Archive for July, 2011

Dub Cee Reviews: Ninja Assasin (2009)

Posted in Uncategorized on July 17, 2011 by Dub Cee

Director: Jame McTeigue
Writer(s): Matthew Sand, J. Micheal Stracynski
Stars: Rain, Rick Yune, Naomie Harris

So, I picked up a movie at the local video store, watched it, decided hey, this might be worth a review…
Ok, truth is, its 2pm on a Sunday afternoon and I am bored out of my skull.
Ninja Assasin stars Koren pop star, Rain as Raizo. A rogue who left his ninja clan and is working to find his former master Ozunu (Sho Kosugi). He saves the life of Mika (Naomie Harris) who is a reseracher for Europol and her colleauge Maslow (Ben Miles). The ninjas can quite literally blend with the shadows and thus any shadow is a potential death trap. The weapon used by Raizo might just be the baddest weapon ever used in hand to hand combat.


Combat, oh the combat. Blood and gore it pure excess. The blood splatter effects reminded quite a bit of the effect used in Sin City. People are being sliced in half with a single swipe of a blade. Shurikens are flying like bullets throughout the entire movie. And some of the fight scenes are actually really fun to watch.
The acting is not all that great but this is a Ninja flick. It is not about the acting or the story perse, its about the fights! The final showdown was fun and was nice Pupil fights Master moment. Raizo’s fight with his primary rival, who had previously murdered Raizo’s love interest was also quite good.
The minor twist at the end was a little bit lame but not unexpected either. Overall, its a fun little action flick with plenty of swordfighting. If you like the old Kung Fu movies of the 70’s or even Anime, odds are you will enjoy Ninja Assasin.
Grade: B-

Dub Cee Reviews: The Puppet Monster Massacre (2011)

Posted in Uncategorized on July 8, 2011 by Dub Cee

 

Director: Dustin Mills

Writer: Dustin Mills

Star(s): Steve Rimpic, Ethan Holey, Bart Flynn

 

Ok, full disclosure time, I went to high school with the mind behind this movie. Shared the stage with him, kicked his butt in some Magic: The Gathering, and usually *ahem* got along with him. So, with that disclosure out of the way, how was the movie?

First, I should probably explain exactly what The Puppet Monster Massacre is. It is, well, what do ya know, it is exactly what it says it is. A movie about puppets being massacred by a monster. Well, that part was easy enough.

In all seriousness, The Puppet Monster Massacre (PPM) is a love letter to all those epic, low budget monster flicks from the 70’s and 80’s. You know, the ones you hide BEHIND your porn collection. (I’m looking at you Tick.) PPM borrows heavily from those films, particularly with the premise of the story. This is both a good and a (sorta) bad thing. Its good in that I had fun with all the references back to some classic movies (Evil Dead really jumps out) but, it’s a bad thing in that the story is fairly formulaic. But seriously, if you are watching a movie about puppets being massacred by a monster for its story, then you my friend need to step away slowly and seek immediate medical attention.  Oh, and get a sense of humor on your way over. That said, every review should at least recap the general story so, here goes.

The main character is Charlie (Ethan Holey), a typical awkward teenage boy who lives with his grandfather. (Who is just too damned funny.) Charlie receives a mailed invitation to the Wagner mansion for a contest. Stay the night in the mansion and win a million bucks. Charlie, ever the coward, is not going to go until he learns his crush, Gwen (Jessica Daniels), has also received an invitation and will be going. Completing the gang are horror movie super geek Raimi (Dustin Mills) and the “biker” couple Iggy and Mona. (Bart Flynn and Erica Kisserbeth)

The host of the contest is Dr. Wagner (Steve Rimpici) who, of course, is not who he seems to be. Once the teens are inside the mansion he has his penguin assistant (Yes, a penguin, do not piss it off) release his monstrous creation from the basement to feed on the teens. As you may expect, the teens start dropping like flies with the surviving teens oblivious to exactly what is happening.

The puppets actually look really, really good here. And by puppets, I do not mean marionettes like in Team America or Puppet Master, I mean good old fashioned hand puppets. The animation is actually very solid given the budget (right around $3,000 from what I have gathered) and does not detract or distract from what is going on like it does in some movies. The voice acting, overall, is good. You can tell who is new to the game and who is not but again, this is to be expected given the circumstances. I mean, did you watch Toxic Avenger for the academy awarding winning performances? I rest my case. There were a couple of moments when the (awesome) soundtrack drowned out the voice actor but that was maybe twice and for only a moment or two at a time.

My final grade was tough to settle on. You must judge a movie based on what it is and what it was trying to be. On the back of the DVD it reads “…love letter to the monster films of the glorious 80’s.” and The Puppet Monster Massacre is just that. And if you are having doubts about watching this movie or picking up a copy on July 26 (Amazon, Best Buy, FYE, etc) allow me just two words: Puppet Boobs.

Need I say more?

Grade: B

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