|Tuesday, 3rd January 2012|
|Shark Night (2011)|
A group of college friends head up to the the lake for some R n R, but something lurks in the lake.
To paraphrase Sam Goldwyn, we need some new cliches. A reasonable premise is wrecked by overly familiar action, silliness, scares and characters. The 3-D shark effects are not much of an improvement over those in Jaws 3-D from 1983 which is odd considering the talent involved.
Having said all that what's not to love about a teens-in-peril-from-sharks movie?
|Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2010)|
Day by day, a virus spreads.
Technically excellent, emotionally aloof, this sort of thing has been done better elsewhere in more extreme variants such as Survivors, even The Stand and any number of zombie films. Points for the 'reality' of the thing but I'm neither extra alarmed nor comforted.
Jennifer Ehle shines among the amazing roster of acting talent.
|Attack Of The Vegan Zombies (2010)|
If nothing else, this has to be the title of the year so far...
|Mickey's Eleven (1927)|
DVD Not Rated
|Friday, 6th January 2012|
|Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (2011)|
|The Devil Inside (2012)|
|Tuesday, 10th January 2012|
|The Tall Guy (1989)|
Inept, vertically enhanced actor falls for a nurse and becomes the star of a musical version of The Elephant Man.
Early comedy effort from Four Weddings scribe, Richard Curtis. The elephant man musical spoof drags on a bit, but is atoned for by a rather erotic comic sex scene, Hugh Thomas demented medico and Madness on the soundtrack.
US version removes a scene or two and eliminates Suggs from his own song for reasons I can't fathom.
|Killer Elite (2011)|
|What's Your Number (2011)|
|Friday, 13th January 2012|
|Beauty and the Beast (1991)|
|The Iron Lady (2011)|
|Tuesday, 17th January 2012|
|Ides of March (2011)|
|Friday, 20th January 2012|
|Red Tails (2012)|
|Underworld: Awakening (2012)|
|Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)|
An isolated Louisiana community is hit by a big storm, a small girl and her father take to the water.
Almost documentary like look at a collection of Southern lives peppered with flights of fancy from its youthful protagonist.
Probably not what you were expecting, but ends with a haunting emotional wallop the likes of which I've not felt since Cuckoo's Nest.
|Monday, 23rd January 2012|
|The Sessions (2012)|
|Chasing Ice (2012)|
Strange creatures infect a remote Irish island.
Spirited, in more ways than one, comic horror, in need of a little more horror or a little more comic for cult greatness. Boasts one splendid moment with our Garda heroes besieged in a patrol car.
|Tuesday, 24th January 2012|
A romance with New York City works out better than any of the more human relationships in this story of assorted New York types.
Aided and abetted by Gordon Willis gorgeous cinematography and strategic Gershwin on the soundtrack. Streep, Keaton and Mariel Hemingway add extra value. My heart still belongs to Annie Hall though.
WWI flying aces fight the Bosch and fall in love. Did this get remade as Pearl Harbor? AA Best Film 1929 (the 1st).
Finally available on Blu-Ray in 2012.
|Real Steel (2011)|
|Beware the Gonzo (2010)|
DVD Not Rated
|La rose de fer (1973)|
DVD Not Rated
Love-at-first-sight couple become trapped in a cemetary for the night.
Sounds like a good premise for a horror film, right? But we are in Jean Rollin land, so this is more about the contrast (or not) between the living, personified by the gorgeous Françoise Pascal, and the dead. Weird, ethereal and haunting, but most will just wonder why they wasted 80 minutes of their lives.
|Wednesday, 25th January 2012|
|No Blade of Grass (1970)|
"By the beginning of the 70s man had brough the destruction of his environment close to the point of no return. Of course there was a great deal of talk about saving the earth but in reality very little was done".
Eco-apocalypse action film is surprisingly violent with some good action set pieces, notably the biker attack. While the message is as subtle as tofu, this still resonates.
I recall seeing this as part of a Greenpeace sponsored event and was the only person in the audience.
|Thursday, 26th January 2012|
|Darling Companion (2012)|
|Friday, 27th January 2012|
|Wicker Tree (2012)|
|Man on a Ledge (2012)|
|The Grey (2012)|
|One for the Money (2012)|
|Tuesday, 31st January 2012|
|The Thing (2011)|
|In Time (2011)|
|Dream House (2011)|
A couple taking a break from city life get more than a few bumps in the night in their new home.
A film where the real thrill is guessing the genre, but most of the surprises - aren't. Good performances and a couple of decent scares but needs a bit more voltage.