Showing posts from May 6, 2012

Review: It! The Terror From Beyond Space

Marshall Thompson is the sole survivor of the first manned mission to Mars, and tells the crew who have rescued him, that his nine fellow crew members were killed by an alien. Kim Spalding, heading the rescue team, disbelieves Thompson, thinking that he himself killed everyone and wants him court-martialled. Not surprisingly, it turns out that Thompson was telling the truth, and the killer alien has snuck on board, ready to bump everyone off one-by-one, as was before. 1958 Edward L. Cahn ( “The Creature with the Atom Brain” , “Girls in Prison” and countless other hacky projects) sci-fi movie was the inspiration for John Carpenter’s spoofy “Dark Star” , and more precisely, Ridley Scott’s popular “Alien” . I’m not much of a fan of “Alien” ( “Dark Star” is an entirely different matter altogether), but I have to say, even that film is an improvement over this boring, poorly scripted affair. The low-budget FX and sets are often criticised, but for me, they’re par for the

Review: Vampire’s Kiss

Nic Cage (making Dennis Hopper and Crispin Glover seem restrained) stars as an a-hole yuppie NY literary agent who gets bitten by Jennifer Beals, a girl he picked up in a bar, who turns out to be a vampire. Now a creature of the night himself, he’s eating cockroaches, sexually assaulting his secretary Maria Conchita Alonso (that is, when he’s not already busy yelling at her supposed incompetence), and...actually, not acting all that different to usual, just with more frenzy. Elizabeth Ashley is his shrink, who doesn’t for a second believe he’s really a vampire. Is he really a vampire? Or has he just lost his mind? Frankly, I didn’t care one way or the other. An unrestrained Nic Cage gives one of his worst performances (and eats a cockroach for real!) ever in this disastrously unfunny and unpleasant black comedy from 1989. Directed by Robert Bierman ( “A Merry War” , with Helena Bonham-Carter) and scripted by Joseph Minion (Scorsese’s uneven “After Hours” ), this is seriously one o

WWE Roster Cuts I'd Wholeheartedly Support:

With the release of Goldust recently, the WWE’s annual clean-up may be on its way, and whilst I’m a little worried about some of the potential heads on the chopping block (Tyson Kidd, Trent Barreta, Yoshi Tatsu, Drew McIntyre, Derek Bateman, Percy Watson, etc. Maybe even some bigger names to make way for the new talent coming in) here are 10 potential cuts that I could absolutely get behind: 10. Tyler Reks- For me, this guy was a lost cause from the moment he first spoke after his re-introduction as a monster heel. His voice doesn't match his imposing look. Not bad in the ring (probably because he’s smaller than most ‘monsters’), but he's expendable, especially as a heel. Can they get rid of this guy and bring back Mike Knox, Festus, or even Vladimir Kozlov instead? None of those guys were really fairly treated, if you ask me. 9. Ted DiBiase- They've tried everything with Ted; heel, face, rich brat, rich... um...guy, posse parties, etc. None of it has work

Review: Day of the Dead

Progressing on from “Dawn of the Dead” , zombies now outweigh humans 400,000:1. Our setting is a giant underground facility, our protagonists the various military and scientific personnel living there. Scientist Dr. Logan (Richard Liberty) is attempting to find out what causes the dead to rise again as zombies. He hopes this will lead to an eventual domestication of zombies, but the doctor himself is showing signs of mental unbalance, leaving one to question his rational thinking as it relates to his work. He has a zombie guinea pig of-sorts (Howard Sherman), and while he conducts experiments on/with the zombie, and acts increasingly loopy, military hard-arse Captain Rhodes (Joe Pilato) and several of the overworked men at the base start to question the point of this research, let alone their orders to protect the scientists doing the research. Things seem ready to boil over from the inside, let alone having to worry about the zombie horde above ground, ready to invade. Lori Cardille

10 Best Hitchcockian movies

10 Best Hitchcockian movies...that Hitchcock didn't make My lists seem to attract more readers than my reviews thus far, so being the generous (i.e. Needy and insecure) guy I am, I present to you the 10 best Hitchcockian movies that Hitchcock himself didn't make (but probably wishes he did). I'm sure you can think of heaps more (I nearly went with "Ministry of Fear" instead of "The Vicious Circle" ) so feel free to mention your own favourites. Except the "Psycho" remake, mention that and you'll be barred from this blog forever. OK, I probably can't do that, but let's just pretend that film never existed, OK? 1. Peeping Tom- Released the same year as Hitchcock's infamous "Psycho" , this favourite of film buffs is yet another tale of a sexually messed-up serial killer, and it's roughly as good as the Hitchcock film. Karl Boehm plays the deeply troubled and sensitive photographer (mostly nudie stills) wh

Review: Grand Canyon

A bunch of often barely connected characters lament the crime-ridden, frightening, and seemingly hopeless state of society in modern L.A., whilst undergoing potentially life-changing events. Kevin Kline is an immigration lawyer whose car breaks down in the last place in L.A. you want that to happen. The appearance of African-American tow-truck driver Danny Glover saves him from being another victim of gangland thugs, and Kline spends much of the rest of the film trying to come to terms with this stranger having saved him from a possible horrible fate. Meanwhile, he’s having an affair with his secretary, a very lonely and unfulfilled Mary-Louise Parker. Kline’s wife Mary McDonnell is failing to make sense of the violent times she’s living in, and also struggling to deal with the fact that her teen son (Jeremy Sisto) is going away to summer camp, and eventually will fly the coop indefinitely. A chance discovery of an abandoned, crying baby in some bushes appears to fill some of the voi