Archive for January, 2011

Deranged (1974)

Posted in Uncategorized on January 27, 2011 by dunyazad

1968 was a watershed year for horror movies. Two events occurred that would shape horror movies for decades to come. The first was the release of Night of the Living Dead, naturally. The second was the trial of Ed Gein. Gein was apprehended in 1957, but was found mentally incompetent to stand trial at the the time. By the time of his trial, Gein had already made inroads into the horror genre–Psycho is famously based on Gein, and the children of Psycho are legion–but the Gein’s trial shook something loose in the minds of filmmakers, and soon the grislier details of Gein’s crimes began to filter into the genre. The supernova of films based on Gein is The Texas Chainsaw Massacre from 1974, of course, but another film based on Gein appeared the same year. Jeff Gillen and Alan Ormbsy’s Deranged sticks closer to the facts of the case than any other film, and while it may not have the pile-driving horror of TCM, it has a weird ambiance all its own.

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Gattaca Review

Posted in Reviews on January 26, 2011 by aporphyria

How do you hide when you’re running from yourself?

This film is definitely not “Blade Runner”.  However, I believe that it runs pretty darn close as far as how good it is.  It is a very original story that the Writer and Director came up with.  The music was even beautiful.

Set in the future, where gene profiling happens to try and make a ‘perfect’ world, but what really concerns me is the probability of this actually happening to our world, now.  Vincent, played by Ethan Hawke, was given a ‘lower’ life due to his genes.  With a 99% probability of a heart problem, he was never going to be allowed to have the job that he always dreamed of, and that was working for a company, similar to our own, NASA.  He meets a man, who tells him that there is someone who he could ‘use’ their body for trying to achieve his dream.  He then meets Jude Law, whose character is Jerome, who agrees to doing the ‘trade’.  But in order to do this, Vincent will have to totally pretend that he is Jerome by using his blood, urine, and other things like strands of his hair, fingernails, and skin.  Unfortunately, due to a death at the company, an investigation takes place, and the identity of the killer starts unraveling.  Will Vincent be ultimately found out?

This story really moved me, and this was the 4th time that I watched it.  A couple of years ago, I never really felt this way before while watching this film.  Maybe because when you are told that you have a Chronic Illness, you see the world in a total different way.  Even the simplest things can bother someone who is told this.  People suggesting that you do not admit that you have an Illness is one of them.  But imagine your world turning into what happened in “Gattaca”.  You might already have to do drug testing and physicals when it comes to your job, or even when you are seeking a job.  But in this film, when you are born, and are already pre-disposed to having ANY illness?  You just might only be able to clean toilets for the rest of your life.  So, should everybody be ‘perfect’?  If the answer is yes, I truly believe that we would all be living in a pretty messed up world.

Some of the things that occurred in this film have already happened in the world.  Just like in the film, Jude Law’s character – the ‘real’ Jerome had an accident and is confined to a wheelchair.  He would be discriminated against in the film if the world found out what really happened to him.  Things like this already happens in our world.

Is “Gattaca” already on its way?

Girl, Interrupted Review

Posted in Reviews on January 18, 2011 by aporphyria

“Ambivalence – Strong feelings in opposition.”

The real life story, and book by Susanna Kaysen. This film won Angelina Jolie, who plays the character of Lisa, a Supporting Actress Oscar. It is a drama with a girl who ends up staying in a mental health hospital for more than a year, called Claymore. Winona Ryder, who is Susanna, and Whoopi Goldberg, who plays the head nurse, also star in the film. Ryder is the main character, and she does it beautifully.

We are given a glimpse of what it’s like to not only stay in a Mental Health facility, but also the frightening world of having a disorder called “Borderline Personality”, as well as other mental illnesses. Set in the 60’s, where there was a time of war, and a try of peace, this film is a very dramatic piece of art.

Kaysen did something that caused her to end up in a mental hospital. But what she learns, and how she copes, finds her developing friendships, as well as becoming a writer.

There wasn’t anything that I didn’t like about this film. It was well deserving of several awards and nominations. The director took Kaysen’s book and turned into a great film. Although some things were changed from the book, it didn’t matter. Everything meshed well together.

“Girl, Interrupted” has been one of the most inspiring films when it comes to the world of mental illness. These films, such as “A Beautiful Mind,”  “As Good As It Gets,” and others, are wonderful for those with mental illnesses but also for the world to try to lessen the stigma involved with them. So please see it. It will give you more understanding of what it’s like to suffer from not only Borderline Personality Disorder but mental illness as well.

The Mist Review

Posted in Reviews on January 18, 2011 by aporphyria

Another Stephen King story brought to the big screen. I love his stories, and them made into movies. It brings the stories in the book, alive. You actually get to really see what you’ve read. And, after seeing The Mist in an actual theater, well, it just made it into the Top 3 of my favorite Stephen King stories made into movies.

I listened to the audio version several years ago. It was like nothing that I have ever heard before when it comes to audio versions of stories. Most are just read but this one was much, much more than that. There were people actually “living” out this story on a cassette tape. I have read over 15 Stephen King books. The Mist wasn’t my favorite short story but after hearing it and how it was played out in the audio version, it was definitely one that I wanted to see made into a movie. And it has been made well.

The one thing that I was wondering about before I actually saw The Mist, was if people were going to think that it was a John Carpenter’s The Fog (1980; and 2005 remake) rip-off. They are so wrong on this one. I am not saying that I didn’t like The Fog or its remake, I am just saying that what happened in each movie is not the same at all, other than there was ‘fog’ in one, and ‘mist’ in the other. Carpenter and King worked on the movie, Christine together, which is my favorite Stephen King story, and one of the best directed movies by John Carpenter in my opinion.

As always, there are elements in this movie that touch on other Stephen King aspects in his other movies and stories. One is at the beginning where Thomas Jane’s character, David, was painting on a canvas. He was painting the character, Roland The Gunslinger who is from another Stephen King book called The Dark Tower. Which is a seven book series by King. It is planned on there being not only a TV series but also movies for the series. I absolutely cannot wait for this to happen. There are a couple of other things regarding these things in the movie but I cannot tell you as it will spoil the entire movie for you.

Now one thing that I didn’t like in The Mist was the fact that they weren’t supposed to have the overhead lights on when the power went out, and when they decided to not keep the generator on. The other thing that I didn’t like in the movie, when it comes to Stephen King novels/movies there always seems to be a person who is a bible-thumper. Marcia Gay Harden’s character named Mrs. Carmody, drove me nuts!

The ending was definitely a surprise. Its not what I expected at all. Its something that is becoming rare in movies lately. Because most of the time you can guess whats going to happen. Which really sucks.

If you are looking for a good movie based off of Stephen King’s works, this is one that you have to see.

Lost Boys: The Thirst (2010)

Posted in Reviews on January 16, 2011 by aporphyria

For some odd reason, the beginning of the film reminded me of Wolves of Wall Street. I still don’t know why. The 3rd installment of this series, is better than the 2nd, Lost Boys: The Tribe. However, I felt that Corey Feldman was overdoing his character, Edgar. Despite his executive producing, the film is good overall. There are flashbacks from the first film, with the late Corey Haim. I had read something somewhere that Haim was supposed to be in this one but due to his untimely death, the idea for it had to be tossed.

I want to point out that what happens in the comic book store is true. We have one here that doesn’t give shit for comics. The character of Zoe, played by Casey B. Dolan, ends up almost becoming a victim because a vampire comes calling to try to find Edgar. Zoe will end up joining him to kill a vampire named DJ X. This DJ has been having raves all over the world to get people to try a new designer drug aptly named The Thirst.

An author’s brother who’s gone missing, contacts Edgar for his vampire killing services, at his home in San Cazador, California. Her name is Gwen Lieber, and Edgar finds out that her books are based on vampires. At first he basically tells her to go fuck herself but Edgar later decides to do the job since he has been given an eviction notice by the bank due to non-payment. He needs work, or else he will lose his trailer. That’s right – Edgar Frog lives in a trailer.

Edgar and Alan had previously been going all over the country to off vampires but unfortunately, Alan had gotten turned into a vampire during their hunt in Washington, DC. Edgar let him live, and he ends up going to him to ask for help. Alan refuses. Edgar ends up with a gang of unprepared newbies, including some Reality TV Show reject. They track down DJ X, who has Gwen’s brother captive. So they must go to one of these raves, and try to save the writer’s brother. There is a surprise ending too.

The acting was all right, with the exception of what I had said above. It just didn’t feel like the 1st Lost Boys. Sure, the Edgar Frog character is more grown up now but still. Corey should have backed off the seriousness of it a lot. What I had hoped for was a sequel with girls. There was talk about it for a couple of years, and I’m not sure why they decided to not do it. I suppose this one will just have to do. Most think that it was better than the 2nd one anyway.