Posts Tagged ‘Les Miserables’

leatherfaceOne of the most iconic independent horror films ever made besides John Carpenter’s Halloween is the 1974 Tobe Hooper classic The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. The film featured one of the most iconic characters in the chainsaw wielding Leatherface who was based off of real life serial killer Ed Gein. In total there were four original films with three remakes that followed in the 2000’s. None of those however have ever taken the approach that today’s film has done in the brand new 2017 film Leatherface. Hal Hartman (Stephen Dorff) is the local sheriff who has a thing with locking up troubled kids in a mental institute and there is a reason for that. After his daughter died at the hands of the infamous Sawyer family, he made it a mission. Ten years later, he is back on the manhunt after four inmates escape the institution with a nurse as their hostage. Oh and Jed (Leatherface) maybe one of the escaped inmates. The film stars Lili Taylor (The Conjuring) as Verna Sawyer, Sam Strike (EastEnders) as Jackson, Vanessa Grasse (Roboshark) as Lizzie, Finn Jones (Iron Fist) as Deputy Sorrel, Sam Coleman (Game Of Thrones) as Bud, Jessica Madsen (Tina And Bobby) as Clarice, James Bloor (Dunkirk) as Ike, Christopher Adamson (Les Misérables) as Dr. Lang, Dimo Alexiev (Getaway) as Drayton Sawyer, and the film was directed by Alexandre Bustillo (Inside) and Julien Maury (ABCs Of Death 2). 

leatherface [icI was reading a lot of bad reviews online about the film and usually I try not to pay attention to it because I have liked films that others have hated. This was definitely one of those films that I really liked that a lot of people did not. I do have some criticisms on the film my self, but I want to talk about what I did like. Lily Taylor was one of the things that I liked about the film as she plays the strong role of Verna Sawyer, the matriarch of the killer family. She emphasizes and conveys the feeling of power and her love for her family to the point that you believe it. Now you see Jed as a child, but when the film moves to ten years later, you have no idea who Jed is because all of their names have changed. So when the four patients escape, I think one of the characters is Jed until I am proven wrong. The one character who turns out to be him is someone I did not expect because he is actually for the most part a docile character who does fight for who he loves. Was I happy with the choice they had for an older Jed? I’m not disappointed in the choice, but from what we have seen over the years with how he is built, it didn’t live up in my opinion.

leatherfacecmaskNow that is not a testimony of how bad the film is because as I said I enjoyed everything about the film from the acting (Madsen and Bloor pay real psychopaths), but there are some strange elements to the film. In this film, you have everything from a sex scene that involves some necrophilia, some intense graphic violence, death by pigs, and much more. This is definitely a film that should please any fan of horror, but as far as TCM fans are concerned, it may or may not please all of them. I was also a huge fan of the sets, the costumes, and how they were able to keep it in the past instead of today like Texas Chainsaw 3D did for us. The makeup department definitely deserves some kudos for how Madsen looked in the film (wait for that infamous scene I said above and you’ll know what I mean). I definitely also was a fan of how they set up why Leatherface looks the way he does and why he chooses to make dead skin masks. Is this one of my favorite films in the series, it’s definitely up there for me and I would definitely recommend this one to anyone. So with all of that being said, I am going to give the film an A- for a final grade. Check it out on VUDU right now as we speak.

220px-Judge_Dredd_promo_posterFor today’s comic book/superhero movie of the week for Super Sunday, we are travelling overseas to England for the 1995 film adaptation of Judge Dredd by Rebellion Developments. The 1995 film stars Sylvester Stalone (Cobra) as the title character Judge Dredd in this film that takes us to a future time where the police are the judge, jury, and executioners. You see by 2080, too much of the Earth has become inhabitable with most of the citizens living in these mega cities that have populations over 500 million in capacity. To control these cities, they created a law enforcement called Judges and they controlled how things are done. Unfortunately for Dredd, someone on the council decides to frame the officer with the help of a ghost named Rico (Armand Assante) in order to further his master plan. You see Rico isn’t a literal ghost, just someone that is off the grid and he has plans of his own once he was set free and now it’s up to Dredd to correct all the wrongs. The film also stars Diane Lane (Man Of Steel) as Judge Hershey, Rob Schneider (Grown Ups) as Fergee, Jürgen Prochnow (Beverly Hills Cop 2) as Judge Griffin, Max von Sydow (Shutter Island) as Chief Justice Fargo, Joan Chen (On Deadly Ground) as Dr. Ilsa, Balthazar Getty (Lord Of The Flies) as Cadet Olmeyer, Christopher Adamson (Les Misérables) as Mean Machine, James Remar (The Warriors) as Block Warlord, and the film was directed by Danny Cannon (I Still Know What You Did Last Summer).

diane lane Judge DreddThis version of Judge Dredd was typical looking of any film from the 90’s where the sets were out of this world and quite frankly a little campy. Its amazing when you watch this film and Demolition Man, the sets are almost identical to each other where the future looks dark, and the buildings of the future are a little out of this world along with the costumes. What can be said about Sylvester Stallone’s performance in this film other than the fact that it was a typical performance from the 80’s action hero. One thing is for sure and that is that Armand Assante played the perfect villain in this film as he was everything that our hero was not, but no one knows our hero better than Rico. You’re probably wondering which film was better? The 1995 version of Judge Dredd or the 2012 version Dredd with Karl Urban? Each version served it’s purpose, but Stallone’s is a more humanized version where he actually takes his helmet off in the film and the acting was good. The 2012 version obviously has the better special effects because technology is more updated, but I did enjoy this film a lot especially since I thought Rob Schneider being the comedic relief wasn’t necessarily needed in the film and Diane Lane was terrific as usual. I am going to give the film a B- for a final grade.

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Everyone always watches any of the MTV award shows for the opening sequences because those are the make or break sequences that will tell you how the night will be. So, Rebel Wilson was named the host of the 2013 MTV Movie Awards and I had high hopes because she actually is funny. The opening sequence which featured James Franco travelling to Australia to tell Rebel that she was chosen started the night off on the right foot. She was presented with the Iron Mangina suit and she flew to the awards where she performed with her Pitch Perfect cast in an amazing performance. Right when Rebel picked up the mic to talk to everyone, it suddenly became awkward where people were not laughing at her jokes right away and it was painful. Melissa McCarthy was the first presenter and her jokes were awful and that was an extremely awkward moment as well.

aa2As the show went on, the presenters were better as Rebel was still trying to figure out what she had to do to get a laugh. She eventually started to roll with her best bit which was the parodies of Les Miserable, Life Of Pi, and Magic Mike. Will Ferrell’s acceptance speech was priceless as he deservedly won the Comedic Genius award. The very beautiful Aubrey Plaza had her moment with Will Ferrell when she tried to take his award and she randomly sat back down. Rebel was a victim of another awkward moment when she won the Breakthrough performer award and the timing with Zac Efron, Seth Rogen, and Danny McBride just went terribly wrong. Selena Gomez had one of the best performances of the night in her sexy Indian outfit. The best announcement came at the end of the night when the director of The Avengers announced that Avengers 2 will come out in 2015 Overall, I am going to give the night a C+ because of all the awkward silent, missed joke moments of the night and there were many.

The Winners:

Best Male Performance: Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook)

Best Kiss: Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Lining Playbook)

Summers Biggest Teen Badass: Chloë Grace Moretz (Kick Ass 2)

MTV Trailblazer Award: Emma Watson

Comedic Genius Award: Will Ferrell

MTV Generation Award: Jamie Foxx

Best Fight: Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson and Jeremy Renner vs. Tom Hiddleston, the Chitauri, and a nuclear missile (The Avengers)

Best WTF Moment: Candieland Gets Smoked, Samuel L. Jackson and Jamie Foxx (Django Unchained)

MTV Breakthrough Performance: Rebel Wilson (Pitch Perfect)

MTV Best Shirtless Performance: Taylor Lautner (Twilight: Breaking Dawn)

Best Villain: Tom Hiddelston (The Avengers)

Best Hero Performance: Martin Freeman (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey)

Best Musical Moment: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Anna Camp, Brittany Snow, Alexis Knapp, Ester Dean, and Hana Mae Lee (Pitch Perfect)

Movie Of The Year: Marvel’s The Avengers

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