Hi there. I have a few new movies to review and I was thinking after my last post that it might be better for all to make more posts with less movies (minimum 3, maximum 5) that way it is easier to post and hopefully easier to read. I have 2 Blu-rays and 1 DVD to post today.
The Human Centipede (Blu-ray) – The plot is diabolically simple: two stranded American tourists are given shelter by a famed German doctor (a maniacally intense Dieter Laser) who made his fortune surgically seperating conjoined twins. Now his mad genius is pushing the doctor to do the reverse. He tells the women that they will be surgically attached to a Japanese businessman -mouth to buttocks, one after the other – and thus will be born a new creature: the human centipede! Compellingly perverse, hilarious, and shockingly straightforward, director Tom Six’s new film is hands-down one of the most memorable horror films ever.
Magnolia Home Entertainment –
The Oxford Murders (Blu-ray) – A woman is murdered in Oxford. Her body is discovered by two men, Arthur Seldom (John Hurt), a prestigious professor of logic, and Martin (Elijah Wood), a young graduate student who has just arrived at the university hoping to study with Seldom. It quickly becomes clear that this is the first in a series of murders, all of which are announced by the murderer with strange mathematical symbols. Professor and student join forces to try and crack the code, and thus begins an elaborate puzzle, in which nothing is as it seems and the truth is elusive.
Forbidden Lies (DVD) – Norma Khouri is a thief, a saint, a seductress and a sociopath – depending on who is talking. Khouri won fame and fortune with her “true story” Forbidden Love, about a shocking honor killing in Jordan. The book was a runaway bestseller, translated into multiple languages and became the toast of the literary world. Until July 2004, when esteemed Sydney Morning Herald journalist Maclcom Knox exposed her book as a work of fiction and her protagonist a figment of her imagination. Now, Norma is fighting for her credibility and offers to go to Jordan to prove that Dahlia indeed existed and that the incident in question really took place. “You’re not going to get one version of the truth, ever,” she says with a straight face. Is her story fact or fiction? You decide…
- DVD Releases: October 5th, 2010 or The Most Expensive Day in Horror History! (dreadcentral.com)
- THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE PART 2 (FULL SEQUENCE) Teaser Trailer (collider.com)
- ‘Human Centipede 2’ Trailer Slithers Online (moviefone.com)
- IFC buys second ‘Human Centipede’ (variety.com)
- The Human Centipede (First Sequence) (cinemablend.com)
Escape From New York is a unique futuristic look (at the time, which was 1981) at the world and New York in particular. Director John Carpenter brings his greatest talent to the table creating a claustrophobic atmosphere. Kurt Russell gives his best action-hero performance as the timeless Snake Plissken, a man who kicks ass and doesn’t take names. The sound is the typical soundtrack in the earlier Carpenter flicks and supports the film very well. The supporting cast is pretty good here and the film has a tense/suspense feeling that doesn’t let up until very close to the end. This is not really horror and by today’s standards the action is fairly tame but this is a fun movie. At least give it a rental and this is a great buy for both the DVD and Blu-ray if you don’t have this at all. No extras here but the Blu-ray looks really good.
Review Movies DVD – Red Riding Trilogy, The Waiting Room, Made For Each Other, Tormented, A Quiet Little Marriage
Blu-ray – The 9th Company
Ordered Blu-rays for personal collection – The Transporter, Wolf, The Usual Suspects, Entrapment
Warning – This film is not for kids, those who can’t enjoy a Grindhouse type film or those who can’t stomach violent-rape exploitation films. This is basically a current take on a 70’s heavily-nude exploitation flick. Also has necrophilia in one scene.
In the tradition of films such as : I Spit on Your Grave and Ms.45 as well as the films from Grindhouse (Death Proof & Planet Terror) comes: Run!, Bitch Run! This is action-packed and thrills at times, putting a beautiful innocent young woman against a violent group of sex-depraved degenerates. Catherine (newcomer Cheryl Lyone) and Rebecca (Playboy’s Christina DeRosa) are typical Catholic school girls selling Bibles door-to-door when they pick the wrong address. Catherine eventually escapes and, dressed as a nurse, returns to seek vengeance on those that did her and her friend harm.
This is a fun film as a throwback “bad film” or Grindhouse film. This is the type of movie that used to get big play in Drive-Inn theaters. Ultimately this is a revenge movie which is where it drew me in. Excessive drugs, violence and nudity are hard to get by most likely for a large audience, but this should appeal to males 18-35. Women might like the 3rd act where the woman sets out for revenge, but I can’t see women liking this film much. I’d recommend a rental and buying this only for hardcore Grindhouse films. If you liked Tarantino & Robert Rodriguez’s Grindhouse you might like this. This film doesn’t hold back like those did.
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What if enemies had to rely on one another to survive. That’s not only the question, but also the situation intelligent billionaire Charles Morse (Anthony Hopkins, Silence Of The Lambs) and photographer Robert Green (Alec Baldwin, It’s Complicated) are in as their plane crashes in freezing Alaskan wilderness. The pair discovers the wilderness may be very dangerous, but human nature infinitely more so. Treachery and fear override each as they struggle to survive the wilderness…and each other.
Currently I just finished and posted my latest review (Avatar DVD & Blu-ray) over at Movie-Vault.com. Next up is the Steven Seagal classically comical Marked For Death Blu-ray, Elisabeth Shue & Thomas Hayden Church in Don McKay Blu-ray, Run, Bitch Run! An awesome Grindhouse flick (DVD), Someone’s Knocking At The Door Blu-ray, Eyeborgs Blu-ray, Showgirls 15th Anniversary Sinsational Edition DVD & Blu-ray, Mel Gibson’s latest – Edge Of Darknesss (DVD)
Special Agent Charlie Wax (John Travolta) is trigger-happy and leading rookie James Reese (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) on a high-speed shooting frenzy through the underworld during a CIA mission to foil a terrorist attack planned on the city of Paris. During their mission, Reese realizes he’s in over his head as the pair discovers that they are a target of the same group planning the attack. 48 hours to save the city, it’s either stop the terrorists or lose the city forever. If you want a movie that isn’t going to engage your mind, but take you away from your real-world problems than this is for you.
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Karate Kid Kicks Butt On Blu-ray!
Karate Kid is a movie about a teenage kid being uprooted from his Newark, New Jersey home and moving to sunny Reseda, California, where the scenery is better, but just about everything else is worse. Daniel Larusso (Ralph Macchio (My Cousin Vinny, The Outsiders) feels lost and alone, missing his home, unable to talk to his busy mom Lucielle (Randee Heller) and to top off his misery he is being bullied by a group of karate students out to make him pay for flirting with the leader’s (William Zabka) beautiful blonde ex-girlfriend Ali (Elisabeth Shue, Hollow Man). Daniel keeps getting up from his beatings, but his spirits dwindle until he meets his apartment complex’s janitor Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita, Happy Days, Karate Kid II) takes an interest in the young teen. After saving Daniel from a brutal beating, Miyagi continues to refuse to teach him karate until he meets the bully’s Karate teacher John Kreese (Martin Kove) and learns that the odds are truly stacked against young Daniel. Finally agreeing to teach Daniel karate so he can defend himself, Miyagi also teaches the teen about life, that sometimes two wrongs don’t make a right and revenge benefits nobody. But it is the life lessons that make Karate Kid as relevant today as it was back in 1984.
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Former drug kingpin Carlito Brigante (Al Pacino, Righteous Kill) is released from prison on a legal technicality by his cocaine-addicted lawyer David Kleinfeld (Sean Penn, Mystic River) and stuns his former underworld peers by living up to his vow of going straight, turning his back on his former life of crime. If only it were that easy. Carlito finds reason to stick to his guns when he comes across his former love Gail (Penelope Ann Miller, The Messengers) and rekindles their love affair. But everywhere Carlito turns, from his lawyer to his business co-owning a trendy yet somewhat sleazy nightclub where he is reminded of his past by an admiring young up-and-coming gangster Benny Blanco (John Leguizamo, Assault On Precinct 13). Flanked by his right-hand man Pachanga (Luis Guzman, Boogie Nights) he rebuffs Benny’s attempts at buying his idol a drink. No matter what Carlito does his past seems to come back to haunt him and threaten his present and his future. All he knows is this time around, he has to do it Carlito’s Way.
Joe’s Top Picks (& why you should buy!) –
1 – Band Of Brothers (Best war miniseries ever! Must-own for war movie fans, Speilberg & Tom Hanks fans and anyone with any sense. Buy It!…….Now!)
2 – The Enforcer/Sudden Impact (Sudden Impact = Dirty Harry at his best! Must-own)
3 – Clint Eastwood Collection 1968-2008 (Absolute Power, Dirty Harry, Million Dollar Baby, Mystic River, The Rookie, Unforgiven shall I go on???)
4 – Essential Eastwood Director’s Collection (Letters from Iwo Jima, Million Dollar Baby, Mystic River, Unforgiven cheaper than the above by nearly half the price and some damn fine titles!)
5 – Absolute Power (A very underestimated Eastwood flick. Eastwood+Hackman+Ed Harris=I’m so there! Buy this!)
6 – Bad Boys – (As much as I rag on Michael Bay this here is a fun movie. Worthy of a buy)
7 – The Rookie (What’s not to love? Eastwood & Charlie Sheen shine here, another underappreciated Eastwood flick that should be in your collection)
8 – Air Force One/In The Line Of Fire (These are here mostly for In The Line Of Fire an EXCELLENT Eastwood flick, Air Force One is good but more of a throw-in) and in a tie – Bram Stoker’s Dracula/The Grudge (This is a nice pairing of similar genre movies. A good pairing, nice price. I’d get it)
9 – I Know What You Did Last Summer/I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (I love the first one, as much as I loved that I HATED the sequel. Still with the pairing of the two at about the price you’d pay for the original alone, why not buy this?)
10 – Groundhog Day/Hitch – (The pairing of these two movies is what knocks this down to the last spot. Love Groundhog Day and Murray is at his best here. Hitch…well at least Groundhog day is worth buying. Didn’t see Hitch. Don’t want to)
Notable Mentions – War Of The Worlds (Not so much a fan here, but I’ll review it if Amazon sends it and go in with an open mind on my 2nd viewing of it maybe I’ll like it more on the 2nd go-around), Alice In Wonderland (Kiddies will eat this up. I read on Wiki that this drew in over $1,000,000,000+ worldwide up there with Titanic and below Avatar, just not my thing), The Wolfman (Didn’t see it, don’t know anyone who has, but I’ll have to rent it and see, love Anthony Hopkins though), Someone’s Knocking At The Door (looks interesting, but have to give it a rental), The Strangers (Steve Austin might be a far better wrestler, but his acting skills are pretty decent. I haven’t seen this, but I feel if it is anything like The Condemned it will at least be worthy of a rental), Wild Things: Foursome (I only mention this because a girl from my hometown of Reading, PA is in this so I’ll give my shout out here), The Gauntlet (Need to rent this, forget the movie it’s been so long),
If you haven’t seen Saving Private Ryan here is a brief description – Saving Private Ryan is about a team of U.S. Soldiers, led by Captain John Miller (Tom Hanks) sent to locate and return James Francis Ryan (Matt Damon, Invictus) whose three brothers died on D-Day. Ryan a member of the 101st Airborne Division (whose story is told in the HBO Miniseries “Band Of Brothers) is lost behind enemy lines. Along with his team which includes – Sergeant Horvath (Tom Sizemore, Heat); Corporal Upham (Jeremy Davies, Rescue Dawn); Medic Wade (Avatar) and Privates Reiben (Edward Burns, The Incredible Hulk); Jackson (We Were Soldiers), Mellish (Adam Goldberg, Deja Vu) and Caparzo (Vin Diesel, XXX, The Fast and the Furious) they must survive rough landscapes, hidden enemies, fighting amongst themselves and must overcome their own fears to find and save Private Ryan.
Right away on the opening action scene where the soldiers land on Omaha Beach, the audio stands out and is crisp, clear and amazingly active. Bullets whiz by with a sound that is sweet until you see and hear them hitting bodies, grenades and land-mines explode with a harsh reality that is only worsened by the screams of young soldiers dying and calling for their mothers and splashing fills the air as soldiers jump over the side of boats to escape the bullets. Saving Private Ryan is filled with non-stop audio that overwhelms your hearing. If any Blu-ray is to be a “show-off” for your sound system Saving Private Ryan is it!
Visually, Saving Private Ryan is stunning and light-years better in comparison to previous releases. The color is more alive, though still as intended: which is to show the grittiness, the dirt, blood, sweat and tears of actual war. Throughout the film you notice that each soldier is covered with grime and are visually and mentally exhausted. As with the audio, the visuals stand out in the Omaha Beach landing. When soldiers explode in a fire-ball the color comes amazingly alive as it does when a soldier uses a flame-thrower to weed out Germans from their hiding place. Grasses are greener and the landscapes are filled with far more detail that previously looked far less impressive.
Director Steven Spielberg masterfully takes you through the opening of WWII for this group of young soldiers. Much like he did with JAWS when he kept the camera at water-level through much of the water scenes, he lets you know what it feels and looks like to be a victim, a participant in this environment and it’s not pretty. The camera is usually somewhere among the soldiers, rarely leaving their sides to show landscapes and the soldier’s point of view. Spielberg does a wonderful job of never glamorizing the war but keeping it as real as he could showing that war may not be pretty, but when there is a just cause it can be necessary.
Actors are in top form here with none doing a more impressive job than Tom Hanks.
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Invictus is about the true story of Nelson Mandela using a Rugby team to unite South Africa despite the racial tensions and despite being jailed for 27 years for opposing apartheid. In doing so, he helps inspire the team to the World Cup in 1995, also he inspires his people to get behind the Rugby team despite them being all white except one player.
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Looks like Paramount messed up on early copies of Saving Private Ryan on Blu-Ray. I was just about to do my review for this and point out the issue when I saw that it wasn’t just me who had weird audio problems from Chapter 15 until the end of the movie. They did a massive recall of over 100,000 copies*
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- Blu-ray Surge From Paramount (mrmovietimes.com)
- Cool Stuff: The Goonies 25th Anniversary Collection Details/Cover Art Revealed (slashfilm.com)