Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Halloween Horror Franchise – Land of the Dead (2005)

landDirector: George A Romero

Writer: George A Romero (Screenplay)

Starring: Simon Baker, John Leguizamo, Dennis Hopper, Asia Argento, Robert Joy, Eugene Clark, Joanne Boland, Tony Nappo, Jennifer Baxter

 

Plot: The living dead have taken over the world, and the last humans live in a walled city to protect themselves as they come to grips with the situation.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Good Addition to Franchise

 

Story: Land of the Dead starts us to a world where the zombies now control as we meet Riley (Baker), Charlie (Joy) and Cholo (Leguizamo) who go out at night to find supplies for the rich in the safely guarded city. On their nights out collecting supplies the humans uses Sky Flowers (fireworks) to distract zombies but one Big Daddy (Clark) has stopped being distracted and has started to lead the zombies in a new life with fragments of their previous one.

Riley has kept his nose to the ground to get his freedom from the runs while Cholo is always looking for a way to buy his freedom which means putting others at risk. The man they are both looking to for attention is Kaufman (Hopper) leader of the rich in the highest tower in the island.

When Cholo go goes rogue the city is torn apart by the smarter zombies who don’t get distracted that easily and it is Riley’s chance to be free of the city after making a deal with Kaufman to bring back Cholo and the weapons he has taken.

Land of the Dead is yet another great addition to the series, while it isn’t going to break any boundaries like the original trilogy did but solid action related zombie film. While it does follow the same formula, group of survivors are safe but soon their safe heaven is overrun by zombies leaving few alive we get to see it in a different light when it comes to number involved. The special effects have become a lot more realistic which I find takes away from the horror because the original was terrifying to see. The idea the zombies have continued to evolve is a huge plus because this seems to be the only franchise that accepts the idea that this could happen. On the negative we see the first film without the strong leading lady which has to be consider a step back for a franchise which has always had very strong leading characters both male and female.

 

Overall: Fun action horror film that is easy to watch

Rating70

 

 

Opinion Battles Year 4 – Monthly

Opinion Battles Year 4 – Monthly

Hello readers,

Over the past few years we have been running Opinion Battles, a chance for bloggers to come together to give their opinions on their favourites on a range of subjects, now we are returning for the fourth year and you are all invited to join in, contact me at moviereviews101@yahoo.co.uk for more details, you will be able to find the basic rules below and the rounds we will be covering.

For the fourth year we are going to be cutting the game back to just monthly for now. The new subjects will be published on the dates below and be the first Saturday of the month. The closing date will be the Friday before, but I will accept late entries over the weekend only. We will continue to have the polls open for a month with the results being announced on the Friday before the new round too.

Round 1 – Saturday 6th January – Favourite Oscar Winning Actress in Lead or Supporting Role

Round 2 – Saturday 3rd February – Most Anticipated Movie of 2018

Round 3 – Saturday 3rd March – Favourite Steven Spielberg Movie (Ready Player One).

Round 4 – Saturday 7th April – Least Favourite Oscar Winning Actress in Lead or Supporting Role

Round 5 – Saturday 5th May – Worst MCU Movie (Infinity War)

Round 6 – Saturday 2nd June – Biggest Acting Oscar Snub (S.G. Liput Winners Choice)

Round 7 – Saturday 7th July – Favourite 90s Animated Movie (Kim’s Winners Choice)

Round 8 – Saturday 4th August – Favourite Movie from 2017

Round 9 – Saturday 1st September – Favourite Martin Scorsese movie.

Round 10 – Saturday 6th October – Worst Horror Franchise (5 Minimum Films)

Round 11 – Saturday 3rd November – Favourite Performance in Harry Potter Franchise

Round 12 – Saturday 1st December – Worst Animated Sequel

Julia Roberts Weekend – Pretty Woman (1990)

Director: Garry Marshall

Writer: J.F. Lawton (Screenplay)

Starring: Richard Gere, Julia Roberts, Ralph Bellamy, Jason Alexander, Laura San Giacomo, Hector Elizondo

 

Plot: A man in a legal but hurtful business needs an escort for some social events, and hires a beautiful prostitute he meets… only to fall in love.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Romantic Classic

 

Story: Pretty Woman starts as we see the worlds both businessman Edward (Gere) and prostitute Vivian (Robert) comes from before they meet when as Edward is looking for company. As the time spent together continues Edward wants to keep Vivian around, so much that she would be his date for a business meeting.

While Edward works, he leaves Vivian to shop in the high end of Beverly Hills where she gets treated differently to start with but open with arms wide open once they learn that she has money to spend. The more time they spend together the more they start to fall in love but could anything between these two work out.

 

Thoughts on Pretty Woman

 

Characters/PerformanceEdward is the ruthless businessman, divorced and dumped looking for some company. He hires Vivian to keep him company through the business dealings to keep the love out of the relationship while completing to deal. Vivian is a prostitute that finds herself in a world she is too smart to be part off but it is her only option. She accepts the offer from Edward getting to live a life she never imagined for a week and her shock at each situation comes off genuine throughout.

Performance wise, Richard Gere and Julia Roberts are fantastic here, with Roberts edging the pure quality coming from her performance through the film. the rest of the cast are only in a couple of scenes and are great throughout too.

StoryThe story is mostly about two people from different worlds coming together and falling in love. Yes, this story does show how both the characters could face a change in their lives, Vivian a life off the streets, Edward that not everything is about being ruthless. While most people focus on the love side of the story I liked the change Edward goes through.

Romantic/ComedyThe romantic side of the film is something everyone knows and looks at as one of the iconic moments in the history of film. we have moments of comedy that come from Vivian’s reactions to the high life.

SettingsThe settings are important because it shows how different the two characters come from, the look that Vivian goes through thanks to the settings show how she never imagined this life being.

Final ThoughtsThis will always go down in history as one of the iconic romantic films in film history.

 

Overall: Romantic film for the ages.

Rating

 

 

Never Leave Alive (2017)

Director: Steven LaMorte

Writer: J Amanda Sabater (Screenplay)

Starring: John Hennigan, Michelle Taylor, Eric Etebari, Joseph Gatt, Alistair McKenzie, J Michael Evans

 

Plot: Rick Rainsford is trapped on a deserted island with his reluctant companion, Anna. While attempting to save another gravely injured survivor they find themselves hunted by Zaroff, a sociopathic ex-KGB Agent long with his partner Ivan. In spite of their differences Rick and Anna must work together to disarm Zaroff’s deadly traps, survive his assistant’s brutal attacks, and escape the island alive.


Runtime: 1 Hour 29 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Fun Survival Adventure Film

 

Story: Never Leave Alive starts as we meet drink dependant celebrity hunter Rick Rainsford (Hennigan) who along with his team Thomas (McKenzie) are heading to an island for a photoshoot with new photography Anna (Taylor), but when the ship they on ends up sinking with Rick and Anna washing up on the island.

Once on the island Rick and Anna are aided by Ivan (Gatt) and Zaroff (Etebari) to Russian men living on the island, but they have a plan for Rick and Anna, to become the latest victims in their hunting game, giving them the task of getting across the island to a boat or be picked off by the sadistic hunter.

 

Thoughts on Never Leave Alive

 

Characters – Rick Rainsford is a famous hunter being the face of magazines and living the celebrity life style, but now he must use all his skills against another hunter who brings his prey to the island to claim himself as a master hunter. Rick is quick witted and a constant flirt that relies on booze to function. Anna is a photographer hired to take Rick’s photos on his latest shoot, but they don’t get on which is made clear, but she will have to rely on him to get them off the island alive. Zaroff is the Russian hunter that has bought countless numbers of animals to the island for his own hunting pleasure but not he wants to go against the best human hunters with Rick being his latest target. Ivan is the assistant to Zaroff that is conflicted through the film about the code the two had originally put together.

PerformancesJohn Hennigan is good in the leading role making for a good potential action star, while Michelle Taylor is strong as the female lead not just being a damsel in distress. Eric Etebari is a good enough villain, he does well as the hunter with a code.

StoryThe story follows the celebrity hunter needing to use his skills to survive a deadly game, which turns the tables on what he is used to doing himself. The idea that two Russians are using the island as their own hunting ground is good because we know there are the people out there with the twist being they are bored of animals and want to battle hunters. This is an easy to watch adventure movie without being overly violent.

AdventureThe adventure side of the film is a lot of fun, it does have a life and death element but doesn’t have disposable characters.

SettingsThe film is set on an island which is good because it keeps us knowing just how difficult the escape would be for our characters, but it doesn’t use the visuals it could do with the setting.

Special EffectsThe effects used are low budget and are clear CGI moments which does take away from moments of the film.


Scene of the Movie –
Final fight.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The bad CGI.

Final ThoughtsThis is a fun survival adventure movie, it uses the small cast to keep everything on edge, solid banter between the two and the restrained moments of action.

 

Overall: Good little adventure movie.

Rating