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EXCLUSIVE! XAVIER GENS TALKS “THE DIVIDE”

Posted in Eye Candy, Gore, Interviews, Movies, Sci-Fi, Thriller, Violence with tags , , , , , on January 20, 2012 by darklordbunnykins

Frontiere(s) director Xavier Gens’ apocalyptic thriller The Divide gets a release today in Toronto and Winnipeg, the city in which it was filmed. Genre stalwart Michael Biehn (Aliens, The Terminator) stars as the caretaker of an apartment building who takes several residents into the building’s basement shelter when nuclear war devastates the outside world. But dwindling supplies and hope leads to a breakdown of both civility and civilization.

The DLB recently spoke to Gens from Morocco where he was filming a commercial.

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WRETCHED REVIEWS: “BEREAVEMENT” (2011)

Posted in DVD, Gore, Movies, Reviews, Serial Killers, Violence with tags , , , , , , , on August 30, 2011 by darklordbunnykins

BEREAVEMENT

Starring Alexandra Daddario, Michael Biehn and Brett Rickaby

Written and directed by Stevan Mena

Anchor Bay Entertainment

The prospect of reviewing Bereavement did not tickle my fancy. It’s a prequel, you see, to Malevolence, the first in director Steven Mena’s proposed trilogy. But Malevolence was awful, a clichéd bore which took its allegiance to ‘80s slasher films so seriously that it would have been an exercise in redundancy and slavishness back in 1983. So I held out little hope that a return to that bloodstained universe would yield much in the way of entertainment. Who knew that going back in time would also rewrite my opinion of Mena’s talent?

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WRETCHED REVIEWS: ATTACK THE BLOCK (2011)

Posted in Aliens, Gore, Monsters, Movies, Reviews, Sci-Fi, Violence with tags , , , , , , on July 28, 2011 by darklordbunnykins

 

ATTACK THE BLOCK

Starring John Boyega, Jodie Whittaker and Nick Frost

Written and directed by Joe Cornish

Sony Pictures

 

Alien invasions have rarely been as funny or thrilling as the one depicted in Attack the Block. Edgar Wright associate Joe Cornish sets his sci-fi comedy in a poor south London council estate and depicts what would happen when vicious monster aliens meet the vicious local toughs. The result is hilarious and, surprisingly, has real teeth.

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TORONTO AFTER DARK REVIEW: CARGO

Posted in Festivals, Movies, Reviews with tags , , , , on August 16, 2010 by darklordbunnykins

CARGO

Starring Anna-Katharina Schwabroh, Martin Rapold and Regula Grawiller

Directed by Ivan Engler and Ralph Etter

Written by Arnold H. Bucher, Ivan Engler, Patrik Steinman and Thilo Roscheisen

The Swiss are known for their watches and their neutrality, not for making sci-fi films, which makes the very existence of Cargo amusing.

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Posted in Aliens, Movies, News with tags , , , , , , , , on July 25, 2010 by darklordbunnykins

Daniel Craig in Cowboys & Aliens. Photo Credit: Zade Rosenthal

Cowboys & Aliens. How can you resist that title? The Jon Favreau-directed sci-fi/actioner comes out next summer, and here is a brand-new image. Craig Daniels (a.k.a. James Bond) stars as a stranger in an old West town who helps the people of Absolution fight against the titular alien invaders.

MOVIE REVIEW: PREDATORS

Posted in Gore, Monsters, Movies, Reviews, Serial Killers with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on July 9, 2010 by darklordbunnykins

PREDATORS

Starring Adrien Brody, Alice Braga and Laurence Fishburne

Directed by Nimrod Antal

Written by Alex Litvak and Michael Finch

20th Century Fox

The first question I asked myself upon exiting my screening of Predators was this: do I want to watch it again? The original Predator thrilled me as a 17-year-old back in 1987, and I’ve watched it so many times since, both on DVD and whenever it crops up on TV, which is frequently. Did I feel the same way about Predators?

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TERRIFYING TUESDAYS: THE BOX (BLU-RAY REVIEW)

Posted in DVD, Reviews with tags , , , , , , , on February 23, 2010 by darklordbunnykins

THE BOX (BLU-RAY)

Starring James Marsden, Cameron Diaz and Frank Langella

Directed by Richard Kelly

Written by Richard Kelly, based upon the Richard Matheson story “Button, Button”

Warner Home Video


Frank Langella as Arlington Steward

Someday Richard Kelly will make a great film. His first movie, Donnie Darko, became a cult hit (and one of our faves) based on its loopy story, unique ideas and a charismatic performance from a young Jake Gyllenhaal, despite its serious plot holes, while his follow-up, Southland Tales, is just a mess. Similarly, Kelly’s latest film, The Box, benefits from some great visuals and strong performances but remains flawed and just out of reach of our comprehension… enough to frustrate audiences as well as drive the determined to multiple viewings.

James Marsden as Arthur Lewis

The Box is inspired by genre vet Richard Matheson’s intriguing story “Button, Button.” The set-up is simple: a young, financially stressed couple, Norma Lewis (Diaz) and her husband Arthur (Marsden), are presented with a box with a single button on it by the horribly disfigured Arlington Steward (Langella). Steward’s proposition is simple: press the button and receive a million dollars, but if they do, someone they don’t know will die. It’s no spoiler to say that Norma presses the button and a series of odd things start to happen, prefacing a tragedy instigated by that single bad decision by good people.

Cameron Diaz as Norma Lewis

Kelly’s film benefits from both his fetishistic attention to detail (The Box is set in 1976 and looks it) and his decision to base Norma and Arthur on his parents (the featurette ‘The Box: Grounded In Reality’ includes touching interviews with Kelly’s parents) which makes Diaz and Marsden’s performances that much more resonant. The story he has teased out of Matheson’s original story (which involves water coffins, alien intelligences and a vast conspiracy), combined with details taken from his own life and that of his parents, proves both fascinating and frustrating: fascinating because the audience is always trying to figure out just what is going on and frustrating because we never do.

I saw The Box in a theatre last fall and, like the rest of my fellow moviegoers, I left feeling simultaneously confused, engaged and ultimately disappointed. The ending especially felt like an emotional betrayal based on what had gone before. (I won’t spoil it but will say that the awful fate of our protagonists did not feel true.) I was also unable to connect all the dots of plot, which left me feeling like I had missed something – a common feeling when watching Kelly’s films.

Arthur meets the water coffin

Thank God, then, for the director’s commentary track. Kelly answers many of the questions I had about his film while teasingly leaving others unanswered or only hinted at. Kelly’s strength as a writer and director is to leave just enough mystery in his films to make them enigmatic artworks worth revisiting; his weakness is in letting his ideas overwhelm his commonsense as to how much myster an audience is willing to take on.

The Box didn’t make a lot of money in theatres, meaning it’s unlikely Kelly will be able to make another big studio project anytime soon. But if he can temper his wild imagination with a loyalty to plotting, there’s little doubt that Richard Kelly will become a great director and, thus, make a great film. Until then, watch The Box, scratch your head, and don’t feel bad about not being able to exactly figure out what the hell is going on.

Rating: 3.5/5 (or 3/5 without the commentary)

FREAKY FRIDAYS: THE FOURTH KIND (REVIEW)

Posted in Movies, Reviews with tags , on November 6, 2009 by darklordbunnykins

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THE FOURTH KIND

(Maple Pictures)

 

The Cast: Milla Jovovich, Elias Koteas, Will Patton

The Director: Olatunde Osunsanmi

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The Plot: Alaskan psychiatrist Abbey Tyler (Jovovich: Resident Evil) investigates the possibility that some of her patients from the small town of Nome are survivors of alien abduction, i.e the fourth kind of alien encounter.

The Verdict: Director Osunsanmi’s approach – that his movie is a re-enactment of actual events, acknowledged by Jovovich in a slightly off-putting speech given at the film’s beginning – ups the creep factor, even though, apparently, it’s not real at all. He also employs a series of devices – split screens, overlapping narration, “real” Paranormal Activity-style video footage– which blur the line between fiction and (supposed) reality.

Jovovich gives it her all as the psychiatrist and mother dealing with an improbable situation, although the performance by the woman (unlisted in the credits) who plays the “real” Dr. Tyler is far more harrowing, as she recalls the events in an on-screen interview.

Those looking to see aliens or an actual abduction will be disappointed, but, like The Mothman Prophecies, The Fourth Kind still manages to spook through what it suggests, not what it shows. Not an entirely successful film, The Fourth Kind certainly deserves an encounter of the checking-it-out-in-theatres kind.

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Rating: 7/10

Link: http://www.thefourthkind.net/

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