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Movie Review: Quarantine

Made in the style of Blair Witch and Cloverfield, you will find that the entire film itself is from a news crew’s investigative reporting of a fire station, the following of the firefighting crew and the eventual lock down of an apartment complex when it gets infected by some sort of virus.
Not too difficult to follow, although I have to say that there were some questionable actions as far as how certain people were not infected for however long they were. The virus itself created almost like zombies that would eventually attack other human people and bite them.
It wasn’t a bad horror film, but not exactly scary although I am glad that there was less of a gore factor than your usual gorefest these days. What I don’t really understand is why they have to go for the neck. Zombies sort of go for necks but if infection is done by any sort of biting, then you could “bite a leg” and have the same effect. Or claw an arm. Or lots of things. It seemed like everyone was taken out by the jugular which was sort of …. not very realistic.
Unfortunately, if you’ve seen the Quarantine trailer, then you can put two and two together pretty quickly after the main story line heads into the building itself. There were too many people that made too many rookie and illogical moves in the film to actually let the viewer cross between reality and fantasy. For example…. if a woman is foaming at the mouth? I truly do not believe that emergency personnel would actually help that person up by holding them without restraints or something. The goal is to save someone’s life, but you also remember that emergency personnel have to protect themselves too when doing that to minimize any risk of infection or contamination.
Outside of that, I found the movie to be pretty neat although not really on the same level of Cloverfield. If you like the style, you might be interested in this film, but otherwise… I’d probably throw a pass card at it unless you just love all things zombified.

Movie Review: Lakeview Terrace

Okay. This movie definitely wasn’t for kids. At all. Ever. Seriously now… while it was rated PG-13, I wouldn’t have brought any of my young cousins to see this based on the implications and too much reference to things they really shouldn’t be dealing with in one single viewing.
That aside? Samuel L Jackson plays the a**hole racist cop very nicely. In fact, I think the fact that he doesn’t tone it down a little made the movie a little too dramatic. It was done very well from his angle but I felt that he took it to the extreme a bit. Could have been an issue with the script than actor, but that’s the way it was played out. Some of the critique of this movie has been that it plays well for the first hour, but it was almost overkill at the end. Which was exactly what I also had in mind when I saw the film.
Lakeview Terrace was creatively done and you do actually get a feel for why the tension is there and how it came to be. So there isn’t unfounded hate towards interracial couples but a forever unanswered question by Turner (Jackson) that causes the behavior. I believe that it was actually a well thought out movie outside of the drug and sex references alongside the overkill. Of course, better that then a monotonous boring thing that captures your attention for about ten minutes. This film definitely had me going the entire time.

Movie Review: Righteous Kill

If you’ve never heard of this movie, it’s worthy of renting or buying just based on the fact that you have two star performers, De Niro and Pacino. Midst the bad reviews by critics everywhere, I felt that these two performers have not only been in the entire guns blazing movies before, but they knew how to act the parts.
And indeed, the script wasn’t some Oscar winning beauty, but the two played the parts of detectives that didn’t take any crap as well as they play any other parts. The story itself wasn’t spectacularly original (and given the remakes in the past couple years, there shouldn’t catch anyone by surprise) and the plot twist was pretty predictable. Outside of those little things, you do get caught up in these two detectives looking for a vigilante that is out to take out those bad guys when justice didn’t prevail.
I found that the movie was actually decent and while it teetered on the entire … is it a B-rated film that I would be watching on a weekend off of the tube, I think that I’ve definitely seen worse when it comes to movies.
And who could not love this Righteous Kill tagline?
“Some respect the badge. Everybody respects the gun.”

Netflix interface for hardware devices could be better

Netflix, Inc. I absolutely adore Netflix. I mean, come on. This is one single company that I had fallen in love with before I became a shareholder.
And they’ve continued to surprise me time and again. Even as times are tough, Netflix has a great subscription base where it allows you to change the next months to whatever plan you wish. If it’s a lesser plan, they don’t send you DVDs until you return enough from your greater plan to actually meet the lesser.
But here’s the one single qualm I have with them. I’m not sure the reasoning behind it, and I hope that it’s just a timing issue or something, but it seems that the API that they give to the hardware players are just lacking. Take for example, Roku. The Roku player is wonderful and I absolutely adore the fact that I can watch streaming movies right there from my Netflix account. But the ability to add and browse movie selections from even just the Watch Instantly is entirely useful but nonexistent.
That small piece of the puzzle would turn Netflix into a content provider and promote hardware partnerships. It’s great if they have these companies that are willing to take just the Queue, but there’s so much more potential behind it.
I’m hoping that this interfacing at some point will be released to the hardware partners. I for one, will continue to be a customer, shareholder, and fan as long as they treat me right like they always have.

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Movie Review: Dead Space: Downfall

Of most American animation, most are pretty… dreary. At least for those of us that actually watch anime a lot since it really just comes off as a Justice League sort of feel.
But when it came right down to it, Dead Space: Downfall was actually one of the better done short animation films. This basically was the preface of the actual game, Dead Space, and gave the story line all the way up to the beginning of that game.
There’s probably not too much reason to go directly into the story arc, but it’s for the most part a science fiction space zombie type approach. It’s not as cheesy as I make it sound either, since there’s tremendous gore involved and the actual voice acting isn’t half bad at all.
The one thing that I probably would have loved better? If they had asked Madhouse Studios to do the animation. Those of us that actually watch the genre actually know that Madhouse is pretty much king when it comes to all things gore in animation. And they do it fantastically well. But outside of that little bit? I actually found this movie to be enjoyable and totally threw me a little bit. Maybe I’ve just been spoiled by the high quality animation from the Japanese studios.

Movie Review: Traitor

Don Cheadle in this movie is… absolutely amazing. Like seriously, this was one of those thrillers that expressed how devout Muslims are to their religion, but also how some fight for their cause. Traitor held my attention the entire time without once letting go and I would probably give that entire credit to Cheadle’s character.
While this is fiction, I would totally recommend this movie to anyone that wants to see the inner workings and politics of a terrorism group and how one man’s belief can tear down the walls of any insanity. This movie defines the negative portrayal of Muslims in the west and tries to break that stereotype in showing that there is a difference between radical religion and religion.

Movie Review: The X-Files – I Want to Believe

This is one movie that you really want to talk about the nostalgia of nine seasons. I mean, seriously. That’s nine years of your life that you sat there waiting for Scully and Mulder to actually… get together.
And here you thought that the first movie they would have, but they almost kiss, and then BAM. Nothing. Nada. Zip. Zilch. And you thought, what a waste. Then the last two seasons, Mulder is never there so it basically went down the tubes from there. But this movie was supposed to tie it all together. Make everything pretty again.
Not. Don’t get me wrong, this was the same as movies made from television series where it’s just another long episode. But in this one, Scully was way thinner than previously, Mulder has a beard, and you’re wondering if they finally get it on. But we’re talking about actually seeing something. If you hate spoilers, stop right here.
Yes, I mean you. Stop reading. You’re going to cry. I know it. You know it. Everyone does.
For the rest of you, yes, Chris Carter threw this one in the trash. Doghouse. Whatever you want to call it. Outside of the fact that it was just a long episode (which don’t get me wrong, wasn’t a bad story line), there were many questions that were answered with quick resolutions. Like Mulder and Scully finally sleep together. Oh yes, you heard me. They do it. But here’s the thing, the fans would have wanted to see something, but no kiss. Nothing. Just suddenly, the movie cuts to them in bed together (after the fact). What the….
It was a pitiful end to a great series. Answered some of the questions and created a whole lot of others by making you wonder what the heck was Carter thinking. In the end, if you want to watch probably the finale of the X-Files series, then go right ahead and get The X-Files: I Want to Believe. You won’t want to believe what I saw. Or probably won’t care by the end like i did.

Movie Review: Resident Evil – Degeneration

Degeneration is one of the few animated films that doesn’t really suck. That’s mainly because a lot of it has to do with the fact that there’s a lot taken from the game universe and since Resident Evil 2, Claire Redfield and Leon Kennedy finally are together again.
The entire film is actually fairly interesting and action-packed although I found the whole love interest for Leon absolutely horrifying. Angela Miller, whom was supposedly a SRT (Special Response Team) member and wasn’t a rookie cop anymore, had about as many problems with defending herself as a scared cat. And that was not only horrible, but sort of pathetic.
Don’t get me wrong. Resident Evil: Degeneration was definitely a great animated film and I would watch it again. The voice acting cast came from the top English speaking voice actors. But, it definitely could have done without the Angela Miller character altogether and just made it into a complete action/horror film.

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Movie Review: Wanted

I had figured that this would be a neat action film, but I really didn’t anticipate the cheese factor. I mean seriously. An assassin movie couldn’t be that cheesy, could it?
But yet, it was. Terribly. The kid in it (McAvoy) is like a Tobey Maguire wanna-be. He does the stupidest types of things and in this case, you would almost think … how did a fraternity of assassins last this long, if they’re recruiting people like this kid? It’s just insanity.
In any case, what really threw this movie into the B-pile was at the end. Who the heck straps bombs to rats? And on top of that, more rats than you can count. I mean it truly was asinine and not very much like something Gibson (McAvoy) would do. In fact, the entire movie he was showing little to no patience for anything and if you ask me, strapping any sort of thing on anything live takes a lot of patience. Especially one that’s lethal.
Would I watch it again? Probably not. It wasn’t the worst movie that I’ve ever seen, but it definitely wasn’t one of the best. And the script made the movie look like it was trying to copy Matrix and throw in a few other things. It also threw in so much sexual themes randomly, that it was just amusing.
One critic has been noted to say:

“It looks as if it has been written by a committee of 13-year-old boys for whom penetrative sex is still only a rumour, and the resulting movie plays like a party political broadcast on behalf of the misogynist party”

If you’re looking to see some random sex type things and see Angelina Jolie’s naked backside, then I would definitely see Wanted. Otherwise, save your money.

Movie Review: CJ7

This was a cute science fiction type comedy/drama about a little alien dog (CJ7) that finds its way to Earth into a poor construction worker and his little boy’s life.
Having seen the trailers for this, I figured that there would be a sad element to this which was somewhat predictable, contrary to Stephen Chow’s previous films. Xu Jiao’s acting as Dicky, was actually very well done and you forget almost right away that in reality, the character is actually played by a female. Somehow, I don’t think you could pull it off as well with American child actors/actresses.
Overall I found it to be a sad but cute film that definitely was out of the comfort zone of your usual Stephen Chow directing, but in fact was a very good film. I thoroughly enjoyed CJ7 and would definitely recommend it. Slight warning though. I watched this in Mandarin, so I really didn’t get a chance to hear it in other languages. Being as such, I can’t vouch for the English voice cast or if it suited the actual film or not.