January 29, 2009

Why So Serious?

Posted in Action, Crime, Fantasy, Movies, Thriller at 11:54 pm by inflickted

dark_knightRarely can a sequel surpass its predecessor, more so, if the film in question is about a comic book superhero. However, there are always exceptions. This particular movie is just that. It greatly improves upon the flaws, loose ends and shortcomings of its predecessor (however few they maybe) and at the same time bringing to the table a brand new feast for the senses. Something this brilliant goes beyond your average sequel. It’s given a new vision and is re-imagined for a more adult audience; the kind that grew up with the comic book.

The movie is so brilliant, it didn’t even need the titular character in the name of the movie (it’s the first one not to use the iconic name). It is so uncompromising, that the film is brutally shocking (even terrifying for some). My expectations for the movie were so high because of all the hype, yet it still blew me away. What can a movie fan do when he witnesses brilliance? All you can do is sit back, take in all the movie has to offer, and put a great big smile on your face. This is my review for the best comic book-based movie ever made, “The Dark knight”.

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July 6, 2008

Choose Your Destiny.

Posted in Action, Movies, Thriller at 11:06 pm by inflickted

All summer blockbuster movies should aim for one description to be attached to their name: “KICK-ASS.” “Iron Man” was kick-ass, “Narnia” was kick-ass, “Kung-Fu Panda” was kick-ass! Don’t bore me with overly serious movies; this isn’t the time to vie for an Oscar. Make me laugh, get my blood pumping, excite me. ENTERTAIN ME. That’s it. Thankfully, “Wanted” was exactly what I…(wait for it)…wanted!

The movie “Wanted” is one incredible serving of action with a major dose of blood splattering violence. It. Is. Relentless. With all aspects! The Action, The Story, The Actors, The Cinematography, and did I say The Bloody Action?! Films like this should be the standard for future and all Summer Blockbuster movies. This is an outright action fest of sensory enchantment, carnal killing and orgasmic delight. This is my review of the flick “Wanted.”

MAY CONTAIN SOME SPOILERS

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July 5, 2008

You’ll Like Him When He’s Angry

Posted in Action, Fantasy, Movies, Sci-Fi, Thriller at 8:38 pm by inflickted

The Incredible Huly

“The Hulk” was once brought to the big screen by the great Ang Lee five years ago. However, his take on the marvel character was a disappointing one because it did not stick to the comic book-like storytelling and delivery. But I guess, the movie grossed enough to warrant a second take on this not-so-jolly green giant anti-hero.

Special effects and primal rage dominate the summer’s second movie about a Marvel Comics super hero. This Hulk movie can be defined with one word, “adequate.” It’s nowhere as well written or as involving as its Marvel predecessor, “Iron Man” but it’s also not without its good points. An excess of drippy romance notwithstanding, The Incredible Hulk is the kind of straightforward popcorn movie that any hot blooded teen will certainly enjoy.

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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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April 3, 2008

There Are No Clean Getaways

Posted in Crime, Drama, Movies, Thriller at 9:44 pm by inflickted

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I have always loved gruesome movies. I think the number of horror film reviews I posted here can prove that. I have seen fountains of blood and chopped of limbs. It is one genre of the cinema that has a special place in my heart. And, if the gore is coupled with excellent story-tellers, what more can I ask for!

The Coen brothers are no strangers to gore and violence. They have created magnificent films and their latest offering is no exception. No Country For Old Men, is a suspense drama that is  set in the western times of Texas. The story and the characters are fueled by fate, carnage, and chances. It is a faithful adaptation of the 2005 novel of Cormac McCarthy.

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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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February 2, 2008

What Hides In Life Is Found In Death

Posted in Horror, Movies, Sci-Fi, Thriller at 7:47 am by inflickted

Deaths of Ian StoneI admire film makers who have great ambition and take the risk of creating a piece of work which embodies their ideas despite having a small budget. Many have succeeded but still many fail to realize their target. But still you can’t help but give them props for trying and working hard in achieving a great movie.

This review shall also be about an ambitious idea that had a small budget. It has been considered as one of the most anticipated movies in the last year’s “8 films to die for” at the After Dark Horrorfest. The title of the movie itself holds so much promise, but can the movie itself hold up to the public’s expectations? This is the review for The Deaths Of Ian Stone.

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