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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-

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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

Dub Cee reviews: POTC: On Stranger Tides

Posted in Uncategorized on May 21, 2011 by Dub Cee

Director: Rob Marshall
Writer(s): Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio (screenplay)

Ok, so, my wife and I finally have a weekend together and we decided to check out a movie and grab some dinner. We settled on a couple of Ribeye steaks from Texas Roadhouse, where I downed a couple of Samuel Adams: Boston Lager’s. We also finally decided to watch the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie rather than Thor. Personally, my expectations were fairly low going into this. Particularly after the back to back crapfest that were Dead Man’s Chest and At World’s End.

Right of the bat, I liked this movie more than DMC or AWE, the first 20 minutes is a great action/escape scene where Sparrow rescues Gibbs from the courthouse, gets caught, is in the middle of the royal palace but then proceeds to escape again. There is a slight pause in the action to allow some dialogue and to introduce the pirate turned priveteer Hector Barbosa. (Geoffrey Rush) It is during this that we learn the premise of the story. The Spainish have figured out the location of the Fountain of Youth. Keeping with the spirit of the day, the English simply cannot allow them to find it first so Barbosa offers Sparrow his ship in exchange for Sparrow’s map, which we saw him steal at the end of AME.

Eventually it is found out this is a three way race as Blackbeard ( Ian McShane )himself is seeking out the fountain along with his first mate Angelica. Angelica (Penelope Cruz) of course being a woman from Cpt. Jack’s past and the movie does a nice job of ever so slowly peeling back the layers of their relationship. I think one of the main reasons I enjoyed this is that nobody was particularly the back guy. I mean Blackbeard was a ruthless bastard but when your prophet tells you that you will be killed by a one legged man, you will do what you must to find the fountain of youth, no?

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. The pauses in the action are filled with moving the story forward and are just short enough to let the audience either laugh or simply catch its breath. There are no wasted or pointless scenes and the pacing is just good. It was a two hour movie but it seemed to me to much shorter, unlike the two previous monstrosities.

Overall: B+ (on Par with Curse of the Black Pearl)

Dub Cee Reviews: Karate Kid (2010)

Posted in Uncategorized on April 22, 2011 by Dub Cee

 

Director: Harald Zwart

Writer(s): Christopher Murphey (screenplay), Robert Mark Kamen (story)

When I heard they were making this movie I was skeptical to say the least. Then Jackie Chan as Mr. Miygai? WHAT!? Will Smith’s son as Daniel…no. Then I learned they had changed the characters to Mr. Han and Dre and I was suddenly interested.

Dre (Jaden Smith) and his mother (Taraji P. Henson) move from inner city Detroit to Beijing as part of his mother’s job. Dre befriend another American child and catches the eye of a local girl, who of course has the affections of the local bully. The kid playing Cheng, the bully, has some sadistic looking eyes. I mean one look and you know this kid is thoroughly brainwashed by his master. Even at my age and statue I would be unnerved just a little looking into this kids eyes. Dre proceeds to try and defend himself and is thoroughly defeated. Its this butt kicking that makes his decision to douse about five of his enemies with dirty water later make no sense. But this is how we get the lone Jackie Chan fight.

Chan plays Mr. Han, a janitor in the building where Dre and his mother now live and he has seen the problem between the two. He saves Dre from an ass kicking by fighting off the five bullies. I actually liked this fight because initially Han is having no trouble but his age starts to gain on him and he is actually relieved when Cheng calls off the attack. Dre convinces Han to go to the Dojo and talk to the man in charge of the bullies to try to get them to back off. Instead, Dre ends up in a tournament which is just around the corner. Its when Dre learns about the situation that you can see that Jayden has been watching his father’s comedies as his line delivery is literally identical. Anyways, if you have seen the Pat Morita movie then you know how the tournament ends….sans lame jump kick.

I was very surprised by Jayden Smith. He is still rough around the edges but the kid has the same natural charisma his father does and he uses it well. If Smith surprised me, then Chan flat out stunned me. The dramatic acting chops he shows during the scene where we learn of his the death of his family was shocking. The man can flat out act. I had not seen anything like this from Chan before. Perhaps its out there but as I said, I have not seen it.

The mother character is almost annoying and I found myself wishing she had a much smaller role. The “girlfriend” was fine she was solid. Like I said before the kid playing Dre’s rival was a scary looking MoFo. The next Bolo Yeung anyone?

I really appreciated some of the nods to the original movie, even though this movie was actually all about Kung Fu and not Karate. The best nod was without doubt catching the fly with chopsticks, I almost spit my Mountain Dew from laughing. Overall, it is probably a better movie than the original but it has no chance of ever reaching its iconic status.

Grade: B

Dub Cee Presents: 1,001+ Movies to See Before You Die.

Posted in Uncategorized on April 3, 2011 by Dub Cee

I bought a book a few months back listing 1,001 movies to see before you die. It was the 5th edition and thus some changes had been made. Below is the entire list including the ones which had been removed. The 5th edition stopped with films from 2007. This list stops with films from 2009. How many have you seen?

A Trip to the Moon (1902)

The Great Train Robbery (1903)

The Birth of a Nation (1915)

Les Vampires (1915)

Intolerance (1916)

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1919)

Broken Blossoms (1919)

Way Down East (1920)

Within Our Gates (1920)

The Phantom Carriage (1921)

Orphans of the Storm (1921)

The Smiling Madame Beudet (1922)

Dr. Mabuse, Parts 1 and 2 (1922)

Nanook of the North (1922)

Nosferatu, A Symphony of Terror(1922)

Haxan (1923)

Foolish Wives (1922)

Our Hospitality (1923)

The Wheel (1923)

The Thief of Bagdad (1924)

Strike (1924)

Greed (1924)

Sherlock, Jr. (1924)

The Last Laugh (1924)

Seven Chances (1925)

The Phantom of the Opera (1925)

The Battleship Potemkin (1925)

The Gold Rush (1925)

The Big Parade (1925)

Metropolis (1927)

Sunrise (1927)

The General (1927)

The Unknown (1927)

October (1927)

The Jazz Singer (1927)

Napoleon (1927)

The Kid Brother (1927)

The Crowd (1928)

The Docks of New York (1928)

An Andalusian Dog (1928)

The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)

Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928)

Storm over Asia (1928)

Blackmail (1929)

The Man with the Movie Camera (1929)

Pandora’s Box (1929)

The Blue Angel (1930)

The Age Of Gold (1930)

Earth (1930)

Little Caesar (1930)

All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)

Freedom For Us (1931)

The Million (1931)

Tabu (1931)

Dracula (1931)

Frankenstein (1931)

City Lights (1931)

The Public Enemy (1931)

M (1931)

The Bitch (1931)

The Vampire (1932)

Love Me Tonight (1932)

Boudu Saved from Drowning (1932)

I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932)

Trouble in Paradise (1932)

Scarface: The Shame Of A Nation (1932)

Shanghai Express (1932)

Freaks (1932)

Me and My Gal (1932)

Zero for Conduct (1933)

42nd Street (1933)

Footlight Parade (1933)

Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933)

She Done Him Wrong (1933)

Duck Soup (1933)

Queen Christina (1933)

Land Without Bread (1933)

King Kong (1933)

The Bitter Tea of General Yen (1933)

Sons of the Desert (1933)

It’s a Gift (1934)

Triumph of the Will (1934)

L’Atalante (1934)

The Black Cat (1934)

Judge Priest (1934)

It Happened One Night (1934)

The Thin Man (1934)

Captain Blood (1935)

Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)

A Night at the Opera (1935)

The 39 Steps (1935)

Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

Top Hat (1935)

A Day in the Country (1936)

Modern Times (1936)

Swing Time (1936)

My Man Godfrey (1936)

Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)

Camille (1936)

Sabotage (1936)

Dodsworth (1936)

Things to Come (1936)

The Story of a Cheat (1936)

Captains Courageous (1937)

Midnight Song (1937)

Grand Illusion (1937)

Stella Dallas (1937)

The Life of Emile Zola (1937)

Make Way for Tomorrow (1937)

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

The Awful Truth (1937)

Pepe Le Moko (1937)

Jezebel (1938)

The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)

Angels with Dirty Faces (1938)

Olympia (1938)

The Baker’s Wife (1938)

Bringing Up Baby (1938)

Stagecoach (1939)

The Story of the Late Chrysanthemums (1939)

Babes in Arms (1939)

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

The Wizard of Oz (1939)

Destry Rides Again (1939)

Only Angels Have Wings (1939)

Gone With the Wind (1939)

Daybreak (1939)

Gunga Din (1939)

Ninotchka (1939)

The Rules of the Game (1939)

Wuthering Heights (1939)

His Girl Friday (1940)

Rebecca (1940)

Fantasia (1940)

The Philadelphia Story (1940)

The Grapes of Wrath (1940)

Dance, Girl, Dance (1940)

Pinocchio (1940)

The Mortal Storm (1940)

The Bank Dick (1940)

Citizen Kane (1941)

The Lady Eve (1941)

The Wolf Man (1941)

The Maltese Falcon (1941)

Sergeant York (1941)

Dumbo (1941)

High Sierra (1941)

Sullivan’s Travels (1941)

How Green Was My Valley (1941)

The Palm Beach Story (1942)

Now, Voyager (1942)

Casablanca (1942)

To Be or Not to Be (1942)

Cat People (1942)

The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)

Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)

Meshes of the Afternoon (1943)

Fires Were Started (1943)

The Man in Grey (1943)

The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943)

I Walked with a Zombie (1943)

The Seventh Victim (1943)

The Ox-Bow Incident (1943)

Shadow of a Doubt (1943)

Ossessione (1943)

Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)

To Have and Have Not (1944)

Laura (1944)

Gaslight (1944)

Henry V (1944)

Ivan the Terrible, Parts One and Two (1944)

Double Indemnity (1944)

Murder, My Sweet (1944)

The Battle of San Pietro (1945)

Spellbound (1945)

Mildred Pierce (1945)

The Children of Paradise (1945)

Open City (1945)

The Lost Weekend (1945)

Detour (1945)

I Know Where I’m Going! (1945)

The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)

Brief Encounter (1946)

Paisan (1946)

The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)

My Darling Clementine (1946)

The Stranger (1946)

Beauty and the Beast (1946)

The Big Sleep (1946)

The Killers (1946)

A Matter of Life and Death (1946)

Great Expectations (1946)

Notorious (1946)

Black Narcissus (1946)

It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

Gilda (1946)

Monsieur Verdoux (1947)

Out of the Past (1947)

The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947)

Odd Man Out (1947)

The Bicycle Thief (1948)

Letter from an Unknown Woman (1948)

Secret Beyond the Door (1948)

Force of Evil (1948)

Spring in a Small Town (1948)

Red River (1948)

Rope (1948)

The Snake Pit (1948)

The Lady from Shanghai (1948)

The Paleface (1948)

The Red Shoes (1948)

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

Louisiana Story (1948)

The Heiress (1949)

Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)

Gun Crazy (1949)

Adam’s Rib (1949)

Whiskey Galore! (1949)

White Heat (1949)

The Reckless Moment (1949)

The Third Man (1949)

On the Town (1949)

Orpheus (1949)

The Asphalt Jungle (1950)

Rashomon (1950)

Winchester ’73 (1950)

Rio Grande (1950)

All About Eve (1950)

Sunset Blvd. (1950)

Los Olvidados (1950)

In a Lonely Place (1950)

The Big Carnival (1951)

A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

Strangers on a Train (1951)

The Lavender Hill Mob (1951)

Pandora and the Flying Dutchman (1951)

The African Queen (1951)

Diary of a Country Priest (1951)

An American in Paris (1951)

A Place in the Sun (1951)

The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)

The Quiet Man (1952)

Forbidden Games (1952)

Angel Face (1952)

Singin’ in the Rain (1952)

To Live (1952)

Europa ’51 (1952)

The Bad and the Beautiful (1952)

The Big Sky (1952)

High Noon (1952)

Umberto D (1952)

The Golden Coach (1952)

The Bigamist (1953)

The Band Wagon (1953)

Madame De… (1953)

From Here to Eternity (1953)

Tokyo Story (1953)

Roman Holiday (1953)

Wages of Fear (1953)

The Naked Spur (1953)

Pickup on South Street (1953)

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)

The Big Heat (1953)

M. Hulot’s Holiday (1953)

Voyage in Italy (1953)

Tales of Ugetsu (1953)

Shane (1953)

Beat the Devil (1953)

Johnny Guitar (1954)

On the Waterfront (1954)

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)

Les Diaboliques (1954)

Animal Farm (1954)

Rear Window (1954)

A Star Is Born (1954)

The Barefoot Contessa (1954)

The Road (1954)

The Seven Samurai (1954)

The Wanton Countess (1954)

Silver Lode (1954)

Carmen Jones (1954)

Sansho the Baliff (1954)

Salt of the Earth (1954)

Artists and Models (1955)

Guys and Dolls (1955)

Pather Panchali (1955)

Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)

The Mad Masters (1955)

Hill 24 Doesn’t Answer (1955)

The Ladykillers (1955)

Marty (1955)

Ordet (1955)

Bob the Gambler (1955)

Kiss Me Deadly (1955)

The Man from Laramie (1955)

Rebel Without a Cause (1955)

The Phenix City Story (1955)

Smiles of a Summer Night (1955)

Night and Fog (1955)

The Night of the Hunter (1955)

The Sins of Lola Montes (1955)

Forbidden Planet (1956)

The Burmese Harp (1956)

The Searchers (1956)

A Man Escaped (1956)

Written on the Wind (1956)

The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)

Giant (1956)

All That Heaven Allows (1956)

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)

The Wrong Man (1956)

Bigger Than Life (1956)

High Society (1956)

The Ten Commandments (1956)

12 Angry Men (1957)

The Seventh Seal (1957)

An Affair to Remember (1957)

Wild Strawberries (1957)

The Nights of Cabiria (1957)

Throne of Blood (1957)

The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)

The Unvanquished (1957)

Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957)

The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

Mother India (1957)

The Cranes Are Flying (1957)

Paths of Glory (1957)

Sweet Smell of Success (1957)

Man of the West (1958)

Touch of Evil (1958)

Cairo Station (1958)

Gigi (1958)

The Defiant Ones (1958)

Vertigo (1958)

Ashes and Diamonds (1958)

Horror of Dracula (1958)

My Uncle (1958)

The Music Room (1958)

The 400 Blows (1959)

North by Northwest (1959)

Some Like It Hot (1959)

Anatomy of a Murder (1959)

Eyes without a Face (1959)

Ride Lonesome (1959)

Black Orpheus (1959)

Shadows (1959)

The World of Apu (1959)

Breathless (1959)

Ben-Hur (1959)

Pickpocket (1959)

Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959)

Rio Bravo (1959)

The Hole (1959)

Floating Weeds (1959)

Rocco and His Brothers (1960)

La Dolce Vita (1960)

Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960)

Shoot the Piano Player (1960)

The Adventure (1960)

The Young One (1960)

The Cloud-Capped Star (1960)

The Housemaid (1960)

Psycho (1960)

Revenge of the Vampire / Black Sunday (1960)

Peeping Tom (1960)

The Apartment (1960)

Spartacus (1960)

Splendor in the Grass (1961)

Last Year at Marienbad (1961)

The Pier (1961)

One-Eyed Jacks (1961)

Lola (1961)

Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)

The Night (1961)

Jules and Jim (1961)

Viridiana (1961)

The Ladies Man (1961)

Through a Glass Darkly (1961)

Chronicle of a Summer (1961)

The Hustler (1961)

West Side Story (1961)

A Dog’s Life (1962)

Cleo from 5 to 7 (1962)

Dog Star Man (1962)

An Autumn Afternoon (1962)

The Eclipse (1962)

Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

The Manchurian Candidate (1962)

Lolita (1962)

Keeper of Promises (1962)

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)

My Life to Live (1962)

Heaven and Earth Magic (1962)

The Birds (1963)

The Nutty Professor (1963)

Blonde Cobra (1963)

The Cool World (1963)

8 1/2 (1963)

Passenger (1963)

Contempt (1963)

Hud (1963)

Winter Light (1963)

Flaming Creatures (1963)

The Great Escape (1963)

Shock Corridor (1963)

The Leopard (1963)

Barren Lives (1963)

Mediteranee (1963)

The House is Black (1963)

The Haunting (1963)

An Actor’s Revenge (1963)

The Servant (1963)

Goldfinger (1964)

Scorpio Rising (1964)

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964)

Marnie (1964)

My Fair Lady (1964)

Woman in the Dunes (1964)

Dr. Strangelove (1964)

A Hard Day’s Night (1964)

The Red Desert (1964)

Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (1964)

The Masque of the Red Death (1964)

Before the Revolution (1964)

Gertrud (1964)

The Gospel According to St. Matthew (1964)

Black God, White Devil (1964)

The Demon (1964)

Vinyl (1965)

The Shop on Main Street (1965)

Doctor Zhivago (1965)

The War Game (1965)

Tokyo Olympiad (1965)

The Battle of Algiers (1965)

The Sound of Music (1965)

The Saragossa Manuscript (1965)

Alphaville (1965)

Chimes at Midnight (1965)

Repulsion (1965)

Juliet of the Spirits (1965)

Pierrot Goes Wild (1965)

Faster, Pussy Cat! Kill! Kill! (1965)

Golden River (1965)

The Man Who Had His Hair Cut Short (1965)

Hold Me While I’m Naked (1966)

Blowup (1966)

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1966)

Daisies (1966)

Come Drink with Me (1966)

Seconds (1966)

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)

Persona (1966)

Masculine-Feminine (1966)

Balthazar (1966)

In the Heat of the Night (1967)

Two or Three Things I Know About Her (1967)

The Graduate (1967)

Playtime (1967)

Report (1967)

Hombre (1967)

Belle de Jour (1967)

The Young Girls of Rochefort (1967)

Week End (1967)

The Godson (1967)

Cool Hand Luke (1967)

Point Blank (1967)

Wavelength (1967)

Bonnie and Clyde (1967)

The Red and the White (1967)

Marketa Lazarova (1967)

The Jungle Book (1967)

The Fireman’s Ball (1967)

Earth Entranced (1967)

Closely Watched Trains (1967)

Vij (1967)

The Cow (1968)

Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)

Planet of the Apes (1968)

Faces (1968)

Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

If… (1968)

Memories of Underdevelopment (1968)

The Producers (1968)

David Holzman’s Diary (1968)

Shame (1968)

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

Hour of the Wolf (1968)

Targets (1968)

Night of the Living Dead (1968)

My Night with Maud (1969)

Lucia (1969)

A Touch of Zen (1969)

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

Midnight Cowboy (1969)

Satyricon (1969)

Z (1969)

The Conformist (1969)

Easy Rider (1969)

High School (1969)

In the Year of the Pig (1969)

The Wild Bunch (1969)

Andrei Rublev (1969)

The Butcher (1969)

The Color of Pomegranates (1969)

Kes (1969)

Tristana (1970)

Five Easy Pieces (1970)

El Topo (1970)

Woodstock (1970)

Deep End (1970)

The Spider’s Stratagem (1970)

Little Big Man (1970)

The Ear (1970)

Patton (1970)

M*A*S*H (1970)

Performance (1970)

Gimme Shelter (1970)

Zabriskie Point (1970)

The Bird with The Crystal Plumage (1970)

The Garden of the Finzi-Continis (1970)

Wanda (1971)

W.R.: Mysteries of the Organism (1971)

A Clockwork Orange (1971)

The Sorrow and the Pity (1971)

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)

McCabe and Mrs. Miller (1971)

Walkabout (1971)

Klute (1971)

Harold and Maude (1971)

Red Psalm (1971)

Get Carter (1971)

The French Connection (1971)

Shaft (1971)

Dirty Harry (1971)

Murmur of the Heart (1971)

Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song (1971)

The Last Picture Show (1971)

Straw Dogs (1971)

Two-Lane Blacktop (1971)

The Heartbreak Kid (1972)

Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972)

Cabaret (1972)

Last Tango in Paris (1972)

High Plains Drifter (1972)

Sleuth (1972)

Deliverance (1972)

Solaris (1972)

The Godfather (1972)

Cries and Whispers (1972)

Fat City (1972)

The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972)

The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant (1972)

Frenzy (1972)

Pink Flamingos (1972)

Superfly (1972)

The Sting (1973)

The Mother and the Whore (1973)

Badlands (1973)

American Graffiti (1973)

Papillon (1973)

Enter the Dragon (1973)

Mean Streets (1973)

The Long Goodbye (1973)

The Wicker Man (1973)

Day for Night (1973)

Don’t Look Now (1973)

Sleeper (1973)

Serpico (1973)

The Exorcist (1973)

Turkish Delight (1973)

The Spirit of the Beehive (1973)

Fantastic Planet (1973)

Amarcord (1973)

The Harder They Come (1973)

Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid (1973)

Dersu Uzala (1974)

The Conversation (1974)

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

The Mirror (1974)

A Woman Under the Influence (1974)

Young Frankenstein (1974)

Chinatown (1974)

Celine and Julie Go Boating (1974)

Blazing Saddles (1974)

The Godfather Part II (1974)

Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974)

Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974)

Dog Day Afternoon (1975)

One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)

Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai Du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975)

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

The Wall (1975)

Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

Barry Lyndon (1975)

Fox and His Friends (1975)

India Song (1975)

Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)

Manila in the Claws of Brightness (1975)

Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975)

Nashville (1975)

Cria! (1975)

The Travelling Players (1975)

Jaws (1975)

The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976)

Carrie (1976)

The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)

All the President’s Men (1976)

Rocky (1976)

Taxi Driver (1976)

Network (1976)

Ascent (1976)

In the Realm of the Senses (1976)

1900 (1976)

The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)

Star Wars (1977)

Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

The Last Wave (1977)

Annie Hall (1977)

Last Chants for a Slow Dance (1977)

Stroszek (1977)

Man of Marble (1977)

Saturday Night Fever (1977)

Killer of Sheep (1977)

Eraserhead (1977)

Ceddo (1977)

The American Friend (1977)

The Hills Have Eyes (1977)

Soldier of Orange (1977)

Suspiria (1977)

The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (1978)

Five Deadly Venoms (1978)

The Tree of Wooden Clogs (1978)

The Deer Hunter (1978)

Grease (1978)

Days of Heaven (1978)

Dawn of the Dead (1978)

Shaolin Master Killer (1978)

Up in Smoke (1978)

Halloween (1978)

The Marriage of Maria Braun (1979)

Real Life (1979)

My Brilliant Career (1979)

Stalker (1979)

Alien (1979)

Breaking Away (1979)

The Tin Drum (1979)

All That Jazz (1979)

Being There (1979)

Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)

Life of Brian (1979)

Apocalypse Now (1979)

The Jerk (1979)

The Muppet Movie (1979)

Manhattan (1979)

Mad Max (1979)

Nosferatu: Phantom Of The Night (1979)

Ordinary People (1980)

Atlantic City (1980)

The Last Metro (1980)

The Shining (1980)

Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

The Elephant Man (1980)

The Big Red One (1980)

Loulou (1980)

Airplane! (1980)

Raging Bull (1980)

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

The Boat (1981)

Gallipoli (1981)

Chariots of Fire (1981)

Body Heat (1981)

Reds (1981)

An American Werewolf in London (1981)

Three Brothers (1981)

Man of Iron (1981)

Too Early, Too Late (1981)

Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1981)

E.T.: The Extra-Terestrial (1982)

The Thing (1982)

Poltergeist (1982)

Blade Runner (1982)

The Evil Dead (1982)

Tootsie (1982)

Yol (1982)

Diner (1982)

Fitzcaraldo (1982)

Gandhi (1982)

The Night of the Shooting Stars (1982)

A Question of Silence (1982)

Fanny and Alexander (1982)

A Christmas Story (1983)

El Norte (1983)

Videodrome (1983)

Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983)

The Big Chill (1983)

Sunless (1983)

The Last Battle (1983)

Money (1983)

Utu (1983)

Terms of Endearment (1983)

The Fourth Man (1983)

The King of Comedy (1983)

The Right Stuff (1983)

Koyaanisqatsi (1983)

Once Upon a Time in America (1983)

Scarface (1983)

The Ballad of Narayama (1983)

Amadeus (1984)

The Terminator (1984)

Paris, Texas (1984)

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

This Is Spinal Tap (1984)

Beverly Hills Cop (1984)

Ghostbusters (1984)

A Passage to India (1984)

Stranger Than Paradise (1984)

The Killing Fields (1984)

The Natural (1984)

The Breakfast Club (1985)

Ran (1985)

Come and See (1985)

The Official Story (1985)

Out of Africa (1985)

The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)

Back to the Future (1985)

The Time to Live and the Time to Die (1985)

Brazil (1985)

Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985)

The Quiet Earth (1985)

Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (1985)

Prizzi’s Honor (1985)

Vagabond (1985)

Shoah (1985)

The Color Purple (1985)

Manhunter (1986)

Stand By Me (1986)

Blue Velvet (1986)

Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)

She’s Gotta Have It (1986)

The Decline of the American Empire (1986)

The Fly (1986)

Aliens (1986)

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)

Down by Law (1986)

A Room with a View (1986)

Children of a Lesser God (1986)

Platoon (1986)

Caravaggio (1986)

Tampopo (1986)

Peking Opera Blues (1986)

Salvador (1986)

Top Gun (1986)

Sherman’s March (1986)

The Horse Thief (1986)

Brightness (1987)

Wings of Desire (1987)

Project A, Part II (1987)

Babette’s Feast (1987)

Raising Arizona (1987)

Full Metal Jacket (1987)

Withnail and I (1987)

Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)

Goodbye Children (1987)

Broadcast News (1987)

Housekeeping (1987)

The Princess Bride (1987)

Moonstruck (1987)

The Untouchables (1987)

Red Sorghum (1987)

The Dead (1987)

Fatal Attraction (1987)

A Chinese Ghost Story (1987)

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988)

The Vanishing (1988)

Bull Durham (1988)

Ariel (1988)

The Thin Blue Line (1988)

Akira (1988)

Cinema Paradiso (1988)

Hotel Terminus: The Life and Times of Klaus Barbie (1988)

A Fish Called Wanda (1988)

The Naked Gun (1988)

Big (1988)

Dangerous Liaisons (1988)

Grave of the Fireflies (1988)

Landscape in the Mist (1988)

The Decalogue (1988)

Die Hard (1988)

A Tale of the Wind (1988)

Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)

Rain Man (1988)

The Story of Women (1988)

The Accidental Tourist (1988)

Alice (1988)

Batman (1989)

When Harry Met Sally (1989)

Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)

The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover (1989)

Drugstore Cowboy (1989)

My Left Foot (1989)

The Killer (1989)

Do the Right Thing (1989)

Roger & Me (1989)

Glory (1989)

The Asthenic Syndrome (1989)

Sex, Lies and Videotape (1989)

Say Anything (1989)

The Unbelievable Truth (1989)

A City of Sadness (1989)

No Fear, No Die (1990)

Reversal of Fortune (1990)

Goodfellas (1990)

Jacob’s Ladder (1990)

King of New York (1990)

Dances with Wolves (1990)

Europa Europa (1990)

Pretty Woman (1990)

Archangel (1990)

Trust (1990)

Close-Up (1990)

Edward Scissorhands (1990)

Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1990)

Total Recall (1990)

Once Upon a Time in China (1991)

Boyz ‘n the Hood (1991)

Raise the Red Lantern (1991)

Delicatessen (1991)

A Brighter Summer Day (1991)

Naked Lunch (1991)

The Beautiful Troublemaker (1991)

The Rapture (1991)

My Own Private Idaho (1991)

Thelma & Louise (1991)

Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

JFK (1991)

Slacker (1991)

Tongues Untied (1991)

Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse (1991)

The Double Life of Veronique (1991)

Strictly Ballroom (1992)

The Player (1992)

Reservoir Dogs (1992)

Romper Stomper (1992)

Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)

Unforgiven (1992)

Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)

Candy Man (1992)

A Tale of Winter (1992)

Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer (1992)

The Crying Game (1992)

Man Bites Dog (1992)

The Actress (1992)

Farewell My Concubine (1993)

Thirty Two Films about Glenn Gould (1993)

Groundhog Day (1993)

Short Cuts (1993)

Philadelphia (1993)

Jurassic Park (1993)

The Age of Innocence (1993)

The Puppetmaster (1993)

Schindler’s List (1993)

Three Colors: Blue (1993)

The Piano (1993)

The Blue Kite (1993)

The Wedding Banquet (1993)

Three Colors: Red (1994)

Hoop Dreams (1994)

Forrest Gump (1994)

Clerks (1994)

Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)

The Lion King (1994)

Satantango (1994)

Natural Born Killers (1994)

The Last Seduction (1994)

Pulp Fiction (1994)

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

The Wild Reeds (1994)

Chungking Express (1994)

Crumb (1994)

Heavenly Creatures (1994)

Through the Olive Trees (1994)

Riget (1994)

Dear Diary (1994)

Casino (1995)

Deseret (1995)

Babe (1995)

Toy Story (1995)

Strange Days (1995)

Braveheart (1995)

Safe (1995)

Clueless (1995)

Heat (1995)

Zero Kelvin (1995)

Seven (1995)

Smoke (1995)

The White Balloon (1995)

Cyclo (1995)

Underground (1995)

The Brave Heart Will Take the Bride (1995)

Dead Man (1995)

The Usual Suspects (1995)

The Pillow Book (1996)

Three Lives and Only One Death (1996)

Fargo (1996)

Independence Day (1996)

Secrets and Lies (1996)

Breaking the Waves (1996)

The English Patient (1996)

Gabbeh (1996)

Lone Star (1996)

Trainspotting (1996)

Scream (1996)

Deconstructing Harry (1997)

L.A. Confidential (1997)

Happy Together (1997)

Princess Mononoke (1997)

Fast, Cheap, and Out of Control (1997)

The Butcher Boy (1997)

The Ice Storm (1997)

Boogie Nights (1997)

Kundun (1997)

The Sweet Hereafter (1997)

Funny Games (1997)

Taste of Cherry (1997)

Open Your Eyes (1997)

Mother and Son (1997)

Titanic (1997)

Tetsuo (1998)

The Celebration (1998)

Saving Private Ryan (1998)

Buffalo 66 (1998)

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)

Run Lola Run (1998)

Rushmore (1998)

Pi (1998)

Happiness (1998)

The Thin Red Line (1998)

The Idiots (1998)

Sombre (1998)

Ring (1998)

There’s Something About Mary (1998)

Magnolia (1999)

Beau Travail (1999)

The Blair Witch Project (1999)

Taboo (1999)

Rosetta (1999)

All About My Mother (1999)

Three Kings (1999)

The Wind Will Carry Us (1999)

The Audition (1999)

Time Regained (1999)

Fight Club (1999)

Being John Malkovich (1999)

American Beauty (1999)

Attack the Gas Station! (1999)

Eyes Wide Shut (1999)

The Sixth Sense (1999)

The Matrix (1999)

Nine Queens (2000)

The Captive (2000)

In the Mood for Love (2000)

Ali Zaoua, Prince of the Streets (2000)

Gladiator (2000)

Kippur (2000)

A One and a Two (2000)

Requiem for a Dream (2000)

Amores Perros (2000)

Meet the Parents (2000)

Signs & Wonders (2000)

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

Traffic (2000)

The Gleaners and I (2000)

Memento (2000)

Dancer in the Dark (2000)

O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)

Amelie (2001)

What Time Is It There? (2001)

And Your Mother Too (2001)

Kandahar (2001)

Spirited Away (2001)

The Piano Teacher (2001)

The Son’s Room (2001)

No Man’s Land (2001)

Moulin Rouge (2001)

Monsoon Wedding (2001)

Fat Girl (2001)

Mulholland Dr. (2001)

The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

A.I.: Artificial Intelligence (2001)

Gangs of New York (2002)

The Pianist (2002)

Talk to Her (2002)

City of God (2002)

Russian Ark (2002)

Chicago (2002)

The Barbarian Invasions (2003)

Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)

Supplementary Editions

Drowning by Numbers (1988)

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)

Muriel’s Wedding (1994)

Shine (1996)

The Big Lebowski (1998)

Lantana (2001)

Adaptation (2002)

Far From Heaven (2002)

Hero (2002)

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)

Bus 174 (2002)

Uzak (2002)

Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002)

Irreversible (2002)

Oldboy (2003)

Good Bye Lenin! (2003)

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

The Best of Youth (2003)

Lost in Translation (2003)

Farenheit 9/11 (2004)

The Passion of the Christ (2004)

Collateral (2004)

The Aviator (2004)

Million Dollar Baby (2004)

Downfall (2004)

A Very Long Engagement (2004)

Sideways (2004)

Head-On (2004)

3-Iron (2004)

Hidden (2005)

Go, Live and Become (2005)

Paradise Now (2005)

Brokeback Mountain (2005)

Tsotsi (2005)

The Constant Gardner (2005)

Crash (2005)

Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

The Prestige (2006)

The Lives of Others (2006)

United 93 (2006)

Children of Men (2006)

Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)

The Last King of Scotland (2006)

Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006)

Babel (2006)

The Queen (2006)

Apocalypto (2006)

The Departed (2006)

Volver (2006)

Once (2006)

The Host (2006)

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)

La Vie En Rose (2007)

No Country for Old Men (2007)

Into the Wild (2007)

There Will Be Blood (2007)

Atonement (2007)

Surfwise (2007)

The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)

Paranormal Activity (2007)

Wall-E (2008)

The Good, the Bad and the Weird (2008)

The Dark Knight (2008)

The Wrestler (2008)

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)

Gomorra (2008)

The Class (2008)

Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

Anvil! The Story of Anvil! (2008)

Let the Right One In (2008)

The Hurt Locker (2008)

An Education (2009)

The Hangover (2009)

Precious (2009)

Avatar (2009)

Fish Tank (2009)

The White Ribbon (2009)

Inglourious Basterds (2009)

Dub Cee Reviews: Daybreakers (2009)

Posted in Uncategorized on March 22, 2011 by Dub Cee

 

In more and more modern day vampire stories, they tend to use the concept of a Vampire takeover of the Human world and some human…or half-human, fights to stop them. It makes for a fun story and usually works pretty well. “Daybreakers” takes this idea to the next phase where Vampire’s are in total control and humans are all but extinct. How does this work out? Keep reading!

Daybreakers stars a personal favorite of mine, Ethan Hawke as Edward Dalton. He is a scientist trying to find a alternative to human blood to sustain the Vampire population. See, the humans have been hunted down to where less than 5% of the population remains. The vampires, now starving, are regressing into true bat form and turning totally feral. Vampires are literally feeding on themselves which hastens the turn process.

Dalton, refuses to drink human blood and lives off the blood of various animals but even that is becoming increasingly rare and he is starting to show signs of regressing. His brother Frankie (Michael Dorman) is a vampire solider contracted to hunt down the last remaining humans so their blood can be harvested and distributed to the remaining vampire population. We find out that Edward never wanted to be a vampire and was turned by Frankie who did not want to see his brother killed by the incoming horde.

One night Hawke is in a car wreck and finds out the people in the other car are a small handful of humans. Hawke hides them in this car and points the police in the wrong direction allowing the humans led by Audrey Bennett (Claudia Karvan) to escape. A few nights later Bennett shows up in Dalton’s apartment saying she and the other humans have a cure but need his help to make it work. This is how we meet Lionel ‘Elvis’ Cormack (Willem Dafoe) who is a “cured” vampire. He has the bite marks but can walk in the daylight and has a heartbeat, which is supposed to be impossible if you are a vampire. He tells his story to Dalton who tries to recreate the circumstances surrounding Cormac’s cure.

For me the highlight performance was actually Sam Neill as Charles Bromley, who is the head of the main blood harvesting corporation and is Dalton’s employer. You can tell that Neill was really enjoying being the manipulative bastard.

And overall, that acting is very solid in the film. I like the fact they took a common idea of the Vampire take over and took it to the next level. I mean, vampires waking up and going to work and getting a cup of coffee on their way was just very cool to me. I left out quite a bit in terms of the story as I thought the actual cure was another unique idea and sets up for a interesting climatic scene. That said, I was a little disappointed with the last half hour of the movie. It was full of so many good and different concepts that to end it with a big shootout and flying limbs was a bit of a letdown. Don’t get me wrong, I love a nice big blowout to end a story but this movie deserved a little bit better in my honest opinion.

Overall, the pacing was great, the characters were interesting, the story was different, and the cure was great.

Final Grade: B

Dub Cee reviews: Underworld:Rise of the Lycans (2009)

Posted in Uncategorized on March 8, 2011 by Dub Cee

Director: Patrick Tatopoulos

Writer(s): Danny McBride, Dirk Blackman, Howard McCain (screenplay), Len Wiseman, Robert Orr, Danny McBride (story), Kevin Grevioux, Len Wiseman, Danny McBride (characters)

 

The biggest issue with prequels is that more often than not, we know how the story is going to end. The biggest reason we watch a movie or read a book is to find out how it ends. With a prequel, we already know. Thus the challenge for the film is to keep you interested and wanting to find out what happens or more importantly WHY it happens.

The other bloggers here could some up with the Top 5 worst prequels without even thinking about it. However, naming 5 good ones is damn near impossible. So, where does Underworld:Rise of the Lycans end up? Well, keep reading ya mook.

Rise of the Lycans showcases the events mentioned in the first Underworld film. When the leader of the Lycans, Luccian (Micheal Sheen) is a slave of the vampires and falls in love with Sonja (Rhona “I am not Kate” Mitra). Problem is that Sonja is the daughter of Viktor (Bill Nighy) who is the head of the Vampire coven. The couple are found out by Tannis (Steven Mackintosh) who uses his leverage over Sonja to try an secure her seat on the Council thus increasing his status significantly.

The vampires are having trouble protecting their human allies from the increasing Lycan prescene. These Lycans, are just like William. Totally feral and they never revert back to human form. When Sonja leads a small group of vampires to escort a human noble into the coven they are overwhelmed by the ferals but Luccian shows up and is able to help fight them off. He makes a mistake though and removes his collar, thus going into wolf form. As the alpha male, the rest of the pack retreats. Despite this being the only way to save Sonja, Viktor is enraged that Luccian broke the rules and removed the collar. This leads to Luccian being imprisoned with the other Lycans like him and he basically does a Spartacus on the Vampires and the Lycans fight their way out and into the woods.

Viktor eventually learns of his daughter’s betrayal and she is sentenced to die. Luccian tries to save her on his own as his Lycan army is not yet assembled. He fails and is forced to watch as Sonja burns in the sunlight.

I left out a couple of plot points in case you, dear reader, decide to go watch this movie. If you enjoyed the first two films of this franchise then I highly recommend it. George Lucas should have watched this movie so he could learn how a proper prequel is done. The look and the feel are right in line with the original. It made me smile to see Raze in his human form before Luccian bit him. Being able to recast all the actors for their roles was great. Rhona Mitra looks so much like Kate Beckinsale it really sells why Viktor held Selene so close to him.

The fight scene were great, using crossbows, swords, shield, etc. The story line is good and you get into the mind of Viktor and sort of understand exactly why he takes some of the actions he does later in the franchise.

Grade: B+

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