[Netflix] Movie Review: The Cell

This is another movie I’ve watched a few times now, I like the psychology behind it: going into another’s mind for therapeutic treatment sounds like an interesting idea. Well, in the course of the movie its used for a different purpose: to get inside the mind of a comatose serial killer to find his latest victim.

Staring Jennifer Lopez in a crazy surreal world of the human mind, searching for a clue to the location of a victim who is not yet dead. I really do like the surreal surroundings presented within this movie.

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[Netflix] Movie Review: The Butterfly Effect

I’ve watched this movie several times now, and each time I learn something new. It’s a mind turning movie with elements of time travel. The movie revolves around the butterfly effect theory: if a butterfly beats its wings 1,000 miles away,what do those reverberations affect?

Anyway, Ashton Kutcher follows in his father’s footsteps trying to fix his past, one moment at a time. Each time he attempts it something goes a little bit wrong, and each time he tries to correct it. It’s truly mind-bending, in a good way.

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[Netflix] Movie Review: Carrie

This is the first movie rendition of Stephen King’s first published novel, Carrie. It was done in 1976, but since this movie doesn’t really require much in the way of effects, it comes off quite well.

Anyway, it’s definitely a horror film, as its based on a horror novel. Sissy Spacek does well as the title role, she makes a very believable Carrie. There’s also a young John Travolta here as well.

There’s not much to say here, as it’s a classic horror novel made into a classic horror movie.

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[Netflix] Movie Review: Lizzie Borden Took an Ax

I honestly love Christina Ricci, she has had some wonderful roles, she played Wednesday Addams (Addams Family) and Kat (Casper). And I really like her in this role as Lizzie Borden, she’s nearly perfect for this role.

I’m sure we all know the premise of this movie here, its almost become a sort of folk lore or boogey man story, except with a woman involved. Its the story of Lizzie Borden.

The movie does manage to keep the outcome at bay until the end of the movie, where upon Lizzie confesses everything to her sister, Emma.

All in all I quite like Ricci as Lizzie, it makes for a fun movie.

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[DVD] Movie Review: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

Wikipedia:

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, also promoted as LXG, is a 2003 steampunk-dieselpunk superhero film loosely based on the first volume of the comic book series of the same name by Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill. It was released on July 11, 2003, in the United States, and distributed by 20th Century Fox. It was directed by Stephen Norrington and starred Sean Connery, Naseeruddin Shah, Peta Wilson, Tony Curran, Stuart Townsend, Shane West, Jason Flemyng and Richard Roxburgh.

 

Sean Connery is another actor I enjoy, even though he’s an older gentleman I still find his accent attractive. LXG could arguably be considered one of the original superhero groups, as they were assembled in the ~1800s which is decades before DC or Marvel superheroes were even considered.

It’s a theory.

Anyway, Alan Quartermain, Dorian Gray, the Invisible Man, Captain Nemo, Dr. Jekyll, Agent Tom Sawyer, and one Mina Harker gather together to take on a terrorist group willing to start another world war. It’s an action packed, superhero fueled ride through a steampunk environment.

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[DVD] Movie Review: Inception

Wikipedia:

Inception is a 2010 science fiction action film written and directed by Christopher Nolan, who also produced the film with his wife, Emma Thomas. The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio as a professional thief who steals information by infiltrating the subconscious of his targets. He is offered a chance to have his criminal history erased as payment for the implantation of another person’s idea into a target’s subconscious. The ensemble cast includes Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Dileep Rao, Cillian Murphy, Tom Berenger, and Michael Caine.

I seem to own a few movies starring Leonardo DiCaprio, so I think that means I quite enjoy his performances, and that’s true of this one. I’ve always been interested in dreams and dream interpretation, and this is an interesting futuristic spin on dreams and dreaming.

Considered terrorists and mental thiefs, Leo and his crew are a group of professionals looking for the next big score. Inception is the act of inserting an idea into the mind of a victim and only exists as an impossible theory. Until now. With the promise of returning home to his family on the line DiCaprio takes on the challenge.

It’s a wonderful wild ride through literal dreamscapes, built-in tactical resistance troops, and the possibility of forever being trapped in the dream world.

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[Netflix] Movie Review: A Dark Song

Wikipedia:

A Dark Song is a 2016 Irish-British independent horror film, written and directed by Liam Gavin and starring Steve Oram and Catherine Walker. It was released to select theatres and digital streaming platforms on 28 April 2017. It is Gavin’s directorial debut.

This film is British, but I’m not sure I’d call it a horror film, it’s a supernatural film, since the entire plot is a woman convincing a witch to perform a ritual to summon a guardian angel. I would also call it a bit of drama as well given the reasons the woman wants to do the ritual in the first place.

It’s a slow moving movie, the ritual takes quite a few months to perform, and gets awkward, intimate, and exhausting. Eventually the woman has had it, and takes matters into her own hands…and then the movie gets a bit more interesting.

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[Netflix] Review: A Good Marriage

A Good Marriage is based on a short story of the same name from Stephen King’s Full Dark, No Stars (book review). Like 1922 (another Stephen King short story) it follows the book plot fairly closely. Some of the details are different, such as the box under the tool bench, Darcy’s fears for herself and her family (which are depicted as hallucinations rather than her thoughts, which makes sense in a movie format), and some of the clues that confirms her worst fears.

It does start a bit slow, but so does the short story, establishing Darcy and Bob’s ‘good marriage’. The average couple, still in love, and two grown kids doing well on their own. Its very difficult to talk about this movie without giving away the pertinent point that the plot revolves around. But I’m going to try to continue.

Skipping to the ending, as the middle of the movie is mostly Darcy coming to terms with the truth, and deciding what, if anything, she wants to do about it. So what does she decide? Darcy’s family is her world, if she tells the truth, her children will suffer, so there’s only one solution left. That solution is to eliminate the problem.

*Note: As of this writing A Good Marriage is no longer on Netflix, but can be found on the Roku Channel.

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[Netflix] Movie Review – The Flatliners

This movie has a ton of well known actors, Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon, William Baldwin, Oliver Platt, and the main character: Keifer Sutherland. It’s a sci-fi movie from 1990 that has been recently remade in 2017. This is the 1990 version that I watched and am talking about.

As med students, the group of five friends have questions about death and what happens afterwards. Julia Roberts for example, likes interviewing patients who have had near death experiences. And then Keifer Sutherland decides to experiment. That experiment is causing himself to flatline, or die for a short period of time and then have his friends bring him back.

Eventually four out of the five friends flatline, each with unintended consequences. Their sins come back to haunt them, but only after nearly all of them have flatlined do they actually confront this piece of information.

Its an amazing cast of popular 90s actors and I love that, its very rare to have more than one star actor in a movie (unless you count the collaborative Marvel movies).

 

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[Netflix] Movie Review – The Devil and Father Amorth

This is a documentary of the inspiration behind the movie The Exorcist. It features an interview with the author of the book The Exorcist is based on, and even delves into the original exorcism that was based on.

However, this documentary features and builds up to an exorcism performed by Father Amorth, an Italian Catholic Priest who is one of the best at what he does. Father Amorth is elderly and by the end of the documentary has already succumbed to pneumonia.

The host is William Friedkin, the producer and director of The Exorcist, he explores exorcism from a religious stand point, but interviews several neurologists, psychiatrists, psychologists, and other members of the clergy on their thoughts about the phenomena.

I have not yet watched the original movie, but I have watched other exorcism movies that are based on this idea. It is interesting to explore the basis of the movies and the myriad beliefs surrounding it.

 

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