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Trollhunter

July 23, 2011 Leave a comment

Trollhunter

Director: Andre Ovredal
Writer: Andre Overedal, Havard S. Johansen
Starring: Otto Jespersen
Review By: Griff


So this is another one of the “see it before it’s in the theater” movies that seems to draw me in like a moth to a flame (See my reviews of 13 Assasins and Hobo with A Shotgun). I just can’t seem to stay away from them.

Trollhunter is supposed to be one of those “found footage” movies. If you have seen The Blair Witch Project, Cloverfield, or Cannibal Holocaust then you know what I am talking about. This one is not quite so brutal with the shaky cam but it is definitely in same vein.

The plot revolves around a group of three college students who decide to investigate a mysterious bear poacher in the area as part of a school project. They begin to track the bear poacher and follow him on his trips out into the woods. It turns out that he is not hunting bears though he is hunting… wait for it…Trolls.

I have to admit I actually enjoyed this movie. There are some truly tense scary moments and quite a bit of comedy thrown in as well. The CGI on the Trolls is impressive for a movie with such an obviously low budget. This one is is not going to appeal to everyone but, if you are a fan of horror films, and you are interested in trying something off the beaten path, you might just enjoy this one.

Oh yeah, one caveat here. This movie was filmed in Norway so you will have to read some subtitles.

If you are interested you can check out the trailer here:

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Fear in the Night

May 19, 2011 Leave a comment

Fear in the Night

Director: Maxwell Shane
Writer: Cornell Woolrich, Maxwell Shane
Stars: Paul Kelly, DeForest Kelley, and Ann Doran
Reviewed by:
Griff

Ok, this is a little film noir from 1947. You can stream this one for free on Netflix or for free at Archive.org.  Fear in the Night is about a man (Vince) who has a terrible nightmare in which, he kills a man in a strange mirrored room.

When he wakes up he discovers that he has blood on his wrist on bruises on his neck just like in his dream. Slowly Vince begins to realize that he may have actually committed the murder that he dreamed about. In a panic Vince enlists the aid of his brother in law Cliff and the two of them try to figure out what happened before Vince is arrested for murder.

You can tell right away that this was made on a modest budget and some of the acting is pretty atrocious but, it’s an interesting crime drama and was an enjoyable watch.

This movie was re-made with the same director in 1956 with Edward G. Robinson. This time it was called Nightmare.

This is the feature film debut of DeForest Kelley who later went on to play “Bones” on Star Trek.

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13 Assassins

May 18, 2011 Leave a comment

13 Assassins

Director: Takashi Miike
Writer: Kaneo Ikegami, Daisuke Tengan
Stars: Koji Yakusho, Takayuki Yamada, Yusuke Iseva
Reviewed by: Griff

 So those of you familiar with Takashi Miike probably know of him for some of his more over the top movies like Ichi the Killer and Audition.  This was the first movie of his I have seen that takes on a more traditional story line and he does a excellent job.

If you have seen, Kurosowa’s Seven Samurai, or the American remake, The Magnificent Seven then you already know what goings on here. 13 Assassins come together to face off against an evil Lord and impossible odds.

This movie is not really bringing anything new to the table but it is still a really enjoyable watch, and filled with lots of action. If you are fan of this genre then don’t miss this film.

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Parallax View

May 17, 2011 Leave a comment

Parallax View

Director: Alan J. Pakula
Writer: David Giler, Lorenzo Semple Jr.
Starring: Warren Beatty, Paula Prentiss, William Daniels
Review By: Griff

So this is another one that you can view for free right now on Netflix. I am going to file this one under “lost classic.”

Warren Beatty plays Joseph Frady a reporter who, along with his girlfriend Lee (paula Prentiss), witnesses the assassination of Senator in Seattle. Three years pass and Lee shows up at Joseph’s doorstep. Their relationship is now over but Lee tells Joseph that she believes that all the people who witnessed the assassination our being systematically killed off.


Joseph doesn’t believe her but when she also turns up dead a few days later he decides to investigate. Joseph quickly gets in over his head when he uncovers a vast conspiracy, involving a multinational corporation that may be responsible for assassinations all over the world.

This movie was released in 1974 by Director Alan J. Pakula. It was sandwiched in the middle of two other excellent thrillers; Klute (1971), and All The President’s Men (1976).
Somehow this one seems to have been overlooked but it’s an excellent film.

Beatty is excellent as the over zealous cop trying to get to the truth. But the real star of this film in my opinion is the cinematography. There are some amazingly well framed shots that really make this movie stand out.

If you are digging through the instant view on Netflix some night looking for something to watch I recommend giving Parallax view a shot.

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Hobo With A ShotGun

May 16, 2011 Leave a comment

Hobo With A Shotgun

Director: Jason Eisener
Writer: John Davies, Jason Eisener
Starring: Rutger Hauer
Review By: Griff

That’s right, I watched it.

Like Machete, this is another fake trailer from Grindhouse that was turned into a full-length film. Unlike Machete however, it’s not very good.

This movie is really just an excuse for some gratuitous violence for no reason. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good horror flick and I don’t mind the occasional violent action film but, a movie needs to have more to it than just violence.

The plot, what there is of it, revolves around Hobo (Rutger Hauer) who


rides the rails into an unnamed city that is a modern day Sodom. Depravity rules here, and the entire city is run by a gangster named Drake and his two psychopathic sons; Ivan, and Slick.
Hobo is just trying to mind his own business but eventually he gets dragged into the action when he stops a hooker from being raped by Slick. Hobo takes Slick to the police station but soon discovers that Police are just as corrupt as the criminals. Hobo is beaten by Slick and the police and left for dead. He survives however, and decides that it’s time to take some revenge. Cue the shotgun.

The thing that made Machete entertaining was that it never took itself seriously. It was pure camp and filled with humorous one liners and enjoyable, over the top, action sequences. Hobo with a Shotgun is just a humorless gore fest. Genitals explodes, hands are cut off with lawn mowers, it goes on and on.

Bottom line? This movie sucks. Don’t waste your time.

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Movie a day!

May 16, 2011 Leave a comment

So I have a back log of movies I have been meaning to write some quick reviews for. So in order to catch up with myself I am going to review a movie day for the rest of the week. Enjoy!

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Deathwatch

May 10, 2011 Leave a comment

Deathwatch

Director:  Michael J. Bassett
Writer:  Michael J. Bassett
Stars:  Jamie Bell, Hugo Speer, Andy Serkis

Separated from their regiment after a brutal night of fighting German troops, a small band of soldiers from British Company Y find themselves lost on the battle ground surrounded by a dense fog.  After in indeterminable amount of time wandering around the men stumble upon a German trench, occupied by several German soldiers who have apparently lost their sanity.

 Killing all but one of the German soldiers who they take prisoner, the men soon make a gruesome discovery while scouting out the remaining maze of trenches.  The entire area is littered with countless German corpses all who have apparently killed each other.  Through the interrogation of the German prisoner the men learn that they are not the only ones occupying the forward position as they suspected.  With orders from their Captain to hold the position and wait for reinforcements, the small platoon must now stand against an unknown enemy more powerful than anything they have ever faced on the battle field.

 This film almost had potential but ultimately seemed to fall short.  With a plot that had a few interesting moments it was otherwise quite predictable and made for an ending which wasn’t as effective or surprising as was probably intended.  The actors played their parts well considering the setting and circumstances which the movie revolved around. The two elements which stood out the most in this film were the sets and the cinematography, both helped in areas where this film fell short at times.  Over all not a great movie but by no means was it the worst I have ever seen.