Chainsaw Cheerleader presents: It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)

Posted in Uncategorized on May 21, 2011 by chainsawcheerleader

Homosexual marriage, Mother Nature’s wraith, turmoil in the Holy Land, a black president…is it the Liberal agenda? No, it’s the end times! While Liberalism may seem like one of the signs of the Apocalypse, nothing says look busy Jesus is coming quite like giving some batshit crazy asshole national media attention. Harold Camping, the asshole in question, has predicted that on May 21, 2011 around 6 p.m. the rapture, as foretold within the Bible shall begin. Conveniently, he believes that only 2 percent of believers (a barely recognizable amount out of nearly 7 billion people on Earth) will be raptured right away, though the total destruction of the Earth will occur in October. While Camping is the type of Christian that gives other believers a bad name, he is 89 years old and as his end time it literally any day now, we shall take a look at films that have entered the theaters since his last rapture prediction (1994). Randomly selected, these films all fit into the categories that each of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse would enjoy with a bit of popcorn and the destruction of mankind.

White Horse (Pestilence)

Sickness, disease, plague…the scariest things are always that which we cannot see. How can you save yourself or your loved ones from something that is nearly invisible? How can you defeat what is beyond your knowledge or understanding? The answer is simple: you need a film that solves the problem within its last ten minutes by blowing your mind so you do not once question the legality of its method. Hollywood loves to pull the strings of our paranoia. Whether it is aliens, terrorists, or something else we lack control over, these are individual fears. It is only universal fears that are end of the world worthy.

12 Monkeys (1995)

12 Monkeys not only displayed the fact that Brad Pitt can play crazy pretty well but it also show cased the idea that the disease of the mind can be scarier than a disease that wipes out the majority of the human population on Earth. Bruce Willis’s character was not only trying to find more information on the events that led up to the near extinction of humankind, he was a man that showed clear signs of paranoia and psychosis. Sure, certain events throughout the film validated his paranoia but it was the treatment he received in the future that helped prove that the loss of one’s mental facilities can be more frightening then the loss of their life.

Other Examples:

28 Days Later (2002)

Children of Men (2006)

Three Random Movie Plagues:

The sequel and prequel

The milking of popular genres

The awful actor that is somehow still working (example: Keanu Reeves, Megan Fox)

Red Horse (War)

Edwin Starr once asked, ” War, huh, yeah, what is it good for?” The answer is simple: the underlying theme of some of the greatest movies ever made. While brave men and women give their lives so we can secretly watch the Ben Affleck film, “Pearl Harbor” for the third time while pretending to scoff at how horrible the film was, Hollywood plunders their souls and experiences to cash in. The war film makes its  horrors safe for the viewing public while giving them a false belief that they understand that horror because they watched it in a theater. For many, the war film is the closest they will ever get to actual combat and that is clearly close enough.

Jarhead (2005)

Jarhead may not be the next Full Metal Jacket or Apocalypse Now or a lot of other things but it’s entertaining and sets a great example of the perception of war in Hollywood. The film industry  has had a shady record of glorifying or sexualizing war. Nothing demonstrates this better then when Jake Gyllenhaal celebrates Christmas in nothing more than a Santa hat during operation Desert Storm. Obviously sexualized behavior happens on any Army base regardless of location but one must ask themselves besides that scene what else does one remember from that movie? Gyllenhaal proves…the rapture should be sexy.

Other Examples:

Adam Resurrected (2008)

The Pianist (2002)

Three Random War on Films:

The dismissal of an actor due to age and not talent

Censorship of taboo subjects (example: sexuality, history)

The pussifacation of young male stars

Black Horse (Famine)

America is one of the most well-feed and over-weight countries in the world. Like our muffin tops, we wear this fact well as a symbol of wealth and the prosperity of our country. This writer will be the first to admit that if I could eat pizza for the rest of my life and never see another vegetable again, I think I would understand the true meaning of Nirvana as spoken about by the Buddha. But like most others from privileged countries, I’m allergic to a food that someone from a third-world country has most likely never tasted. While my body rejects what I believe should be healthier then broccoli, Hollywood has done the same with certain movie concepts. Force feeding the viewer watered down ideas of love, sex, and relationships, Hollywood laughs as we gobble it up. Sure, we could say no. We could put down that last slice and walk away but damn it, just like that carb-infested slice of grease we cannot get enough of entertainment. It is only when a film tells the truth and presents the subject in its untouched form should we say fuck it and pray later on that we do not double over in pain.

Just call me Pizza the Hutt.

American History X (1998)

Hollywood is a great manipulator. They give us small brief glimpses of uncensored reality only to quickly devour it in front of us. They starve us of storylines that tell the truth and deny us of films that do not have polished endings. The truth that lies within American History X indulges in the idea that sometimes regardless of how hard you try to turn your life around you may still be fucked. There is no happy ending. The main character does not solve all his problems within the last ten minutes of the film, he does not get back together with his Nazi girlfriend, and the one person he tried to save is beyond his reach. American History X also tells the truth about family and how  one person’s abnormal is another’s normal. Every family, regardless of them being Nazis or not, is insane. For those who may disagree, just remember your mom does things when your away that neither of us want to know about.

Other Examples:

Requiem for a Dream (2000)

Boys Don’t Cry (1999)

Three Random Movies Themes We Need More of:

Strong female roles where the woman is neither a bitch nor relies on a man

Main characters without love interests

Films that do not try to connect with the younger generation by mentioning social media networks or modern gadgets.

Pale Horse (Death)

Death is the one final concept that all living creatures share. While I cannot share my irrational hatred of Sarah Jessica Parker with for example, a seahorse, I can share our inevitable end. The rapture may use this fact against us but it is Hollywood that either embraces the fact or tries to scare the shit out of us with it. Depending on the film, a certain characters death can be gut-wrenching, note-worthy, or hilarious. It is often the death scene of a film that is remembered far more than other key events that take place during an interesting film. Not only does death make life powerful but film as well.

Milk (2008)

In 1978, politician Dan White shot Mayor George Moscone dead and then killed our nation’s first openly gay man to be voted into office, San Francisco City Supervisor Harvey Milk. After the two murders, White proclaimed that his reasoning behind the shootings was that he had eaten to many Twinkies and was thus given a five year sentence by the courts. While incompetence on behalf of the courts may seem like reason enough for Armageddon, the fact remains that if you truly wish for your film to win an Academy Award an important character in the movie must die. Death may bring about the most primitive of feelings but it also almost guarantees admiration. Milk is an excellent film and is a reminder that Sean Penn is indeed a wonderful actor, it also raises the question had Harvey Milk not died, would this fight for equal rights be given its rightful praise?

Other Examples:

The Lion King (1994)

Fargo (1996)

Three Random Death Scenes that Should be in Film:

Electrocution via the penis

Breasts implant explosion

Someone gets hit by car only to bounce off of it to hit another car (chain reaction)

Fuck the rapture. I still have to many movies to watch before the end of the world.

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Sabbath Reviews: Scream 4 (2011)

Posted in Uncategorized on May 20, 2011 by Sabbath


Directed by: Wes Craven
Written by: Kevin Williamson

In 1996, Wes Craven directed Scream and attempted to breakdown the horror film genre while delivering the scares. Most importantly, he took on the slasher genre which at the time was dead. The greatest killers of the slasher genres all started in the late 1970s and the 1980s. Jason, Freddy, Michael … they were all part of franchises that were being driven into the ground by the time the 90s rolled around and new new challengers stepped up to the plate until Ghostface.

I wasn’t an intense fan of the Scream series when they came about in the ’90s, but I enjoyed them. I enjoyed them enough that even though it ended on a sour note with Scream 3 — which was at best all right, and at worst pretty shitty by the series standards — when a 4th installment was announced I’d knew I’d be in the theaters to see it. I’m a sucker. You deliver me a sequel a decade later, and I’m going to be curious to see what you can do with it. In some cases, it worked. I find Rocky Balboa to be one of the best installments in the series. On the end hand, I found the last Rambo to be pretty fucking mindless. Would Scream 4 stack up? Who could be the killer this time around?

So, I watched Scream 4 knowing it could either be a pleasant surprise or a complete dud.

IMDb gives Scream 4 a 7.1, just shy of Scream’s 7.2 and way ahead of Scream 2’s 5.9 or Scream 3’s 5.3

Has the world gone fucking mad?

It’s been a decade since we’ve last seen these characters. At one time we knew them, at one time we gave a shit about them, but at some point they forgot they need to make us care about them again. Again. Because it HAS been ten years. I’m getting ahead of myself though.

Scream 4 opens up on the traditional scene. Phone call. Killer in the house. But wait! Fakeout! It was a movie. Two girls sitting on a couch, talking about the movie. One bitches about how predictable it is … she gets stabbed! Fakeout again! That was a movie within a movie, and now we’re in the real movie and … this pretty much sets the stage for what Scream 4 is going to be about. Meta. Meta on top of meta on top of meta. Where the original trilogy tried to disassemble the slasher movie cliches, this one’s bread-and-butter is metareferencing and basically going all the way back to the beginning … which, yes, is what the third one was about, but this is going back to the beginning in a different way.

This is remaking the movie.

And failing at every corner. So, of course we get to meet up with the characters again. Dewey is the Sheriff and he’s … dopey. He’s his character from the Scary Movie franchise. A joke, completely incompetent, and not helpful at all to the plot. Gale is retired but still a bitch, which is nice to see, and yes, they’re married. Honestly, Gale is probably the only one of the original series to get any kind of soul in her character and the only one I gave two shits about the whole movie. What about Sid? Wooden as the posts they crucified your savior with. Zero character development, zero heart in the acting … I couldn’t care less about her throughout the entire movie and this was a character we’ve had THREE movies to grow attached to.

The new characters include Sid’s … niece? Cousin? I think cousin, but I’m not going to bother looking it up because that would mean researching this movie and it doesn’t deserve it. She’s the Sid of this movie. Her friends start dying one by one, etc. etc. Hayden Panettiere plays Kirby, the only friend you’ll care about in this movie and I’ve got to say Hayden was impressive in this movie. Not usually a big fan and I found her sometimes annoying on Heroes, but I give her props here.

We’ve also got two nerds to replace the superior nerd Randy who was killed off already in the franchise and —

Did I mention most of this movie takes place in about two locations? They’re under house arrest most of the movie, so we get to see the interior of Sid’s cousin’s house most of the movie. Truly … boring. Also, while under house arrest, they’re watched by a total of two cops who have failed to protect them and their friends ONCE while under house arrest, yet security is never amped up. Fucking convenient.

You want to know who the killer is? No, you don’t — and not because it’s a spoiler, but because the logic and spin they put on it is the dumbest fucking reveal I’ve ever seen in any kind of horror or suspense movie. They must have written the script without a killer in mind and at the end tried to concoct something, because that’s how it seemed. I was floored by how uninspired the killer’s motives were. It was like I was being mocked. “You really think we had anything left in our tank? Are you retarded?”.

I was literally blown away by how pathetic the ending was, by how boring the entire story was leading up to it, and by how much they shit on the souls of the characters they spent three movies developing. Poor Dewey … poor, pitiful Dewey. He was always a dork, but now he’s just a caricature. Sid? She picked up a few martial arts moves from a self-defense class, but came across as a complete mouth breathing, soulless jackass up until the climax.

And as I walked out of the theater and I turned to the two people I was with and asked them what they thought … they both told me they loved it.

I’m starting to believe it. Wes Craven is just a hack who managed to hit a couple of balls out of the park with some random swings. If you actually consider this a good installment, a good movie, or deserving of it’s 7.1 on IMDb, I don’t even know what to say to you. I would rather watch Scream 3 100x consecutively than take in this piece of garbage ever again.

Sidney said it best in Scream 4. “You forgot the first rule of remakes: don’t fuck with the original.”

I had more I wanted to say, I think. I don’t know. I got so mad thinking about the movie all over again that a fuse blew. Call me in 10 years when you’ll make Scream 5 so I can be a little bitch ass and put myself back in the seats because like all horror fans, I never learn. I’m like the little boy who put his hand on a hot stove, then sat on it. Don’t. Fucking. Learn.

— Sabbath

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)

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Time Regained (1999)

Fight Club (1999)

Being John Malkovich (1999)

American Beauty (1999)

Attack the Gas Station! (1999)

Eyes Wide Shut (1999)

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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)

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The Hangover (2009)

Precious (2009)

Avatar (2009)

Fish Tank (2009)

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Inglourious Basterds (2009)

Chainsaw Cheerleader Reviews: Paul (2011)

Posted in Uncategorized on March 26, 2011 by chainsawcheerleader

Directed by: Greg Mottola

Written by: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost

Cast: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Jason Bateman, Bill Hader, Joe Lo Truglio, Jane Lynch, Sigourney Weaver, Blythe Danner, John Carroll Lynch, David Koechner, Jess Plemons, Jeffrey Tambor, Luke Jackson, Paula LaBaredas, Justin Reed, Steven Spielberg, Ryan Ottley, Cory Walker

Genre: sci-fi, comedy, adventure

 

Graeme Willy: What’s the matter, Clive?
Clive Gollings: There is an alien in the kitchen making bagels and coffee.
Graeme Willy: Did you want tea?
Clive Gollings: No, I don’t want tea!
Graeme Willy: Right, because tea is weird in America.

 

The fanboy, is a deeply devoted and often bias being that has dedicated him or herself  to an interest. Whether it be science or science fiction, there are few audiences that are more difficult to please then the fanboy. It is only when the fanboy writes his/her own script and is able to produce a film that all fanboys may come together and share a laugh that is solely understood by them. The film Paul (2011) is a movie made by fanboys, about fanboys, and for fanboys. Often drawing from classic films such as Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Indian Jones, and Star Wars, Paul is seen as a love letter to Steven Spielberg. This feel good buddy movie plays for laughs but underneath the comedy runs a jab at homophobia and extreme Christianity in America.

Paul follows Graeme (Simon Pegg) and Clive (Nick Frost), two sci-fi nerds, as they travel about America on a pilgrimage to Comic-Con and the most infamous UFO hot spots. Traveling by RV, the two set out on their road trip believing they are following their dream of visiting all locations of extraterrestrial importance.  After crossing paths with two rednecks, Graeme and Clive flee only to cross paths with Paul (voiced by Seth Rogen), an alien on the run from federal agents.  In desperate need of their help, Paul convinces Graeme and Clive to help him escape. Fumbling their way through America, the trio are aided by Ruth Buggs (Kristen Wiig), a Creationist Christian that they have accidentally kidnapped.

Simon Pegg and Nick Frost take the proven movie formula of the road trip and restructure the genre to fit to their science fiction tastes. While most road trip films rely on the same routine to produce laughs, Paul takes its time in developing its characters and why the audience should not only find them funny but also likeable.  Paul does rely on fart joke type humor but Pegg and Frost have personalized the comedy by inserting their own brand of wit. This act helps keep the film within the fanboy realm without straying from its key audience.  Pegg and Frost have created a film that is fast paced, moving quickly from scene to scene. Not only do they proved laughs but a dramatic and emotional edge to their well-written script. After providing a poignant scene that is needed to draw the audience in, the heaviness of the moment is quickly shifted by a perfectly timed curse word or comedic gag. It is only at  the climax of the film does the movie become suddenly dark. It is during this time that the tone of the film shifts and no longer drives for laughs. While the scene is heavy for a comedy it is appropriate. There are very few ways to end a movie about an alien that fit not only within the scope of the fanboy realm but also within the sci-fi genre itself. Pegg and Frost are able to make scenes such as this and those with humor work because it is obvious that they are truly enjoying themselves. The duo come across as believing in the plot and what they are creating. The chemistry between the two only strengthens the believability of their roles as best friends.  Aside from their comedic and acting ability, Pegg and Frost offer a film that is unpredictable and leaves the audience surprised when key aspects of the storyline are finally revealed.

Seth Rogan once again plays the fat stoner slacker as Paul. The stoner, ultimately his trade mark, Rogan is the perfect choice to voice the CGI created alien. It is important to remember that Paul has been stranded in American for the last fifty years and Rogan’s voice completely portrays an Americanized stereotype, overweight and all consuming. While comedy is the one genre that is well suited for Rogan, it has type casted him in a single role. Often and mostly playing the stoner, Rogan leaves his audience to wonder if there is more to the actor than being high. It is important that Rogan finds the opportunity to expand upon his roles or his career will be short lived. It is no longer funny and rather sad when the stoner ages out of his target audience and continues to play that role as a middle aged adult.

A highlight of Paul is the limited use of CGI. The only noticeable use of CGI is Paul but that is clearly obvious due to the fact that currently there are no pot smoking aliens walking about in the public, at least that we know of. It is a pleasure to see how well Paul was created and it is his appearance that demonstrates the time and dedication put into this film. From the texture of his skin to his third eyelid, Paul is an excellent example of the talent of his creators.

There is more to the alien, Paul then just the creation of him. Paul is a jokester with a crude sense of humor. He is more E.T. than Predator and bonds with his human companions by chatting about the mysteries of the universe. While utterly aware of the reaction his appearance brings to humans, Paul appears worn out from the whole idea that he is a space man and how people react to it. At the heart of his character, Paul simply craves conversation and the experience that good friends bring about. The emotional and very human side of Paul is not used for laughs but respected. Of all the characters within the film, Paul is the only one that fits better within society then that of his human companions. While Graeme and Clive have a difficult time interacting with society outside of Comic-Con and the science fiction genre and Ruth sees the world as defined by her religion, Paul sees the world beyond his comforts and in its entirety. In the end, it is a nonhuman that shows Graeme, Clive, and Ruth how to live outside of their comfort zone and in society.

Paul plays respectfully to the fanboy with in-jokes. The idea of the inside joke is based on humor that only a select social group understands or can identify within their community.  An inside joke uses humor to bring together a community at the expense of outsiders.  The power of the inside joke is that only a select few will have knowledge that others do not. The issue with this is that it further separates those who laugh at it. This is an issue due to the fact that the fanboy is already social separate from the rest of society. To be the only one or one of a very few to laugh aloud within a movie theater is a lonely feeling knowing that no one else knows or understands why you find something funny. Paul thrives on the in-joke. Ranging from the obvious to the obscure, the jokes are written so well that those who do not understand it will not feel like they are missing in on a laugh. A few examples of the in-jokes that Paul provides are the use of the Wilhelm Scream during a random moment that accompanied no action, upon entering a bar a western band is playing cantina music from Star Wars, Graeme and Clive reenact the fight between Gorn and Caption Kirk from Star Trek, and the warehouse scene from Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark.  Other in-jokes center around the comic book The Boys, Karate Kid, and Star Trek: Generations.

There is a deeper and darker side to Paul. While focusing on laughs, Paul questions two issues that seem very American. This satirical look at America points toward gods, guns, and the idea that anyone who is different must be gay. While not bashing religion, Wigg’s character Ruth, is a Creationist Christian and only begins to question her beliefs once she meets Paul. Ruth initially does not think that Paul is real due to the fact that she believes that God created the Earth and man in his image. After Paul gives Ruth the knowledge of the universe does she question everything that has been told to her. While trying to find the answers to her know many questions, Ruth states that since there is no God that she can be sexual promiscuous because there is no sin. After spontaneously kissing and then groping Graeme’s privates, Graeme stops her and explains to her the idea of dignity without God. Aside from the concept of knowledge verses God, Paul takes on America’s idea and behavior toward homosexuality. Several scenes occur where Graeme and Clive’s sexuality is questioned. With every wink, wink, nudge, nudge that questioning parties give Graeme and Clive, they are met with the truth that the two are often oblivious to the fact that in America their close friendship is seen as gay. One example of this is when Paul goes on to make physical gay sex references and Clive does not understand his actions. A second example occurs after Graeme and Clive believe they are being chased by red necks who think they are gay. As they speed away Clive blurts out that what is happening is like the defining moment in the movie Deliverance and states that the red necks are going to rape them and then break their arms. Graeme replies to this by saying that he doesn’t want his arms broken. By not saying that he does not want to engage in gay sex, Graeme is implying that there is nothing wrong with two men making love. Pegg and Frost joke about homophobia in America with a respectful tone. While those within the film who instigate the question of the friends being gay are written to demonstrate that these are not nice people. Like jokes about blondes or the overweight, gay jokes are easy jabs at a group of people. The gay joke is an uncreative fall back when the writer cannot think of something funnier to write. This, thankfully, does not seem to be the case for Pegg and Frost. While handling the sensitive issue, Pegg and Frost are poking fun at those who are homophobic and not those who are gay. With such a focus on extreme Christianity and homophobia this leads one to question if this is how the rest of the world views America. Pegg and Frost are English and see America from a different point of view then that of an American. Paul is an opportunity to see America through the eyes of the world. It is a frightening view if hate takes center stage.

Paul is a valentine to fellow fanboys. While its humor is universal and appeals to a mass audience, its true purpose is to bask in all things sci-fi. Those who do not understand the in-jokes will enjoy Paul but those who recognize the many references in almost every spoken line and inch of scenery, will find a deeper joy that Paul brings. Ultimately sentimental and at times simply sweet, Paul embraces its unadulterated affection for its love of geekdom.

Paul receives an 8 out of 10

Tigris Rose’s Indiana Jones Movie Marathon Part IV: Kingdom of the Crystal Skulls

Posted in Uncategorized on March 24, 2011 by tigrisrose

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skulls (2008)
Director: Steven Spielburg
Stars: Harrison Ford, Cate Blanchett, Karen Allen, Shia LaBeouf

It’s time we finished the Indiana Jones movie marathon, and unfortunately the series does not end on a high note. For the most dedicated of Jones fans you may be a little disappointed. For the most part until the last 20 minutes or so the movie isn’t too bad. But it isn’t as good or as strong as the previous three movies.

I think the first thing I should say is that it was a weak attempted to make this movie, and for Lucas to believe and choose to do a fourth Indy installment because he didn’t think that he’d have time to finish the last trilogy of Star Wars. Though I think they tried to change it up a little I think they made the movie for the wrong reasons.

The casting was off in this movie than what it was in the last three. Two they got right was Harrison Ford and Karen Allen reprising their roles as Indy and Marion. (We last saw Marion in the “Raiders” movie, a former flame of Indy’s for those not paying attention.) The rest of the cast is a little shaky. Of course this movie is over a decade from the story line from “Crusade.” So both Henry Jones Sr. and Marcus have both passed away, you’ll see tidbits in the movie confirming those rumors if you pay attention. On the good guy side you have John Hurt (best known in this generation as Dr. Broom from Hellboy, Mr. Ollivander from Harry Potter, or Sutler from V for Vedetta) playing Professor Oxley or Ox as Indy and Mutt calls him, until the end of the movie Ox is a deranged loony bird trying to help Indy and fix what has been done with the skulls. And you have Shia LaBeouf playing Mutt Williams, Marion’s son who you guest it is just old enough to be Indy’s son from the first movie. I think that LaBeouf is an overrated actor, who in my opinion didn’t fit the role to be a Jones. He didn’t have the drive like the first two Jones’ boys.

Now on to the bad guys. Of course this movie timeline is loosed basely during the Cold War era, so of course we trade the fallen Nazis for Russian agents. Led by Irina Spalko, a KGB operative with psychic powers played by Cate Blanchett who rocks a terrible look, and has an awful accent. Probably one of the worse Jones girl out of the whole franchise. So we are already to a bad start with mediocre at best villains.

The movie starts off well as Indy is taken to Area 51, which is ironic because that is were the first movie ends with the Ark. Indy and his friend Mac were taken to find a skull they found 10 years prior, and the KGB force Indy to locate it so they can take it. Keep in mind this is during the McCarthy era so there will be repercussions for helping the Russians. Basically he gets kicked out of teaching. This also brings Indy pun #1, as the car stops at Area 51 Indy’s hat falls out of the car, but they pull him out of the truck and he picks up his hat in the shadows. I hate how he escapes from the KGB and ends up in a fall out base. It was terrible.

Now Mutt, Indy and Marion’s kid played by Shia LaBeouf is a greaser. And for those who don’t know what that is, watch the musical Grease…Please! Mutt on top of being a greaser is formerly uneducated, as he never finished school. At first Indy thought that endearing because Mutt was living his life, and then he found out it was his kid and changed his mind. Now Indy and Mutt after their first meeting get chased by the KGB through campus decapitating Marcus’ statue in the quad. Mutt thinks its funny, and of course Indy doesn’t.

Now throughout most of the movie its pretty good as far as the hunt for Marion, Ox, and the skull is concerned. There isn’t too much freaky supernatural mojo till a little later on in the movie when they catch up with the KGB that has Marion. So the boys first stop is in Peru, and they are looking for clues that will lead them to Ox and the skull. Mutt and Indy come to a cemetery were they run into these cheesy Mayan ninja warriors with skull masks. It freaks Mutt out, but Indy was cool and old schools Mutt as they make it through traps and secret passages in underground passage to a crystal skull.

Of course when they come out Mac and the KGB was waiting for them and took them to the KGB camp were Marion and Ox were. Were they hint were the skulls came from. ((Hint Area 51)) Of course like every movie Indy cares more about the hunt than the enemy. So he ends up helping the KGB on top of finding the pieces of the puzzle. Indy pun #2 comes in during their first attempt to escape, which is also were Marion drops the bomb on Indy telling him that Mutt is his son, Henry Jones the III. Jones yells at her why didn’t you make him finish school. But the pun is Indy and Marion fall into a sand trap and to get Indy Mutt throws a snake at him.

So starts the daddy issues, which is a reoccurring thing with the Jones boys. As they start the big fight scene, which is a little disappointing. Like every Jones movie its one man against 20 bad guys. But they are racing through the jungle to the temple. Which is the bad CGI, to start off with they are driving cars and U boats through the jungle. Second the sword fight between Mutt and Spalko was terrible. Marion almost gets taken out by a machine gun. Mutt goes swinging through the trees like George of the Jungle. And after getting away from some fire ants the good guy crew in a u-boat takes a swan dive from the cliffs and down some waterfalls to the temple. ((Now Indy does loose his hat for a second time, but retrieves it from an ant hill.))

Now as we finish out our movie, we find out the origin and resolve of crystal skulls. Not to give away all the spoilers, but Ox goes back to normal, Spalko gets hers, the aliens go home, plus Indy and Marion get a happier ever after.

One of the problems I have with this movie is that it looks fake. The appeal of the other three movies made the scenery look real or was real. This movie looks as though it was either in a sound stage or CGI. Which I am not a fan of. So this movie isn’t as visually appealing as the last three. The temple was terrible, the obstacles trivial, and the lack of a great villain was disappointing.

Second thing the fight scenes were so bad. And Harrison Ford is getting a little too old for Jones’ stunts. He does make some comical blunders during stunts but a little out of shape for this movie.

I was so happy that the hat didn’t get passed down to Mutt at the end of the movie. It would have so killed the movie for me entirely if Mutt inherited the hat to become Indiana Jones. I have to give this movie a C. I didn’t hate it, and I can watch it every now and again. But I can’t watch it over and over like I can the other three. It is entirely the weakest of the franchise, even more so than the Young Indiana Jones Chronicles (TV Series from the early 90‘s.) It is a decent action/supernatural film, but a bad Indiana Jones film.

Sorry we have to end our Indiana Jones movie marathon on such a sour note. But stay tuned movie geeks and we will see what I come up with next.

Tigris Rose’s Review of The Prince of Persia: Sands of Time (2010)

Posted in Uncategorized on March 24, 2011 by tigrisrose

Prince of Persia: Sands of Time (2010)
Director: Mike Newell
Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Gemma Arterton, and Ben Kingsley.

I was very skeptical about watching this movie in the first place. I love the “Prince of Persia” video games, when I heard that they were making a movie around I was ok could be fun. I heard Disney was going to do it, so I thought hey they have the budget for a great movie. Jake Gyllenhaal will play the prince, oh you got to be kidding me.

But I happened to be bored today, so I watched it. I am not sure about all of the casting choices. Jake Gyllenhaal, buffed up and got medieval sexy for the this movie. Which didn’t make it so bad. He isn’t what I would considered the best choice, but he wasn’t bad. Gemma Arterton who plays Princess Tamina did a good job portraying the character she was witty, and sarcastic just like in the game. The problems I see with Gemma Arterton, she’s only been acting on the big time for about 4 years, but her acting and her accent, even her looks reminds me of Rachel Weisz especially in this movie.

But Ben Kingsley is without a doubt the perfect actor to play the brother of the king, and the bad guy. Who doesn’t love Ben Kingsley as the bad guy. Probably a great gifted actor but with a very minor role was Alfred Molina who plays Sheik Amar, a rough cut, anti-capitalist entrepreneur who comes in a twist role trying to bring Dastan back to the royal family for trial of the king’s death. But eventually helps Dastan in the final battle.

Even though Newell directed the movie it is technically a Jerry Bruckheimer film as he was the producer. For those of you who have seen the movie, that little bit of trivia shouldn’t shock anyone. Because as you watch it you see pieces were Bruckheimer put his hands in the cookie jar. Of course Bruckheimer is well known for the countless TV series, plus a handful of movies like the National Treasure movies with Nick Cage, Black Hawk Down, Pearl Harbor, and of course who can forget the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.

For any video game geek such as myself, the “Prince of Persia” franchise spans 20 years and counting releasing its first game in 1989 as a computer game. Seriously who didn’t play this game on a PC as a kid. Of course over the years the franchise expanded into other gaming systems including Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo. The Sands of Time series which I think is the most popular since the original game from 89’ is what this movie is based off of… very loosely!

I will say flat out if you are a fan of the video games and watch this movie you will be ranting like I did. As I said it is very very loosely based, and if you are a fan, you’ll be storylined disappointed. However despite the lack of accuracy of the game storyline, it is a good movie. Its got great action scenes, some hilarity in the slow down, and some fairly decent acting.

I think they did the best they could to making it an interesting movie, being able to connect some dots throughout the movie, but the storyline and relationships between the characters were not close to the video game. For example the “Prince” technically didn’t have a name, now his name is Dastan in the movie, and he was adopted by the king despite have two sons of his own anyway. The king has a brother played by Ben Kingsley, and the two of them rule all of Persia strong as the sword because they rule together as a family. So instead of a Vizier (adviser) like in the video games there is a brother who betrays the family.

Basically the best way I know how to describe the story line without giving spoilers is this. The video game of the Sands of Time is like a R rated version of Disney’s Aladdin. Evil advisors trying to destroy and take over the world and gets stopped by a street rat. Similar story lines. The Movie the Sands of Time is like Shakespeare’s Hamlet without the confusing language barrier. Brother kills brother, tries to take the throne but there are three sons in his way, so he has to go back in time to his childhood to allow an event kill his brother so his nephews are never born.

Even though I love the video game and I‘ve played nearly every expansion of the franchise, I have to put to put my gamer bias to the side and make a rational decision of how good the movie really is.

I can in good conscious give this movie a solid B. Pros: Disney, Bruckheimer, and Newell made a great action movie with some kick ass stunts and special effects. Gave us a movie were Jake Gyllenhaal didn’t look or act like a pussy. And Ben Kingsley, that is self-explanatory.

Cons: Gave us the traditional Disney “happy ending.” Guy gets the girls, becomes a hero and lives happily ever after. *COUGH “BS” COUGH* Some of the side stories such as that with Molina’s Character was a little weak. Plus there was a few cheesy scenes between the brothers.

On a side note, so totally was not accurate to the games…I am a big stickler for accuracy that is why I love the Lord of the Rings movies better than Harry Potters. Plus I was waiting for some kind of sign, wanted or not, that there could be a sequel in the back of someone’s mind. Because that would have made up for everything they left out of the movie. Some kind of shadow or some kind of dream waking up thingy that points that the story isn’t over in an Easter egg after the credits or something! Just like in the video game, because those of us who know the series knows what’s coming next, because using the sands is a big no-no. So there should have been something, that everyone could see that there was something coming, it would have added to the suspense of the possibility that maybe, just maybe they didn’t screw up the series too badly. (story line wise of course.)

I will get off my soap box for now, like I said overall good action film worth seeing if you can put your gamer knowledge of how the story actually goes to the side. Stay tuned I will be back with my last review  for the Indiana Jones Movie Marathon.

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