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Ruins (2008)

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Director: Carter Smith.
Based on: The Ruins by Scott Smith
Starring: Jonathan Tucker, Jena Malone, Shawn Ashmore, Laura Ramsey, Joe Anderson. USA/Australia. 1h 30m.

A group of friends, two couples and a guy they meet Dimitri, who’s looking for his brother, decide to go to an unmarked part of Mexico to look at some ruins near the end of their amazing vacation. The new friend’s brother had gone out to the site only the day before, so he leads them to the Ruins. Within moments of reaching the site a group of pissed off locals turn up, threatening the group with violence, Dimitri attempts to reason with them but they brutally shoot and kill him, the rest retreat to the top of the ruins they came to visit.

At the top of the Aztec style structure they find it’s covered in vines and there is a opening, they attempt to go down into dig site as they can hear a phone ringing and assume it’s Dimitri’s brother’s, and unable to get a signal they need the phone as it seems to be getting a signal, this is when tragedy strikes again and one of them is injured and paralyzed. It soon becomes apparent that the cute vines that cover the structure are the reason why the locals are acting so skittish. They have been quarantined, as unwilling sacrifices to this unusual flora. It’s malevolence is unmetered and it’s attacks are gory and horrific, these kids really don’t know what shit they have gotten themselves into. Continue reading Ruins (2008)

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Robocop 2 (1990)

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Director: Irvin Kershner.
Starring: Peter Weller, Nancy Allen, Dan O’Herlihy, Belinda Bauer, Tom Noonan, Gabriel Damon. USA. 1h 57m.

After the amazing success of Robocop we were blessed with a sequel, and on this rare occasion we got a semi decent film. Picking up not too long after the first film in things haven’t really changed in Old/New Detroit. We find out hero more integrated into the police department and accepted by society. But obviously everything has to go wrong, OCP are ever greedy and wanting more control of the city and they are also interested in creating Robocop 2 (shock horror). The biggest drug on the street is Nuke and the man who invented it, Cain (Noonan), and his gang are Public Enemy No.1, and therefore Robo’s biggest enemy, along with the terror they bring, Murphy also has to contend with a bigger and better and more psychotic Robocop 2. Continue reading Robocop 2 (1990)

Robocop (1987)

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Director: Paul Verhoeven .
Starring: Peter Weller, Nancy Allen, Daniel O’Herlihy, Ronny Cox, Kurtwood Smith, Miguel Ferrer . USA. 1h 43m.

I’d like to start this off just announcing that Robocop has been one of my all time favourite movies since i first saw it, the effect has been massive on my day to day life, so I’ll try to keep this review short but I could probably write a book on Robocop.

Comparisons could be made between this robotic man of justice and many hero’s and monsters from the past, being created by man from bloody remains and what could be seen as (techno)magic he is akin to a sci fi golem. Either way the film became an instant cult classic inspiring a few sequels a lame TV show and much music shenanigans. Continue reading Robocop (1987)

Geung Si – Rigor Mortis (2013)

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Director: Juno Mak.
Starring: Chin Siu-ho Anthony Chan Kara Hui Lo Hoi-pang Paw Hee-ching. Hong Kong. 1h 41m.

A detailed and superb Hong Kong film directed by Juno Mak, is a tribute to the Mr Vampire (1985+) series and features many of the same actors.

A formerly successful actor Chin Siu-ho (the star of Mr Vampire), becomes depressed and suicidal when he wife leaves him. He moves into a run down apartment and soon after his welcoming ceremony he decides to hang himself, but as he’s losing consciousness a pair of twin ghosts possess his body. Yau, a retired vampire hunter breaks in, cuts him down and exorcises the spirits from Chin’s body. Continue reading Geung Si – Rigor Mortis (2013)

Ringu / Ring / リング (1998)

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Director: Hideo Nakata
Starring.  Nanako Matsushima Hiroyuki Sanada Rikiya Ōtaka Yoichi Numata. Japan.  1h 35m

Oh this movie started some shit back in the day, literally it had started so many cults and urban legends and gave the west the now uber iconic Sadako that we honestly can’t escape from Does this mean we are literally cursed by Sadako? The movie came onto my radar years ago but so long after it’s release, I often thought back and wished that I had a copy on VHS just to keep the mysticism alive, Emma film is Fairley heavily submerged in mysticism,  the basis of the original book was on Japanese folk tale Banchō Sarayashiki. I’m long before the play which has sent us into raging his cereal the ringer have managed to capture the dark imagination of Japanese youth,  stories about haunted video tapes accepting other media became more than just a playground chatter.

ringuIn this deeply disturbing psychological horror, which creeps from the screen and into the mind, everything revolves around the legend of a cursed video tape, a legend that circulates among some teenagers. After watching the film at a certain time of night the telephone will ring right after and one week later you will die. Continue reading Ringu / Ring / リング (1998)

Rosemarys Baby (1968)

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Director : Roman Polanski
Writer :  Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin
Starring : Mia Farrow John Cassavetes Ruth Gordon Sidney Blackmer Maurice Evans Ralph Bellamy Angela Dorian. USA. 2h 36m

A deep tale of Satanism and pregnancy which is actually from frightening than the components, filled with cautionary tales delivered by powerful performances from Mia Farrow and Ruth Gordon.

In Roman Polanski’s first american film adapted from Ira Levin’s  best seller see’s a young vulnerable woman sold down the river by her lover and the Satanic community in her new apartment block. The dank old building is famed for having an equally aged community which the young couple struggle to blend in. Immediately after moving in two noesy neighbors Roman and Minnie Castevet (Sidney Blackmer and Ruth Gordon) invite themselves in and after protesting eventually Guy seems to warm to them after their intervention revitalizes his failing acting career, but at what cost? Rosemary potters around trying to make sense of her new surroundings, she befriends a fellow young girl who soon commits suicide and begins losing touch with her husband who is now best friends with the Castevet’s and whose temper gets shorter and shorter with his wife, until one fateful night when everything changes, Rosemary is unknowingly offered as a sacrifice of some sorts. Continue reading Rosemarys Baby (1968)

Run all Night (2015)

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Director : Jaume Collet-Serra
Starring: Liam Neeson, Ed Harris, Holt Mccallany, Joel Kinnaman. USA. 1h 54m

quickflickLike his new typecast and career defining tough guy from the Taken series, Liam Neeson has the same set of very particular skills and he unleashes them into a film with a slightly different back story… from the minute he declares “I’ve done terrible things” we know what to expect. The biggest difference is how Jimmy “the gravedigger” Conlon appears for the first half of the movie, a comedy Irish drunk wrestle with the ghosts of his violent past and picking fights as a very dirty Santa. The estranged son Mike (Joel Kinnaman) whose main objective in life is to be the opposite of his father, has become the target of a mob boss Shawn Maguire’s  (Ed Harris) as he in on the vengeful war path after his son is murdered and Mike is suspected.
Once Jimmy realises that his son is in trouble he attempts to help him out, after arriving after a dodgy takeover deal that his son only plays a minor role as a chauffeur he kills his best friends son in order to protect his son. A choice is quickly made, he has to betray the “family” who have employed and looked after him for the family he’s been exiled from. Blood is thicker than water… but the pair now have an entire mob network after them and they have to run all night.

I found it quite bizarre how his character changed within seconds, he went from the bumbling asshole drunk into well.. Brian Mills from Taken without any negative consequences. I think by this time the audience’s adoration for Taken and Neeson it was always just going to be another Takenesque film, and were willing to lap it up at off the big screen, so why pretend that this is going to be anything but another Taken flick. A bulk of the film is Liam punching and shooting people while looking slightly hung over while trying to protect and toughen up his son, their relationship being strained at tested at every point.

After the initial shock that this isn’t all that original and the familiar formula plays out it’s not actually all that bad when it comes to action, there are some brutal beat downs, suspense and great shoot outs. What it lacks in originality it does try to make up for by adding in a few fairly intelligent twists into the plot. It’s watchable if you’re ready to be entertained with the brain switched off and sometimes that’s a bonus.

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Rating  5/10

R – Taken (2008) , Unknown (2011),
L – Films like Taken
5s – Liam Neeson

Rage (2010)

rageDirector/Writer : Chris Witherspoon
Starring : Audrey Walker, Rick Crawford, Chris Witherspoon. USA. 1h 25m

I‘m not one to put down a low budget movie because let’s face it, money doesn’t make a great movie, indie movies can be amazing and don’t NEED a budget to achieve this but every now and again one slips through the crack that could be great but somehow fails with something so simple that isn’t affected by the budget but just fuzzy story writing.

A young pseudo metrosexual Dennis Twist (Rick Crawford) is out and about in Portland, on his day off, looking for a gift for his wife Crystal (Audrey Walker), as he parks his car he notices a biker apparently starring him out but carries on with his shopping trip and meeting up with a woman called Dana (Anna Lodej) who we discover he’s having an affair with and decided to chose this beautiful day to break up with her, he also discovers that she has a psychotic ex boyfriend who has just been released from prison. After this heated discussion they go their separate ways and Dennis notices that he’s being stalked by this bike, he has lunch with his friend Stan (Richard Topping) who he recounts his day too but with no proof of who the bike is, he goes about his day until he realizes that he’s now caught up in a gauntlet. Continue reading Rage (2010)

5150 Rue Des Ormes – 5150 Elm’s Way (2009)

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quickflickDirector: Eric Tessier
Writer: Patrick Senecal
Starring: Marc-Andre Grodin, Norman D’Amour, Sonia Vachon, Mylene St-Sauveur. Canada. 1h 50m.

This dark twisted tale is akin to an urban legend, it has an eternal feel that hazes the brutality and mystifies the psychological aspects of the film.

After photography student Yannick (Marc Grodin) falls off his bike and injures himself, he makes the terrible mistake of knocking on the door of the Beaulieu residence to tidy himself up, after hearing screaming Yannick investigates and upon finding the source, a captive man, he also find himself trapped and held hostage in the house. Over time and during his incarceration he learns more about this batchit crazy family. Continue reading 5150 Rue Des Ormes – 5150 Elm’s Way (2009)

Racing Extinction (2015)

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Director : Louie Psihoyos
Writer : Mark Monroe
Starring : Elton Musk, Louis Psihoyos, Jane Goodall, Leilani Munter. USA 1h 30m

I‘m not the biggest animal lover but I do love nature and the likkle creatures that abide on our lovely planet, and while I do what I can to conserve the planet and fauna, I’m not sure if focusing in on the animals will really make bigger changes. BUT if we do want any of them in our future we do have to act now… I kinda knew this already but I was hoping to see some leaps and bounds in this apparently AMAZING documentary.

Racing extinction is like Zeitgeist but apart from worrying about the global situation and resources it focuses in on the conservation of the wildlife and really focuses in on those illegal activities which cause a flood of various extinctions like whalling etc, and in principle seems a noble thing to do.

Unfortunately the documentary is lame and so far from helping.. It just seemed like Louie just wanted to document his joyride around the planet picking on other countries for their different in animal rites, he even reflects on this at one point by taking into consideration how much damage his own travelling was having on the planet but doesn’t give any indication that they switched fuels or did anything to reverse the fact, plant some trees maybe? In fact there are NO answers here at all!? It’s very easy to point fingers at what’s wrong and identifying and highlighting the problem is brilliant but if you want any hints at way to change things then you’ll need to check out the website.

Winning is the only option.

Despite leaving a bad taste in the mouth, the docufilm is well laid out, there’s lots to look at and the conclusion is a car travelling around displaying graphics and pictures of endangered animals on various buildings!? It’s all economical and enviro friendly but that is the amazing finale, sorry to spoil it but really the film is only step one and very long journey of changing the opinions of millions of people, and not to piss on any parades but it’s not going to happen by displaying a lizard walking up the empire state building.

Overall it’s well written and strangely presented, but quite informative of the state we’re currently in, there are not hints at how we got here,the spotlight is on China, forget all the damage everyone else has done. This a bold and vivacious inspiration look at the future of conservation, an eye opener for anyone who’s been totally oblivious to it until now. But if you’re looking for hard facts, a history lesson, informed decisions and way forwards you’ll not find it here. Instead it’s just a bunch of pretentious but dedicated people filming their travels in the aim to protect some animals and highlight our plight, I’m not dumbing down the work that they have done, although some of it raises more issues than solves problems but it didn’t inspire me and I doubt it will inspire anyone who’s actually informed, but hopefully it will raise some awareness and get people looking to get out there and actually do something pro active.

Rating 4/10

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RZeitgeist (2007), The Bridge (2006), Earthlings (2005)
L – Selected Documentaries
A – Should documentaries really be movies?