Friday, April 2, 2010

Movie 13 of 2010: Mulberry St.

If you're desperate for a horror flick... feel free to give Mulberry St. a try. However, I wouldn't recommend it. People are being turned into rats and if they bite other people then they are also infected and start turning into rats. Very slow build-up, yet there was no chance to really "get to know" the characters during that part... and then it just turned into a rat infestation. The ending leaved a lot to be desired as well. Not sure why this was in the "8 Films To Die For" series unless the series means something more along the lines of the movie being so bad it kills you.

Here's the trailer if you're still interested at this point...

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Movie 12 of 2010: Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Loved it as much as always! I never get tired of Captain Jack. :)

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Movie 11 of 2010: Blood: The Last Vampire

Truly enjoyed watching this movie! Some of the martial arts and stuff was a bit over-the-top, but it made it fun rather than overly cheesy. A slightly different take on vampires from what I've seen... especially the most powerful looking vamps in the movie. Great plot all throughout. I was slightly confused by the very end, but it still didn't deter from making the movie great. I highly recommend this to all horror and vampire fans. (well, maybe not the "Twilight crowd" as I'm not sure they could handle all the blood!) Now I need to locate the anime version of this movie to see how it is in comparison. Pretty cool that they turned the anime into a live-action movie!


Friday, March 5, 2010

Movie 10 of 2010: Alice In Wonderland

So... I've been waiting for about a year for this movie to come out and have been prepping for it for the last couple of months. I read the original Alice In Wonderland/Through the Looking Class as well as a few spin-off "parodies". I rushed out and pre-ordered the Almost Alice CD as soon as I heard about it and have listened to it in the car daily since I picked it up three days prior to the movie release. As you can see, I was REALLY pumped for this movie!

With that said... I think I got my hopes up TOO high.

Yes, I really enjoyed the movie. Yes, Johnny was great as usual. But... it just wasn't as good as I had hoped.

I hate to admit it, but my favorite character in the movie was actually the Cheshire Cat rather than the Mad Hatter, though the Mad Hatter was probably my second. The cat just cracked me up every time he came on screen. The Mad Hatter character was very creepy at times and hilarious at others. Definitely a great role for Johnny, but not one of his best I don't think. I much prefer him pretending to be Charlie Chaplin in Benny & Joon, Captain Jack in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, or... for a more bizarre role... Willy Wonka in Charlie & the Chocolate Factory. This character just wasn't AS PERFECT for him as some of the others I mentioned.

The storyline for the movie was great though and I enjoyed the specific references that were made back to the original story by Lewis Carroll. The movie was around two hours long, but it didn't feel long at all. It was fast-paced and full of action from the start.

The girl playing Alice did a fabulous role in the movie as well. And as far as the Caterpillar goes... well, Alan Rickman always does a great job, though every movie I hear his voice in I picture Professor Snape still. LOL!

So all in all... a great movie! Though not sure it matters whether you see it in 3D or not because I didn't see where the 3D side of it was "all that". One of the trailers shown in 3D I thought was cooler when it came to the 3D effects. For fans of Alice in Wonderland, Tim Burton, or Johnny Depp... this is still a must-see film. I will also buy the DVD once it comes out. It just wasn't as good as I'd hoped.

On a side note, for those curious about taking their little ones to see it.... There are some somewhat scary scenes for young kids. I think if the kid(s) in question don't mind a few "scary monsters" or some slightly gory scenes (gory may not be the word I'm looking for here, but "cringe-worthy" anyway...) then they'll be fine with the movie. (And Laura... I think Gwynn may handle the movie better than you *grin*)

Now I'm just waiting for the next Burton/Depp movie... DARK SHADOWS!!!

There ya have it... my opinion... and spoiler free! :)

Friday, February 26, 2010

Movie 9 of 2010: Crazy Eights

Extremely creepy and disturbing movie. Unfortunately I didn't quite comprehend the final scene of the movie. Wish it had been more clear as I'm left feeling like I missed something of major importance, yet can't figure out what. Definitely worth watching though and maybe other viewers can help me figure out what happened at the very end.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Movie 8 of 2010: It's Alive

Decent movie... though very strange. Definitely shows how attached a mother can get to a newborn baby quickly and everything she is willing to do for it. Some of the scenes were quite disturbing as I couldn't believe the baby was actually doing some of the stuff it was doing. The ending also seemed a bit rushed and abrupt and left me wondering what was going to happen to one of the characters. Was creepy though and I jumped a couple times because I wasn't expecting stuff to happen. Worth watching at least once for horror fans.

The trailer appears to show some cut snippets from the movie as well so it must've been intended to be longer initially.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Movie 7 of 2010: Trailer Park of Terror

A little slow at points and quite a bit gory in other scenes. I had a hard time stomaching a couple of parts where the skin was being ripped and peeled from people's bodies. (Amazing how I can read about this stuff all day long, but seeing it is a whole 'nother ball game!) Overall this was a fun movie. I thought it was going to be a bit more humorous than it was, but the only thing I really found that funny was the soundtrack at times. The music was fun and the lyrics at times made me laugh. Worth checking out if you aren't expecting the new bestselling horror flick and just want something that is a bit of fun. I mean... can you truly go wrong with a bunch of redneck "zombies"?

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Movie 6 of 2010: Zombieland

Enjoyed this one quite a bit, but I was actually expecting it to be even funnier than it was by all the hype it got. I guess that always makes me expect more from a movie and a lot of times leaves me at least slightly disappointed. Definitely had some funny moments though. And scary, for me anyway, with the disturbing zombie clown side I am scared of clowns. *shudder* Of course, if I had been in the movie instead of Woody I would've just stuck with the Snowballs instead of feeling I had to go in search of a Twinkie... I'm not a fan! ;) Definitely fun for the comic horror movie fans though and worth seeing.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Movie 5 of 2010: The Proposal

Yet another fun romantic comedy featuring Sandra Bullock. She never disappoints me. I would recommend this movie to anyone that enjoys this genre of movies. The ending is pretty predictable, but I think that's the case for pretty much all romantic comedies out there. There are some surprises within though and lots of laughs.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Movie 4 of 2010: Shutter

Creepy, yet fun. Wasn't sure what to expect with this movie going in, but turned out to be pretty good. I wouldn't necessarily say it was "scary", but definitely had a creepy and weird factor in parts of it. Definitely worth checking out at least once if you enjoy horror movies.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Movie 3 of 2010: Night of the Demons

This is an old 80s horror movie that I had never seen, but was suggested to me. It was a bit cheesy, but I actually enjoy cheesy movies so it was quite fun. Comic horror at its finest! I highly recommend this to people who love the sub-genre. It has some very weird scenes in it and also some intense moments. For a movie done in the 80s it was actually VERY well made I thought. I may actually re-watch this one again not too far down the road 'cause I enjoyed it that much! I also need to search out the sequel to the movie as I want to see what it's like & I've also heard there is a re-make of this one coming out so should be interesting to see what they do with it. Hopefully they don't ruin the original!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Movie 2 of 2010: The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

I absolutely LOVED this movie!!! I wished there had been a bit more Johnny Depp, but Heath Ledger looked so much like Johnny throughout that it kinda felt like he was in it more. Was a fabulous cast though and I will definitely be buying the DVD once it comes out. A shame this movie is on such a limited release as I assume not as many people will get to view it in the theater as the movie is deserving of. It's definitely worth seeing on the big screen as it's a gorgeous film!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Movie 1 of 2010: The Boogeyman

Still trying to catch up on some of the "classic horror". This one was actually pretty good. I will get around to watching the sequel one of these days soon I'm sure as well. :)

Friday, January 1, 2010

2009 - A Year In Movies

So my movie blog didn't get kept up to date this year after February *blush*, but I did watch movies after that, granted not nearly as many as books I read. I'm just not a big movie watcher. Anyway... was just thinking back on what movies I really enjoyed this year and came up with my top 10. I'll try to do better with keeping my blog up-to-date next year. :)

1. Drag Me To Hell (this is the first horror movie to really creep me out since I was a little kid therefore it deserves the #1 spot in my opinion... though it seems to be a love it or hate it movie based on the opinions I've been seeing around by my friends)

2. Orphan

3. Coraline (not sure how close it follows the book since I read the book several years back, but it's a gorgeous movie!)

4. The Orphanage

5. Severance

6. Vacancy

7. My Bloody Valentine 3-D (never saw the original so can't compare it to that one... I know there have been complaints about it being crappy in comparison)

8. Tideland

9. Public Enemies (you didn't seriously think I'd make it through a top 10 movie list WITHOUT a Johnny movie, did you?!?!? *grin*)

10. Fright Night