibur.

I give “One Week (2008)” 5 out 5 Gs.


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