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The Return Of The Living Dead Blu-ray Review

The Return Of The Living Dead is a satire of zombie films, particularly Night Of The Living Dead and it’s unofficial sequels. It is a hilarious take that at the same time can spook you in it’s own right. Here the zombies are a little different. They talk! “Brains, I want to eat your brains!” Also they are not easily killed by a gunshot to the head. The movie is filled with 80’s cheesiness, but somehow pulls off horror as well as the much-intended humor. Ultimately it’s a very good zombie flick that you should check out. Just be warned you might die laughing!

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Open Water Blu-ray Review

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Open Water is like a modern day Jaws, though it’s true story is less exciting and yet more horrific in it’s own way. The fact that the actors were in the ocean with REAL sharks puts a sense of creepiness in the film that can make your hair stand on end. The two main actors are good, but not great. Given that this was a cheap budgeted movie that’s OK. This film will make you never want to scuba dive again. I’m cool with that since Jaws made me avoid the ocean at all costs. Laugh if you will but at least I’ll be whole while you’re picking up your leg out of the sharks mouth. 🙂


Open Water 2: Adrift Blu-ray Review

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Open Water 2: Adrift is an unusual sequel, not that there’s anything wrong with that. The main appeal from it’s predecessor is left to tread its own waters with a different storyline. My thoughts on having a bigger cast this time out is that you sacrifice true horror for a different type of genre that is much harder to categorize. It’s like the different between Ridley’s Alien and Cameron‘s Aliens though we don’t get the action here either. Which is better? Hard to say, most have their own personal opinion on it. I liked the characters this time out, though there were a couple who annoyed me. I liked the original Open Water as well and enjoyed it’s horror, but this one felt like the better movie overall. The great thing about this release is you get two films in one. Enjoy!


The Losers Blu-ray Review

The Losers is about a group of soldiers sent in to kill a man and rescue a bunch of children, but they are betrayed by their boss. Thought to be dead they maintain a low profile until they come across a woman with a plan. They then seek revenge on their former boss for betraying them in the most brutal way imaginable. Fun and action-packed, this could be seen as a less violent, less stars version of The Expendables. Pretty good, underrated movie!

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New Movies To Review – 9-22-2010

Two new movies arrrived today.

Lionsgate –

Delicatessen (Blu-ray) – Set in a post-apocalyptic world where food is scarce, an ex-clown (Dominique Pinon) gets a handyman job in an apartment building and then falls for the daughter of the building’s owner – an imposing butcher who has resorted to murderous ways to get his meat.

The Third Man (Blu-ray) – An out of work pulp fiction novelist, Holly Martins, arrives in a post war Vienna divided into sectors by the victorious allies, and where a shortage of supplies has lead to a flourishing black market. He arrives at the invitation of an ex-school friend, Harry Lime, who has offered him a job, only to discover that Lime has recently died in a peculiar traffic accident. From talking to Lime’s friends and associates Martins soon notices that some of the stories are inconsistent, and determines to discover what really happened to Harry Lime.


New Movies 2 Review! 9-21-2010

Hi all. Got some new movies to review. ALL are Blu-rays today. Blu-ray today. That ryhmes, completely unintentional but cool.

Fox

The Order (Heath Ledger) – A renegade priest Alex Bernier (Ledger) from a secret order of the Catholic church is sent to Rome to investigate the mysterious death of one of their oldest most revered members. Following a series of similiar killings Bernier launches an investigation that forces him to confront unimaginable evil and the terrifying knowledge that there is a fate worse than death. Peter Weller (Robocop) and Shannyn Sossamon (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) co-star in this thrilling journey.

Lionsgate –

Bad Lieutenant – Harvey Keitel is a New York cop hopelessly addicted to drugs, gambling and sex. As he makes his way to various crime scenes his only concern is with placing bets with his fellow cops on the outcome of the National League playoffs. His bad choices leaves him deeper in debt and a life so surreal it feels like hell. A constant use of crack, coke, heroin and booze erodes what is left of his sanity. An investigation into the rape of a nun leads to his spiritual breakdown at the church’s crime scene. He sees Jesus and his road to redemption. Will he take it?

The Blair Witch Project – Set in 1994, three film students travel to the woods of Maryland to investigate an urban legend and find themselves terrified to the core. The friends – Heather (Heather Donahue – TV’s Taken, Boys and Girls), Josh (Joshua Leonard – TV’s Law & Order SVU) and Mike (Michael Williams – Prom Night) – never return from the Black Hills Forest, and one year later their missing footage is found and edited together to tell the story of the amateur filmmakers’ terrifying two-day hike.

Hard Candy – 14-year-old Hayley (Ellen Page – Inception) goes to a coffee shop to meet a 30-something fashion photographer she met on the internet. Before she knows it she is mixing drinks and stripping for an imprompt photo shoot. It seems like it might be Jeff’s lucky night. But the innocent-looking Hayley isn’t as innocent as she looks, the night takes a turn for the worse when she begings a hard-hitting investigation on Jeff in an attempt to reveal a possible scandalous past.

High Tension – Maria and Alexia are classmates and best friends who go to Alexia’s family home in the French countryside hoping to prepare for their college exams in peace and quiet. In the middle of the night a psychotic killer breaks into the house and turns the girl’s idyllic weekend into a terrifyingly endless nightmare. Alexia is captured and thrown into a van leaving Marie to attempt to rescue her from the evil murderer.

Open Water/Open Water 2 : Adrift – Open Water is based on true events about an American couple on vacation at an island getaway to escape their workaholic lifestyles and marital problems. Daniel (Daniel Travis – Thank You For Smoking, TV’s Cold Case) and Susan (Blanchard Ryan -It’s Complicated, Super Troopers) are both certified divers but when they surface from an underwater tour of a coastal reef they find that their fellow divers and boat are gone! Stuck in the middle of the ocean the isolation sets in and they turn on one another. Soon they wonder whether they will survive the open water in the shark-infested ocean. Open Water 2: Adrift – Is the true story of a weekend cruise aboard a luxury yacht that goes horribly wrong when a group of old high-school friends get together for a reunion and forget to lower the ladder before they jump into the ocean for a swim. As reality sets in the group turns on one another. Exhaustion and the efforts to stay afloat and struggle to get back on the boat soon takes a terrible toll. What started as a joyful reunion ends up as a fight for survival!

Secretary – Lee Holloway (Maggie Gyllenhaal – The Dark Knight) is a young woman with a few strikes against her after having a brief stay in a mental hospital. She accepts a job as a secretary at the law office of E. Edward Grey (James Speder – Stargate, Wolf). The work seems normal at first but somewhere between the typing, filing and coffee-making, Lee and her new boss cross the line of their professional relationship and steam up the office in this sexy dark comedy.

Wonderland – July, 1981 in Los Angeles police respond to a distress call at 8763 Wonderland Avenue in Laurel Canyon and discover a grisly quadruple homicide. Drug dealers Ron Launius, Billy Deverell, Barbara Richardson and the homeowner Joy Miller were found brutally murdered, beaten to death with lead or steel pipes. Launius’s wife Susan was left in critical condition. The police investigation that followed – led by detectives Sam Nico, Louis Cruz, and Mike Peters – would unearth a seedy world of drugs and violence. Ultimately it reveals a motley crew from LA’s underbelly including ex-con David Lind, nightclub impresario Eddie Nash, and porn legend John Holmes (Val Kilmer – Top Gun) as well as Holmes’s estranged wife Sharon and his teenage lover Dawn Schiller. Kate Bosworth (21, Superman Returns), Lisa Kudrow (Friends, Analyze This), Josh Lucas (American Psycho & Sweet Home Alabama), Tim Blake Nelson (The Incredible Hulk, Syriana) and Dylan McDermott (In The Line Of Fire) costar in this crime drama.


$5 A Day Blu-ray Review

$5 A Day is a fascinating movie about a father (Christopher Walken) who constantly lies and boasts that he can live off of $5 a day. He tells his disbelieving son that he is dying of cancer and needs to go to Mexico to get special treatment there, but he needs a driver to take him there. $5 A Day is a rare movie about father-son bonding with some comedy and drama thrown in for good measure. This would make a nice rental or a cheap buy. One of Christopher Walken’s best performances in a while.

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New Movies To Review! 9-17-2010

The Amityville Horror (2005 film)

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Hi all! Got some new movies to review that I want to share with you all

Blu-rays

Fox – The following are Blu-rays/DVDs with both in the Blu-ray packages.

The Amityville Horror (Remake) –

Invasion Of The Body Snatchers –

The Return Of The Living Dead

Magnolia Entertainment – DVD

George A Romero’s Survival Of The Dead –

DVD’s – The following three are part of a “Literary Classics” release of 15 films from Fox/MGM

The Grapes Of Wrath –

Moby Dick –

Richard III –

Warner Brothers – DVD

Alien AutopsyBill Pullman, Harry Dean Stanton, Declan Donnelly, Nichole Hiltz

I’ll go futher into details of the movies as time allows.


Bull Durham Blu-ray/DVD Review

Bull Durham is a movie about a minor-league team with Catch “Crash” (Kevin Costner) teaching “Nuke” (Tim Robbins) how to become a professional, major-league-worthy baseball player. Along the way both players desire loose-woman Annie (Susan Sarandon) who takes it upon herself to sleep-with and teach one player every season about the game of baseball, and life in general. Bull Durham is a comedy-drama-romance. More for the baseball movie audience and fans of these stars early performances.

As usual click the picture to read my review of Bull Durham @ Movie-Vault.com!


New Movies 2 Review & Personal Collection!

Hi everyone. I got some more movies in the mail recently (& today) so I thought I’d post them here.

Review Movies –

Blu-ray – Why Did I Get Married Too? (Tyler Perry, Janet Jackson) featuring the same cast from the hit comedy/drama Why Did I Get Married? this sequel is set in the Bahamas, a perfect getaway for 8 former college classmates celebrating their life-long friendship at their annual reunion. Unexpectedly, Sheila’s ex-husband arrives hoping to break up her new marriage and win her back. Tensions mount and committment becomes a challenge for all four couples when they return home they try to fix their strained relationships.

DVD – The Legend Of Bruce Lee (From the 50-part Bruce Lee series of the same name, Danny Chan, Michael Jai White, Ray Park) Following Lee’s well-known, short-lived 32 years on this world, The Legend Of Bruce Lee shows us some sides that might not have been as well-known as his movie career, particularly the constant challenges against other martial arts masters in his quest to form the best martial arts strategy for himself and his students and later for the fans of his movies worldwide. Sometimes the fighting goes wire-fu with unrealstic moves, but for the most part the fight scenes are the highlights of this three-hour film. The lowlights come in the form of shoddy acting and dialogue/editing. Still the fight scenes alone are well worth the price of admission and Danny Chan almost literally becomes Bruce Lee, in looks as well as acting.

Fierce People (Diane Lane, Donald Sutherland, Kristin Stewart) A coming-of-age story about the downside of privilege. Ironic that I get this film and Wall Street to review on the same day as they touch the same base about the evils of those with money and greed. 16-year old Finn (Anton Yelchin, Terminator Salvation, Star Trek) wants to spend the summer with his anthropologist father that he never met, but his drug addicted mother (Diane Lane) shatters his dream as he is arrested for his effort at helping his downward-spiraling mother. Liz (Lane) moves the pair into a guesthouse at a vast country estate of a former client and billionaire (Donald Sutherland). Finn and his mother face a danger far worse than any South American jungle…the power, privilege that belong to the super rich.

Wall Street (Michael Douglas, Charlie & Martin Sheen, Daryl Hannah, Hal Holbrook), Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen) is lured into corporate espionage by the ruthless and greedy Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) who is out to get as much money as possible, legal or not and will stop at nothing to accomplish his goal. Fox learns that there is a price he is not willing to pay when he sees Gekko for what he is, but is he too late to save his soul? Wall Street represents the greed of 80’s stock-brokers who live only for money, power, status and high-finances.

The Secret Of Moonacre (Tim Curry). A big inspiration for J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter books, this is the story of 13-year-old Maria Merryweather (Dakota Blue Richards) who’s father dies leaving her orphaned and homeless. She is forced to go life with her previously unknown, eccentric, uncle Sir Benjamin (Ion Gruffudd – Fantastic Four, King Arthur) at the mysterious Moonacrew Manor. Soon her world is torn apart by ann acient feud with the sinister De Noir family. Maria discovers that she is the last Moon Princess and must uncover mysteries of the past before the 5000th moon rises and Moonacre disappears into the sea forever.

Personal Collection –

Blu-rays – Poseidon (Kurt Russell, Richard Dreyfuss, Fergie) A remake of sorts of The Poseidon Adventure this time out with a more serious tone and special effects galore. This movie wasn’t a smash hit mostly because of the lack of time given to developing characters to care about when all the death and destruction hits. I mainly like this movie for Kurt Russell’s performance and some good special effects (as well as the lousy ones).

Kill Bill : Volume 1 (Uma Thurman, Vivica A. Fox, Lucy Liu, Daryl Hannah, Quentin Tarantino) Outside of Pulp Fiction and Grindhouse this is one of my favorites from Quentin Tarantino. Uma Thurman shines here with a character that was written specifically for her. The acting and action are both outrageous and fun. A throwback to Golden Harvest’s Bruce Lee films (note her yellow costume throughout the last part of the movie) as well as cool sprinkle of Brian De Palma during the hospital scenes. Kill Bill is certainly over-the-top (as are all Tarantino films) and great fun as well as hilarious comedy. An amazing cast and great music that most people wouldn’t think about until they see this film and realize the coolness of the soundtrack.

Ghostbusters (Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Ivan Reitman, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver). One of Bill Murray’s all-time best movies as his character and comedy is at an extreme high here. Working with fellow SNL-alum Aykroyd, Murray steals the show, even though he was the main star to begin with! Ghostbusters will have you laughing out loud and worrying for the good guys at the same time. The chemistry of the cast is outstanding and the story is ahead of it’s time as family-friendly-fun. (try saying that 10 times fast, family-friendly-fun-familyfriendlyfun)