Movie Reviews I've Posted on the Internet Movie DataBase
I'm not often moved to write movie reviews, so those I've included here by no means represent all the movies I could have commented upon. If I'm sufficiently inspired, have the inclination and more importantly have the time, then I put fingers to keyboard.
Chugyeogja (2008) aka The ChaserEat Your Heart Out Hollywood. 07 January 2009
Eat your heart out Hollywood. Watched this movie with English subs which usually detracts from fully enjoying any movie. In this case I didn’t even notice them. The new generation of Hollywood directors really need to watch this movie and get their notebooks out. I will be on the lookout for more movies by this talented South Korean director.
Chase scenes where the chased and the chaser really get exhausted, fight scenes where it’s not just an exchange of clean Queensbury rules punches, not one Kung-Fu kick or triple somersault in sight, anti-heroines who would come through gung-ho Hollywood style, but don’t quite make it.
Not perfect, but it’s some time since I saw a movie in this genre that really got it right, no horror for horrors sake, no out and out sex, violence tempered by the limitations of the perpetrators and realistic relationships between people living in a community that match exactly the community in which they live.
Just one final word on the soundtrack; excellent.
I give this movie the highest score I have ever awarded to any movie on IMDB, 9+.
Teeth (2007)A Gentle and Sensitive Movie. 05 January 2009
I found this to be a gentle and sensitive movie. True it did tend to cast males as all being potential rapists and it was a little farfetched suggesting that there are 16 year old virgins in the USA, but apart from those two errors the director did a magnificent job bringing an ancient myth up-to-date. As for it being labeled a horror movie, well if you are like any of the male characters in the movie then I guess it might be [and I guess you could label every 'BJ' porn flick horror as well.
Anyone who was disappointed with this movie should watch it again free of the pre-conceptions they probably had first time round. This time appreciate the directors groundwork and the way that every element of the movie has a beginning, a meaning and a conclusion. Even the ending puts most of 2008’s movie offerings to shame. It even begs a Teeth 2 with a less than innocent ex-virgin dealing with guys who don't know how to keep their secret, secret.
7+ out of 10
PS. Loved the sponsored ad for Listerine on the IMDB 'Teeth' movie page [at the time I viewed it].
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Deception (2008)A movie spoiled by one of the worst endings of the year., 19 September 2008
I have to say I found this movie to be reasonably entertaining, like most of the audience I was initially taken in by the charms of Hugh Jackman, though I did catch on fairly early that the movie had to live up to its name. Ewan McGregor was a believable accountant and his American accent was excellently underplayed, with no trace of his native Scottish. Generally speaking the performances of all the players were acceptable.
The plot is as someone else mentioned fairly obvious, but sometimes that's not always a bad thing, some movies in this genre are sometimes just a bit too clever, overly complicated and only really good on a second watching. The thing that really spoils this movie is the appalling ending. Having set up the identity switch and the 'frame' connecting Jonathan to the murder of the girl, Interpol moving in at the end to arrest the bogus Jonathan and shooting him in the process would have been sweet justice. Instead we have to endure a rapid succession of blatant movie blunders.
Storm Warning (2007)Potentially a great movie but killed by the director, 17 February 2008
I am writing this without having seen any other reviews, or trailers and I have no idea who the director is. For it is surely the director who has to take the wrap for this movies' complete failure to entertain. The scriptwriter/s, actors and everyone else involved in its production deserve every accolade, it was excellently produced. But, in almost every scene there were reality errors. The victims have so many opportunities to overcome their captors but don't take them. A good horror movie should be the good guys lose, lose again, win a bit, lose again, win, win a lot, and win outright. And the characters should be believable in any situation. I can only assume that the director of this movie is fresh out of film school and got a main chance. I will check it out now.