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KING Of All Schmoes
Plot: Two sisters arrive at a seemingly abandoned Colorado ski town only to find an un-explainable evil.
This movie is mostly famous for being a punchline in Jay and Silent Bob Strike back and like most other people, discovered this movie after seeing it only to find a so-so horror movie that had potential but ended up feeling like a leftover of The X-Files.
Lisa and Jennifer (Rose McGowan, Joanna Going) hit the town of Snowfield, Colorado only to find most of the town gone along with strangely mutilated corpses. Later, they run into Sheriff Hammond (Ben Affleck) and two of his deputies (Liev Scheiber, Nicky Katt) who are also trying to take in what has happened. As night falls, disembodied voices, flutuating electricity, and other strange happenings stalk them. They call in the military along with a discredited doctor (Peter 0' Toole) only to be thrown into the danger.
Phantoms is based off of the same novel written by Dean Koontz (who is credited for the screenplay) and directed by Joe Chappelle (Halloween: The Curse of Michael Meyers). The main problems would be the direction. At times, it has fine atmosphere building up suspense but it becomes cheesy at the beginning of act two when the military shows up. It feels like an amalgamation of The Thing and The Blob at times. I never read the novel but I assume it is better.
The acting is OK. Ben Affleck is given the hero role along with the tragic backstory. Joanna Going is bland but given the brains. Rose McGowan is here to be snarky while Liev Schreiber is creepy. Peter O'Toole is here to spot exposition and really deserves a better director/script. Everyone else is here to die or get possessed.
It's technically competent with a mix of physical and little digital FX. I did like the concept of the creature. It came in a few forms that were unexpected. David Williams score for the movie is creepy and well done. The photography gives the movie a Resident Evil like appearance.
Overall, Phantoms is a so so time waster but worth watching once.
|Directed by:||J. J. Abrams|
|Written by:||Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, J. J. Abrams|
|Cast:||Tom Cruise, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ving Rhames, Laurence Fishburne, Billy Crudup, Michelle Monaghan, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Keri Russell, Maggie Q|
Ethan Hunt is on the cusp of marriage but danger comes in the form of a sadistic arms dealer who makes things personal.
It's surprising that after the much disliked Mission Impossible II that a sequel of high quality was made. Another surprise is that it came from a then primarily TV director and his writers in the form of J.J. Abrams. Back then, he was known for creating Felicity and Alias but Tom Cruise saw a few episodes of Alias and he got the job which shows nicely.
Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt is on his A game as usual. He no longer falls in love at first sight and doesn't jeopardize the life of anyone. Simon Pegg is a welcome addition as Benji, the tech guy with humor. Maggie Q as Zhen Lei makes her mark with her beauty and skills.
The biggest asset to the cast is Philip Seymour Hoffman. While not a physical threat, he is menacing by his words and intelligence. He is a real sadist and chilling. Especially one scene which takes place on a plane, you know our protagonist and his lover are in danger.
Abrams frames the action well despite usage of some shaky cam and sometimes lens flare in night scenes. He captures it better then the Bourne sequels and builds upon the suspense. Michael Giacchino provides an adequate action score.
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Harry Waters Jr (Back to the Future)
I went to the Geek Prom for the first time and solo (I did meet up with a friend in an awesome Mia Wallace cosplay). The theme was "Enchantment Under the Sea" and the Back to the Future trilogy was playing throughout the after party complete with 50's cars, decor, a Delorean, and live/dj music. Harry was posing for photos so me in ridiculous attire got a photo with the man. We both danced to get into the mood and later he sang Earth Angel. He still has it folks.
Next time, I'll dress better but I had fun.
Katrina Law (Spartacus, Arrow)
She was only on Saturday due to filming a movie the next day. I originally wasn't too keen on seeing her since I've only seen her in a made for TV movie called 44 Minutes: The North Hollywood Shoot-Out.
Anyway, Lady Law was a sweet heart. She was surprised I mentioned 44 Minutes and I asked her to hold my prop fire arm to my head. I was in Punisher gear so I think being held gun point by a League of Shadows member would be awesome. Afterwards, her own photographer took a less harsh photo of us for her Facebook page which may or may not make the cut. So fingers crossed.
Graham McTavish (Rambo, The Hobbit)
The man was wearing a kilt by the way. I told him not to headbutt me so I was disappointed he didn't try to. He even quoted a line from Rambo to me. So definitely worth it.
On a side note, Steven Guttenberg, David Yost, Austin St. John, Eve Myles, Robin Lord Taylor, Adam West, Burt Ward, Sean Astin, and Claudia Wells were there. I did talk to Guttenberg about Short Circuit. He was super friendly.