“Cowboys and Aliens” disappeared off the radar as soon as it was released it seems. The trailer was interesting, but not something that looked like a must see. It seems that not having that must see status was enough to get people to not see it. Did they miss out an anything new and inspired? I reckon we all gots ta see what we gots here.
In typical mysterious fashion a man wakes up with no memory of who he is and is promptly harassed by some cowboys. Shortly after he finds that he gets into a little fight and the sheriff realizes he’s a wanted man and detains him. Upon attempting to transfer him to another location the town finds itself ambushed by aliens and a few people are abducted. Jake Lonergan (Daniel Craig) is in possession of the only weapon that came do some real damage to the alien ships, so they set off to discover who Jake is and to get their people back.
The frightful night has arrived. The night we watch the remake of cheesy, but much beloved “Fright Night”. Does it slowly suck the life out of us over the course of an hour and a half or does it shine some light on the flaming wish that remakes would actually be good?
We know the story well. Vampire moves in, neighbor sees suspicious behavior and hilarity ensues. OK, so not hilarity, but bloody vampire cat and mouse games.
Jerry (Collin Farrell) moves in next door to Charlie Brewster (Anton Yelchin), a somewhat nerdy kid who is becoming slightly cooler in school by way of his girlfriend Amy (Imogen Poots). When Charlie’s friend Ed (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) goes missing after a supposed vampire hunt Charlie starts to see the evidence that Jerry may actually be a vampire. Logically, Charlie seeks the help of an illusionist who uses vampires in his acts, Peter Vincent (David Tennant), and the hunt is on… sorta.
This smurfing smurfed project was probably smurfed from inception, but I’ll be smurfed if I ever have to sit through it or a smurfing sequel ever smurfing again.
Ok, now that we’ve got all that smurfing bull-smurf out of the way we can move on with the review. You can assume that we judged this movie in advance. Unprofessional, sure, but the minute our asses hit the seats we were open to whatever strange surprise we’d get. Were we surprised? You bet your smurf we were, only for reasons we didn’t think.
The story is about Gargamel and his obsession over getting the Smurfs, so he can grind them up and turn them into some powerful juju. Fair enough, he wants to be the most powerful and boring wizard in all of… wherever they live. The Smurfs run away once discovered during a blue moon (sigh) and have to jump into a mysterious vortex to evade Gargamel and Azrael. The Smurfs end up in New York, which sounds like a brilliant (as in terrible) idea. Neil Patrick Harris, somehow begging for film work already, runs into the Smurfs and helps them in the process.
The Summer of 2011 says sayonara with another prequel in “Rise of the Planet of the Apes.” “Rise” follows the storyline of the original series (with some astute references to the Charlton Heston classic), detailing how the apes enhanced cognitive thought, their subsequent fight for freedom, and the beginning of humanity’s fall. Set in modern day San Francisco, Will (James Franco) is a young scientist who zealously strives to find a cure for Alzheimer’s, the disease that plagues his father Charles (John Lithgow). Experimenting on Chimpanzees, Will’s project takes a dire turn when one the test subjects, Bright Eyes, wrecks havoc in the laboratory. Told to shut down by money-hungry CEO Jacobs (David Oyelowo), Will finds out that Bright Eyes was pregnant. Taking the newborn chimp under his wing, Will realizes the infant is endowed with intellect never seen in a primate.
“Rec,” by the Spaniard tandem of Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza, was among the best modern horror movies about the walking dead. Picking up after Danny Boyle’s slick “28 Days Later” injected the Zombie genre with a slick urgency, “Rec” took that to a maniatical, claustrophobic level. The bloodletting fear taking place inside the annals of a Barcelonian condominium was heighten by the use of a handheld camera, making “Rec” a must for those who love the undead. Now, Balagueró and Plaza return to the unnerving confines of that same condominium with “Rec 2,” a sequel so fast-paced it makes its predecessor move like S. William Hinzman’s original flesh-eater.
This time around, the fodder comes in the form of an Elite SWAT team lead by Jefe (Óscar Zafra), a no-b.s bunch ready to go when they are led into the apartments by Dr. Owen (Jonathan Mellor). Perceiving their mission to rescue survivors and contain the disease, soon the SWAT discover they are part of Dr. Owens’ own mission, one that could end the infection. Unfortunately for Dr. Owen and crew, those damn zombies keep coming at them, not to mention an unexpected group of kids whose meddling worsens their predicament.
Vincent Cassel is a bad-ass. Any man who claims Italian Goddess Monica Bellucci his own while outshining George Clooney and Brad Pitt in “Ocean’s 12” deserves such entitlement. Cassel, whose made a career out of playing thieves in his native France, has an innate deviance behind his striking presence that one wonders if he would've taken a life of crime if not for his thespian talents.
Fittingly, Cassel is the only choice imaginable for the role of Jacques Mesrine, an infamous French outlaw whose two decade reign in the criminal underworld included numerous bank robberies, murders, and perhaps his ultimate claim to fame, four prison escapes. Mesrine, whose unrepentant criminal ways were matched by his undeniable charisma and cynical humor, makes him deserving of a cinematic testimony. Two movies on his antics are delivered, “The Killer Instinct” and “Public Enemy #1”. So, is this iconic gangster’s legend worth the “deux” treatment?
At long last it has arrived. After a decade of filmmaking and an aging cast we get the last installment to the Harry Potter series. We’ve seen the cast grow and mature much the same as the characters they play. So after ten years of waiting for an ending does it live up to our expectations? This is a mixed bag, but mostly positive.
Harry Potter and his friends reach the conclusion of their wizardly adventure, at least that we’ll see, and Potter himself must face his final challenge. A simply illustrated description of what is essentially just before and following through the ending of the final book in the series.
Direction of the film by David Yates is good enough, but we still wish someone with more of a grander vision would’ve closed out the series. It’s not that the work is bad, but more that there is such a rich world created by Rowlings that we can imagine how it could be a more creative/intriguing movie. Yates manages to do what has to be done and for the most part delivers what we were hoping for.