[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: Truth or Dare

Wikipedia

Truth or Dare is a 2017 American supernatural horror television film co-written by Thommy Hutson and Ethan Lawrence and directed by Nick Simon. The film stars Cassandra Scerbo, Brytni Sarpy, Mason Dye, Harvey Guillén, Alexxis Lemire, Luke Baines, Ricardo Hoyos, Christina Masterson, and Heather Langenkamp. The plot focuses on a group of eight college students who rent a house haunted by a vengeful spirit who lost a game of truth or dare several years earlier. The group decide to play the game and are forced to follow through or face deadly consequences. The film premiered on Syfy on October 8, 2017, and was met to generally positive reviews. As of February 2019, the film has grossed $3,417 from DVD and Blu-ray sales.

Like Darkness Rising, this is another haunted house movie, but unlike that movie, this movie includes a very twisted game of Truth or Dare. And it is bloody. If you have to tell the truth and lie about it, you die. If you don’t complete a dare in the correct amount of time, you die. Well, you might die from doing the dare anyway since it’s just that kind of game.

Eight college kids unwillingly take on the challenge and by the end of the movie there are decidedly less college kids, but a pretty decent plot. It is a blood and gore movie, I’m not gonna lie, and say it’s almost bordering on a slasher movie, so be advised.

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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] Movie Review: Darkness Rising

Wikipedia:

Darkness Rising is a 2017 supernatural horror film directed by Austin Reading starring Tara Holt as Madison, Christian Ganiere as Seth, Bryce Johnson as Jake, Katrina Law as Izzy, Heather Mazur as Kate, Myk Watford as Daniel, and Ted Raimi.

This is a stereo-typical haunted house feature film. There’s not much of a plot: return to childhood home at night before it’s demolished, get trapped in house, almost die in house, escape in the morning.

There is some explanation throughout the movie. The main character suffered trauma in the house as a result of the house possessing her mother. So as we go along she remembers more things and of course the horror escalates. Honestly, this movie is pretty forgettable, and doesn’t stand out from the genre.

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[Netflix] Movie Review: The Ring (2002)

Wikipedia:

The Ring is a 2002 American supernatural horror film directed by Gore Verbinski and starring Naomi Watts, Martin Henderson, David Dorfman, Brian Cox, and Daveigh Chase. It is a remake of the 1998 Japanese horror film Ring, based on the novel of the same name by Koji Suzuki. Watts portrays a journalist who investigates a cursed videotape that seemingly kills the viewer seven days after watching it.

Wikipedia bills this as a supernatural horror. I disagree with this somewhat. It is supernatural, and maybe it does start out as a horror flick. But it quickly turns into a sad family drama.

Don’t get me wrong, I love a good horror movie, and I see why this one fits the genre, but it is so much more than that. So much more. It also features a classic ending that horror movies love, bringing it back to horror movie status.

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