Thursday, May 27, 2010

Recent Viewings...

Well I have been catching up on a few Horror and Thriller films of late... most were entertaining enough, but only one was really a stand out....

Parasomnia (2008)
Directed by William Malone

An interesting, solid and competently made thriller, Parasomnia more than makes up for Malone's previous main stream mishaps (House on Haunted Hill, Feardotcom). Great cast including Jeffrey Combs and cameos by John Landis and Sean Young. The story is fresh and original and the visuals, despite a relatively small budget are quite impressive. Parasomnia is one of the best original horror / thriller's I have seen in ages! The Blu-ray sports a great transfer too, which makes up for the film going direct to home-video....check it out if you can!

The Triangle (2009)
Directed by Christopher Smith

A technically limited thriller, with an intriguing premise (similar to another recent film from Britain; The Reeds) Melissa George gives an excellent performance proving she can hold the lead if the part is right, other performances are also solid. Where the film fails is in the story, as with any film involving some form of time discrepancy, it just doesn't make sense. Whilst the journey is certainly worth taking the film just can't deliver in the end.

White Out (2009)
Directed by Dominic Sena

A completely average thriller that doesn't have a single standout moment... except perhaps its gratuitous shower scene....but even that is completely out of place and overly long....

The Echo (2008)
Directed by Yam Laranas

Another American remake of an Asian horror film, this time it is a film from the Phillippines called Sigaw, it bears many similarities to The Grudge films and like them is directed by the original director. The film fails on many levels including its ability to adhere even to its own rules..., but as is usual with horror films, the surround sound is used very aggressively and the transfer is decent enough, it is just a shame the story wasn't worked over a little.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Recent Viewings...

Over the last few weeks I have been revisiting some old, catching up on some new and experimenting with the unknown... here is a run down of some of my recent viewings.

Astroboy (2009)
Directed By David Bowers

oh dear... I usually refrain from watching these kind of reboots. I have such fond memories of the original series when I watched it back in the day. I would hate to think I would lose that. Sadly, there were not many things I liked about this. The film is missing most of the heart of the original series, it feels very disjointed and is not helped at all by the awful voice casting. I kinda wish I hadn't watched it. I also note that the Blu-ray in Australia is actually in the wrong aspect ratio, so I can't even recommend that!

Withnail & I (1987)
Directed By Bruce Robinson

Easily one of my favourite films of all time. Withnail and I has received a Blu-ray outing in Australia, and what a fine disc it is too. I had the previous Criterion Collection release of the film and it was pants, this Blu-ray runs rings around it. If you have not seen the film, I cannot recommend it enough, and I guarantee if nothing else, that you will be quoting from it for years to come!

Planet 51 (2009)
Directed By Jorge Blanco & Javier Abad

Actually better than I was expecting (even more so after having watched Astroboy), I am beginning to take a liking to Sony's new animation front... with this and Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs both exceeding my expectations I shall be watching them closely.

Eloise (2009)
Directed By Jesús Garay

A lovely, but sad tale about self discovery and love. Whilst the timeline can be a little confusing, the acting, script and cinematography are all superb, I was a little let down by the rather abrupt end though.

Phone Booth (2002)
Directed By Joel Schumacher

One of Joel Schumacher's better efforts, having watched it again I am pleased with how well it stands up to multiple did however, make me ask what has happened to Colin Farrell lately?

Rogue (2007)
Directed By Greg Mclean

Not an altogether awful film, I mean there is only so much you can do with this sort of material (basically Jaws with a crocodile), but it does have some decent scares and a few tense moments. With a great cast it is let down mostly by a silly ending....