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« Reply #375 on: August 26, 2014, 07:02:20 PM »

Saw Draft day last night.  A little entertaining but I was hoping for a whole lot more.  I would get specific but don't want to ruin it for anyone who wants to see it.  I'd give it 2 1/2 - 3 stars out of 5.
Just saw it.....

Not that great but not bad also... 3 out of 5 stars also.
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« Reply #376 on: August 26, 2014, 08:45:51 PM »

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Henely

 an 11 minute short film shown at sundance, that is being turned into a trilogy. Henely tells the story of a " budding hotel manager and roadkill entrerenaur ". Helping his dad run a hotel he gets tips for roadkill collected. The entreprenaur in him soon devises a plan on how to make more money.  This is his first taste in killing.

Henely is being produced into a trilogy by Elijah Woods (LOTR fame), who seems to be doing darker material lately and i hope this turns out half as good as everyone is expecting. In "The Boy" we are introduced to a young budding hotel manager and roadkill entreprenaur Ted Henely who, as a result of conditions, receives tips for roadkill collected by his father. This becomes his first taste in killing. This tells the story of the making of a sociopath. We follow young Henely at age 9, again re-visiting him at ages 14 and 18 to where he becomes a mass murder and serial killer. (Im only guessing here the sequel will be the teen, and the man) as we see the environmental factors, conditions, and sociology behavior that transforms a  curious boy, to young to know the evils of his doings, into a full fledge sociopathic killer. This can be a great trilogy if they do their DD and consider all the details, sociological behavior, and environmental factors as well personal interactions that lead him down this dark path. While the limited teaser trailer reveals only a small fraction of the short, we are treated to the making of henely, his eyes, facial expressions and demeanor, and reasons that lead him down this path. If this film decides to divulge into the psychology with the proper direction and consulting from the proper personnel, this could really be something special that i cant wait to  experience. To see or imagine a boy at such a young age traveling down this path is unsettling, where childhood is suspose to be the most joyful time of life this could be a real suspense thriller spread out over the course of this young boys life. I will definitely be keeping an eye out for this 2015 release for the first part.
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« Reply #377 on: September 16, 2014, 08:28:10 PM »

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The Tower

-Korean with English sub.
    When a spectacular display for a V.I.P. party goes horribly wrong amist prior safety concerns, its 180 stories of pure chaos, and almost as many smaller personal stories intertwined. If you must, you can view this as a Korean modernized version of "the towering inferno" but it contains so much more on a personal level of stories, social structure, and of course so real life events.  I took a chance on this buying without seeing based on reviews and personal judgements thinking this would be a decent movie at best, which exceeded my expectations on many different levels. There were beautiful visuals of the Korean skyline, as well haunting reminders of 911. A multitude of layering with love and family, and hard decisions and sacrifices that were made, some of political involvement. This really tied so much together in a story and character depth, with a emotional value, something hollywood always seems to forget in thier digitialized world of cgi.

  The movies opens around an important V.I.P. event in a premier building known as the tower sky, a 180 story glass building connected with a sky walk to a mirror structure. A beautiful night time display of fireworks celebrates Christmas eve along with helicopters that produce man made snow over the building and event. For this is a building that caters to the rich and elite. A cross draft causes chaos amongst the helicopters hovering above with massive snow making machines suspended by cables and this is the cause of the fire igniting a series of explosive reactions 180 stories up that leads to mass panic and confusion as well a frantic display of self perservation.

  The cgi and fire simulation i thought was really good, on par with hollywood standards for a movie with significantly less budget money. The movie opens with about 30 minutes of backstory, following the disregarded safety concerns in favor of all hands on deck preparation for the V.I.P. party as well following the going ons of the fire department. What really sets this apart is the multitude of story lines, following the perspective from many angles from the husband who was suppose to be off christmas eve, but couldnt abbandon his fellow firefiighters and inspite of disappointing his wife, to a love interest of a building manager who is in love with one of his workers as they are trapped and struggle to survive. There is the man seperated from his young daughter that defies death and firefighters concerns to continue to find his daughter, a probies (rookie) first day on the job,  to the political aspect where firefighters were given a priority list of rescue, starting with the congressmen and vip (think the social structure of Titanic where the rich were giving priority over survial over the poor, where as in  a similar manner steel titanium doors were used to block hallway passages to ensure the intgrity structure of the building and extra time for helicopters to save the rich at the top, in exchange for a few lives)

   There were many great scenes from a elevator stuck and being enfullfed by flames in the shaft, where peoples feet and hands started to burn from the intense heat cooking them alive, to a great glass connecting bridge that is compromised with people trying to cross, shattering and raining in a display of jagged glass, steel and bodies falling hundreds of feet to the ground. Hard decisions were made, some political, some in lure of self preservation, mixing  with some comedic elements (such as a man trying to frantically exit an elevator while pushing his girlfriend in a hurry who appeared stuck between the doors "why is your ass so big, you told me you were a size 0") and the hazing of a rookie firefighter forced from his shower early running naked throughout the firehouse to find it was a false alarm.

  This movie also relived some of the horrifing scenes of 911, falling burning bodies from the building, firefighters trapped trying to save those stuck in between floors and   SPOILER... an eventual decision to implode the building to protect surrounding structures around it, as the building comes crumbling down , scenes of people frantacially searching for loved ones, posting pictures, END SPOILER... 

  A movie that exceed my expectations, my only gripes would be minor, a dvd with flat color tones, picture quality was not as crisp, and the subtitles were overly large, boxy, like a 8-bit video game display. Decent soundtrack, especially in the end where there was a stretch of no audible except a sombering classical piece with the raw emotions of the aftermath of people. There were some great slow motion scenes, a backdraft in the hallway, helicopter explosion, and glass bridge faulting as well camera work and angles that gave interesting perspectives. The move starts with 30 minutes of backstory, and is pratically non-stop action for the remainder 90 minutes following the mulitple story lines which goes amazing fast for a 2 hr movie. A solid recommend for anyone.
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« Reply #378 on: October 02, 2014, 09:28:31 PM »

starting to gain some momentum. looks decent. opens limited release xmas day, nationally in jan.
directed by clint eastwood with a nearly unrecognizable bradley cooper. feels tense. "american sniper" based on the book.


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« Reply #379 on: October 18, 2014, 02:44:00 PM »

First and foremost, do not judge this movie by this trailer which isn't exactly a strong marketing/selling point.

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Rabies (Kalevet) 2010

    - Isreal. Billed as a horror movie set in broad daylight. When 2 policemen, 2 couples, a brother and sister, park ranger, his girlfriend and dog, along with a killer all convege in a wooded area their worlds collide, overalap and become hopelessly entwined. This is one of the smartest, wittiest, horror movies to come along in a long time with a ironic twist at the end. Directed by  Aharon Keshales and starring Lior Ashrenazi, both of BIg Bad Wolves, there is a lot of mending of conflict, confusion, and jumping back and forth between the sets of people as they cross paths in a secluded reserve. The movie contains some dark humor/mood, along with ironic twists with multiple angle, with a good deal of suspense.

    The movie will keep you guessing as to the purpose of the events, even through it is quite obviouse from the start. Smart and clever, there is some blood, but most of the violence takes place off screen,  and things are not always what they appear to be, and gets out of hand. The movie picks up about 20 minutes in, as the story jumps from group to group, with series of events all leading them on a collison course with individual events all happening within the groups (it helps if you saw and followed movies such as  pulp fiction, go, and 11:14).

   The movie is more suspense/drama then a horror, and is a refreshing take on the genre, and plays out like a jig-saw puzzle that you will have to try to piece together and follow. All of which will elude you from the sole purpose and ironic twist. The dvd has a sharp picture quality, with a minimal soundtrack. The acting is average. There are some unresolved character issues, loose ends, and questions with  the ending but the real intrigue is in the twist that may elude you while you try to follow all the events and happenings in the meantime.

   Dont judge this movie by the trailer, which is probablely the poorest marketing aspect for this movie and does it no justice. Worth a watch for people who like clever twists and smart writing.

   So the basic premises of the movie is that it is set in broad daylight, but the real twist is
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there is a killer who has the woods boobytrap, who abducts a girl, is shot by the park ranger (with a tranquilzer gun) but manages to elude him. The paths of the 2 policemen called in to help the 2 couples lost on the reserve, the park ranger, his dog his girlfriend, along with the brother and sister all cross paths, and through a variety of circumstances, are all killed by each other through confusion, mistaken identity, or disputes. The killer lies unconscious the whole time and is one of the few not killed, and doesn't kill anyone. He awakens, unaware of the events that occured and goes about his buisness.  END SPOILER. 
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« Reply #380 on: November 02, 2014, 09:09:01 PM »

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Frankensteins army

summary from production :Toward the end of World War II, Russian soldiers pushing into eastern Germany stumble across a secret Nazi lab, one that has unearthed and begun experimenting with the journal of one Dr. Victor Frankenstein. The scientists have used the legendary Frankenstein's work to assemble an army of super-soldiers stitched together from the body parts of their fallen comrades -- a desperate Hitler's last ghastly ploy to escape defeat.

  The movie is a found footage/documentary style in the likes of blair witch. The video itself is treated to look aged, in terms with the time era, with flickering and jumpy frame rates, monotone coloring, and quick transistion, sometimes time traveling. The movie is told from a russian journalist armed with a camcorder, seeking dr. frankenstein, a macabre dr. who transforms fallen nazi soldiers into steam-punk-zombie hybrids (who really wasnt all that creepy or what one would expect). Spoken in english, i thought it was a bit odd, maybe a marketing decision, with heavy russian accents which was a bit hard to follow at times, perhaps subtitles would of been better. Three russian soldiers and the video tech, stumble upon an underground nazi lab (similar to house of a thousand corpses) where the dead are restiched together with steam punk like parts to make the ultimate killer. There is no real character development here, instead the movie focuses more on the unusual steam-punk contraptions, which were pretty unique and interesting, one of the few highlights the movie had to offer. Think puppet master meets nazi zombies meets joseph mengel.
 
  some of the more interesting concepts of steam punk zombies are a guy who had an heavy duty electrical cord inserted into his head, with a welder attached for an arm to do manufacturing work and welding. An airplane propeller attached in place of a soldiers head, soldiers with circular saws and sheet cutting sheers for arms and one armor plated undead with a spiked head torture casing that will close in on its victims. Perhaps my favorite was a nazi soldier who had long spider leg blades for its arms and legs with a two foot drill bit emitting from his mouth. unfortunately this is probably the only satisfactory part of the movie. There was not a lot of violence or bloodshed, minus some skull capping removal for brain swapping and a shot gun to the head. The theory was pretty unique, but the execution, acting and development left alot to be desired. Not really scary, a bit slow at times, the ending was rather abrupt and quick with not alot of background, maybe it was left this way intentionally.

all in all this was a   0.99 rental for me, which was worth the price for the unique monsters, but not by much if you like a story line to go with it. Some cool visionary, but not enough to really hold ones attention and be considered a good movie. I would go C rating here, Much better nazi zombie movies out there, but as far as steam punk nazi human hybrids this one stands alone. had higher hopes for this.
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« Reply #381 on: November 03, 2014, 09:30:07 PM »

the boy. 8 minute private screening/highlight. in post production now. this is going to be one disturbing and unsettling movie to watch.

videopassword is: henleymotel. 

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« Reply #382 on: November 15, 2014, 11:09:32 AM »

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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

   The story of a forbidden friendship between a nazi commander's son, age 8, and a jewish boy in a concentration camp that has tragic consequences.

"Childhood is measured out by sounds and smells and sights, before the dark hour of reason grows - John Betjeman"

   This quote best sums up the movie. The story of the innocence of childhood and friendships created before the dark prejudices of adulthood. A child, full of adventure, curiosity and the innocence to his surroundings and goings on in the world at the time (WW II), or to the details of what his nazi commandes fathers job requires. Bruno is a boy, whose father has just gotten a promotion, so he must leave his friends behind to the country side where his father will take up command, unknowingly to him, at a concentration camp, which bruno mistankes  for a farm with strange people dressed in pajamas. He forms an unlikely bond and friendship with a boy named Shmuel (jack scanlon) who will absolutely steal your heart with empathy from his performance as a broken child, seperated from his parents and confined in a nazi concentration camp, he too, not completely sure of what is going on, except that he is supposed to be enemeys with the nazi german boy.

   The interaction bewteen Bruno and Shmuel is the real story and tear jerker here, but there is so many more layers and character development, such as the relatioship between the father and wife, when the wife sees first hand the horrors of the war and what is going on, the fathers and son (bruno), where the father is trying to explain how he is working to make a better life for him, the relationship of the mother and bruno, where both start to show empathy and concern for the treatment of such jewish servants where as the father and comrades treat them like cattle going to the slaughter.

   The movie unfolds like a book, slowly revealing itself, there is not  alot of action, only off screen implied violence, which is still uncomfortable to watch when the kids are involved. Shmuel steals the show with his facial expressions of a boy, joyous to have a friend, even though the are not suppose to. There are some tender moments, some heartbreaking, especially the last five minutes where bruno tries to right a previous wrong imposed on shmuel, that results in tragic and horrific consequences that some may say is ironic on one part, but shouldnt have happened at its cost.

   Some may find this a slow paced affair, but if you study are the inner working relationships, the tender story of the innocence of boyhood friendships without prejudice, and the lengths as to what one goes to and costs, this will be a rewarding film if you can handle the ending, which again is sad, depressing, ironic, a punch in the gut,  and heartwrenching to say the least. The big payoff is here.

 Previous heard about this movie, caught in on the free movie section and so happy i gave it a chance. Truely a hidden gem i will pick up on dvd. Highly recommended. It is english speaking, one of the few movies i watch so, and it is worthy, even at rental price. This is truely a movie you appreciate more after you watch it, consider it, and socialize about it revealing more and more of its content you may have overlooked. I could hardly wait to review this. The trailer by the way makes it look hokey, like a hallmark movie, please disregard. By the way this may be under your free on demand movie section, but can also be found and watched online i believe at a popular streaming site. Must see

other similar movies worthy a peek: a film unfinished.
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