Riddick: Movie Review

This may end up being my shortest review.

Dir: David Twohy Writers: David Twohy, Oliver Butcher, Stephen Cornwel
Run Time: 118m

You ever watch something and say you know the story may suck but you might still be entertained? Yes that didn’t happen here. When I saw the trailer all I could think was this man is going to kill people with cups and what not. Had it not been for my best friend I would have skipped this entirely. But as always I expected nothing from it and got exactly what I expected. How movies like this get produced, but a sequel to Dredd can’t be made, is beyond me.

First let’s touch the acting. TERRIBLE. JUST DOWN RIGHT DISRESPECTFUL. Vinny isn’t the world’s greatest actor in any way. He’s an action star that can be (very) believable in an emotional dramatic scene. I will give him credit that he tried. You can tell early on he tried. Out of the three movies (this one being the longest one I’ve watched) I’d say this might be his best outing but don’t quote me. But in terms of quality… It stops there. This isn’t fast and furious, he can’t help keep this film alive if he tried, solo anyway. He does try though. Then you have Keri Hilson. Most useless pretty face of all time in any movie ever made. Then you have, what I’d assume is the main antagonist in Jordi Mollà. Worst acting I’ve seen all year, and that includes the efforts in Kick-Ass 2. Maybe it was his accent but every word he said came off dryer than Ashy Larry’s lips. Honestly as far as acting goes, expect nothing if you don’t want to heed my warnings and see this garbage.

Technically, it’s a darn good looking movie. The mix use of set, possible on location filming and green screen was pretty seamless. That is a saving grace for the motion picture but not enough to enjoy it. What it makes up in the cinematography, it lacks in rendered CGI. As far as big budget movies go that require CGI, I didn’t expect to see so much glitches in rendered motion. As a whole it came off as a poorly done big budget student film… Sort of like “In Time” with Justin Timberlake.

I hate this movie.

The story never seemed to get going, and early on it was such a drag. Literally. It put me to sleep about mid way and it felt like an episode of Passions. Nothing happened. They were in the same predicament for the longest time. The story crawls so slowly that you just want to cry. The person snoring behind me had money well spent if you asked me vs me tying to be awake.

Bottom line: it’s the worst movie of the fall season or end of summer season. Why this movie was made I don’t know. If you happen to see it please slap yourself for wasting your time and hard earned money/scene points. Though this is a great make out film, if you’re into that during movies. Oh, and if your Howard Walowitz. You might get a little happy at one point.

Ratings for all movies will now be out of ten

  • Overall rating of the movie: 1 out of 10,
  • Cinematography: 3 out of 10,
  • Editing: 2 out of 10,
  • Audio: 7 out of 10,
  • Acting: 1 out of 10 (1 being that vin Diesel did all he could),
  • Theatres or wait for the blu-ray? SKIP IT

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace”. Your eLEWsive Thought Provided by: “LEW System”

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Evil Dead 2013 Movie Review

 So, I really only seen the half of the first one with Bruce Campbell… don’t judge me.

Director: Fede Alvarez Writers: Fede Alvarez (screenplay), Rodo Sayagues(screenplay), Sam Raimi (based on the motion picture “The Evil Dead”, written by)
91 min runtime

As I said, I’ve never seen the other movie’s of the same name, but I’ve seen bits and pieces, here and there. A major part of why I saw this movie was because, the original director said that it lives up to the original he created with Bruce Campbell. I remember my first ever experience with this character was in an episode of “Reboot” , then the odd time when it was on TBS, back when Rogers had it and before it turned into PeachTree TV. But as I was saying, this is a horror movie, (and I think the first time I have even reviewed one). Anyway, going in I had a general idea: folks in a cabin who are clearly stupid, read a demonic book and then it’s all down hill from there. Which, if anyone paid attention, seems very much like the story of “Cabin in the woods” (oh would you look at that, I have reviewed 2 horror movies, Woman in Black). Honestly, this movie felt like it was a giant rip off of Cabin in the Woods. Well, in the beginning anyway. But, keeping that movie in mind, the remainder of the movie was slightly predictable.

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Falling flat on its face, for acting, across the board (mind you, I kind of feel like that was intended).

When you get to the bit of a surprise ending, the acting in general is much better, but not by much.

I really enjoyed the cinematography out of everything, the most. It has a lot of the style originally realized by Sam Rami, which honestly, I don’t think it couldn’t be in a movie like this. The creepiest thing might of been the leach, snake branch scene by the creek. That one scene impressed me a whole lot. Another thing to add, it’s one hell of a gory motion picture, with great detail on that department.

Rating:

  • Overall rating of the movie: 3 out of 5,
  • Cinematography: 3.5 out of 5 (camera stunt work is decent),
  • Editing: 3 out of 5,
  • Special effects: 5 out of 5,
  • Audio: 3 out of 5
  • Acting: 2 out of 5,
  • Theatres or wait for the blu-ray? Great way to scare your girl friend, so either owning it or rental is a good choice, depending if you like horror movies. (I’d rent it though)

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” . Your eLEWsive Thought Provided by: “LEW System”

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Prometheus Movie Review

Directed by Ridley Scott

Written by: Jon Spaihts and Damon Lindelof

Cast

A team of scientists journey through the universe on the spaceship “Prometheus”, on a voyage to investigate Alien life forms. The team becomes stranded on an Alien world, and as they struggle to survive, it becomes clear that the horrors they experience are not just a threat to themselves, but to all of mankind.

[*SPOILERS START HERE*]

There’s Sci-Fi (science fiction) and then there’s horror movies, and then there is that oddity that meshes the two together in this beautiful way, in what you could call perfect harmony–which is what “Promtheus” does. As a prequel to the now infamous “Alien” movie series, which Later spawned two Alien vs Predator movies, that were poorly received. Ye.. DON’T ASK. This Installment was highly entertaining and worth while for fans of movies, or even just fans of the series. It has those “left to the viewer to figure out” moments, and pretty crafty all the same.

The opening of the movie starts out beautifully. It shows us these landscapes of the world that in the movie, claim to  be in Ireland, or at least part of it. (but I’m sure they filmed that in Iceland… either way, Its just beautiful) *NOTE* THIS MOVIE IS MADE TO BE SEEN IN IMAX AND OR 3-D. In order to really appreciate the scope of what you’re seeing, it just would look so much better. I got a free ticket so I won’t complain. The cinematography was outstanding as were the V/FX(Visual effects).

spaceship used in prometheus

The choice of shots were amazing at the start, and for the most part throughout. The start really has a bang feeling to it, with how it’s shot (I really could talk about the start of this movie forever but its a two hour long movie so I’ll move along). Throughout the film we are taken to many different places and shown many different things, the way it’s introduced in this film seemed very natural, and when you think of where we are with technology, it seems very practical that you could believe some of these things would exist (the technology anyway) . This was probably the best horror movie we will get this year. It’s not overly gory, but just terrifying in the sense that it has crazy looking aliens that do some crazy stuff.

Acting was spotty I won’t lie. Charlize Theron was good, but some of her lines weren’t delivered to the best of her ability (watch monster and you may understand). Idris Elba had some, if not all the best lines in the film (he really is a suburb actor). It may be just me, but I detected light banter between the crew of space men which reminded me of Joss Whedon‘s work, it was good to make the movie a bit light. Guy Pearce was almost unrecognizable. Michael Fassbender plays such great villains in movies man, he was sort of the saving grace in Jonah Hex (but not enough to save that film). He has a way of being obviously evil, but yet deceiving enough to have you think he wouldn’t hurt a fly. It honestly is a joy to watch it all unfold.

Editing wise, it was put together very well. It switches from steady cam, to shaky cam, but WITHIN REASON. It isn’t over done and as I just said….it makes sense. I will give any movie with shaky cam a good rating, if the shaky has merit.

The Plot itself is good at best. I don’t know how much it connects to the other Alien movies, but I’m definitely gonna see the others now that I have this “back story”. If there was a moral of the story, it’s that we as humans should be mindful of what we want to discover. Sometimes our curiosity does get the better of us and we find out something we were WAY better off not knowing.

 

  • Overall rating of the movie: 4.6 out of 5,
  • Cinematography: 5 out of 5,
  • Editing: 4.5 out of 5,
  • Audio: 4 out of 5,
  • Acting: 4 out of 5,
  • Theatres or wait for the blu-ray? Theatre in the best way you can (like Imax or something). Then blu ray if you have the other Alien movies.

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” and May the Force be with you!

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

The Shining Throwback Movie Review

That Stephen King guy…. I tell you.

Now I’ve never seen this movie in my life. I actually went into this movie thinking it was a entirely different movie. But I digress, the plot for “The Shining

A novelist – Jack Torrance takes a job interview as winter caretaker of the isolated, Overlook Hotel. In the interview, Jack is told by the manager himself, that the previous caretaker – Charles Grady, chopped his family and later killed himself with a shotgun. Ignoring the story, Jack brings his wife – Wendy and his son Danny. Danny, sees disturbing visions of the hotel’s past using a telepathic gift known as “The Shining”.  Some of the visions come from Tony – “the little boy who lives in Danny’s mouth”. Danny meets Dick Hallorann  – the hotel cook on their first day arriving at the Overlook, who also has this “Shining” and he warns him about the hotel and the sinister Room 237.  Later as Jack Torrance, is underway in a writing project he slowly slips into insanity as a result of cabin fever and former guests of the hotel’s ghosts, turning more and more aggressive, at the point that Danny and Wendy gets convinced that Jack might try to do the same thing, Grady did.

Starring:

  • Jack Nicholson as Jack Torrance
  • Shelley Duvall as Wendy Torrance
  • Danny Lloyd as Danny Torrance
  • Scatman Crothers as Dick Hallorann
  • Barry Nelson as Stuart Ullman
  • Philip Stone as Delbert Grady
  • Joe Turkel as Lloyd the bartender
  • Anne Jackson as Doctor
  • Tony Burton as Larry Durkin
  • Barry Dennen as Bill Watson
  • Lisa and Louise Burns as the Grady girls

Now I wanna get to the acting before anything. Shelly Duvall RUINED THIS MOVIE IN EVERY POSSIBLE WAY. Her poor choices as an actor and the failure of the director, Stanley Kuberick A.K.A the man who “thinks too much and feels too little” to notice her poor performance. (The director gets a next rant all his own.) She goes around with her  half assed running for a lot of this movie, if not just the end. now she’s not entirely to blame, the writers are just as bad, for I read that the script was changed almost everyday of production for this movie. I also read she had many arguments with the director so maybe she acted so poorly knowing they couldn’t fire her which would result in a delay of the movie.

The director now. He should have stuck to the original source material and kept what happens to Jack more supernatural than from within Jack’s mind. It would have made the ending make more sense. Even though the audience is aware that something is wrong and Jack is seeing ghosts but, You REALLY have to guess that is what’s happening. The entire time I was so lost, and bored I felt like I was going insane myself.

The pace for this movie is so slow, its redundant. Though I’m told that is purposeful so that you “sympathize” with Jack. But I did that already when I seen who his wife was. Danny was ok… really can’t judge a child actor if they aren’t Dakota Fanning. Due to the pace you never really actually feel that he goes crazy. and the time jumping also ruins the movie and any message it was trying to convey

The quality of this Blu-Ray is amazing for a re-master is shocking. A lot of the re-masters aren’t always as great as could be, but this one was well done. Makes the opening ariel shots so breath taking.

Which brings me to camera work, which is probably the only saving grace of the movie outside of Jack Nicholson’s acting ability. The use of steady cam (This camera rig thats is set up on this vest , which is on a person, thats connected to this unipod like mount so that a cameraman can walk around and the camera doesn’t have the bob that is natural from people walking) is HEAVY in this movie. It makes everything so creepy. Like when Danny is on the plastic big wheel, it just feels so terrifying . I feel like they copied “The Omen”. 

The special features are only really cool if you’re a film buff, student, no deleted/alternate scenes.

Overall rating of the movie: 3 out of 5, cinematography: 3.9 out of 5, editing: 3 out of 5, Audio: 3 out of 5, Scare Factor: 1 out of 5. Rent-Own? RENT. But watch it with someone, helps to keep you awake.

The Woman In Black Movie Review

Hello all.

Today’s movie review is as the title says, “THE WOMAN IN BLACK” starring Harry Potter… Whoops I mean Daniel Radcliff. His first movie, since ending the eight movie franchise “Harry Potter”.The story for this remake is: Arthur Kipps (Daniel Radcliffe) is a young lawyer who is depressed by the loss of his beautiful wife after giving birth to a son. His son, now grown to a toddler, draws pictures of him with a sad face. He is assigned to prepare a large house for sale on a marsh and travels to an obscure village where he is shunned by most of the townspeople. He visits the Eel Marsh House, the estate of the late Alice Drabow, to look it over, but finds his job has grown more perilous as it is haunted by the ghost of a woman scorned. He learns from the villagers that the ghost of the woman in black seeks revenge against their children because her child was taken away from her. Kipps is befriended by Sam (Ciaran Hinds) and his wife Elizabeth (Janet McTeer). They, too, have lost a son, and they help the lawyer to investigate the background of the estate and what happened.

starring along side Radcliff is:

  • Ciarán Hinds as Sam Daily, a local landowner
  • Janet McTeer as Elizabeth Daily, Daily’s wife
  • Sophie Stuckey as Stella Kipps, Arthur’s wife
  • Misha Handley as Joseph Kipps, Arthur’s son
  • Liz White as Jennet Humfrye, The Woman in Black
  • Daniel Cerqueira as Keckwick, the carriage driver
  • Tim McMullan as Jerome, the local solicitor
  • Aoife Doherty as Lucy Jerome, Jerome’s daughter
  • Roger Allam as Mr Bentley, senior partner of Kipps’ firm
  • Victor McGuire as Gerald Hardy, a villager
  • Alexia Osborne as Victoria Hardy, Hardy’s daughter
  • David Burke as PC Collins, village constable
  • Ashley Foster as Nathaniel Drablow, The Woman in Black’s son
  • Jessica Raine as Joseph’s Nanny
  • Shaun Dooley as Fisher, village innkeeper
  • Mary Stockley as Mrs Fisher
  • Sidney Johnston as Nicholas Daily, Daily’s son

This remake from the 1989 T.V. movie seems to sway away from the old one slightly with characters and plot. (Fyi, if you ever seen the Potter movies, the man who plays “James Potter” plays “Arthur Kipps” in the original the “son really becomes the father” lol.)

*SPOILER ALERT*

Now even though I’m not a big fan of horror cause for years now, most have been VERY shitty, I gave this movie a chance cause I was hearing good things and I was curious as to how well Radcliff would do post the Potter series. He didn’t really impress. Now I never thought he was a superb actor, but he seemed to be decent. Mind you, we all basically seen him in one role, unless you noticed him as “Edmund” in “The Simpson’s”. But I digress, I got scared maybe a total of three times. That’s no record or anything. But in my defence, I REALLY DIDN’T SEE IT COMING when I did get scared. The first one was roughly around 20 or so minutes in. Then again two more time around the 50 minute mark.

Acting wise, Radcliff and crew, as I said, were ok at best. Nothing to brag home about.

Cinematography and effects were decent as well. It felt like the camera was always moving and for some reason I really enjoyed that. It wasn’t shaky cam so it wasn’t annoying like other movies. But other than that, the only shots that stood out were something like this. Think of a cartoon where you see someone dreaming and theres that dream bubble just over their head. This picture is just the same thing almost.

The only issue I had with this movie was how Arthur Kipps character story arc is wrapped up. I won’t ruin it but, heres a hint…. “Drag Me To Hell”.

 

Overall rating of the movie: 3 out of 5, Cinematography: 3.6 outta 5, Editing: 4.8 out of 5, Audio: 4 out of 5, Acting: 3 out of 5

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” and May the Force be with you!

– Xavier