“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.


“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.

“Forgetting Sarah Marshall”

Tuesday, 30 September 08

Jason Segel
Kristen Bell
Mila Kunis
Russel Brand
Bill Hader
Liz Cackowaki
Jack McBrayer
Maria Thayer
Jonah Hill
Paul Rudd

R           112min           2008

Peter (Jason Segel) is a struggling musician who finds his world turned upside down when his TV celebrity girlfriend, Sarah Marshall (Kristen Bell) dumps him for a tragically hip rock star. It’s the hysterically funny look low far one man will go to forget a girl and all the fun he finds along the way!.

Forgetting Sarah Marshall is another addition to the Apatow collection. It’s not as funny as Knocked Up or as clever as Superbad by it does the job. If you’re a fan of the previously mentioned then you will enjoy this one too

Written by Jason Segel it a good film but from the commentary its seems that its more autobiographic. It incorporate many of Jason’s own habit and experiences. As they mention in the commentary Jason’s life seems like it would be a funny sitcom or reality show. As he almost lives a surreal life camera following his every moments might be just as funny.

Forgetting Sarah Marshall as in life balance the romance and comedy excellently. He found the funny moments in life that we all have. You know its going to be funny but its the moments that are funny that are interesting.

The DVD has the standard deleted/extended scenes, gag reels, and the standard Apatow feature Line-O-Rama. There are also three other featurettes. The highlight of special features is the commentary. Trailers on the DVD are The Scorpion King 2: Rise of a Warrior, Leatherheads, Burn After Reading, The Incredible Hulk.

I give Forgetting Sarah Marshall out 4 of 5.


Wednesday, 23 January 08

sawiv.jpgTobin Bell
Scott Patterson
Costas Mandylor
Betsy Russell
Lyriq Bent
Justin Louis
Athena Karkanis
Simon Reynolds
Mike Realba
Marty Adams
Sarain Boylan
Billy Otis

Unrated           95min           2007

When SWAT Commander Rigg is abducted and thrust into a game, the last officer untouched by jigsaw has but ninety minutes to overcome a series of demented traps and save an old friend… or face the deadly consequences.

“Saw IV” is the topping on the masterpiece that is SAW. This time around, you finally understand the madness in the mind of the man. Having seen Jigsaw die in the third one you find out how his work will continue. At the end of that statement, raise a multitude of questions.

For this entire series, I always wondered what would make a man create such demented contraption. This time it is more about the character than traps; that still play a major part of the film. There is more revelation revealed in this film than any other film to day in the SAW franchise. This film made it worth all the sicken scenes I had to watch to get to this point.

Jigsaw is dead in this one but is revived through flashback. “Saw IV” takes place during the same period as SAW III. This one shows the other half of Jigsaw’s equation. His work will definitely continue making wonder how many little experiments Jigsaw had running. It also made me wonder how many were successful in ‘appreciating their lives’.

Appreciate this SAW IV for this is the final part of a masterpiece. This is a franchise that was strong throughout; one of the first perfect quadilogies. I have come to appreciate the dementedness and the madness of the man. You understand why Jigsaw does what he does.

“Saw IV” is full of special features, many as standard as on the other movie disc and so more. There is an audio commentary with producers and executive producer, the other is with the director and actor Lyriq Bent. There is the standard feature of Darren’s Diary, the traps, and the props. There is a music video IV by X Japan and deleted scenes. The movie previews are for “The Eye”, “Rambo”, “Skinwalkers”, “Boy Eat Girls”, “WAR”, Fearnet.com, Condemned 2: Bloodshot

I give it 3/5.


Wednesday, 23 January 08

sawiii.jpgTobin Bell
Shawnee Smith
Angus Macfadyen
Bahar Soomekh
Dina Meyer
Costas Mandylor
Mpho Koaho
Barry Flatman
Debra Lynn McCabe
Niamh Wilson
Lyriq Bent
Alan Van Sprang

Unrated           113min           2006

Along with his new apprentice Amanda (Shawnee Smith), the puppet-master behind the cruel, intricate games that have terrified a community and baffled police has once again eluded capture and vanished. While a city detectives scramble to locate him, Doctor Lynn Denlon (Bahar Soomekh) and Jeff Reinhart (Angus Macfadyen) are unaware that they are about to become the latest pawns on his vicious chessboard.

“Saw III – Director’s Cut” is not what it seems. It plays out as any other Saw with the gruesome traps that are demented and sick. Those contraptions border on the edge of sanity with the ingenuity of an engineer. This film shows just how smart Jigsaw is.

“SAW III” is the continuing saga of Jigsaw, his assistant Amanda, and their work. It is full of the trademark features of the SAW franchise, yet this is the third film, and they are still ingenious in design. They are also some of the most demented contraptions I have ever seen created.

I’m really glad that the creators of this films have this outlet. To think that they didn’t scares me because they are some of the most sick and twisted films on screen. “Saw III – Director’s Cut” means its another year that some does not go off the deep end.

It is a twisted tale that the audience is a fly on the wall for. The doctor is in and he’s seeing patients. When the end comes you, realize that Jigsaw is a complicated man, who trusts no one. I think that is his downfall through this film. He can never put your trust in an caged animal that is rabid.

It has the standard features found on the other DVDs. There are features highlighting the traps and props of Saw III. There is the diary by the director called “Darren’s Diary”. There are a few deleted scenes, theatrical trailer and teasers. There are movie previews for “Crank”, “Saw II”, “The Punisher: Extended Cut”, “The Invincible Ironman”, and “Hostel: Part II”

I give it 3/5.

“He Was A Quiet Man”

Wednesday, 16 January 08

hewasaquietman.jpgChristian Slater
Elisha Cuthbert
William H. Macy
Sascha Knopf
John Gulager
Jamison Jones

Unrated           95min           2007

Christian Slater delivers what critics are calling the performance of his career as Bob Maconel, a bullied office drone with hate in his heart, voices in his head, and a loaded gun in his desk drawer. When a bizarre twist turns him into an instant hero, Bob begins a tender relationship with a disabled co-worker (an equally powerful performance by Elisha Cuthbert) who asks Bob for the ultimate favor. Can two damaged souls ever learn to live again or is the brink of madness still just a shot away? – from the back cover

“He Was a Quiet Man”is a good film with an amazing performance by Christian Slater.
He has an outstanding supporting cast.

The hype on the DVD cover is warranted. Christian Slater gives the performance of his career. He becomes Bob Maconel. It is amazing how he transforms into this character. His performance is so subtle than I almost did not notice that he had asperger syndrome.

Not to be outdone, Slater is supported by William H. Macy and a great performance by Elisha Cuthbert.
William H. Macy could be credited with bring up the levels of Christian Slater and Elisha Cuthbert in“He Was a Quiet Man”. Cuthbert brought up her performance too. She is amazing in her performance a quadriplegic.

There is not many feature on “He Was a Quiet Man” DVD. There is a behind the scene first look. It has the deleted and alternate scenes. There is only one audio commentary with the writer and director Frank A. Cappello. There is a theatrical trailer of the film and a movie preview for “Spirial”.

I give it 3/5.

“Ghost Son”

Wednesday, 16 January 08

ghostson.jpgLaura Harring
John Hannah
Pete Postlethwaite
Coralina Cataldi Tassoni
Mosa Kasiser

Unrated           97min           2006

Mark (John Hannah – “The Mummy”, “Four Weddings and a Funeral”) and his new American wife, Stacey (Laura Harring – “Mullholland Dr.”, “The Shield”), find true happiness on a remote ranch in South Africa. But their happiness is short-lived – Mark dies in a car crash and Stacey suddenly finds herself alone, grieving, and suicidal. Well, not entirely alone. Mark’s ghostly apparition pays her a nocturnal visit, taking her to the brink if both ecstasy and terror, after which Stacey discovers that she’s pregnant!

A year later, Stacey suspects that something is not right with her infant son, and it becomes apparent that he’s possessed by Mark’s spirit. She is convinced that the baby us trying to kill her, and his behavior in the presence if her naked body us bizarrely inappropriate. In desperation, Stacey resorts to the ancient shamanisitc traditions of her adopted country to save both her own life and that of her child.

“Ghost Son” is a freaky little movie with a low budget feel to it. It looks like it was film on location in Africa and I forgot to check the credit to see if it was. Really, I cannot believe this film was made based on the subject matter.

I guessing they did it for the money. It not the worst film I have seen these year but it is not far from it. I might appeal to science fiction spirit fearing people. What was supposed to be scary came off as comical.

I did not read the cover before renting the film, I got it because I am a fan of Laura Harrings’. That was a mistake. What pushes this film into freaky territory is the scene of the baby acting inappropriate with his mother. It is clear an animatronics arm but its still too creepy to be shown and pulled the limits of what is acceptable to watch. It made feel like I was voyageur into an Oedipal tryst.

There are no special features on “Ghost Son”. There are movie previews for “Snoop Dogg’s Hood of Horror” and “Blood Ranch”.

I give it 1/5.