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My thought’s about ‘Dare’ (2009).

March 15, 2010

Dare was originally a 2005 short film by  Director Adam Salky and Writer David Brind, I guess I’m going to start this off by saying that the short film was very well done. The simple plot had me hoping for what was next and the performance were good for such a small film. It definitely had me wanting more and when I heard that it had been made into a feature film, I was more than excited to see it.

First off the cast was changed and characters were, of course, expanded on. In the short the two leads were the bad boy named Johnny and the shy loser named Ben. The 2009 version starred a partially talented trio, with the role of Johnny played by Zach Gilford, Ashley Springer as Ben, and a somewhat new character named Alexa played by Emmy Rossum. The story now has turned into more of a coming of age / teen drama that splits our focus by trying to develop each character with their own portion of the film. The deal is that geeky and unpopular friends Ben and Alexa fall for the school’s resident bad boy Johnny, who is dealing with his own demons. Things get complicated as both go pretty far with Johnny and he isn’t picking favorites. Confusion and chaos ensue.

As much as I wanted to love this film I didn’t. While the short left me wanting more, the feature left me wanting something different. There is potential with what the filmmakers were trying to do, but it’s sad that it wound up on the disappointing side of things. I’ll start with the fairly bad bits…

Ashley Springer delivered a let down of a performance as Ben. The character, which was suppose to be your typical unpopular geek, turned out to be kind of a creeper. His mannerisms, they way he talked, everything was really off putting. I’m guessing he was badly casted because the orignal Ben was a 100% better. They also could have written him a bit better.

Next there was Alexa’s change from loser to poser. It was all a bit rough and way too quick. The filmmakers seemed to have wedged this plot point in even though they knew the piece didn’t fit.

Both Ben’s and Alexa’s character didn’t really do it for me, but here is the film’s saving grace: Zach Gilford.

The performance, the character, the looks… all dare I say perfect? It kind of caught me off guard that he would be the single epic thing in this lackluster film. Zach’s Johnny was a not-so-bad bad boy with a lot of issues that instead of being overdone or annoying, were actually endearing and made you actually give a shit. Could we please just fix this film to have Johnny as the feature focus?, because that’s were the magic is happening. Just like the short, Zach Gilford’s portrayal and the filmmaker’s character itself left me wanting more, more about him, what is he going to do? What happened? Loads of things. His sensitive demur and likable quality alone steal the film and boosts the grade to a very-on-the-edge C. All in all I’d recommend seeing this for the sake of seeing Zach Gilford and his character Johnny so you too can imagine what a better feature this short could have been.

Watch The Original Short Film

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Coming Soon: ‘Ondine’ (2009)

February 10, 2010

The film is an upcoming fantasy/drama directed by Neil Jordan. Ondine stars Colin Farrell and the talented Alicja Bachleda-Curús (Trade, Sommerstrum) and is about an Irish fisherman that captures a mysterious woman in his nets, who he believes she is a water spirit. Now since most fairy tales have a catch, or darker side, I expect this film to be filled with a mellow-realistic enchantment mixed with a sad undertone because we know something tragic is bound to happen… it always does. I’m infatuated with the trailer and can’t wait to see Alicja’s performance and the film itself. Take a look below at the newly released trailer:

The film is expected to be released in the US on June 11th, 2010.

Aren’t you excited?

Must See | Take a look at the trailer for the new film ‘Brothers’.

November 10, 2009

Just today I saw this trailer for the new Natalie Portman (among others) film called ‘Brothers’. After that I can’t wait for it’s release December 4th. Check out the trailer below to see what I mean:

Paranormal Activity | The hype, the success, and the alternate ending…

October 26, 2009

paranormal_activity_posterThis film is no doubt one of the hottest topics this season. Paranormal Activity is an independent feature ,written and directed by Oren Peli, that tells the story of a young couple plagued by a demonic presence. The young couple, played by Katie Featherston and Micah Sloat, purchase a video camera in hopes of capturing the nightly activity of this demonic presence. What they find and what we see is absolutely terrifying. The film is seen through the lens of the prosumer camera and unlike other films with the same concept, Paranormal Activity spares you the motion sickness by remain fairly stationary throughout. The actors are both natural and comical, just very enjoyable and very relatable. The film gives the viewer a sense, both physically and mentally, that they are truly witnessing these experiences. The way the film looks and feels so real really heightens the terror factor when you are waiting for and seeing the happenings. Paranormal Activity is a goosebumps, skin-crawling, anxious, sort of terror that gets your blood pumping. You do have to be a bit patient in waiting for the occurrences, but when they happen they just get progressively more intense. I’ve seen it twice, and both times I felt the same amount of sheer terror. I believe it is definitely one of the most terrifying films in years.

Oren Peli made this film on a budget of a mere $15,000, back in 2006. Last week the film given a wide release and took the number one spot, raking in 22 million dollars bring it’s total box office to 62 million dollars. No matter who you consult, that is a outstanding achievement.

Now I was at first surprised to hear that the ending in the film wasn’t the original. Upon viewing the film Mr. Steven Spielberg suggested an different ending which is the one being shown in the theaters. Personally I think the new ending is fantastic and I like it a considerable amount more than the original. Here is the original ending…

(DO NOT WATCH UNLESS YOU’VE SEEN THE FILM, don’t ruin it for yourself)

This film is quite possibly my favorite film of the year. A

Coming Soon | October 2009

October 2, 2009

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October 2nd

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Toy Story 3D Double Feature

I went to see this today and they were just as amazing as I remembered! It’s not often that you find a sequel on par with the original film, but both Toy Story & Toy Story 2 are among the greatest animated films ever made. The 3D aspect didn’t do much in way of things jumping out, but it did give the film a great look. It’s two movies for the price of one and it’s a limited engagement (out for two weeks only) so catch it while you can!

Whip It

Drew Barrymore’s directorial debut looks charming, funny, and like a must see! It also packs a pretty freaking amazing cast (i.e. Kristen Wiig, Ellen Page, etc.). I’ve been waiting for this film to come out for so long! And it was filmed in Michigan, which I think is pretty cool because we need the film industry in this state.

Zombieland

I love a good zombie flick and this one looks like it won’t disappoint. I’ve already seen/heard so much good things about it that I’m soo planning to see this tomorrow, forget the fact that I’m totally broke.

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October 9th

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Couples Retreat

This looks like a typical comedy, not looking for anything original here. I feel that it still will be a very enjoyable film that will give me a good laugh. I love the actors and I’m especially fond of that hottie Jason Bateman. Oooooooh god I’m so in love with him.

An Education (limited)

Sadly it will probably won’t make it to Michigan cinemas or if it does it will probably be way too expensive for a ticket. I’m very interested in this plot and just by the trailer I already want to find out what happens to our main character as she chooses to do what she really wants to do in life.

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October 16th

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Where The Wild Things Are

The look of the film looks like my kind of fare. While I’m not to up on the book or what the story is I still want to see this film. Dare I say it looks enchanting? exhilarating? just plain good? God I’m gonna ned to take out a loan for this month’s movie tickets.

Law Abiding Citizen

This film looks insane. Insanely good.

New York, I Love You (limited)

I’m a big fan of Paris, Je T’amie and I loved what they did. I’m very excited to see the same kind of deal (an anthology of love stories) in New York.

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October 23rd

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Antichrist (limited)

I think this is a New York/ L.A. only kind of deal which is okay because it will be available on video OnDemand starting the 21st of October. Apparently this film has caused a bit of a stir. It looks pretty extreme and that’s just based on the trailer. I’m a little scared of just seeing it.

Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant

I’ve always seen the book, but I’ve never read it. This looks like a fun dark adventure, something that I most definitely could enjoy.

The Private Lives of Pippa Lee (limited)

Pippa Lee seems like an interesting character and from what I’ve seen in the trailer I think this is the kind of film I’d like. Except for the parts with Keanu Reeves. I hate Keanu Reeves.

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October 30th

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Gentleman Broncos (limited)

Michael Angarano is ridiculously talented. This film looks like it will be hilarious, but I’m seeing it for Michael. Oh and for Jennifer Coolidge, love her.

The House of the Devil (limited)

This film looks like it is terrifying! It has a premise perfect for a horror movie and it’s coming out just in time for Halloween! I am more for the atmospheric horror film than a gore fest and this seems just like the type of horror I enjoy. It appears it is going to be a very limited thing so if you don’t want to wait till DVD it’s available on Video On Demand from Amazon.com and Xbox Live.

[Boys] on Film | Bobby Campo

September 2, 2009
Call me a bad gay, but I'd choose him over the Efron any day.

Call me a bad gay, but I'd choose him over the Efron any day.

I'm in love with this man. This face is the reason I stayed till the end of The Final Destination.

I'm in love with this man. This face is the reason I stayed till the end of The Final Destination.

Even his 'Impending Danger' face is sexy.

Even his 'Impending Danger' face is sexy.

Look at you! Saving people and all that hotness.

Look at you! Saving people and all that hotness.

Coming Soon | September 2009

September 1, 2009

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September 4th

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Carriers

Chris Pine and Piper Perabo star in this survival horror film about running from a deadly virus. Follow the rules and you stay alive, sadly the trailer ruins it a bit for us by showing Piper’s character infected, but I’m still very excited to see this creepy new film. This is my MUST SEE for September!

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September 9th

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A Tim Burton animated film set after the human race was destroyed and the killer robots are after some Rag Dolls that survived the human apocalypse? Did I get it right? I really don’t know whats happening, yet I wanna see it.

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September 11th

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Sorority Row

Looks like a decent slasher horror that could be either really good or really bad. When the prank goes wrong and a sister of the sorority winds up dead they think they can just sweep it under the rug? (And by rug I mean well).

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September 18th

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Jennifer’s Body

The third horror film this month! Yeah! I am extremely excited to this film written by the one and only Diablo Cody, writer of Juno and the amazing Showtime series United States of Tara. This a horror comedy about a possessed cheerleader and her best friend that has to put an end to her boy murdering ways. This is my MUST SEE for September! (okay so I have two).

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September 25th

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Fame

The fact that they did a remake of the original 1980s film isn’t surprising. With the success with the whole High School Musical lot and all why not bring back the musical about a New York Academy of Performing Arts? All in all it looks pretty good and I can’t wait to see V Factory member Asher Brooke all over this film, Kay Panabaker? Not so much.

‘Post Grad’, not as funny as you may think.

August 23, 2009

I have been really excited for the release of Alexis Bledel’s newest film Post Grad, but unfortunately the same film I posted early as “my must see of August” (this post) sadly was the worst I’ve seen this month. I was expecting a fun comedy about a point in life that is almost relatable, to me. Something easy and funny for the summer, like an Amanda Bynes sort of affair, but what I got was a bunch of ill-focused cheesefest humor and a not well developed love story underneath it all. Alexis Bledel and the lead man Zach Gilford (actually I loved them both in their roles), held their own well enough. It was just the plot that killed it for me. So she can’t find a job and needs to live back at home for a while, ok! Let’s not pull the film’s focus to the zany antics of the hokey humored family provides (her Dad in particular). The film wastes it’s time covering that then really developing who Alexis’ character really is. It of course did have some funny parts as well as some touching moments (i.e. the ice cream truck bit), but other than that I’d say this is a wait to DVD kind of deal, and that’s only if you just have to see it.

Coming Soon | August 2009

August 12, 2009

This is the beginning of a new feature that I’m going to do on a monthly basis (a schedule I can keep, unlike the disater that was Song of the Day). It will be called “Coming Soon”, not original, but I feel it gets the message across! It will showcase films that will be released that month, the ones that I would like to see/ would recommend. I will tell you a little about why I’m so excited to see or why interested in it. I’m going to post the trailer for each of the film and let that do the job of telling you what it is about, because that’s their purpose! Inform, intrigue, and entertain! So I hope you enjoy this and leave me some feedback, tell me what your planning on seeing, what you feel I missed, DID YOU SEE IT? LET ME KNOW. Now I will cut the red tape and reveal the first month I’ll be covering… August!

Yours Truly,

Kameron Aloud

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August 7th

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Julie & Julia

Meryl Streep and Amy Adams? Of course I want to see this. Aside from the lure of guaranteed outstanding performances I have to see this film for the amazing directorial skills Nora Ephron pulls out by intertwining the lives of these two women based on books written by the real life Julie & Julia!

(500) Days of Summer

Another film in which I love both of the actors. Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel seem to light up even the trailer for this film, a quirky indie romantic comedy with one of the greatest taglines “Boy meets Girl. Boy falls in love. Girl doesn’t.” I’ve heard all good things thus far.

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August 14th

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District 9

I’m seriously curious to what this film is all about. After seeing months of advertising, teaser trailers, and posters at my cinema telling me this bathroom is for humans only not aliens I feel that they’ve succeeded in making me want to see it. I wanna to know: Why won’t they just let the aliens leave?

Paper Heart

I’ve heard about this film through Entertainment Weekly when they were talking about a new little wave of offbeat romantic comedies soon to hit theater. So I checked out the trailer, which you have to see, were they asked a girl about the perfect date (about 35 seconds in). Immediately after her answer I had decided, “oh yes. I’m seeing this“.

Grace (limited)

Twisted, creepy, slightly terrifying, yup it’s a must see. A blood thirsty baby not on formula? What a weird concept for a film that I’ll probably won’t get to see anytime soon because “limited” pretty much always means = will not be shown anywhere near here. Not to worry, this horror hits DVD early with a September 15th release.

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August 21st

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Post Grad

This is exactly the kind of film I want to see! One were I can actually relate to the character because I’m coming up to that point in my life. It’s the end of term papers and test, lectures and labs, stuff we’ve dealt with most of our young lives and it leaves at the film’s tagline: “Now What?”.  It looks sweet and hilarious with a good cast to match. Post Grad is my MUST SEE for August.

Inglorious Bastards

I’m watching the trailer on TV as I type. Yup I need to see this! It looks great. It looks like everybody’s in it and Tarantino is the director? Wow my interest is only getting higher. I’ve got alot of films to see this August.

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August 28th

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The Final Destination

I’m a fan of the series and I’m excited they did another one, especially one with a male lead again because I’m a wee bit tired of female lead horror films. Am I excited that it’s going to be 3D? No, I don’t feel like paying 14.50 for any film and have to wear glasses over my own. The setup is doesn’t seem as fun as the roller coaster or an airplane disaster, like in the previous films, but never-the-less I love the genre.

I love a good horror film, or four.

May 12, 2009

I’ve blown up my Netflix queue recently with a load of horror films. The first wave was fantastic!

Eden Lake

It started with the British indie thriller Eden Lake by director James Watkins, starring Kelly Reilly and Michael Fassbender. The film is about a young couple off on a romantic holiday on a secluded lake (soon to be condos). While trying to relax and have a good time, the couple are disturbed by a gang of local youths. Things quickly turn terrifying after a confrontation leads to a fight for survival as the young couple tries to escape their callous tormentors.

From the moment this film started I was on edge. It didn’t take long before we were introduced to the characters and were left to worry about what’s going to happen. The film had me feeling very disturbed in some parts to see the how vicious the gang’s leader (Jack O’Connell) could be, a kid at that!. The ruthless chase through out the woods was terrifying and it leads to, what I believe, is a good ending. I definitely went to purchase this 5 minutes after the DVD player was shut off. I highly recommend this for anyone looking for a good low-EW! high-AHHH! horror/thriller.

Dance of the Dead

The second film from my queue was the horror comedy Dance of the Dead by director Gregg Bishop and writer Joe Ballarini. “On the night of the big High-School Prom, the dead rise to eat the living, and the only people who can stop them are the losers who couldn’t get dates to the dance.” (from IMDB because it sounds funnier and better than I would have explained it). Take a look at the hilarious trailer for this scary, yet funny take on zombie mayhem.

Zombie horror films are among one of my favorites, so once my friend told me about this I had to add it to the queue. This film had great effects and stunts as well as a great cast of characters, for the most part. I particularly liked the Sci-fi club’s Steven, ok I had a little crush on him but still… solid character. His crush in the film was one of the downer points for me because I thought her acting was quite flat. The Sci-fi club’s president was getting on my nerves. Greyson Chadwick‘s Lindsey was really on the mark and that made up for most it. One of the best scenes (and one of my favorite zombie film scenes ever now) from Dance of the Dead is the great ZOMBIE LOVE SCENE, it was gross yet sweet yet omg they’re eating each other yet aww it’s love. (Sorry couldn’t find a clip). The good plot and funny dialogue make this film a 7 out of 10 for me, so I still recommend it, I’m just not going to run out and get a copy of my own, well.. maybe. Oh and Favorite line: “But I don’t know how to shoot a machete“.

Inside

The french film À l’intérieur (Inside) was a terrifying story about a pregnant woman alone after a car accident leaves her husband dead. It’s the night before she goes to the hospital to deliver and she is alone, that is until a crazed woman appear at her door and is hell bent on taking the baby from her (mind you the baby is in the womb!!!). A gruesome game of cat and mouse ensues as the night goes on… trailer anyone?

This a terrific film and the first French horror I’ve ever seen. Directors Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury did a amazing job crafting a shocking, disturbing, frightening film starring the very talented Béatrice Dalle and Alysson Paradis. The entire film had me on edge as I witnessed the horrific battle between the two women over the unborn child. Inside was perhaps one of the most scariest films I’ve seen. Never during a film have I been so terrified as to what is going to happen next and for that I’m am truly impressed because that is what a horror film is all about! Now the only thing that prevents me from going out to pick up my own copy was the amount of gore. Personally I really not a fan of gore, but I’m not letting that stand in the way of calling this an excellent film, because it did seem, to me, that the extreme gore wasn’t there to be like “ooh yeah look at that, thats soo cool/gross”, but more like this is the story and this is what would happenish, no sugar coating it. I almost did get a little sick near the end, but I stuck it out. I hope that bit made sense back there, haha. Seriously though, if you love a good scare and can put up with a reasonable amount of gore, then you find this is one of the best films the horror genre can offer.

From Within

Now finishing up the wave of horror films on my Netflix queue is From Within. This is one of After Dark Horrorfest III’s  8 Films To Die For. A small Christian community begins to have a series of suicide’s happening all over town. Soon the the community starts to point fingers and we learn that their is something dark behind all deaths. Elizabeth Rice and Thomas Dekker star in this film by director Phedon Papamichael.

From Within is easily the best film ever to come from any of the three Horrorfests. The story to quick to begin and to pull you in. It is an amazing how unfolds with it’s twists and turns as the tension and conflict intensifies. Elizabeth Rice did a great job as this film’s lead character. The terror isn’t terribly intense (the suicide scene’s are well done though and will have you like “she’s not going to do that is she? Oh no.”, but seeing the story play out is really what makes this inide horror worthwhile. The revelations and the ending are so close to perfect. Oh I don’t want to spoil anything, but take me my word for it: This film is a must see! 

So that’s it. I was pretty excited when I got one great horror film after another. I love the genre and I loved these films. You should go check them out, all are obviously on DVD. Let me know what you think.