Monday, November 12, 2012
Directed by John McTiernan
Starring Chris Klein, LL Cool J, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, Jean Reno, Olek Taktarov, Naveen Andrews, Andrew Bryniarski
Keeping in mind which filmmakers are tuned to your own preferences is usually a pretty safe way to know which flicks will deliver, but now this policy failed big time. McTiernan is usually a brilliant director with undying classics like Predator, Die Hard and The Hunt For Red October under his belt which makes the complete failure of Rollerball a distinct mystery. The original Rollerball (1975) had a strong social commentary and the remake is stripped of such things in favor of badly executed action sequences. The cast includes fine actors like Reno and Andrews but are all wasted amidst a horrible script and really, really bad direction by McTiernan. Klein is a charmless hero and the usually perky Cool J just seems pissed for singing on to this planecrash of a film. Rightfully so. John, what the fuck happened??
Rollerball 2002 at IMDb
Rollerball 1975 at IMDb
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Directed by Joe Cornish
Starring John Boyega, Jodie Whittaker, Leeon Jones, Alex Esmail, Franz Drameh, Simon Howard, Nick Frost
Oh man. I had such high hopes for this film but.. really, they expect me to identify and root for petty thugs as heroes? Scumbags who rob and intimidate people just for kicks? The whole film I was cheering for the fucking aliens. There's one very good aspect to Block and surprisingly it is the low budget execution. They've really had to think outside the box with the effects, especially with the aliens who are pitch black creatures, silhouettes really, with teeth that glow in the dark. Cheap and quite effective. The Brits usually deliver in these genres and Attack The Block could've been one of the greats on the level with, say, Shaun Of The Dead if only it had a little thing called likeable characters instead of bunch of assholes. Oh well.
Attack The Block at IMDb
Directed by Paul Weitz
Starring Ben Stiller, Robert De Niro, Blythe Danner, Teri Polo, Dustin Hoffman, Barbra Streisand, Jessica Alba, Owen Wilson, Harvey Keitel
Ugh, the logical third step: kids. The first film, Meet The Parents was very funny and even the sequel, Meet The Fockers scraped by but two times was the limit for this franchise. The formula has tiredly been stretched to the next inevitable step and honestly how many fucking times is De Niro's suspicious father-in-law gonna close Stiller outside the goddamn circle of trust? Delivers some little laughs but really when you start adding kids to the mix, you've cashed in your last chip. And not a very good chip at that.
Little Fockers at IMDb
Thursday, November 1, 2012
While this short documentary isn't the kind of thing I'd normally bring up, it sincerely stopped me in my tracks and I felt it had to be shared.
The Aokigahara forest in Japan is a gruesomely notorious place for being a favored destination to people who want to commit suicide. Every year approx 50 to 100 bodies are discovered in the forest. Aokigahara is the second most popular place in the world for suicides right after The Golden Gate bridge in San Francisco.
_BE WARNED_! This documentary features some graphic images of corpses.
(for subtitles, hit the close captions logo, [CC], on the bottom edge of the video)
There is also an alternate version, which informs at the end that the guy in the yellow tent was in fact removed later that day by an ambulance and had been surviving in the forest for two months with nothing but liquids.