Archive for May 16th, 2010

National Geographic – Wild: Ocean Killers (2009)

May 16th, 2010 | Category: Documentaries

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Two thumbs up. Violent shit in the waters depicted by National Geographic. Around 45 minutes of menace by sharks, octopuses, leopard seals (!), and other createus you don’t want to mess with when you’re swimming around. Needless to write anymore. The ocean life is amazing, and I’m a sucker for these documentaries.

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Shutter Island (2010)

May 16th, 2010 | Category: Movie Reviews

PHFk8KKGi5FEJF_1_m I went with Dennis and David to the cinema to catch this new supposedly masterpiece by Scorcese. And boy, Shutter Island was impressive. The year is 1954. U.S marshal Teddy Daniels (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) is going to investigate the mysterious disappearance of a patient from Boston’s Shutter Island Ashecliffe Hospital. It’s a mental hospital for the criminally insane. Soon enough, Teddy discovers that something isn’t right on the island. Are the doctors performing sinister experiments on the interns? Are they having some kind of conspiration? Events start to take strange turn, making it difficult to know who to trust, and in the end even know what’s real and what’s not.

Of course there’s a hurricane making it impossible for Teddy to leave the island. As things progress, Teddy starts to doubt everything; his partner, his memory and even his own sanity.

Shutter Island is based on a book by Dennis Lethane, who also wrote Mystic River (which later was adapted to a movie by Clint Eastwood, starring Sean Penn et. al). I found that the movie could be considered a bit slow sometimes. Don’t expect too much action. Cause there isn’t. Don’t expect any ghosts and shit. Cause there aren’t any. What you should expect is a clever thriller who makes you think. I like to use my brain. Therefore I like this movie. Even the ending, which of coure has some kind of twist to it, is dubious. The people who are saying that there’s only one way to interpret the ending are stupid. It’s kept a little bit open, making it free for you to believe whatever truth you thought was there in the first place.

Shutter Island is clever, interesting, intruiging, brilliantly executed and leaves nothing else to wish. A true masterpiece by Scorcese. (Please do note that I say it’s a masterpiece despite the fact that there’s like no gore at all). Besides, you have the oldguys Max von Sydow and Ben Kingsley doing major parts. That’s just made to be a success story.

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“You want ladies? Well, we have that old hag in section C you can have for fifty bucks. She’s all yours”.

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“I already told you guys, I did NOT steal your spliff! I promise!”

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Short tie and pants pulled up to your chin where the shit back in the fifties.

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The Horsemen (2009)

May 16th, 2010 | Category: Movie Reviews

213795 I wanted to like The Horsemen. I wanted to like it soooo bad. Actually for two reasons:

  1. I’m a sucker for religious and mystical references in movies. Like this reference to the four horsemen in the Book of Relevation.
  2. It is directed by Jonas Åkerlund. Nice to see a Swede do a Hollywood blockbuster movie.

But I didn’t like it. I’m really sorry but it was all too mundane. Although the ideas and concepts behind the story (which I’ll get to soon) are all good indeed, the execution lacks soul and finesse. It was predictable, characters too shallow and (actually) uninteresting. The good thing was some bloody gory crime scenes (which you can catch in any random CSI episode anyways).

Plot: Aidan Breslin (Dennis Quaid)  is a bitter detective emotionally distanced from his two young sons following the untimely death of his devoted wife. While investigating a series of murders of rare violence, he discovers a terrifying link between himself and the suspects in a chain of murders that seem to be based on the Biblical prophecies concerning the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse: War, Famine, Pestilence, and Death.

What it really is is a showoff in S&M Suspension practices. People hanging themselves (or being hanged by others) in hooks, in various ways. It feels like there’s more focus on that kind of stuff than what it is on the occult things being used as a pretext for killing some motherfuckers.

So, as I didn’t get satisfied with bullet 1 above, I was seriously dissapointed. Even though there are bloody scenes, suspension, a kind of plot twist (which is in fact  a bit predictable)  – I’m not totally happy with how everything turned out.

If you’re out for a longer and a bit more costly episode of CSI, then this may be the exact right thing for you. For me it wasn’t.

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“Hey, umm… there’s like… a dead guy on the floor”

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Quaid looks tempted to hang himself into these hooks.

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Dinner is served, bitches!

the_horsemen16Naughty asian girl doing a lot of killing and stuff. Just look at her eyes, she’s the child of the devil!

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Gamer (2009)

May 16th, 2010 | Category: Movie Reviews

gamer Gamer. Set in a future-world where humans can control other humans in mass-scale, multi-player online gaming environments, a star player from a game called “Slayers” looks to regain his independence while taking down the game’s mastermind. (Well, for the FPS game part it’s not like people volunteer to join the game; it is prisoners sentenced to life that participate – and if they win a certain amount of games, they are rewarded with freedom).

Starring Gerard Butler, Michael C. Hall (“Dexter”), Keith Jardine (UFC Fighter!), Ludacris and a bunch of other known and unknown actors, Gamer was actually way better than expected. I can’t emphasize enough how well-made the action scenes were. The style of the movie were like a mix between The Sims and a randomly chosen FPS. I’m really impressed with how they actually managed to get the camera work, movement of people and all that stuff really look like a video game.

There’s a hell of a lot of action, explosions, kills, some nudity and half-pr0n, … Well, the only thing that’s really missing is the nuclear bombs, brain-eating zombies and swordfights. What more can I say, Gamer is one of the best action movies I’ve seen. It beats the living shit out of all Die Hard movies combined (yes, even though Bruce Willis rides a jet fighter).

The only thing to really complain about is the ending. It was a little bit too cheesy for my taste.

Let’s do like this instead. Look at the pictures below. If you aren’t sold after that, then I do not know what the hell is wrong with you, you tiny little spitfuck. You’re beyond salvation.

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Tight!

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Kaboom!

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A new way to control your character.

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Sweaty, eh?

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Kaboom! (again!) :D. And a Butler goes flying!

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War!

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You don’t wanna fuck with these guys…

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… since Keith will put a bullet in your head then. Oh, correction; 1900 bullets. In your whole body.

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Naked ladies, yes please!

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Requiem for a Dream (2000)

May 16th, 2010 | Category: Movie Reviews

requiem_for_a_dream One of the best movies ever in history, which I hadn’t had the opportunity to watch until recently. Requiem for a Dream circles around drugs. Drugs, drugs and more drugs.

Drugs that consume the mind, body and soul. Four lives are followed. Four addicts (all on various drugs), four failures. They strive for living a good life, being successful; doing the usual pursuit of happyness. But they all succumb to their addictions. We get to bear witness to the ugliest, dirtiest portions of the underworld which the addicts reside in. Drug users will be familiar with everything. Those who know jack shit about the drug world will see what it all can be (not have to be).

When reading what I’ve written, it feels very dull and gloomy. It is, in a sense. But the artistic work with the directing and cutting is splendid. Fast scenes, fast cuts, a (by now) well-known soundtrack and some of the bests acting performances ever seen on screen gives you an almost surreal, uncanny feeling throughout the whole movie.

Ellen Burstyn is a hell of a good actor, playing the mom who has to loose some weight and appeal to diet pills (read: amphetamine) which drives her deeper and deeper down the rabbit hole of the drug world.

It’s kinda hard to see Marlon Wayans in such a serious role that he’s playing in Requiem for a Dream. I’ll always take him for a clown after the ‘Scary Movie’ movies.

Requiem for a Dream is art at its best. Don’t miss it.

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This is what diet pills can do to you. If it’s amphetamine. And you overdose.

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Hey man, look at this new tattoo I got by sticking needles of heroin into my arm. Want one?

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Outdoor cinema…

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What a rush

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