Saturday, May 30, 2009

Weekly Round-up

So I haven't been too well this week and I apologize for the lack of updates.... I must admit I am over all the swine flu jokes that headed my way too....but at least people are joking about it (The Army of the 12 Monkeys hasn't won yet....even if they didn't really do it!)

Of course not being well meant having to stay at home resting, which meant parked in front of the TV with my pajamas 0n and bedding wrapped around my person drinking tea....its a good look (very girlie sleep over watching Bridget Jones kinda thing) that I have scarred you with that image....

So I watched a little British horror film called The Children, it wasn't bad and little kids are always freaky anyway....even when they aren't on a murderous rampage. It reminded me a little of Zombies (or Wicked Little Things) in its tone, but it was entertaining enough.

I also caught the latest episode of Harper's Island, wasn't a bad one. Good to see we are starting to get some extended background story on the original killings by Wakefield (although I am not a big fan of trying to make the actors look like their teenage never works!), um, I also watched this movies called D-Wars (Dragon Wars).....anyone care to explain to me what the hell that was all about?!?!?!
I also checked out another British film; Donkey Punch. My mood must have been a bit off by this time as I was kinda just hoping everyone in the film was going to die....I found it all quite silly really....

Anyways, once I am feeling up to it I shall attempt to start writing reviews and features again....well, maybe not reviews of the films above, but we will see how I go over the next few days.

As I said, sorry for the lack of posts....just an off week.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

The Unborn (2009)

Okay.....where to there is this girl....and she is having these weird dreams with little boys and dodgy looking puppy dogs. Now her eyes have gone all spooky and there are strange noises coming from the mirror (you know, the type of mirror that she can only stand in front of when she is scantily clad), her friends think she is crazy so she enlists the help of a know to exorcise her demons. Then there are these Nazis and this old peoples home and this possessed little kid oh and Gary Oldman is in it too and also that chick that always plays the best friend and dies....

The Unborn is one of the most useless attempts Hollywood has ever done at a demonic possession movie. These types of horror movies just make me so mad that I want to throw my remote control through the screen. They make no attempt to play by their own rules and they just don't make any sense what-so-ever....there are scenes in this film that have absolutely no basis or purpose other than to supposedly scare you (maybe if you were 5 or something you might be startled a little, but mostly because it is too loud.)

Honestly....its not like David S. Goyer hasn't been associated with semi decent material in the past (The Dark Knight, Blade, Dark City), what the hell was he smoking when he churned this crap out. And what was Gary Oldman thinking?

Anyway...avoid this like the plague.....

Monday, May 25, 2009

The Girlfriend Experience (2009)

Last night I sat down and watched the latest film from Steven Soderbergh, he is certainly a versatile director and this effort is one of his most intriguing works to date.

We are taken on a journey with Chelsea, an elite New York escort who offers the ultimate girlfriend experience. This does not mean sex, although that is on offer; rather it involves an evening of dinner, companionship and talking. The interesting thing is that most of her clients are more interested in talking about her, her profession and giving her advice about investments and politics. For a film that is essentially about prostitution there is little sex or nudity to be had, but the type of prostitution we experience is that of the mind. We are given an insight into the daily life of a high class escort and the varying types of client she experiences. Chelsea has been in a committed relationship for over a year, her partner is aware of her profession and they have rules about what can and can't be done, she keeps a diary told in the form of narration for the audience, but speaks little of her clients and their interaction to her partner. It is very interesting to watch her mannerism and expression when with her boyfriend as opposed to a client. Chelsea is played by porn star Sasha Grey in one of her first main stream roles, she is a beautiful 21 year old and knows it. As one of her clients in the film points out, if she wasn't beautiful, she wouldn't be able to do what she does and charge the prices she does for doing it.

The film is fascinated with its main character and the framing is simply beautiful and quite clever in its portrayal of her. It is shot using high definition cameras and it is presented in a cinema scope ratio of 2.35:1 with every inch of the image onscreen carefully planned out. We are given over the shoulder or long shots of her with her clients, gradually creeping in closer for her more personal meetings or day to day activities. This allows us to keep our distance as third party observers to the events as they unfold. It is in no way shot as a documentary and short of a few car ride sequences the camera rarely appears to be hand held. The film is not told in any form of chronology, which may confuse or deter some viewers, but I found the flow quite easy to follow and quite melodic.

The film uses music sparingly with some ambient score to join scenes or montages. There is also some use of on screen source music from various buskers around New York.

I really enjoyed watching The Girlfriend Experience, I was fascinated by the cinematography and staging used. The acting was good, with strong and realistic performances from both Sasha and her clients. I will be very interested to see what Steven Soderbergh's next film will be.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Fanboys (2008)

To be honest I am not even sure why I watched this.... I am not a Star Wars of Star Trek fan. The premise didn't really appeal to me either and really, I would just like my 90 minutes back.

The story follows 4 friends who decide to break into Sky Walker ranch to steal a print of Episode 1 so that their terminally ill friend can watch it before he goes the way of Yoda and Obi-wan.

Can anyone spot the stupid thing about this?? George Lucas is not that big a bastard. In fact the film even proves this despite no actual appearance by the man.
If they had just phoned up and explained the situation, I am sure Mr. Lucas would have just invited the morons over....but then of course we would not have a lame ass road trip movie with cameos so pointless you have to wonder how much they got paid.

Anyhow, that is about as much time I want to waste talking about this....oh except to say....Kristen Bell, WTF?!!!

(also, I decided not to include a trailer as I didn't want to inflict that upon my readers.)

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Weekly TV Round-up

Season 1 Episode 6: Sploosh
Well now I am beginning to get into this....after a week off (and left on a cliff hanger) things have started to get interesting. People now know that their lives are in danger, the few red herrings that have been setup are being abolished and we the violence has been stepped up a notch. It does still have some soap opera-esque elements to it, and I am a little intrigued how it is going to provide 7 more episodes of entertainment, but at least they have my attention again. (and it is about the only series I was watching that hasn't finished yet!)

Season 1 Episode 23: Red John's Footsteps
I always forgot to mention The Mentalist in my weekly round-ups and here we are on the last episode of the season. I was a little disappointed I must say. Red John hasn't been given much dedication in this season and this episode felt rushed and more of a mandatory plot device. It seems the producers realized that they had not dedicated enough episodes to their running story and thus this episode was contractually obliged. You will note that the end of this episode negates the reason for it to have existed at all...and leaves the flood gates open for season 2. oh well....they can't all be classics.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Horseman (2009)

I am a fan of most things apocalyptic. I also enjoy movies that intelligently weave a religious plot into their story. Horseman tries to do both. Dennis Quaid plays Detective Breslin a weathered cop, who after the loss of his wife, has put more time and energy into his work than his family. He is investigating a series of murders that appear to be based around the biblical prophecies of the four horseman of the apocalypse. As he gets closer to understanding the motives and catching those responsible he realizes that the murders all have one thing in common and that he is more involved than he thinks.

The film shares quite a bit of commonality to David Fincher's Se7en. They both feature a serial killer whose victims are chosen based on a religous theme. The killer reveals themselves to the police before the end of the film (and before the police are able to catch them) and the killer makes the chase personal for the detective. Se7en is a masterpiece by comparison though.
Whilst on the topic of commonality, I also noted several similarities in theme to the excellent Japanese horror film Suicide Club, only that too does a better job of explaining itself.

According to the IMDB there is a 110 minute cut of the film and I would really like to see that, but for this viewing I sat down and watched the 90 minute version (currently the only one available). The pacing is extremely quick and gives you no time to absorb or reflect on what is happening in the film, I feel this may be in part due to the fact that if you did start reflecting you would see quite a number of plot holes and inconsistencies. I can't say I was surprised by the ending, but it is still a little disappointingly rushed and leaves you with more questions than answers. Whether or not an extra 20 minutes would help though is open to conjecture.

The film has a very strong cast, most of whom are incredibly under-utilized. Appearances are made by Ziyi Zhang, Patrick Fugit, Peter Stormare (who has roughly 2 lines of dialog!?) and Lou Taylor Pucci.

For the most part The Horseman is a decent enough thriller and to the untrained eye may even give a few twists and turns along the way, but if you haven't seen Se7en, I would strongly recommend doing so and saving this for a rainy day when you just want something to watch....

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

El Espíritu de la Colmena (Spirit of the Beehive)(1973)

I seem to be in the mood for Spanish cinema at the moment. And in no way is that a bad thing!

Spirit of the Beehive has been in my collection for over 2 years, yet somehow I have avoided watching it. I had not seen it prior to my purchase, but based my decision to own it on the word of another director. Lucile Hadzihalilovic directed an amazingly esoteric film called Innocence, in an interview on that disc she cites Spirit of the Beehive as an influence. Having now watched Spirit of the Beehive, I can see why.

To say that this film is charming, striking and esoteric would be to do it a disservice. There is an honesty caught on film here that rivals any other I have seen in my years of movie viewing. Quite simply the movie captures the innocence of a child and their wild imagination perfectly.

Centered around a small Spanish town recovering from Civil War, the film focuses on Anna and Isabel, 2 young girls who live in a run down Mansion with their Father, a beekeeper and their Mother who seems laconic and distant. One day, a traveling movie show comes to town to screen Frankenstein. The viewing of the film by the two youngsters and its impact on them is the main focus. The two girls are amazing, watching their performances is enlightening as much as it is enthralling. The film is beautifully photographed with some great cinematography and use of the amazing landscape.

In today's action blockbuster fueled world, few films stop to smell the roses and those that do tend to receive negative reviews based on slow or lagging pace. Spirit of the Beehive manages to
keep a melancholy pace without ever giving a sense of being slow.

The Criterion DVD presents the film in a nice 2 disc package. The film looked wonderful and the subtitles were easy to read. I wonder if it will ever see a Blu-ray release, as the imagery is so important that the extra resolution would certainly benefit.

Spirit of the Beehive ended up being a wonderful addition to my collection, I enjoyed its melodic pace and marveled and the performances from its young actresses and will gladly be adding to my list of recommendations.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Soundtrack Round-up

So, I am going to start giving short reviews of my soundtrack listening habits, in the same vain as my Weekly TV round-up

My Neighbor Totoro (Joe Hiahasi)
One of my all time favorite feature films, also a great soundtrack. This 15th anniversary release is an orchestral version of the score with a male narration of the story interspersed, I love the main theme on this disc. It is so rich and full and it is great to hear the music as played by an full orchestra. Joe Hiahasi is a true master and this is a must for any Totoro fans out there!

Star Trek (Michael Giacchino)
I imagine it must be quite difficult to be asked to compose an original score for a movie that is essentially part of a greater franchise in which most audience members are expecting to hear the recurring theme. (Terminator 3 made most fans ropeable for its lack of the main Terminator theme until the end credits), it is a bit like Star Wars without the main title fanfare. Michael Giacchino uses just enough of the familiar Star Trek theme throughout his score, but for the most part this is an original work. (at least until the end credits.) The score is quite good and did suit the film well in part, but as far as Star Trek scores go...well.. I am a big Jerry Goldsmith fan so I guess I am bias.

Angels & Demons (Hans Zimmer)
I have not seen, nor do I have any desire to see The Da Vinci Code yet I really liked to score to it. Thus I decided I would give the Angels & Demons score a listen. Basically it was exactly what I expected. Frenetic Drums and Choir music, or etheral low vocal chanting with bells etc. Not sure I would listen to it again, but it is okay for what it is, not Zimmer's best though.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Weekly TV Round-up & Weeks End

Well this is a sorry state of affairs....Last week saw only 2 of my regular shows airing.... and one of those I wasn't even expecting!

Season 2: Episode 23: The Monopolar Expedition
So it would seem I was wrong last week in my assumption that the final episode of Big Bang Theory was afoot, as this episode quite obviously exists. It sees the group on an expedition to the Arctic circle and had some great moments. The DVD will be out in October so keep a look out for that.

Season 1 Episode 10: A Death in the Family
Also airing this past week was the final episode of Castle and I guess it was okay....I hate when shows start something new when they don't know if they will be given another series or not! Thankfully, we have now learnt that Castle will be returning for a second season. Just as well because presumably some of the new episodes will give the big reveal on Beckett's mother.

so it was a bit sad in TV land this week, there was no new Harper's Island and all the other shows I watch have either been canned or are now on season break so I am not sure what I will be doing with myself.

I have a review of Frost/Nixon that I am currently working on, having just watched the Blu-ray I am inclined to go and rent the box set of the original interviews for comparison, but as they go for about 11 hours I am not sure if I could stomach that.....

I have also just re-watched The Terminator and Terminator 2 in anticipation of the 4th installment next is a trailer for the new film (in case you have been living under a rock)

In other blog news there will be a new Eat My Shorts segment on Thursday, I am still writing up the next Under-rated Trilogies segment as I still have to re-watch the third film so I have that to do some time this week too I guess...otherwise I will update things as I do them or see them ;)

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Eat My Shorts: 405 (2000)

405 (2000)
Directed by Bruce Branit & Jeremy Hunt
Starring: Jeremy Hunt & Angela Burns
Running Time: 3 Minutes
Country: USA

Made on a completely shoe string budget (mostly time and computers), 405 was one of the first viral short films I was ever witness to. It is about an SUV driver traveling down the 405 highway at the wrong time. The highway has been cleared to allow a DC-10 to make an emergency landing and with him in the way things get a little interesting.

The visual effects are certainly quite impressive, however the two gents behind the film have had extensive practice working on shows like Stargate and Star Trek. The main thing I like about this film is that it is short, action packed and has a nice humorous bite to it.

See for yourself here:

you can also visit the official site here for more info.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

La habitación de Fermat (Fermat's Room)(2007)

Fermat's Room has been on my "to watch" list for quite some time. Last night I finally gave it a spin. I wasn't wowed, but I was entertained.

Four mathematicians are invited to a mysterious location, by a mysterious host to solve an as yet unsolved mathematical enigma, however the room they find themselves in is more than first meets the eye. It soon becomes apparent that all parties are locked inside and that they all share some commonality. A series of enigmas are sent to a PDA within the room, each with a time limit. If the group don't solve the enigmas in the time allocated the walls start closing in on them.

The idea for this film is very reminiscent of one of my favorite horror films; Cube. In that film a group of people wake up in a cube with doors on all 6 sides, they learn very quickly that some of the cubes are traps, whilst others are safe. They need to figure out a pattern to enable them to escape. Cube also uses mathematical equations to help solves its enigma.

Whilst watching the film everything seems fine and it all kind of makes sense, but upon reflection you start to see the number of assumptions the film has made and it raises more questions than it provides answers. This is not to detract from the enjoyment I got whilst watching it, it is just an observation upon reflection. I like films that work both ways, this just isn't one of them.

The acting was fine, but we are not really given enough time to feel for these characters, nor do we really know anything about them that would allow us to identify with anyone specifically. We are expected to just go with the flow.

There is some great cinematography with some nice use of confined space focus and framing. The music was quite engaging and used mostly at appropriate moments.

I can't help but feel that Fermat's Room could have done quite a bit more with its premise, what we have is a capable story without a plausible motive. It spends too much time in exposition of useless information and not enough on just forwarding the plot or establishing the characters back stories or motives, still, it was entertaining enough to recommend viewing at least once, I just wouldn't run out and buy it.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

A Film With Me In It (2008)

A Film With Me In It is very reminiscent of Shallow Grave, another dark comedy dealing with situations that escalate to the extremity. This film, follows want to be actor, Mark on what is about to become one of the most unusual and unlucky days of his life. He lives in an apartment with his distant girlfriend and his wheelchair bound brother. Things aren't going so well for him at the moment, and if he thought they couldn't get worse....well, he would be wrong. Upstairs lives Pierce, a want to be writer / director who is also a recovering (albeit slowly and with no dedication at all) alcoholic.

Neither has paid their rent, Mark's flat is falling apart around him and his latest audition didn't go nearly as well as he had hoped. To tell you more would encroach on your viewing experience.

Dylan Moran is being used shamelessly to plug the film over here (although the fact he is touring may be another reason for this), but he is cast perfectly as Pierce. In fact all of the actors suit their roles effectively, it is more their characters that let the film down. After all of the events that happen to Mark, one would think he would not be as passive as he is, however you get caught trying to figure out how else he could react. It is shot in a nice bleak style with quite a bit of grain, somewhat representative of the main characters lives in general. The music is a little at odds on occasion, but overall suits the mood of the film.

A Film With Me In It did leave me a little disappointed on the whole, it had quite a bit of potential and the few laughs it does generate are good more because of their delivery than the writing or the joke itself. Still, it is nice to see such a simple premise turned into even an adequate movie, after all, they can't all be blockbusters. So, if you like your comedy black or even if you are just a fan of Dylan Moran, I am sure you will find something to enjoy here.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Weekly TV Round-up

A sad week for my TV viewing as I say goodbye to 3 of my current favorites, I am hoping at least 2 of them will be coming back, but who knows...

Season 1 Episode 12: Omega
The last episode of Dollhouse had another nice reveal, sadly I can't say what I really want to for fear of spoiling it for those who haven't seen it, but I am certainly sad to see one of my favorite characters leaving. It was a fairly strong episode, but it still didn't feel quite right. I am going to be very interested in seeing the so-called 13th episode when the Blu-ray comes out in July though!! But for now at least, the wrap up of the season was quite acceptable.

Season 2 Episode 13:
And its all over red rover....the last Episode of Pushing Daisies. It was okay, although it did seem a bit rushed, I am sorry to see this world end so soon. Hopefully a movie will breate some extra life, but at least we have the comics until then.

Season 1 Episode 9: Little Girl Lost
A young child is kidnapped from her home and the FBI requests Det. Beckett. As it turns out, the lead agent in the case is her ex, so things get a little awkward. Another strong episode of Castle with some nice cameos too.

Season 2 Episode 22: The Classified Materials Turbulence.
Penny goes on a second date with one of Leonard's friends, much to Leonard's annoyance his friend asks for his advice about the date. Leonard tries to steer things the wrong way, only to have it back fire and work in a completely different way. Meanwhile Howard is trying to fix his latest creating a "space toilet" which may cause havoc on the International Space Station. Sadly this is the last episode of the season, but I am looking forward to it starting up again!

Season 1 Episode 5: Thwack!
FINALLY!! It has been six weeks of death and stupidity, but finally we have an unavoidable case of murder. Things should certainly start getting interesting from here on...

Star Trek (2009)

I will go on record straight away and say that I am not a Trekkie. I do not dislike Star Trek, but I have never watched a complete series, or specifically sought it out.

J.J Abrams second directorial feature is leaps and bounds over his first. (Mission Impossible 3) The film is fast paced, witty and above all highly entertaining. Using the old "time travel" trick we are taken back to before the original series where the film breaks off onto an alternate reality stream paving the way for countless sequels or TV series that won't effect the current Star Trek Universe (although I have never quite understood any of the explanations on how exactly this is possible.)

The new film is also targeted to a far wider audience appeal, and I think it works quite well to establish the characters and general theme behind Star Trek for new viewers.

Young Jim Kirk is a rebel without a cause, that is until a bar fight introduces him to Captain Pike who dares Jim to beat his Father's impressive, but short lived record and join Star Fleet. Meanwhile on Vulcan, a young Spock is struggling with his half Human half Vulcan descent and in an act of rebellion joins Star Fleet. And we all know the rest...Boy meets Vulcan, gets accused of cheating, they pretend to hate each other when really...oh wait.... well, you get the idea.

Planet Vulcan comes under attack by a Romulan ship under the command of Nero and Star Fleet scrambles its new recruits for duty in order to help the Vulcans, only to discover that they have walked right into a trap.

I am not going to reveal too much of the plot, but it is certainly interesting and has quite a number of great action sequences. The cast are prefect in their portrayal of the original Enterprise crew and we are treated to a cameo role by Leonard Nimoy as an older and alternate universe Spock. The only issue with casting I had was that of Winona Ryder as Spock's Mother, it just doesn't make sense....

Overall though, I was quite impressed by the style and magnitude of this addition to the Star Trek universe and I am glad to have seen it at the cinema rather than wait for the DVD (which I was originally going to do)

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Weekly Round-up

Well, it has been a very busy week, I have just got back from Uni Review (an annual satirical Theater performance) not sure if I will review it as it's not really in keeping with the theme here, but I also saw Star Trek, and I will give you a sneak peak by telling you that I did quite enjoy that, so expect a review in the next few days.

I am also up to date with Big Bang Theory, Harper's Island, Castle and the last episode of Pushing Daisies, but I shall wait for the new Dollhouse before doing my TV round up.

I am also in the process of re-watching all the Terminator films in anticipation of the new one!

Also this week, I have been inducted into The LAMB, so I welcome any new readers coming from there and would recommend current readers to check them out for one of the best movie blog resources around!! Big thanks to Dylan for adding me :)

Anyways...lots to do so expect a number of posts in the next few days and enjoy the rest of your weekend!!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Eat My Shorts - Tropfest Winner 2009

Every year Australia has a national short film festival known as Tropfest. This has grown into one of the World's Largest Short Film Festivals and is now held at various locations around the world. This year it was held on the 22nd of February in Sydney and broadcast live to each of the other states, and I attended my local screening.

I will not review the festival as a whole, but I will review the winning film, which was one of the two that I enjoyed greatly (I will review the other later down the line).

Be My Brother
Played for comedy, but with an underlying theme, Be My Brother was the winner of this years Tropfest. Set at a bus stop we are introduced to a young man with down-syndrome who doesn't let that get in the way of anything. He sees a woman sitting and waiting for the bus and begins to make notations into a voice recorder of her every move, before sitting down and striking up a conversation with her.

The film plays on social prejudices and the disconnection and isolation of people with disabilities, but does so in a touching and humorous way. The lead, played by Gerard O'Dwyer is passionate about acting and can reel off Shakespeare at the drop of a hat, he reveals his plight to the woman, who in return records a message for the benefit of his brother. The film certainly shows that you cannot judge a book by its cover and that everyone, regardless of their appearance should be embraced and loved.

You can view the film below:

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Eden Lake (2008)

Having watched Dying Breed a few weeks back, Eden Lake comes along and shows us how it is supposed to be done! Despite a few horror movie cliche moments, this is a strong, competent and truly harrowing experience.

Steve and his partner Jenny head out of the city for a romantic weekend away, after an evening at the pub with the colourful locals, they discover that the lovely wilderness of Eden Lake is about to be transformed into a luxury gated community. Not quite what they were expecting, but they bypass the fence and make their way to the water's edge in an attempt to make the most of the location whilst it remains.

Once at the lake shore their romantic getaway once again comes to a grinding halt when the local yobs turn up with their dog, loud music, spitting and cursing. After a few swapped words between the yobs and Steve, they move on and things go back to normal.... at least for now.

The next day the couple discover their Jeep has been stolen and whilst looking for it happen upon the yobs from the day before, an altercation between the leader, Brett, sees Steve killing Brett's pet pooch and that is when things take a turn for the worst.

I will be honest and say that as far as plot goes, Eden Lake has nothing new to offer, the entire opening is reminiscent of a million other movies with the overhead car traveling through wilderness shots, the lovely couple who are given all of the obligatory "we are nice people" shots and even the "what was that noise" moments. What makes this film stand out is the tension that it creates and the connection we feel to Jenny as she is being hunted through the wilderness. The violence in the movie is graphic and realistic, but it is not explicit. Something I found all the more scary. Director James Watkins has managed to get a cast of youngsters that play each of their roles perfectly. The film has a very real message about peer pressure and fitting in, albeit not in your face. Steve is played by Michael Fassbender and plays the everyday guy with simplicity, Jenny is played by Kelly Reilly in a role that I am sure she found most grueling, as she spends much of it covered in mud running through bracken and bushland and wearing nothing but a floral dress. Performances overall were quite impressive and authentic.

The musical score is by David Juliyan whose work on another similar horror movie, The Descent, helps add to the overall ambiance and sense of impending doom. There are a more than a few shared moments between Eden Lake and The Descent, which may also have something to do with Watkins involvement in the upcoming Descent sequel.

Whilst the film does have its moments, I fear the ending, which I felt was a little disappointing and certainly the films weakest point, will doubtless leave people unsettled. If you are after a nail biting, tension filled thriller, then look no further. If you are after something a little less psychological and brainless, go rent Dying Breed.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Under-rated Trilogies - Ginger Snaps

Ginger Snaps (2000)
A cult favorite of mine, Ginger Snaps was a $5 bargain bin discovery for me. It is certainly not your average werewolf movie. It adheres more to reality than the fiction or myth surrounding such creatures. Ginger and her younger sister Brigette are the "freaks" at their local high school, one evening whilst attempting to get revenge on one of their classmates, Ginger is attacked by "the beast" that is currently stalking their small town. And as if things couldn't get worse, she has just got "The curse", otherwise known as her first period. The film is intelligent, funny and has some good scares. The actors are well cast (my personal highlight was Mimi Rogers as the girls Mother) and the movie has a nice grungy feel to it. Seek it out if you want an entertaining, funny, teen werewolf movie, you won't be disappointed.

Ginger Snaps II (2003)
Following hot on the heels of the first, Ginger Snaps II follows Brigette in the months after her sisters death, haunted by visions of her and stalked by another beast for the purposes of mating. She must battle to control the beast within and learn to face her demons before they take control. Ginger Snaps II takes a more serious view on its subject matter, but still manages to have lighter moments. Bridgette spends most of her days in a womens drug rehab clinic after her use of wolfs bane is perceived as an addiction, little do they know that it keeps the beast at bay and with sources slowly drying up will Brigette be able to stay in control or is all lost?

Ginger Snaps Back (2004)
Certainly an interesting idea, the third film in the series is a prequel that takes us back to colonial days and adds a nice little twist to the already established world of the Fitzgerald sisters. It would seem they are united forever in their pact and will be playing out the same scenario as the years transpire. (assuming of course you believe in reincarnation)

The future of the series.....
No news of any new Ginger Snaps movies...but then they really did address most things in the 3 that exist....

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Weekly TV Round-up

Season 2 Episode 12: Water and Power
Second last Pushing Daisies episode and I did quite enjoy this one. It is good to see Emerson get his own episode and it helped to tie up a few loose ends, it was also nice to see Gina Torres as his estranged wife, it was certainly well timed as I have just watched a C.S.I episode with Alan Tudyk in it.

Season 2 Episode 22: Chuck VS. The Ring
So it looks like Chuck will be returning for a third season.....and if it doesn't lots of people will be pissed given the nature of this episode. It was a bit too Matrix like for me though....

Season 1 Episode 8: Ghosts
An interesting case, nothing new though, in fact I believe it is almost an exact rip-off of a Law & Order episode from years past.

Season 2 Episode 21: The Vegas Renormalization
Sheldon locks himself out of the apartment while Leonard and Co take a trip to Vegas. The premise alone is funny, but the boys (and Penny) are still going strong. Glad to see that this was picked up for 2 more seasons! A rarity given the current television climate.

Season 1 Episode 4: Bang!
Not really sure why I keep watching this....the idea is cool, but it is more "Days of Our Lives" than horror....

I have mainly been watching TV stuff all week....hence the lack of movie reviews. Trying to speed my way through C.S.I season 7, also got new Pushing Daisies and Dollhouse episodes to get through. Expect some awesome obscure title reviews soon though as I have some excellent new sources available for world cinema and cult titles. but more on that later :)