Day of the Dead (2008)

logoDirector: Steve Miner

Writer: Jeffrey Reddick (Screenplay) George A. Romero (Motion Picture ’Day of the Dead’)

Starring: Mena Suvari, Nick Cannon, Michael Welch, AnnaLynne McCord, Stark Sands, Matt Rippy, Ian McNeice, Ving Rhames

 

Plot: When a small Colorado town is overrun by the flesh hungry dead a small group of survivors try to escape in a last ditch effort to stay alive.

 

Verdict: Forget The Title

 

Story: I am going to look at this like an ABC check list of zombie films. First we get the small town where some form of scientific experiment has gone wrong leading to the infection. Secondly we have a distant family member coming back to help when the family needs help. We have the traditional jackass who becomes a sacrifice to save the rest. Things are looking up for this film suddenly. The films biggest weakness is that it is meant to be some form of remake of a classic zombie film and wants to bring the modern world zombies or infected if you like to the new audience. It is not good by any means but as a one off film this isn’t as bad as you have read about, it is very generic but bonkers at the same time. (4/10)

 

Actor Reviews

 

Mena Suvari: Sarah member of the army trying to keep the citizens in the town, but not just any town her home town. She looks like a push over but she will not take any but the best from the people working under her. Average performance from an actress whose career which has only gone downhill since turn of the century. (4/10)

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Nick Cannon: Salazar the loud mouth of the unit who thinks he is god’s gift and to his credit does have the best shot of the army men involved. Standard performance giving the role what it needed without making any of it his own. (4/10)

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Michael Welch: Trevor the horny teenager who despite knowing what is going on still makes the worst decision in the film. Simple performance not doing more than is asked. (3/10)

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AnnaLynne McCord: Nina the teenage girl who is good for screaming and not a lot else. Plain performance not doing anything memorable. (3/10)

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Stark Sands: Bud the fresh recruit who turns into a zombie but won’t attack, yeah it happened. Basic rookie grunt performance.(3/10)

 

Matt Rippy: Doctor Logan who is in charge of whatever the outbreak is, who tries to cover up his footsteps but gets caught in the middle of all the action. Typical scientist role. (3/10)

 

Director Review: Steve Miner – For a made zombie film this is ok directing for a remake of a classic it awful. (3/10)

 

Action: With the new infected zombie comes action and this has its fair share of it. (6/10)

Horror: Loses all it horror creditability with the mental celling crawling zombies. (4/10)

Settings: Has some good location but nothing to change too much of the story. (5/10)
Special Effects
: Some solid special effects but mostly CGI but some good zombie creation make up. (6/10)

Suggestion: If it is on and you are bored give it a try but don’t go out your way to watch it. (Late Night TV)

 

Best Part: The DJ is funny.

Worst Part: It is not part of the franchise it is meant to be reboot/remaking whatever they wanted to call it.

Action Scene Of The Film: The hospital escape.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: The franchise will continue but this didn’t help.

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: N/A

Budget: $18 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 26 Minutes

Tagline: D-Day is Coming

Trivia:Most of the film is set at night even though it is called Day of the Dead.

 

Overall: Get Past The Name Enjoy The Film

Rating 50

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

logoDirector: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

Writer: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen (Screenplay)

Starring: Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, Ethan Philips, Robin Bartlett, Max Casella, Jerry Grayson, Jeanine Serralles, Adam Driver, Stark Sands, John Goodman, Garrett Hedlund

 

Plot: Follow a week, in the life of a young fold singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village fold scene of 1961. Guitar in tow, huddled against the unforgiving New York winter, he is struggling to make it as a musician against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, some of them of his own making.

 

Verdict: Nice Musical Drama

 

Story: Just following that one week in Llewyn struggling career as a folk singer, we see him crash at different people’s houses where he has connections but doesn’t seem to make many friends. He has made mistakes which have left him on the path of destruction where people just know he always wants something from them. He also has to decide what he wants next in his life when he starts to figure out his music career might not take off as planned. The story is very easy to follow and enjoyable watching how he acts like he just wants his career to take off but never seems to put too much into but also watching him deal with a personal loss could have taken that away from him. (8/10)

 

Actor Reviews

 

Oscar Isaac: Llewyn Davis the folk singer trying to hit the big time, all along trying desperately to hold onto friendships he has pushed away from him. He also struggles to keep a cat in his control while trying to return it to its home. Good performance from Oscar stepping up to lead role all along having a solid singer voice. (9/10)

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Carey Mulligan: Jean a friend and ex-lover with a secret from her new boyfriend, she has a strong hate for Llewyn but also cares for him. Good supporting role. (8/10)

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John Goodman: Roland Turner joins Llewyn on the road trip talks a lot but really doesn’t get along with Llewyn. Good small support role. (7/10)

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Director Review: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen – Good direction to create an interesting story that really has touching moments in. (8/10)

 

Drama: Good use of everyday issues to keep the story rolling showing the struggle of the musician. (9/10)

Music: Good music throughout and everyone involved in the singing has a good voice. (9/10)

Settings: Each setting adds to the story showing how difficult it was to make it in the music industry. (9/10)

Suggestion: I think people should watch this but I do feel that the subject matter may make it hard for the more casual fans to really enjoy. (Give It A Go)

 

Best Part: The cat overriding story.

Worst Part: It won’t be everyone’s cup of tea.

Funniest Scene: The cat escaping.

Believability: Seems accurate to how the music industry was once. (8/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: Nominated for 2 Oscars

Box Office: $32,935,319

Budget: $11 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 45 Minutes

 

Overall: Good Music Drama That Shows The Struggle

Rating 89