Archive for August, 2005

Insight of Evil

Insight of Evil

| August 25, 2005

The Asylum, working its way toward being the Full Moon of the new millenium, brings us a murder mystery intermingled with vengeance from beyond the grave in Insight of Evil. First off, I give The Asylum some due credit for making a truly foreboding menu for Insight of Evil. The music is very appropriate, and […]

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Invitation

Invitation

| August 25, 2005

I thought I’d never be writing this one. It comes with a dark, and frequently disgusting, story of an ambitious production studio, dedicated seemingly to churning out as many horrible, disgusting movies as the video store shelves could handle. Brain Damage studios, operating out of Tempe, Arizona, poured tens of sad and sorrowful projects designed […]

Night Watch [Nochnoi Dozor]

Night Watch [Nochnoi Dozor]

| August 22, 2005

Forces for evil, goodness and the unseen denizens in between have been a part of every culture. Ever curious about the possibility of hidden influences, I look forward to films that explore alternative worlds and unseen forces. The best of this genre convincingly pulls one into the center of fantastic possibilities and offers up plausible […]

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The Chumscrubber

The Chumscrubber

| August 17, 2005

Starring such greats as Glenn Close, Ralph Fiennes, Carrie-Ann Moss, Rita Wilson, Allison Janney, and Jason Isaacs, and with a young adult cast that is equally impressive in talent – Jamie Bell (Billy Elliot, Undertow, Dear Wendy), Camille Belle (The Ballad of Jack and Rose), Justin Chatwin (War of the Worlds), and Lou Taylor Pucci […]

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College Girl Murders [Der Mönch mit der Peitsche]

College Girl Murders [Der Mönch mit der Peitsche]

| August 17, 2005

College Girl Murders is the new re-release from Dark Sky Films as part of their swinging cinema collection. This French-German production was dubbed in English and originally released in 1967. The story goes as follows, A diabolical scientist creates a poisonous gas and a scheme to make millions until he is killed by a mysterious […]

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Asylum

Asylum

| August 17, 2005

It’s really too bad. I wanted so much to like this film. For one, I’ve always had a great respect for Natasha Richardson- she is by far one of the most underrated actresses around. And Marton Csokas is just incredible in the film as her lover, Edgar. Of course, Ian McKellen is always a pleasure […]

Ju-Rei: The Uncanny

Ju-Rei: The Uncanny

| August 15, 2005

The Japanese have had a longstanding capability for doing horror movies with minimal set changes, and I think I’m beginning to understand why. Japanese horror tends not to focus on story and plot, but rather in the inexplicable suddenly entering the normal world, and the consequences of that entrance. For instance, Japan’s flagship title here […]

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My Date with Drew

My Date with Drew

| August 12, 2005

Having had the same crush on Drew Barrymore as Brian Herzlinger, I watched for the opening of My Date with Drew with interest. Could Herzlinger, with $1100 won on a game show, actually put together a documentary that would attract enough attention that he would get a date with Drew Barrymore? I had to know. […]

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Pretty Persuasion

Pretty Persuasion

| August 12, 2005

You’ve heard the phrase, “but it’s a dry heat,” used to explain the otherwise intolerable weather in some of our desert climates. You know it’s hot, but you may be able to deal with it. Pretty Persuasions is pretty as a comedy. But not as persuasive as the dark comedy it strives to be and […]

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Four Brothers

Four Brothers

| August 12, 2005

Four Brothers becomes something large by the end of the film. Unfortunately it is a big, brow-furrowing question mark. How could all those decent performances, that compelling storyline, and the backdrop of the great city of Detroit fail to deliver any cohesive message? Singleton did it, and did it big. Hats off, if only because […]

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