Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Deadgirl (2008)

This film is morally reprehensible and yet sadly, could be a coming of age film for the masses who seem to treat everything in life as a commodity - people included. Despite a supernatural story element that defies explanation, the morality of the movie and its sexual and violent objectification of women in frighteningly plausible extremes is shocking to say the least. The scariest part is that you know people would relate to both of the main characters differing views and I guess on some level the film is making an attempt at some form of social commentary, despite how majorly it fails. If the film was a little more intelligent and explored some of the themes it attempts a little more deeply it may have been more interesting, but as it stands this is a tasteless and sickening film that will leave you with imagery that you will not quickly shake off.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Recent Movie Viewing

As I am lazy and haven't been writing reviews of late....here is a brief run down of the last few weeks viewing....as you can see I have not been short of movies to watch, just short on writing about them!!

Moon (2009)
Directed By Duncan Jones

Every once in awhile a film comes along that reaffirms your belief in cinema. For me, Moon represents everything I like about the movies and more specifically the science fiction genre. This may stem from the fact that it is not a big budget Hollywood blockbuster! With a cast you could count on one hand and driven by a stellar performance from Sam Rockwell.

Moon proves once and for all that if you have a story to tell, everything else is just secondary.

Zombieland (2009)
Directed By Ruben Fleischer

A completely enjoyable Zombie romp, it seems that Zombies aren't content with the horror genre and are now trying their luck at comedy and rightly so. With plenty of laughs and plenty of gore I am sure this will please all fans of the living dead!

Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs (2009)
Directed By
Phil Lord & Chris Miller

An out of left field CGI tale of self discovery and worth that is far less corny than it sounds... whilst not all the gags work, for the most part this is one of the more decent CGI films to come out of a studio that isn't Pixar in years!

Jennifer's Body (2009)
Directed By
Karyn Kusama

Actually better than I was expecting, perhaps because it was different to what I was expecting. Megan Fox is a bit on the annoying side and the soundtrack could have done with some equalization, but an enjoyable 90 minutes of good horror fun nonetheless.

9 (2009)
Directed By Shane Acker

An interesting post apocalyptic tale that sees small robots in a fight for survival against deadly machines. Great visual effects and an intriguing visual style make the film great to look at. The voice talent do an adequate job to bring the characters to life and the story is interesting although maybe a little rushed.

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009)
Directed By Terry Gilliam

Terry Gilliam once again proves his directorial mastery and a true return to form with this expertly crafted marvel of celluloid. A pleasure to watch and a great last acting role from Heath Ledger.