Film Review: The Ballad of Jack & Rose (2005)

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Film #26 of 2013: The Ballad of Jack and Rose (2005)

IMDB Rating: 6.7/10

“We should never have let the world in.”

The Ballad of Jack and Rose is drama film written and directed by Rebecca Miller, and starring her husband Daniel Day-Lewis. 

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Film Review: Summer’s Blood (2009)

Film #25 of 2013: Summer’s Blood (2009)

IMDB Rating: 4.4/10

“Summer’s Blood” is a Canadian horror film so you know it is going to be absolutely crazy, weird and on another level completely!  Like a couple other Canadian films  this one doesn’t apologize for its subject matter. It’s over the top and definitely not mainstream. From the on-slot it looks like a typical thriller film, with a young girl getting into a car with a stranger, but then it throws everything conventional about the genre out the window! Strap yourself in tight cause you are in for one wild ride!

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Film Review: Sin of Innocence Cheesefest!

Sin of Innocence (1986)

Film #24 of 2013

IMDB Rating: 5.9/10

Put on your parachute pants and your over sized sweatshirts because this is one cheesy, but somewhat enjoyable flick.  This very retro low-budget made for TV movie was the first film for Dermot Mulroney and also features Megan Follows (can anyone say Anne of Green Gables, what what!) as his step sister. It takes itself a bit too seriously at times and doesn’t feature that much on screen romance, plus the eighties clothing in this film was atrocious! LOL! They do show what happens when their parents find out and they all work out a very adult plan in the end. Check it out and watch the full movie yourself.

My Rating: 5/10 (Meh)

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Game of Thrones Season 3 Trailer

Game of Thrones Season 3 is coming. Premieres 3/31/13 at 9PM on HBO.

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Film Review: My Soul to Take (2010)

Film #23 of 2013

IMDB Rating: 4.6/10

A serial killer returns to his hometown to stalk seven children who share the same birthday as the date he was allegedly put to rest.

This was a movie I ignored once it was released. I don’t know what put me off about it. I love Craven films and horror movies in general. I guess it just didn’t look too special judging from the synopsis.

“My Soul to Take” is the first film of horror master Wes Craven’s in which he’s been both the writer and director since 1994’s “New Nightmare.” That is probably why a lot of fans were disappointed with this release, they just expected something earth shattering from Wes and not a bad attempt to rehash a bit of Craven’s earlier work; “A Nightmare on Elm Street” (1984), and maybe even a dash or two of “Scream.”

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Oscar Nominated Film #4: Beasts of the Southern Wild

“Once there was a Hushpuppy and she lives with her daddy in the bathtub”

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Faced with both her hot-tempered father’s fading health and melting ice-caps that flood her ramshackle bayou community and unleash ancient aurochs, six-year-old Hushpuppy must learn the ways of courage and love.

Film #22 of 2013

IMDB Rating: 7.4/10 

I didn’t quite get a lot of it at first, are the beasts walking around,supposed to be real? I figured they were supposed to be figments of her imagination, but the way it was shown, you weren’t quite sure. I suppose that is what the filmmakers were going for, since it is shown through Hushpuppy’s eyes the lines between what is real and what is imaginary are often blurred.

It is a story of a father and his precocious daughter caught in a tough life in Louisiana’s poverty-stricken bayou area called “The Bathtub.” When a big storm which resembles that of Hurricane Katrina devastates their community, their already upside-down life goes into a further tumble. I cannot say I liked this film, it is not uplifting or inspiring. It is actually very morbid – they only survive on animals, Hushpuppy must burn her father once he dies, etc. It is just a reality check for everyone who forgets that people actually live in such abject conditions in America (and the world). This is the unknown land devoid of high-tech conveniences of life, and we see it here in the eyes of a jaded child. Hushpuppy’s vivid visions of collapsing icecaps and rampaging aurochs, as how she visualizes the fury of the storm. 

What I particularly didn’t like about the film is how they didn’t want any outside help. Yes they had their pride and their home is their home, but even when the father is very sick he still wants no help, even if that means leaving his daughter all alone. Also, if the people in the land hate modern conveniences (chicken on a stick) why are they drinking alcohol constantly? Where do they get the money for it? Child abuse, alcoholism and casual prostitution are fine as long as they’re done against a backdrop of tweeness. The film had some great lines but are we really suppose to believe they come from a 6 year old, barely educated young girl? “When it all goes quiet behind my eyes, I see everything that made me flying around in invisible pieces”.

6/10

Oscar Nominated Film #3: Argo Hype is Overrated

Film #21 of 2013

IMDB Rating: 8/10

A dramatization of the 1980 joint CIA-Canadian secret operation to extract six fugitive American diplomatic personnel out of revolutionary Iran.

Shows the importance of film! Was it an amazing film, I didn’t think so. I thought a lot of the actors playing the fugitives weren’t very believable, there was no reason to feel sympathetic for the main characters and I thought the whole thing felt like a made for tv movie. Like Zero Dark Thirty it is an interesting story and has the potential to be something amazing and dramatic but I didn’t think they were particularly good films. I know why this movie is nominated, because it tells the tale of how an imaginary movie and Hollywood could create a lie to mask an important rescue. Ironic as well. There are a few history buffs who claim they got alot of the :true story” incorrect.

6/10

Jamie Campbell Bower talks bulking up for MORTAL INSTRUMENTS + more with Teen.com

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After unveiling their first report from The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones set visit last October on Valentine’s Day, Teen.com shared a follow-up report focused on Jamie Campbell Bower (Jace Wayland).

Bower spoke to reporters about bulking up for the role, doing his own stunts and more:

Teen: There’s a lot of action in this film. How did you bulk up before shooting?

Jamie: Physically, I’ve trained really hard for it. I started training four months — three months before we started shooting, and I sort of toyed around with different physical forms and at the end of it, what I wanted was to get to a point whereby we’ve seen this sort of big jock kind of character before and I didn’t want that and I didn’t really think that that was something that I believe, particularly, you know, with my younger cousins or whatever being girls that they’re…

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The Legend Of Billie Jean: Awesome and Inspiring 80’s Film!

Film #20 of 2013

IMDB Rating: 5.9/10

A Texas teenager cuts her hair short and becomes an outlaw martyr with her brother and friends.

I don’t know how I ever missed this movie! It is a very underrated 80’s film that no one ever talks about and I am not sure why that is.

I would have thought it would have come up somewhere in my life, considering I am a huge fan of Michael Jackson and his song “Billie Jean.” His song came out in 1982 and this film came out in 1985, I wonder if the film was somehow inspired by the song… I also was a big fan of Christian Slater and thought I saw most of his films. He was really young in this film and sports blonde locks.

It is wild that both he and Helen Slater play brother and sister because they both have the same last name. How often does that happen! Of course in real life there is no relation.

I haven’t seen Helen Slater in very many films and I am not sure why she didn’t become a bigger star (or last longer while she was shinning bright) because I think she is talented and has a great look. She does a great job of looking innocent but holding a lot of fire behind her eyes. She starred in one of my favorite childhood films – Supergirl. I don’t believe this film did well at the box office, it was relesaed before I was born, but I always enjoyed it.

Currently Helen is starring in one of my favorite TV shows – The Lying Game.

Billie Jean is a girl who believes in justice, and demands it from the man who wanted to take advantage of her. The movie deals with the way Billie Jean goes about fighting for what is right, fair is fair as she says repeatedly in the movie. In getting her revenge against all odds, she becomes an instant celebrity to the young population in the area. They easily identify with the wronged girl and make her a folk hero.

The Legend of Billie Jean is different from the other films of the decade, because it is about female empowerment.  Like other 80’s films it features a killer theme song (Pat Benetar’s “Invincible”), and fashion (I love the way they had all the girls in the movie following Billie Jean’s style.) It is Joan of Arc in the 1980’s! She watched the film Joan of Arc and is inspired to cut her hair off. She even burns like Joan of Arch metaphorically near the end of the film, through her merchandise booth!

Feel good movie. Recommend for nostalgia purposes.

8/10