CELLUROIDS: A Movie Tally Site

QUICK LIST: 5/18-5/23

Posted in tallyteers 2010 by dtinnin on May 24, 2010

5/18

WHAT WOMEN WANT – The chemistry between Gibson and Hunt really is electric, the Sinatra hat-dance is a treat, and if IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE is too heavy for you, this is Capra-lite at its finest.

MEET THE FOCKERS – DeNiro has a man-boob and Gaylord’s parents have a great sex life…and scene. Is THE LITTLE FOCKERS still in the works?

JUST FRIENDS – Ryan Reynolds in a fat suit makes me happy…but not because it’s funny.

5/19

RED HOOK – Avoid at all costs! The premise sucks you in, beware! A group of college kids from Jersey go on a NYC scavenger hunt and things go horribly wrong. See? Sounds interesting, right? It’s not. Even if you live in New York, it’s not worth seeing some of your favorite spots and the kills are all off camera and totally generic.

ROBIN HOOD – Bootleg. It slows in the middle and the final battle seems rushed and unimportant but this film is getting bashed up against the rocks unfairly in my opinion. Still, Scott and co. should have injected more of a sense of fun into the proceedings.

5/21

FAY GRIM – Technically, you don’t have to see Hal Hartley’s HENRY FOOL in order to enjoy its quirky film noir sequel, but it wouldn’t hurt. Odd angles and odd characters + a rabbit hole of a script make this and most of the director’s movies worth catching.

CANDYMAN – Confession – I’d never seen this all the way through! Great gore, effective melodrama and side-boobage. Who could ask for anything more?

CAVEMAN’S VALENTINE – Samuel L. Jackson is really weird, has dreads and is one helluva piano player. If Romulus Ledbetter (Jackson’s character name in CV), Foxx from THE SOLOIST and Wesley Willis ever form a band, I will be front row. Rodney Eastman aka Joey from Elm Street 3 and 4 also shows off his acting chops in this as well.

5/22

HACK! – SCREAM inspired but did that movie have Winnie Cooper, the asshole villain from KARATE KID III, Drusilla and Paulie from ROCKY in it? Didn’t think so!

HOUSE ON SORORITY ROW (1980) – The surreal, sedative-induced sequence at the end of this film makes the movie for me. The killer’s reveal is effective too,  mainly because it delves into the past, revealing one character’s sordid history that the co-eds are suddenly forced to deal with. I would’ve liked to see more praise heaped on this flick when the remake hit, but we were all too caught up with the fact that Princess Leia wields a shotgun and says ‘fuck’ a lot.

STRANGE BEHAVIOR (1981) – Love this flick! Very atmospheric, very creepy and very ahead of its time. The local clinic is giving kids cash to be guinea pigs, but what they don’t know is the fact that they are actually being programmed to kill! Eeek! Great make up effects and a fantastic reveal towards the end make this one surprisingly tense and downright disturbing at times. So of course it comes highly recommended.

THE FAN (1996) – “Do you care now?” This is vintage Tony Scott and although NIN is played way too much throughout the film, it’s a great double feature with TAXI DRIVER or CAPE FEAR and certainly features the best performance by Wesley Snipes to date.

5/23

SCREAM – Still fun. Still responsible for the new era of American horror. It’s a classic, whether you like it or not. Deal with it.

INTERVIEW WITH A VAMPIRE – This one is better than I remember it. Neil Jordan did a fine job, but what would a DePalma or Schumaker version have looked like? It’s hard not to think about River Phoenix when seeing Christina Slater on screen, knowing that the young actor was set to play the part of the journalist before his death.

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Double Feature: BOOT CAMP (2008), SURVIVAL QUEST (1989)

Posted in tallyteers 2010 by dtinnin on May 21, 2010

Date: 5/17/2010         Format: Netflix Instant

BOOT CAMP

Director: Christian Duguay

Starring: Peter Stormare, Mila Kunis

Every year, hundreds of  troubled teens are sent off to Boot Camp disciplinary retreats. There have been numerous deaths attributed to these camps, and I’m willing to bet most of them happened at the camp that Peter Stormare runs. It is hardcore, man.

Mila Kunis is sent to a remote island in Fiji where a number of kids are subjected to forced labor and abusive drills and exercises. What’s interesting is the fact that some of the kids, and even out starlet at one point, feel that this is actually a healthy environment that is doing them some good. In fact, there are positive aspects to the camp, so the argument can legitimately be made that, while very strict, this experience is ultimately beneficial.

Then everything goes to shit. This flick surprised me. Definitely recommended.


SURVIVAL QUEST

Director: Don Coscarelli

Starring: Lance Henricksen, Dermot Mulroney, Catherine Keener, Reggie Bannister

“In the wilderness, you can’t dial 911.”

This one’s a real gem. Seek it out at all costs.

from IMDB: “There are two sets of campers on California’s Sierra Madre Mountain. One group is the Blue Legion, a gun-happy squad of teenage boys under the command of survivalist Jake Cannon. The other group, Survival Quest, is a sort of backpacking self-help group led by gentle mountain man Hank Chambers. The Survival Quest group includes smart-aleck Joey, fragile divorcee Cheryl, and alienated convict Gray. Through various exercises and object lessons, Hank teaches his crew how to work together. Jake is harassing the Survival Quest group. When a viciously ill-mannered Blue Legion member named Raider ends up shooting Hank, this angers Jake to no end. While Jake was harassing the Survival Quest group, Jake actually wanted no one to get shot. Jake starts beating Raider up, and Raider responds by shooting Jake and blaming it on the Survival Quest group. Now led by Raider, the Blue Legion plans to kill the Survival Quest members. Cheryl is now in charge of the Survival Quest group, because they think Hank is dead. They work together and race through the wilderness in an attempt to get to the nearest airstrip, while Raider and his group follow them with every intention of killing them.”

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On Repeat: Elm Street Marathon: The Dream Trilogy & FREDDY’S DEAD

Posted in tallyteers 2010 by dtinnin on May 21, 2010

Managed to knock out the remaining Nightmare films I hadn’t re-watched since seeing the ELM STREET LEGACY doc. Yep, DREAM CHILD is still the worst, DREAM MASTER is still my fave with FREDDY’S DEAD being a close second. DREAM WARRIORS is the clear winner in terms of mass appeal but I hold parts 4 and 6 in high esteem for personal reasons.

My Dad came into my life again when I was about 1o or so, sat me down, and asked me if it would be okay if we started spending time together after years of being estranged. I said, ‘take me to see DREAM MASTER’ and I’ll think about it. We went that night. When FREDDY’S DEAD came out, me and my friends went to Northcross Mall every Friday for six weeks to see it, bringing more kids with us each time. We owned the theater and Freddy was our hero.

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On Repeat: CARLITO’S WAY (1993)

Posted in tallyteers 2010 by dtinnin on May 21, 2010

Date: 5/15/2010         Format: Netflix Instant

Director: Brian DePalma

Starring: Al Pacino, Sean Penn, John Leguizamo

Yes, the unofficial sequel to SCARFACE still holds up, but the patented DePalma melodrama falls flat here, mostly due to the fact that Pacino (and DeNiro for that matter) are not romantic leads and they never will be. Interestingly, the only time Pacino was believable in a love story was with his SCARFACE co-star Michelle Pfeifer in FRANKIE & JOHNNY.

Shoot out at the end is reminiscent of THE UNTOUCHABLES -just not as operatic and more intense – and of course it all ends in tragedy. As it should.

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HIGH LIFE (2009)

Posted in tallyteers 2010 by dtinnin on May 21, 2010

Date: 5/14/2010         Format: Netflix Instant

Director: Gary Yates

Starring: Timothy “Look Frodo, it’s an…” Olyphant

If you want to see Olyphant in his one and only long-hair stoner role acting like a complete jackball, then this is the film for you. He and his partner in crime are probably the dumbest criminals around, but it’s entertaining to see them try and convince each other that they aren’t total losers. It’s a rental.

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GRACE (2009)

Posted in tallyteers 2010 by dtinnin on May 21, 2010

Date: 5/14/2010         Format: Netflix Instant

Director: Paul Solet

Starring: Jordan Ladd, a freaky blood thirsty baby

Solet and producer Adam Green joined us on Fangoria Radio several times during the run of GRACE, but I never got around seeing it until now. First of all, I’m grateful for seeing this film in the comfort of my own home vs. a theater here in NYC. Why, you ask? Well, GRACE is probably the ultimate scream-at-the-screen, “Bitch, what the hell you doin?!”, kind of movie I’ve seen in quite some time. The actions of Jordan Ladd – who gives birth to a dead baby that comes back to life with some serious complications – are downright bizarre and utterly unrelatable at times.

Still, she loves the kid, regardless of the fact that it wants blood instead of milk (literally), and the film is a fun, self-contained, squirm-in-your-seat horror flick that deserves the attention it’s gotten. That being said, Adam Green is one helluva promoter, and genre fans should lower their expectations a bit.

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NIGHT MOVES (1975)

Posted in tallyteers 2010 by dtinnin on May 14, 2010

Date: 5/13/2010         Format: Netflix Instant

Director: Arthur Penn

Starring: Gene Hackman, Jennifer Warren, Susan Clark, Melanie Griffith

Although this entry into the legendary actor’s career has been largely forgotten, you still just can’t go wrong with ’70s Hackman. Melanie Griffith plays an LA runaway that Hackman is hired to locate and bring back to her washed up starlet of a mother. It’s one of Griffith’s first roles and let’s just say she certainly wasn’t shy.

James Woods appears too as a sleazy ex-boyfriend of Griffith’s, who may or may not be connected to a Hollywood cover up that Hackman and Griffith become entagled in.

The story moves back and forth between LA and the Florida Keys – where Griffith has been hiding out with a very strange, very Bohemian couple – and as the plot thickens, Hackman must piece together an unfolding mystery that threatens to undo everything he has done to ensure the safety and wellbeing of Griffith’s character.

NIGHT MOVES is a bit slow in parts, and somewhat laughable in a few scenes (especially as Hackman gets introduced to the hippie lifestyle down in the Keys) but the ending is unbelievable. The last reel is made up of the intensity and righteousness that is pure Hackman and there is a shocking, action packed, stunt rock of a finale.

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HOLY ROLLERS (2010)

Posted in tallyteers 2010 by dtinnin on May 14, 2010

Date: 5/13/2010         Format: Screener

Director: Kevin Asch

Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Justin Bartha

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On Repeat: GOOD WILL HUNTING (1997)

Posted in tallyteers 2010 by dtinnin on May 14, 2010

Date: 5/14/2010         Format: Torrent

Director: Gus Van Zandt

Starring: Matt Damon, Robin Williams, other actors…

Inspired by this week’s episode of Community that referenced this flick several times. Still a great script and the wonder boy’s win at the 70th annual Academy Awards is probably the closest any of us will ever get to Oscar gold.

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THE LOSERS (2010)

Posted in tallyteers 2010 by dtinnin on May 13, 2010

Date: 5/12/2010         Format: Bootleg

Director: Sylvain White

Starring: Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Zoe Saldana, Chris Evans

Much better than advertised.

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