Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Contracted (2013)

An American horror directed by Eric England, starring Caroline Williams.
A lesbian woman has sex with a man because a friend gets her drunk at a party. Following this incident, she begins to notice increasing health problems and hears that the police are looking for the man or any information about him. Soon she is having drama problems with everyone she knows and bleeding everywhere.
This was pretty cool. The rising action and quickening pace really made the film. It starts out really slow with slow motion video of flowers being sprayed with water and rises to the point where the main character is racing from one place to another, bristling with problems. The plot was good and presented very well. I liked the characters and having the main character so dynamic, surrounded by static characters was a good idea in this case. The photography was pretty good. I could see everything clearly and they even put some artsy-fartsy on it at points and had it blend in well. Overall, if you like thriller horror action flicks, this would be one to check out. I'm giving it one of those solid green "good" ratings that I like so much.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Europa Report (2013)

An American science fiction directed by Sebastian Cordero, starring Christian Camargo, Anamaria Marinca, Michael Nyqvist, Daniel Wu, Embeth Davidtz and Dan Fogler.
A team of astronauts lands on Europa, a moon of Jupiter. They are looking for signs of organic life in the water and ice.
This was pretty boring. An hour and 24 minutes of technical problems with our space gear. Snooze fest! The plot sucked and the characters were not properly developed. I have to rate it bad because it featured no CG underwater adventures with wild aliens.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Snowpiercer A.K.A. Seolgungnyeolcha (2013)

A South Korean science fiction action adventure directed by Bong Joon-ho, starring Chris Evans, Song Kang-ho, Tilda Swinton, Octavia Spencer, Ewen Bremner, John Hurt and Ed Harris.
A new ice age has been created by a failed solution to global warming. All of humanity now lives on a train that travels the entire world at high speed, with a hierarchal class system based on compartments. A leader in the low class tail compartment leads a revolution to reach the elite nose of the train.
This was pretty good. We've got some good characters in a mostly good plot with a unique premise. There were many majestic arctic shots of the train travelling through snowy landscapes and many action scenes of conflicts along the journey from back to front. The style was new movie 2000s+ too perfect, but it worked for a science fiction flick. Some of the action scenes were crappily shot with too much editing, too many different camera angles and shot styles in too little time. Some sections of the plot got a tad muddy and the version that I got did not have English subtitles for when the security expert junkie was speaking. For some odd reason, I found the woman in white depicted here to be irresistably attractive. Overall, I think it's worth watching and was generally a pleasant experience. I rate it adequate. You might want to watch this.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

The Sacrament (2013)

An American horror by Ti West, starring Joe Swanberg and Amy Seimetz.
A film crew goes to a religious commune to meet a member's sister. Things are strange when they arrive and only get stranger.
The documentary found footage style of this film gave it it's flavor and style. The rising action is matched by sloppier shooting to show the filmmakers being in distress while filming. The pacing gets faster as the film progresses as well. The plot and characters were secondary to style and pacing in this case, but still good. f you want Blair Witch style found footage in a similar horror action genre with better lighting, this is the way to go. I'm rating it good because I liked it. You should probably watch this.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Nurse 3D (2013)

An American horror directed by Doug Aarniokoski, starring Paz de le Huerta.
A nurse dresses slutty to lure married men into cheating on their wives with her so she can kill them. She tries to befriend a co-worker, but the other nurse finds out about her crazy past.
This was AWESOME! I loved it! Very well made with good plot and characters. The camera-work and editing were seamless. The style was just far enough over the top to be really cool without being cheesy. The hospital setting for a horror film was great and I really liked the ending. This even gets female anatomy points for the main character on multiple occasions. When everything is so good, there's just not much to write. I rate it best WATCH IT!!!!!!

Monday, August 10, 2015

Der Todesking A.K.A. The Death King (1989)

A German horror directed by Jorg Buttgereit.
Various people kill themselves in various ways over the course of a week while a rotting corpse decomposes.
This is a great film for the whole family. Wives and children will really dig it. It was recommended to me by the same person who recommended Necromantik, so I knew what I was in for. There was really no plot and the characters were different in each scene. This character change was necessary because the ones from the last scene died. The style was similar to Necromantik. The pacing was slow to start, but settled into a regular groove eventually. Because I prefer death to come on the field of battle with samurai style honor or in a kung fu battle, I was not impressed. I'll give it a strange pink rating because it's just not for me. It was well made and all, but not what floats my boat.