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|Directed by:||David Twohy|
|Written by:||David Twohy|
|Cast:||Vin Diesel, Karl Urban, Katee Sackhoff, Jordi Mollá, Bokeem Woodbine, Dave Bautista|
|Genre:||Action, Science-Fiction, Thriller|
Riddick is a slight step in the right direction compared to the bad taste the last sequel gave me. The film's first half begins with Riddick left for dead under fragments of boulders, only to wake up injured, but stronger than ever and all alone on a deadly and deserted planet. This is where the film shines the most, with a one man, badass showcase of the bonafide action star, Vin Diesel as Riddick. One of my all-time favorite Sci-Fi flicks Pitch Black made Vin Diesel a star and it was so exciting to see him back to playing his best character, even though this film wasn't nearly as effective and thrilling as the original. The one-man show in the beginning and the fight for survival in the mysterious and nightmarish lands with grotesque creatures was great popcorn entertainment. From that standpoint the film gave you hope that this film might succeed in surpassing the original, but it was short lived. Riddick soon realizes that this planet has a massive alien race that's hungry for blood, and will be another struggle to stay alive. Riddick has no choice but to activate an emergency beacon to alert ships before it becomes pitch black. When the new batch of slightly entertaining, but disposable characters land on the planet to capture Riddick is where the film goes downhill into pure mediocrity...[more]...
|Directed by:||Rob Zombie|
|Written by:||Rob Zombie|
|Cast:||Sheri Zombie, Clint Howard, Maria Alonso, Udo Kier, Lisa Marie, Sid Haig, Dee Wallace, Bruce Davison, Michael Berryman, Billy Drago|
|Studio:||Anchor Bay Films|
The Lords of Salem is an atmospheric, unpleasant, hypnotic and nightmarish film on the outside, but if you dig beneath the surface there is nothing to really grasp on to give a damn about. The film was creepy and unsettling in parts but there is nothing remotely effective or scary about the proceedings...[more]...
|Directed by:||Rawson Thurber|
|Written by:||Bob Fisher|
|Cast:||Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis, Ed Helms, Emma Roberts|
|Studio:||New Line Cinema|
We're The Millers was a laugh out loud, comedy surprise of the summer next to The Heat. The plot may not be completely original but man was it consistently hysterical, that numerous of times it had me almost falling over from my chair with laughter. Then on the downside there were some jokes that didn't work at all and were eye rollers, with predictability from beginning to an all too lovey dovey of a ending. With that being said I had a much better time with We're The Millers than I thought I was going to and the film is hands down one of the funniest comedies of 2013 that I've seen...[more]...
|Directed by:||Joachim Ronning|
|Written by:||Petter Skavian|
|Cast:||Pal Sverre Valheim Hagen, Anders Baasmo Christiansen|
|Genre:||Adventure, Foreign Film|
Kon-Tiki is a well-crafted true story of one of the world's greatest explorers Thor Heyerdal, and the daring expedition he embarked with five brave men. With help they handcrafted a balsa wood raft and together set sail thousands of miles across the pacific in an attempt to prove a theory. The film was beautifully filmed from beginning to end with reminiscent of the film Life Of Pi. The journey they went through was an intense and harrowing one, with shark attacks, powerful storms and battling their demons and fears. I was on the edge of my seat with suspense at some points and inspired by their courage and determination the next, Kon-Tiki is a film that is hard not to admire and even though the writing and direction of the story took an old-fashioned route, Kon-Tiki is one of the better and fascinating films I've seen this year. An intriguing slice of history I didn't know much about until now and hopefully not the last historical gem to come out of the woodwork...[more]...
|Directed by:||James Ponsoldt|
|Written by:||Scott Neustadter|
|Cast:||Shailene Woodley, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Miles Teller, Brie Larson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Bob Odenkirk, Kyle Chandler|
|Directed by:||Adam Wingard|
|Written by:||Simon Barrett|
|Cast:||AJ Bowen, Barbara Crampton, Simon Barrett, Sharni Vinson, Wendy Glenn, Ti West|
|Genre:||Comedy, Horror, Thriller|
Balancing horror with witty dialogues has been a constant battle for this genre ever since Scream was crowned king in that department way back in 1996. No horror movie since has captured that as perfectly as that modern classic, You're Next might have tried to accomplish that for home invasion films but doesn't come close. The filmmakers seem to be enjoying themselves here and might have been overconfident that this film was very clever, hip fresh, scary and that it will be a sure fire hit, sorry but to me it's not...[more]...
When Paul, an unemployed writer, decides to rent and live in a house that's rumored to be haunted, he puts his life and his relationships in grave danger as he obsessively attempts to get the story that will finally make his career.
An American Ghost Story is the kick in the gut, scary as hell horror movie I've been waiting all year for and even though it's not all that original, it sure as hell beats The Conjuring when it comes to effectively terrifying you. This micro budgeted horror film is loaded with jump scares and every one got me big time and I'm not that easily scared, the film had me screaming like a schoolgirl! The setup is simple and very familiar with a couple who moves in a home but this time they know it's haunted only because the boyfriend Paul is a struggling writer who wants to actually complete a project and write a book about his experience in the purposively haunted house. His wishes are granted and after a few nights strange things begin to happen and its first target is his girlfriend Stella having her frozen in fear and like any normal person she packs up and leaves with or without her boyfriend. Paul is now on his own in the house but the ghosts aren't going to make it easy for him and the more he digs into the history the more terrifying the situation becomes. Be careful what you wish for as some things are better left alone.
The performances were not half bad for a micro budgeted horror film, but the person that carries the film is Stephen Twardokus who also wrote this film, plays Paul and gives a solid if quite a similar performance like Ethan Hawk in Sinister and even kind of looks like him. Even so it's funny how this movie takes similar themes from larger well know movies like Paranormal Activity, Sinister and The Conjuring and ends up on top, at least to me.
Director, Derek Cole deserves a standing ovation for accomplishing so much on a small budget where other filmmakers with large budgets fail to do so. He has handcrafted one of the scariest films I've seen these past couple of years and even though there are a couple of plot holes he still got the job done at scaring the crap out of me. The atmosphere was suffocating filled with dread that at any moment the director might throw in a jump scare to tease your fears and he accomplished just that. The film's sound effects score was heartpoundingly intense and spooky, then hauntingly silent the next that I was literally biting my nails in anticipation of a scare, bravo! The writing of the story could have been worked on more, but it was fast paced and suspenseful if familiar and with some holes. For his first full-length film writing effort though Stephen Twardokus should pat himself on the back, as this film is worthy of a theatrical run. The two should definitely collaborate on more and more horror films together; this was a great first effort!!!
Overall, there is no doubt that An American Ghost Story will be at the top of my list of being the best horror film of 2013! It has the scares, suspense, atmosphere, overly familiar but spooky story and a likable lead and a great filmmaking team, a low budget, horror gem!! You'll never look at your bed's sheets the same way again!!!!!! Watch with the lights out and good luck trying to go to bed afterwards. Highly recommended!! 10 out of 10!
|Directed by:||Brian Helgeland|
|Written by:||Brian Helgeland|
|Cast:||Harrison Ford, Christopher Meloni, Ryan Merriman, Chadwick Boseman, Nicole Beharie, Andre Holland, Lucas Black, Hamish Linklater|
42 is a heartfelt if not so deep biopic about the period on which the great Jackie Robinson was drafted to the Brooklyn Dodgers under the guidance of team executive Branch Rickey and his against all odds history making lead and win that broke down barriers and lead the Brooklyn Dodgers to victory. This movie shows how inspirational Jackie was and if you have a soul it will pull at your heartstrings and will have you fighting back tears because it's so moving. Of course any movie that deals with racism is a hard viewing and even though 42 plays it kind of safe and doesn't dig deeper into that dark period, the movie still shows how far we've come and that it only take one extraordinary individual to make a change and break down walls and that certain type of person was Jackie Robinson...[more]...
|Directed by:||Scott McGehee|
|Written by:||Carrol Cartwright|
|Cast:||Julianne Moore, Alexander Skarsgard, Steve Coogan|
Not since Kramer vs. Kramer has the subject of divorce, separation and custody battle been saw emotionally raw, thoughtful, moving and heartbreaking. The film this time walks in the shoes of Maisie, a 7-year-old New York girl caught in the middle of a bitter separation and a custody battle that has her going back and forth within 10 days both with her mom and dad. Thrown in the whirlwind are the suppose new young wife of the dad's and the suppose new young husband of the mom's. Confused but in high spirits Maisie slowly warms up to them and welcomes them to the family. Through this positive bond and strength Maisie goes through this hard and emotional journey and takes our hand and glides us through it. What Maisie Knew is an intimate, touching and glowing portrait of bitter separation of spouses through the eyes of their offspring...[more]...
|Directed by:||Jeff Wadlow|
|Written by:||Jeff Wadlow|
|Cast:||Chloe Moretz, Jim Carrey, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Donald Faison, John Leguizamo, Lyndsy Fonseca, Morris Chestnut, Yancy Butler, Aaron Taylor-Johnson|
|Genre:||Action, Comic Book|
Hit-Girl saves the day again, as well as this sequel as far as I'm concerned, because without her the film wouldn't be that special. My expectations were through the roof for this sequel and even though the film didn't surpass or even meet most of them, I still had a blast watching it. The film cranks up the violence, the crude humor and profanity to the extreme, it will have you laughing at the shocking insanity show, which will definitely not be everyone's cup of tea, but that's what I liked about the first one and what I liked about this sequel. It's unapologetic, balls to the wall entertainment and it's in its own league when it comes to comic book films. Kick-Ass 2 doesn't deserve all of the hate it has been getting from most critics, with a undeservingly 28% on Rotten Tomatoes, that's bullshit because if you loved the first one than you'll love its sequel, even if it doesn't bring the story to new heights, but you will fall in love with Hit-Girl all over again, she is the glue that keeps this film from falling apart...[more]...