Thursday, November 5, 2009

No Recently Seen Videos - Instead, text reviews!

Yeah, I seem to be completely unable to keep promises lately, but everything just keeps piling up on me.

So rather than Recently Seen videos about Zombieland and Trick 'R Treat, here's two brief text reviews for you to read - On the bright side, Halloween: Resurrection is close to finished and will DEFINETELY be up tomorrow for your enjoyment. And then I will try to get a review of Friday the 13th Part 5 - A New Beginning done - such a frustrating drop in quality after the fun that is the first four.

But anyway- here's my reviews.

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Zombieland

"It's time nut up or shut up!"

A young man with a phobia for practically everything thinks he is the only normal human left in the zombie-infested USA... until he runs into the Twinkie-loving, badass zombie killer who calls himself Tallahasse, as we follow them on the road through out what is now known as Zombieland, and they are accompanied by two cunning young girls...

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It just doesn't get any cooler than this!

Holy shit this is without a doubt one of the most surpremely awesome films ever - it's plowed its way straight into my list of Awesome Movies that would be great for a marathon with the guys and a shitload of beer - Right up there with Dusk till Dawn, Tremors and Predator.

But Zombieland is COMPLETELY different than those three - it is a brilliant comedy that not only dances around knee deep in clich├ęs but somehow manages to dodge them elegantly all the same. With a great cast and a fantastic script that clearly shows a deep-rooted love for zombie-movies and humor of the A-class, Zombieland is a little comedic masterpiece that stands up like a mountain in the horizon. Watching this in the theater was amazing, no matter how small the room was.

It was one of the funniest and one of the coolest movies I have ever seen - it has balls the size of Barcelona, and it knows how to entertain! So find your beers, find a bag of chips and a couple of guys, and you're in for a ride!

5 / 5 . I was incredibly entertained!

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Trick 'R Treat

"You should be careful. There are rules."

Five stories happen on Halloween in a local town... reminding all to stick by the rules and remember the reasons this holiday is celebrated in the first place, thanks to the pint-sized, mysterious Trick or Treater known only as Sam.

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The fact that this movie has been sitting on the shelf at Warner Bros. for two years without a theatrical release, only to get a straight-to-DVD release after so long is nothing short of a crime against humanity.

I love anthology-horror films such as Creepshow, and Trick 'R Treat is without a doubt the best of them. Whereas Creepshow is a very fun and entertaining movie with boatloads of talent behind the wheels, it is a product of its time, of a low budget and of frustratingly low scare-value.. Trick 'R Treat, on the other hand, has a high production value and a timeless approach to the concept of Halloween, jampacked with an amazing cast, script and directing. This movie is nothing shotr of gorgeous in just about every shot.

All five stories are great with less predictable twists than you'd usually see, and unlike other anthology movies that tell their stories individually only with a wrap-around-story that tries to explain why we are being told more than one story, all of Trick 'R Treats stories take place at the same time at the same town, and this is executed amazingly well with a comic book-style approach, and the movie going in a great circle, ending where it started.

This movie is genuinely scary when it wants to be, but is still not afraid to include some dark humor, though avoiding stepping into the realms of self-parody that some movies tend to do - and yet also without going over the top with the otherwise merciless gore. It's a brilliantly crafted film of many tales, and deserves to be seen by anyone who appreciates a good scare... as well as anyone who appreciates a generally good movie.

Another 5 / 5. God it was great.

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-Stay Scared

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