Christmas Weekend – Silent Night (2012)

Director: Steven C Miller

Writer: Jayson Rothwell (Screenplay)

Starring: Malcolm McDowell, Jaime King, Donal Logue, Rick Skene, Ellen Wong

 

Plot: The police force of a remote Midwestern town search for a killer Santa Claus who is picking off citizens on Christmas Eve.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Solid Horror Remake

 

Story: Silent Night starts in this small town where deputy Aubrey Bradimore (King) is forced to work Christmas Eve by Sherriff Cooper (McDowell), the town is overrun by Santa’s but we learn early on that one of them is killing he residents.

As the bodies start to build up Aubrey and Cooper must track down this serial killer Santa that has a past to the town that has caused the vengeful nature of the killer Santa.

 

Thoughts on Silent Night

 

Characters/PerformanceDeputy Bradimore is expecting Christmas off but that changes when she is forced into work, her day gets worse when a serial killer Santa starts killing people and she must face her worries to take down this killer. Sheriff Cooper is the heartless boss of the cops, he expects them to be good at his jobs and will stay loyal to them when they are in danger. The killer Santa is menacing through the film with his increased size making him a threat to anybody who gets in his way.

Performance wise, Malcolm McDowell is always a good for a horror film and he is solid throughout the film. Jaime King continues her run in horror remakes and is solid through the film too. The rest of the cast are fine but most only have the odd scene.

StoryThe original Silent Night Deadly Night is something of a cult classic now and these are the type of horrors you don’t mind getting a remake happen. This time we don’t get enough of the backstory to why the Santa has gone on the rampage, we also don’t have the best written characters as they all come of plain and the kills are all created to try and push some boundaries in the slasher kill list. The strong point is that this all happens over one day.

Comedy/Horror/MysteryCertain parts of the film will give you a laugh, this does include some of the kills too, the horror side is all slasher and a joy for the fans but does lack any suspense. The mystery comes into this one as we want to know why he is killing people.

SettingsThe small town setting does make for a good choice because the cops all know the victims and understand the trauma the families would be going through.

Special EffectsLooking at the effects the practical kills are good throughout but a couple of shots look very awkward CGI.

Final ThoughtsThis is one for all the slasher horror fans to enjoy, I can’t see a mainstream audience wanting to see this film. most of the kills are not Christmas related which you feel is part of the ongoing joke of this style of film too.

 

Overall: Drunk Slashing Enjoyment.

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Owen Wilson Weekend – I, Spy (2002)

spyDirector: Betty Thomas

Writer: Morton S Fine, David Friedkin (Screenplay) Marianne Wibberley, Cormac Wibberley (Story)

Starring: Eddie Murphy, Owen Wilson, Famke Janssen, Malcolm McDowell, Gary Cole, Phill Lewis, Viv Leacock, Keith Dallas

 

Plot: A professional athlete has to help a U.S. government agent recover a missing jet.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Buddy Comedy Fail

 

Story: I, Spy starts as we meet clumsy spy Alex (Wilson) who get the information about a missing plane that is in the hands of Gundars (McDowell) before meeting cocky boxing champion Kelly (Murphy) who is about to fight his second fight in a week in Budapest.

The mission puts the two opposite men together working with experience undercover operative Rachel (Janssen) in Budapest to locate Gundars and the missing plane.

I, Spy is a buddy comedy that uses both the comic reliefs and forgets to pull off either in the serious role which is so important to make either of them work. We find ourselves going through the same routines over and over with little to no suspense being built up by the characters. The jokes are very hit or miss throughout with the action being very much bog standard.

Wilson and Murphy just don’t click the way Wilson does with Chan or Murphy did with Nolte and nearly all the scenes come off feeling awkward rather than funny between the two. The supporting cast are all average too with no one sticking out in anyway what so ever.

 

Overall: This is a flat buddy comedy with no laughs.

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Tank Girl (1995)

tankDirector: Rachel Talalay

Writer: Tedi Sarafian (Screenplay) Alan Martin, Jamie Hewlett (Comic Strip)

Starring: Lori Petty, Ice-T, Naomi Watts, Don Harvey, Jeff Kober, Reg E Cathey, Scott Coffey, Malcolm McDowell

 

Plot: Based on the British cult comic-strip, our tank-riding anti-heroine fights a mega-corporation, which controls the world’s water supply.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: New Guilty Pleasure

 

Story: Tank Girl starts with Tank Girl (Petty) herself explaining how the world has been devastated after a comet took out most of the population and the world is in constant battle for the remaining water. Tank Girl lives in a small underground community where everything is treated like a party, while their enemy is Kesslee (McDowell) who runs the water and power for the surrounding enemy and he will not let anyone go unpunished for letting him down.

When the community gets invaded by the Water & Power company Tank Girl finds herself a slave for them. Ever the bubbly character Tank Girl wants to find a way to escape and turning to the timid Jet Girl (Watts) could see her lead a revolution against Kesslee.

Tank Girl is a cult classic that has reach the age of 20 years old. It follows the comic concept very nicely with it’s over the top characters be it heroine or villain. We get the world that is unique for the story and which is everyone fighting over the most important thing need for life, water. Overall this is all fun really and as long as you don’t go in looking for a serious film you will enjoy it.

 

Actor Review

 

Lori Petty: Tank Girl is the constantly happy girl living in the apocalyptic world with a water shortage. She is always bubbly even in the face of danger but just as dangerous herself when it comes to combat, she leads the revolution against the evil Water & Power. Lori is great in this role with all the flair you need in a leading lady.girl

Ice-T: T-Saint is one of the kangaroo/human mutation that joins forces Tank Girl to take down Water & Power even though he doesn’t trust anything they say. Ice-T doesn’t end up as involved as you would like in the final story.

Naomi Watts: Jet Girl is the timid young woman who escapes from Water & Power and joins Tank Girl in the revolution with her skills of fixing machines makes her a brilliant asset to have on your side. Naomi shows she was going onto bigger things with this performance.

Malcolm McDowell: Kesslee is the evil owner of Water & Power who wants complete control of the land, he makes anyone who gets in his way slaves and if they don’t follow his instructions he kills them. Malcolm is always a good go to villain in these type of films.kesslee

Support Cast: Tank Girl has a supporting cast that makes you think they could all have come from comic book.

Director Review: Rachel TalalayRachel gives us a fun film that will be a cult classic for years to come.

 

Action: Tank Girl is filled with plenty of comic book action throughout.

Comedy: Tank Girl gets nearly all the comedy from Tank Girl herself and her attitude.

Sci-Fi: Tank Girl does create a future world that has been mostly destroyed.

Settings: Tank Girl much like the sci-fi rating the settings are brilliant for what is created.
Special Effects
: Tank Girl has good effects when need with the water sucking device the highlight of them.

Suggestion: Tank Girl is on to try, it won’t be for everyone but it is fun. (Try It)

 

Best Part: Just how fun it is.

Worst Part: Way over the top.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $25 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 44 Minutes

Tagline: In 2033, justice rides a tank and wears lip gloss

Trivia: Ice-T recalled one interview on a hip-hop show where the host made fun of him for doing Tank Girl. He replied “I was paid $800,000 for that movie”. The host moved on

 

Overall: Pure cult classic that is just a fun flick

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Emma Stone Weekend – Easy A (2010)

logoDirector: Will Gluck

Writer: Bert V Royal (Screenplay)

Starring: Emma Stone, Penn Badgley, Amanda Bynes, Dan Byrd, Thomas Haden Church, Patricia Clarkson, Cam Gigandet, Lisa Kudrow, Malcolm McDowell, Aly Michalka, Stanley Tucci

Plot: A clean-cut high school student relies on the school’s rumour mill to advance her social and financial standing.

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

Verdict: Good Modern Teen Comedy

Story: Easy A starts with Olive (Stone) telling us that rumours have left her reputation being shattered, where she has her best friend Rhiannon (Michalka) who wants Olive to go camping, but she lies about what happened leading to Rhiannon spreading the rumour.

When the rumour starts spreading the whole school seems to learn about Olive’s weekend with Marianne (Bynes) leading the stories due to her religious beliefs. Olive decides to embrace her new popularity in the school even if it is built on lies. Olive has just one person to turn to the gay Brandon (Byrd) who is also suffering from the rumour mill but the two decide to make their own rumour. The problem with this ruins any plans Olive has to be with the guy Todd (Badgley) that she really wants to be with. Just how far can the rumour mill spiral out of control though.

Easy A is a teen movie that I have started to grow out, my generation would be the American Pie franchise era. I think this does bring the idea of high school into the new world well because it still has the social situation and embraces the use of the modern technology. When it comes to the subject matter the film isn’t afraid to explain that is is a modern telling of the Scarlett Letter which I think is different to others who try to bring classic literacy into teen genre. I will say I loved the 80’s movie references but I would question why Olive was watching them. Overall I thought this was a good welcome addition to the teen comedy genre. (7/10)

Actor Review

Emma Stone: Olive is the quiet student who ends up embracing a rumour about her sexually stories. She becomes the talk of the school as they see her as the slut but in the end she is just making money for fake sexual encounters but the rumour starts getting completely out of control. Emma really has sky rocketed after this role showing she had all the talent. (9/10)olive

Support Cast: Easy A has such a big supporting cast that is hard to pick out who were the main supporters, the adult characters played by Thomas Haden Church, Patricia Clarkson, Malcolm McDowell, Stanley Tucci and Lisa Kudrow all give wonderful performances. While the teen characters all gives great performance dealing with Olive’s decisions.

Director Review: Will GluckWill brings us a new era of teen comedy that will be the stand out for the 2010’s. (8/10)

Comedy: Easy A has good comedy moments especially when the rumours start spiralling out of control. (8/10)

Romance: Easy A has good basic teen level romance with nothing too much until the final scene. (7/10)

Settings: Easy A keeps most of the story in and around the high school settings which works for the film. (8/10)

Suggestion: Easy A is one for a the teen comedy fans out there. (Teen Comedy Fans)

Best Part: Emma Stone’s performance.

Worst Part: Being picky, I didn’t like how there was a true supporting lead.

Romantic Moment: Final cliché moment.

Favourite Quote: DillIs everything all right? It sounds like you’re having sex in here, which I know can’t be true due to the fact that you have a homosexual boyfriend.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $58 Million

Budget: $8 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 32 Minutes

Tagline: Let’s not and say we did.

Overall: Great addition to the teen comedy genre.

Rating 75

Halloween II (2009)

logoDirector: Rob Zombie

Writer: Rob Zombie (Screenplay)

Starring: Scout Taylor-Compton, Brad Dourif, Sheri Moon Zombie, Malcolm McDowell, Tyler Mane, Octavia Spencer, Danielle Harris

Plot: Laurie Strode struggles to come to terms with her brother Michael’s deadly return to Haddonfield, Illinois; meanwhile, Michael prepares for another reunion with his sister.

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

Verdict: This is Going to Turn Into A Rant

Story: Halloween II starts with more flashbacks into Michael’s time inside the mental home where he explains the story of his dreams to his mother Deborah (Zombie). We move to right after the first film finished with Laurie (Taylor-Compton) is found and rushed to hospital along with Dr Loomis (McDowell). It becomes clear Michael Myers (Mane) isn’t dead when the escapes from the transport taking him to the morgue.

Michael comes straight back for Laurie leaving bodies a plenty in his path and just as he catches Laurie, its a dream, are you freaking kidding me?

One year later Laurie now lives with her best friend and fellow survivor Annie Brackett (Harris) and her father Sheriff Lee Brackett (Dourif) who is still suffering nightmares from the events. Dr Loomis now has a big book deal telling his story. Michael now without his mask is following his mother’s ghost around preparing for his next attack on Halloween. Who will survive the latest attack by the ruthless Michael Myers?

Halloween II starts for the first five minutes leading the same way a the original but takes a crash course through the rest of the film. The dream sequence idea gets used 4 or 5 times ruining the surprise in it, the opening 20 minutes just gets confusing because we never learn what was real and what was a dream. Next the year later the only character that makes sense is Dr Loomis and his selfish money grabbing after the tragic events. Laurie, Annie treat the Sheriff like a piece of shit and throw away any idea of protection when they nearly got killed. The ghost angel works for me because it brings the idea of Michael needed to kill his family back to where it was going in original franchise. But back to the negative did Zombie even write a script or did he just write fuck for every scene? I can’t quite believe how bad the story is when the base idea should be good. (3/10)

Actor Review

Scout Taylor-Compton: Laurie Strode is the mains target of the first attack and still haunted by the nightmares of Michael. She has moved away from Haddonfield with the Brackett’s trying to restart her life, but once Michael finds her he doesn’t want to stop until he takes her life. Scout doesn’t reach the levels need in the role but it doesn’t help that the character is written so badly. (5/10)laurie

Malcolm McDowell: Dr Samuel Loomis has sold his story of Michael Myers and spends most of the film on a book tour dealing with people who see his actions and the reason for the deaths of their loved ones. Malcolm does a good job in the role and his role at times feels out of place but I like the way his character goes. (7/10)loomi

Sheri Moon Zombie: Deborah Myers is the ghost guiding Michael on his rampage searching for his sister. She is the spiritual side of the legacy of Michael. Sheri doesn’t get much screen time but is clearly only in this to make her have a role with the husband. (2/10)debbiee

Tyler Mane: Michael Myers is the killing machine hell bent on killing his whole family so he can bring them all together again, he is deadly than ever before and will not leave stop until his mission is complete. You can’t say anything against Tyler being an on screen presences. (7/10)michaell

Support Cast: Halloween II has a supporting cast that is mostly disposable characters, but the return Annie Brackett really annoyed me because why is she so against her father after what happened? I mean come on she got left in a pool of blood and all her father wants to do is protect her and she gives him shit.

Director Review: Rob ZombieRob tries to continue his stamp on the Halloween franchise which I did like first time out but now it has just lost the spark. (3/10)

Horror: Halloween II is filled with blood and gore but that is about all it has going for it. (4/10)

Settings: Halloween II puts the action into a random town when it is meant to be inside one small town. (1/10)

Suggestion: Halloween II is one I have to say avoid, simply because it is just blood, gore, nudity and confusing story telling. (Avoid)

Best Part: Dr Loomis character.

Worst Part: Plot hole heavy.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $33 Million

Budget: $15 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 45 Minutes

Tagline: Family Is Forever

Overall: Terrible sequel to a much loved film franchise.

Rating25