Escape From New York
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
I had been waiting for what seemed like years to see this film, I heard about it, saw the trailer and I was really interested. And then in the US there was all kinds of release issues, too much to go into here. However the film was released on DVD in Australia earlier in the year and I actually blind bought it when JB Hi-Fi had a buy 2 get 1 free deal. I don't blind buy all that often, but I am sure glad I picked this up!
Mandy Lane (Amber Heard) is a quiet girl at school, but the boys sure do want to nail her. The film begins with an incident at a party (I wont spoil that for you) and we fast forward a few months down the track. Mandy gets asked to go away with some school people for the weekend (the boys want to nail her of course, why else was she asked, right?), she accepts. They go away, and well things of the slasher type start to happen, so who is doing it and why?
Yeah the plot line doesn't sound terribly exciting, but damn did it actually work really well. I actually really liked Mandy, she was gorgeous, shy and had that innocent look. I was worried for her, these guys seemed like jerks and the actors played their roles really well too. The girls on the other hand, didn't fair so well, they were annoying, they weren't really written all that well but the actresses tried their best, gotta give them props there. I was actually really impressed with Michael Welch (Emmet), his role in the beginning was really strong and I do hope he has a bright future ahead of him (He's been in Twilight, please move away from that!).
This film actually has a few twists, one I saw coming but another one I didn't and it hit me, it hit me hard! It takes a lot for a film to do that to me these days, I was impressed and it actually worked really well. For a small slasher film, I thought this was quite a strong and enjoyable effort. I could easily rewatch this a few more times! It has a good running time, it never drags and everything flows really well, I was impressed with how it was structured.
Oh and after this film I think I have a girl crush on Amber Heard! She is great, not only does she look hot, but she is a great actress too.
Monday, September 28, 2009
It looks like it adds some new elements to what we have previously seen, and keeps in certain aspects. Whilst they have mostly kept what Freddys face looks like hidden in the last seconds you get a glimpse, and it looks gruesome.
I really hope this delivers, because remakes are getting tiresome.
A Nightmare on Elm Street in HD
Well after a short hiatus Super Podcast is back! This weeks episode my guest is a schmoe from the JoBlo Movie Forums, a fellow Aussie who goes by the name Terror Australis! I mean with a user name like that, how could I not have him on? We decided to tackle the remakes topic, and instead of going straight to the really bad ones, we thought we could talk about the good ones.
- * Our top 5 lists are very different, mine feature more older films, whilst his has some newer ones.
- * For number 5, I chose a film from the 90’s and my guest has picked a film which really divided audiences upon its release.
- * Number 4’s are extremely different, my pick is more of a drama whist Terror Australis has a horror film.
- * For number 3 spot, Terror Australis has a remake of a Japanese film, whilst my pick is one from the 80’s.
- * Our number 2’s actually feature actors who were in our number 3’s, which was rather odd.
- * Number 1 picks, mine pick is a few different genres and Terror Australis has a pick won the Best Picture Oscar
- * We go off topic and discuss a few other bits and pieces.
It was a real pleasure to have some film discussions with my guest for this episode, you can check out his twitter page here. As always if you have any feedback, ideas or anything of the sort or heck even if you want to be a guest, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Supposedly Cronenberg is in talks to write and even direct this new version, despite the fact he has publicly said he did not want any involvement in a remake. Sounds rather odd to me, and personally I feel The Fly is a pretty perfect film, and I would actually welcome a sequel by Cronenberg rather then a remake.
Cronenberg is easily one of my all time favourite directors, and I will closely follow this as it developes. I do recall a few years ago Nic Cage was interested in playing Seth Brundle in a remake, talk about bad casting. I don't think this would suit him at all, I am actually not sure who I would like to see in the role. Jeff Goldblum was perfect in the 1986 version, and that is going to be extremely hard to top.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Street Fighter: The Movie
Well my last awful poster was a Street Fighter film, so I thought I would keep up with the theme and showcase the poster for the original Street Fighter film. Unlike the newer film though, this poster isn't as awful, and the film itself isn't that bad. It does have entertainment value, because of how utterly terrible it is. Honestly, I can't see how this poster would convince anyone to want to watch this ... yes it has Van Damme and I will watch him in anything, but the poster reeks of awfulness. I will however take this film over the new one anyday. I am going to kick that sonofabitch Bisons ass so hard, that the next Bison wannabe is gonna feel it!
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
So in his honour, here is some Point Break
Monday, September 14, 2009
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
But you see what a nice person I am, I am giving RB a shameless plug anyway!
Watch the awfulness that is No Holds Barred with commentary from two crazy Canadian men!
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Monday, September 7, 2009
This episode we were joined by Simulcast's own Bill Stebbins, and whilst we started recording I thought to myself, Bill regrets coming on, the shit has hit the fan! But no that wasn't the case, he enjoyed coming on the show, it was a great time and listening back I couldn't stop laughing!
Be warned, not for the faint at heart! We're all vulgar, and we probably insult all sorts of people (not seriously we love everyone) and have a laugh over ourselves. If you wanna hear an Englishman, a Scotsman, an American and an Aussie (moi) all do Iron Sheik impersonations, you have found it!
Sunday, September 6, 2009
I saw this awhile ago for the first time and I have been meaning to write about it, so finally I have decided to sit down and do it. Firstly, I had heard mostly bad things about this from all sorts of different people. I thought to myself, yes I can see how people might hate it, Rob Zombie does have haters and a lot of Halloween purists did not even want to know anything about a remake.
Firstly, I am a fan of Rob Zombie's, I liked his Grindhouse trailer, I really dug House Of 1000 Corpses and The Devil's Rejects. I was actually looking forward to seeing this, I liked the idea of delving into the character of Michael Myers. But I guess all the bad reviews had put me off seeing it and then I just never got around to it. There was also the fact that a work print got leaked and I heard that was good, but the version that got released was quite different and not as good. I saw the uncut DVD version, but all that other stuff did mess with my head.
So what I liked, I really liked the first half where we see Michael as a young kid. He is clearly disturbed, and there are a lot of factors which don't help him. His mother (Played by Sherri Moon Zombie) works as a stripper, his older sister doesn't really care about him, step-father is a dead beat but he seems to care about his baby sister. He hides behind a mask (a clown mask at first, then he finds his trademark), and commits a mass murder. Dr Loomis shows up in the form of Malcolm McDowell who was perfectly suited to the role, to try and figure out Michael and of course help him. But as time goes on, Michael shuts down, and ten years pass. This whole bit was all Zombie, his own creation, his ideas and for me it worked really well. I didn't mind all this back story, for me it was interesting. It was done in such a raw and brutal way as well, and it worked. I thought Sherri Moon wasn't very good though, I do like her, loved her in Zombie's previous films, but I wasn't feeling her here. I thought one of her scenes was good, during a visit to Michael.
The film moves, seventeen years later and Michael's baby sister is now a teenager. She has a job babysitting local kids with some of her friends. And you know the rest, as this part is where the remake kicks in. This would have been so much better if Zombie could have done his own thing. I didn't mind it, but I would have liked some more originality. Scout Taylor-Compton was great as Laurie Strode, I really liked her a lot. The shoes of Jamie-Lee Curtis were not easy to fill but I thought she did quite good. I loved Danielle Harris as her friend Annie, she didn't have a huge role but she was good (Danielle has been in previous Halloween films). Tyler Mane had quite the creepy presence as Michael, he was huge and you could believe that he could easily kill all these people. The cast overall did a mostly good job, but I feel that if they were given better material, more original material they would have done much better and it would have been more memorable.
As I mentioned the film is brutal, but I don't think it was as brutal and gorey as The Devil's Rejects or even Corpses. I just remember those being more bloody at least, I could be wrong though as it has been awhile since I have seen them. Halloween 2 has been getting hammered, people hating it and such. I am going to give it a try though, I liked this despite some flaws.
I will leave you with Zombie's Grindhouse trailer 'Werewolf Women Of The SS'
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Disclaimer: For some weird reason Skype decided to be mean and André and Shaun’s audio kept breaking up ect … so their audio isn’t always clear. But the show we recorded was great, so hopefully you’ll be able to make heads and tails of it.
Wow, up to episode 10 of the Super Podcast already! Keeping in with the awesome theme of Top 5’s, this show covers Disturbing films. I am joined once again with Episode 7 guests André and Shaun (Reefer Badness). We pick the top 5 films that have disturbed us, now poor Shaun had no prior knowledge as to the shows subject and therefore wasn’t able to construct a list, but he does mention some films and offers insight into the picks.
- Andrè and Shaun had not seen most of my top 5 picks! Since recording they have since seen a few titles!
- Unlike those guys, I have seen most of their picks, aren’t I cool?
- We delve slightly off topic and discuss a film which was brought up in Episode 7, Inside.
- Shaun talks about a film by Takashi Miike and you can read his review here.
- Our number 1’s are both very different picks and André is awfully pissed off by his number 1.
- And of course much, much more!
Okay first things first, I love the original film by Wes Craven, even with all its flaws, I love it. It is a disturbing film, especially for a film of the early 70's. It has this brutal, ruthless violence, definitely reflecting the time it was made. Sure it had bumbling cops and some weird music which didn't fit the scenes and bad acting here and there, but for me I can over look those things.
I wasn't really welcoming a remake, I figured it would probably suck. At the same time I thought that it wouldn't hurt to give it a make over if done correctly. I think I can safely say, that they did a lot of things right with this one. I did have some problems with it, but we will get into that later on.
For those reading this that do not know, this a revenge story. Wes Craven based his original film off of the 1960 film The Virgin Spring by Ingmar Bergman. The basic premise for all three films, a young woman is raped and attacked (killed too?) by a group, who then seek shelter in the home of the young woman's parents, the parents figure out what they did and well they seek revenge.
So this remake starts off with two cops in the car with a criminal called Krug (Garret Dillahunt), mid transport he escapes. We then meet Mari (Sara Paxton) who meets up with her friend Paige (Martha MacIsaac). They hang out after Mari and her parents come to town for some time off. While Paige is at work they meet Justin (Spencer Treat Clark) who tells them at his motel he has some top weed. They go with him, and whilst hanging out in the motel room, Krug and the gang show up. Needless to say certain things happen to the girls and Krug and co wind up at Mari's parents (Monica Potter and Tony Goldwyn) house. One thing leads to another and they find out what happens and you don't want to be in Krug and co's shoes.
So to the good stuff, the acting is all round pretty good. Unlike the original the parents can actually act, and they both put on a strong show. No bumbling cops either, which gave the film a more serious tone. At times the violence in this was very brutal and it was actually hard to watch, much like the original. The rape scene is down right brutal and awful, and its supposed to make you feel nothing for Krug, other then you wanting someone to smash his head in. You really feel for Mari, and Sara Paxton put on such a great and strong performance. Garret Dillahunt who I am a big fan of, was probably the perfect casting for Krug. He was cold, he was brutal and he was ruthless. Aaron Paul as Francis did a good job as well, he played all the right notes. Sadie played by Riki Lindhome was not a very fleshed out character and I just didn't think she did too well. Spencer Treat Clark who people might remember as the kid from Gladiator is really quite amazing as Justin. He brings so much to the character and despite everything you really feel sympathy for him.
In the original (I hate to keep comparing but I can't do it any other way), Krug and co feel anything but human. After they attack the girls, there is a sense that they are dehumanised, there is nothing left for them. Krug and co here don't feel like that, they feel more like typical film bad guys. I think they really needed to have that demanised feel, and I didn't get that. I think this is heading into spoiler territory (Although if you watch the trailer, it is already spoiled) Mari in the original died, in this she did not. It felt like the film didn't have the balls to kill her. In a way it worked, but I think the revenge would have felt a lot more justified if she had been killed. The parents do get really brutal, and the violence at times was a bit over the top, especially a scene with a microwave and it is just so over the top and silly it really does not fit the film.
While this film tried to change things for the better, for the most part it worked, but I think it really needed more balls like the original. But both these films are really a product of the times they came from.