This whole post-apocalyptic thing is getting old
Reviewed by tmeyer for The Book of Eli at 2010-08-11 04:44:36
I hate to be a whiner, but an awful lot of The Book of Eli - not the plot but some of the elements and inhabitants of the barren, broken world - are blatantly ripped off from Cormac McCarthy's The Road. The Road is way better. Read it.
On its own terms, The Book of Eli isn't a bad film, it just kind of devolves into nothing special from an interesting, religiously inspired premise. I liked Denzel and Oldman in this - they didn't create iconic heroes or villains but they were fairly charismatic and they squared off very nicely. The action was no better than ok, but it was diverting. The end of the film had a nice twist that was completely unnecessary but also very much caught me off guard. The best thing about this movie were the incredibly striking visuals and landscape created by the Hughes Brothers. Two thumbs up to the art director of this movie. The Book of Eli is mildly engaging but it eventually becomes a pretty standard chase/action movie, which robs it of any real soul or memorability. And it was blatantly ripped off from Cormac McCarthy. Just saying.
Despite the disturbing nature of the film, A Clockwork Orange remains a real treat to the eyes and ears--Kubrick brings a beautifully psychedelic visual style to the movie, as well as a score of wonderful classical music. The script is great; a near-perfect adaptation of Burgess's novel. The acting is also amazing, as is the cinematography (Kubrick was a near-obsessive perfectionist, and it shows in every masterful shot).
Rob Zombie's Halloween II: RIP halloween franchise
Reviewed by jawbreaker for Halloween II at 2009-09-10 11:14:53
This movie is a complete waste of money, time and thought. I honestly think Rob Zombie cannot manage to make a movie without his beloved wife Sheri Moon. I kept getting this film confused with Friday the 13th. Micheal's mother was never the reason behind his killings so why would it start in the second movie?! The more answers you give on the motive of the killings, the less they are feared. Rob ~robbed~ the mystery behind the mask, and robbed the fear of the mask away. The story line is worthless. Micheal is walking thousands of miles to get back to Haddonfield, following Rob's wife in a white dress leading a white horse and the boy version of Micheal. Micheal is chasing his sister "laurie aka Angel" who seems to be more of an emotional brat than a heroine. What were you thinking ROB?! were you actually thinking during this movie? watching this movie is like driving nails through your eye lids forcing your brain to watch this pathetic excuse of a halloween sequel! the only save point was the hospital killing of the nurse. overall, no thumbs up, I cut them off and rammed them in my eyes to prevent further damage by this pitiful movie!
The 2007 version of the most sucessful horror franchise will blow you away from beginning to end. It is a prequel of the very first Halloween movie. The movie starts off with the myers in a disturbing way that young micheal myers used to live. (no wonder hes the way he is). It comes on just like the oringinal one did. He escapes and looks for his baby sister Laurie Stroude. He soon tracks her down along with her very naughty friends. She baby sits and then he stats his knife-weilding ways. Laurie tries to escape
Doomsday stands as the ultimate guy movie. Of course it doesn't beat classics like The Godfather or Braveheart but it has every single thing a guy could want in a movie. You have a very attractive young actress as the lead roll and she has something unique about her that makes her an awesome hero. You have a post apocoliptic world with amazing fight scenes, car chases and gun battles. And you have a Mid-evil world where you have jousting and sword fights. Dont worry it all makes sense in the movie, and no their time travel. The acting and the way the movie ended couldve been better but if you looking to kick back have some beer and watch a fun movie this is your pick.
Quirky Characters, Not Much Plot
Reviewed by KHL for Hugo Pool at 2008-04-15 14:58:10
While this movie has its share of quirky yet strangely likable characters, it plods along pretty slowly and nothing really pulls together until the last half hour. Worth watching once. Its a shame, since there are some great actors here, Sean Penn is an oddball drifter attached to his electric blue Italian loafers, McDowell as the troubled but well meaning dad, and Moriarty as the clueless mom.
Highlights are Downey Jr. in his first role after his prison term was over (one can wonder if he's really sober here, or just acting...still its funny), and Milano and Dempsey have terrific chemistry.