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I Saw the Devil (Akmareul boatda) (2010)

Posted in movies with tags , , , , on October 25, 2012 by adam

So this movie is from Korea (the good one) and during the lovely opening title sequence I noticed that every name was made up of three monosyllabic parts: Min-sik Choi, Ho-jin Cheon, Gook-hwan Jeon, etc. That last one seems a little racist but okay. Continue reading

The Revenant (2009)

Posted in movies with tags , , , on October 12, 2012 by adam

Even as I write this, I can feel it happening. I can feel myself turning. I’m forgetting things, slipping. Not…long…now…

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Priest (2011)

Posted in movies with tags , , , on October 15, 2011 by adam

Forgive me father, for I have brought unto this blog a truly dreadful movie.

The premise of Priest – very, very loosely based on the Korean action-horror comics of the same name – is solid enough: a dystopian alternate reality in which vampires have coexisted in open enmity with mankind since the beginning of recorded history. Throw in a little Paul Bettany (who I generally enjoy), a ton of kung fu, and some big-budget special effects and you should have a sure-fire blockbuster, right? WRONGZO.

This movie is so horrible I actually shook my head and rubbed my eyes like a Looney Tunes character when I found out it boasts a Metacritic rating of 41 out of 100. 41! That’s nine points higher than director Scott Charles Stewart’s last effort, the similar but much more tolerable Legion, and approximately 41 points higher than it deserves.

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Alien Raiders (2008)

Posted in movies with tags , , , on October 14, 2010 by adam

I’m accustomed to rummaging through countless Netflix recommendations to find a scary movie I haven’t seen that manages to get more than three stars. It’s harder than you’d think since i’ve seen most of the better known ones and the genre as a whole is supersaturated with half-assed exploitation garbage. So when Alien Raiders popped up with a whopping four and a half stars on the “Our best guess for Adam” rating, I was intrigued. My expectations were still low though, given the ludicrous title that could only be cheesier if it was coupled with something equally ridiculous like Alien Raiders vs. Zombie Anaconda. Actually, I’d probably watch that too.

But lo and behold that fancy Netflix algorithm apparently has me pegged because I thoroughly enjoyed all 80 minutes of alien horror action. Not only was Alien Raiders far smarter than its title would imply, it was also much more professionally produced and artistically competent than a straight-to-video release has any business being.

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The Crazies (1973)

Posted in movies with tags , , on October 12, 2010 by adam

As promised, today’s flavor is The Crazies from 1973, co-written and directed by zombie maestro George Romero. I opted to watch the 2010 revamp first just because I’ve never done it that way before. I predicted I would come away thinking all that was good about this year’s version was lifted wholesale from the original without substantive improvement beyond the addition of modern effects. Surprisingly I felt just the opposite. I absolutely prefer the new to the old in this case; it’s just a more complete film.

Aside from basically identical plots, the 70s Crazies and its 2010 counterpart share little in common thematically. While the remake relies on suspenseful thrills, the original is disappointingly more action-oriented. The first Crazies may well have effectively capitalized on an era rife with anti-government sentiment and rather boldly attempted to highlight the human element of the cliché military bogeyman. But for all its cult admiration, The Crazies never lives up to the potential of its intriguing premise.

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Legion (2010)

Posted in movies with tags , on October 2, 2010 by adam

The whole time I was watching Legion I assumed it was a graphic novel adaption. I was surprised to learn it was actually an original story made for the big screen. Perhaps original is a bit too generous since it draws so heavily on Prophecy and Dogma, with a little Terminator and Matrix mixed in for good measure. Nevertheless the movie stands up fairly well on its own, even if it’s somewhat flawed in the execution. Continue reading