June 18, 2008

We’ve Sensed It. We’ve Seen The Signs. Now… It’s Happening.

Posted in Drama, Horror, Movies, Sci-Fi, Suspense, Thriller at 5:37 am by inflickted

M. Knight. Shyamalan has been touted as the next Alfred Hitchcock of movies because of his subtlety in translating horror, thrill and suspense into the big screen. A great example of this is his widely successful and absolutely spine chilling horror, “Sixth Sense.” Ever since then, Shyamalan has been praised for his great attention to character development, creepy moments and twist endings.

Unfortunately, the promising director has been losing his touch with his other offerings. “Unbreakable” was only mildly successful, “Signs” was the same, “The Village” was not as good as hoped and “Lady in the Water” was unimpressive, to say the least. One thing I do notice is that there are certain aspects of the movie which are really good, but in the whole, it cannot be saved by these few gems.

For his latest offering Shyamalan brings back to us his idea of making something so innocuous, be so frightening. Hopefully his downward spiral ends here. This is the review for “The Happening.”

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June 3, 2008

He’s Back…

Posted in Action, Adventure, Family-Oriented, Movies, Sci-Fi, Suspense at 6:36 pm by inflickted

Indiana JonesSummer blockbusters have gained the notoriety for being “critic-resistant”. Big budget flicks which offer spectacular distractions for the entertainment craved masses, and no matter how bad the critics say the movie is, it still manages to make money.

“Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” is the embodiment of a summer blockbuster. It is the long awaited and much dreamt about 4th follow-up on the Indiana Jones franchise. I have seen two of the previous sequels (“Raiders…” and “Last Crusade”) and they were beyond great, especially the first one.  Many have wondered whether Harrison Ford still has it in him to create another awesome adventure movie despite his age. As I entered the movie theatre, I did not expect the movie to surpass the first installment, but I did expect it to be a great sequel; which it was.

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March 21, 2008

Never Forget. Never Forgive.

Posted in Fantasy, Horror, Movies, Musical, Suspense, Thriller at 8:25 am by inflickted

STWith the many mediums for entertainment today, one piece of work can be interpreted in so many ways. From a book, to a song, to a stage play, to a movie; there will always be some debate whether this version is better than the other. The same can be said when a Broadway musical is interpreted into a film or vice versa. The problem is, what applies in a stage musical, doesn’t always apply to a film studio or the other way around.

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street is an award winning musical and is already considered a masterpiece. The play starred the wonderful and brilliant Angela Lansbury as Mrs. Lovett and Len Cariou as Sweeney Todd. The original musical won almost every major award during its time and has been constantly revived in Broadway. For its first film adaptation, audiences will witness the piece in a different light, a different version all together.

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September 22, 2007

No One Lasts More Than An Hour

Posted in Horror, Movies, Suspense at 6:19 pm by inflickted

1408One might argue in the technicality of the differences of a gothic movie, a ghost story and a horror flick. But for me, if it tackles and exploits human fear…It’s a horror… So, in a long string of gore and bloody terror, let us gently lay down our chainsaws, butcher’s knives and blow torches for just a moment and bear witness to a truly scary movie.

“1408” is one of my most anticipated horror films for this year. The old-gothic feel of the movie was just appealing to me because of it was a great change in the steady phase of Hostel, Severance, Vacancy, and The Hills Have Eyes. And so, my review, like the song, that eerie song that keeps being played by the old clock radio…”We’ve only just begun…”

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August 19, 2007

Innocence Has A Power Evil Cannot Imagine

Posted in Fantasy, Foreign Language, Horror, Movies, Suspense at 8:15 pm by inflickted

Pan’s LabyrinthI shouldn’t even be reviewing this movie. It would be too easy. I should just give it a perfect score right here, right now and just save you guys the time and effort you’ll have to put in to read the review. But I loved this movie so much, to not give it a proper review would be a complete insult to the movie, the director and my overall love for Pan’s Labyrinth (El Laberinto del Fauno). The best film for 2006!

If you think about it, fairy tales have always been pretty brutal. Many of the original stories such as Red Riding Hood (the woodsman cutting open the wolf), Hansel and Gretel (cooking the witch), and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (jealousy and death by poison) were terrifying and gory tales. They were meant not to advise children of how to behave, but scare them into behaving as prescribed. The film is a dark and violent homage to those stories of old. However, this moral is reversed instead warning adults to avoid the pitfalls of greed, malice and vengeance. What is remarkable about the movie is how effortlessly it captures a feeling of youthful innocence without relinquishing one ounce of horror.

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August 5, 2007

If The Sun Dies, So Do We.

Posted in Movies, Sci-Fi, Suspense at 3:20 pm by inflickted

Sunshine It has been a while since I last viewed a movie of this variety in the genre of Science Fiction. As of late, when we mention Sci-Fi, we think of Star Wars or Star Trek. Although both are great additions to the genus, I have always craved for the return of reality in the “science” facet of “Science Fiction.” This is where Sunshine succeeds. This throw back to the classic definition of the genre was a welcome sight to behold indeed. This is what can be considered a thinking person’s Sci-Fi thriller that can deliver what is expected.

The movie offers a chilling look into the future (only five decades from now), and to an eventual end of humanity due the impending death of our Sun. Our only hope lies in a crew of good looking specialists and scientists who will reignite the star with a stellar bomb.

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