Uninspired sequel to Insidious, James Wan's follow up feels tiresome,… MoreUninspired sequel to Insidious, James Wan's follow up feels tiresome, boring, and predictable and forced. The first film was genuinely frightening and right up till this year's The Conjuring (also directed by Wan) was one of the scariest horror films that had been released in the last few years. The problem with this sequel is that the scares just don't work, and the film ends up being mediocre. There's never any real sense of fear or dread on-screen, as what we have here is a predictable film that recycles old ideas. The material here is just not there, and it clearly needed to be reworked to make it a much better film. That's the problem with doing a sequel to a great horror film, it will never be able to capture the vibe of the original, and it will most likely copy the previous film. I personally felt that Insidious didn't need a sequel, and the result is a mediocre film that has some atmosphere, but no real memorable jolts like the original pulled. Luckily for James Wan he was able to redeem himself in one year by crafting The Conjuring, a far superior and brilliantly terrifying work of horror cinema. Insidious Chapter 2 just doesn't hold up, and it's a boring film that will disappoint. I really wanted to enjoy the film, but it just didn't cut it. There's only one truly terrifying scene in the film, but that's it. James Wan is a great director in the genre, but this isn't one of his best, it's not awful, but it does fall short on quite a few levels that I can't recommend it. Watch the first film instead, at that film truly had some solid scares. This sequel lacks the scares, and feels forced, as if the filmmakers tried to outdo the original film.
The DC Sniper case was one of the shocking crimes in first half of the… MoreThe DC Sniper case was one of the shocking crimes in first half of the 21 Century. A sniper in the DC region, started targeting random people, and had police baffled. The massacre continued for twenty-two days. Blue Caprice is a well crafted character study into the mind of two killers that terrorized a region of the States that is normally a safe place. With this film, we get a flair of sheer madness, but it's told in a subtle way, and the tone of the film is slow paced, but as it unravels we see how two killers terrorize a city. Brilliantly acted and directed, what I loved about the film is that it wasn't graphic or tried to exploit the tragedy in any way. Blue Caprice is an effective drama that boasts a very good cast of actors. Isaiah Washington delivers a blistering, intense performance as John Allen Mohammed, one of the perpetrators of the rampage. Blue Caprice is haunting in its images, performances, and it's quite a feat of storytelling. The subject that the film deals with is not for everyone, but to those who are interested, it's worth seeing. The film really surprised me, and lead actor Washington delivered the finest performance of his career, and I think he matured as an actor with this movie. Though not for everyone, Blue Caprice is a well executed drama based on a horrible massacre. Instead of focusing on the massacre, the filmmakers decided to focus on the events leading up to it, while not showing too much of the rampage, instead suggesting what is about to happen; that way it makes for a much more gripping and disturbing picture, one that will stay with you for a while.
Eye opening documentary about Dolphin abuse in Taijii, Japan. The Cove… MoreEye opening documentary about Dolphin abuse in Taijii, Japan. The Cove exposes an important subject, one that needs to be exposed. Hard to watch, but necessary, The Cove is a must see movie, and it's really one of the most important documentaries in recent memory. The film is quite disturbing, but it confronts an issue that needs to be addressed. Dolphins are smart creatures, and they're not ours to eat, trap and abuse. I viewed the film purely as an unbiased point of view, and I was shocked at what I've seen here. I am an animal lover and this film really showed some of the cruelty against these smart animals. Brilliantly shot, telling a powerful story, The Cove is an intense experience that you won't forget. Some footage is hard to watch, but it is necessary in order to shine light on this subject. A lot of people don't know that this is going on, and it needs to be made aware of because the way they're slaughtered is barbaric. If you're hesitant about seeing the film because of its content, don't. The film though disturbing is a documentary that is important, and really worth seeing because it's a subject that needs to be addressed. I love eating meat and fish; however I do believe that there are some limits when it comes to nature. I believe certain species should not be killed because it's not right and frankly it's barbaric. With that being said, will this documentary make Japanese fishermen stop emptying oceans of fish, I doubt it. However this film has the power to make you ask several questions and eventually maybe they'll sufficient pressure on the Japanese to make them realize what they're doing can eventually hurt the world's fish supply. In regards to Dolphins and other whales, they should be protected by laws as Dolphin meat is not good enough for human consumption due to high levels of mercury. The Cove is a standout picture that will stay with you long after you've seen it.
Average action film starring Vin Diesel, that being said, I didn't… MoreAverage action film starring Vin Diesel, that being said, I didn't expect much from Pitch Black, but I was pleasantly surprised. Although lacking in effective storytelling, this film boasts enough action to keep you interested from start to finish. The film is good for what it tries to accomplish, but if you're looking for a well structured film with a great story, you'll sadly be disappointed. The plot is decent at best, but it never is anything memorable. The film succeeds at being an action extravaganza and it is a fun and entertaining one at that. Diesel is good in the role, but I'll be honest, he's just not a good actor, but here he's more suited for these types of roles and he manages to have a good on-screen presence here. Pitch Black has its flaws, but is worth seeing if you enjoy mindless action Sci Fi films. The other performances are good, but not great, and the film relies on array of effects to really set the tone of the film. Pitch Black is good, mindless entertainment; however it could have been much better. With a few script rewrites, this film really could have stood, and be a memorable action film. In the end, it falls short of its potential, and never realizes what it should have been. This picture could really have a highly memorable movie, but due to a lacking script, a cast of average actors, it's a movie leaves a lot to be desired. In other words, Pitch Black is a film from a specific audience. I love action films, but I feel that despite its premise, it should have been a much better movie than what we got. As it is, it's mindless popcorn entertainment. Nonetheless despite its imperfections, I liked the film, and I didn't expect to really enjoy it. Vin Diesel fans will surely enjoy this movie, and the action is good despite everything else.
Mediocre follow up to Pitch Black, I was very much let down by this… MoreMediocre follow up to Pitch Black, I was very much let down by this sequel, and I felt it was a tiresome, boring movie that tried way too hard at outdoing the original. The biggest problem with that is, Pitch Black was never a great film, and it was a film that boasted impressive action with an average story and an average cast. Overall that film needed a lot of work to make it a memorable outing, and left a lot to be desired. The Chronicles of Riddick is a picture that suffers from an underdeveloped script and it tries to put way too many elements on-screen that don't work. This film is a mess from start to finish and way too long for what it is. I think the film should have been shorter, and that the script should have been reworked significantly. There were a few interesting ideas, but overall, like I said, it's a mess because the film is all over the place. If you've enjoyed the first film, you may be let down by this sequel. The Chronicles of Riddick is yet another follow up that fails to expand and deliver something better than the original. Pitch Black wasn't perfect, and it left a lot to be desired, but it was entertaining and fun. This on the other hand is a strained picture that fails in delivering anything really interesting for the viewer. This movie is purely for Diesel fans, and no one else. Don't go into this one expecting a better film than Pitch Black, you'll be disappointed as The Chronicles of Riddick is all over the map, and you're trying to figure out what's going on, on-screen. Like I said, it's a mess of a picture, and overall it's just boring, dull and ultimately not interesting. This film should have been much better, instead it just falls flat.
Riddick is a satisfying treat for fans of the original film.… MoreRiddick is a satisfying treat for fans of the original film. Considering that the follow up to Pitch Black, The Chronicles of Riddick was a mediocre movie that left me disappointed, I quite enjoyed this film. I feel with this third movie, the filmmakers took a much darker route than the previous films and in many ways they improved on what really didn't work with the second film. I felt that Riddick was a much confident film, and it boasted a better story mixed with the action of the original film. The cast do a pretty good job in their parts and this film ends up being an enjoyable action picture worth seeing if you've enjoyed Pitch Black. Fans who were disappointed with the sequel, will most likely enjoy the film, and despite its imperfections, Riddick takes a step back from over doing the formula and delivering the bare essentials in order to create a film that is engaging, thrilling and overall the finest in the trilogy. I was never a big Vin Diesel fan, I found him to have limited range as an actor, but here he is entertaining. Riddick won't be remembered as a genre classic, but for what it is, it's an entertaining thrill ride that fixes prior mistakes from The Chronicles of Riddick and makes it into a movie that is much better than what I'd think it was going to be. I didn't expect to really enjoy the film, but this one surprised me. Riddick has its flaws, but like I said, it doesn't try to overdo the action, and the plot is pretty interesting to boot, even if it's not great. If you were disappoint ted with the second movie, check this film out, it's not great cinema, but it's a fun, and highly entertaining movie worth seeing if you're a fan of the series. With effective visuals, and thrilling action, Riddick is sure to appeal to action film junkies. Go into this one with an open mind, you may be surprised that it's better than expected.
This is a very good documentary about America's first serial killer,… MoreThis is a very good documentary about America's first serial killer, H.H. Holmes. With recreations and interviews with psychologists who have analyzed how Holmes operated. This is an engaging documentary, one that is very disturbing considering the nature of it subject. Holmes was inventive in his methods of killing people, operating a death factory hidden away in a hotel that he owned. This is a well done documentary that is very interesting because Holmes was such a unique and disturbed individual. The documentary is worth seeing if you're interested in the subject. The film is pretty short, but there is enough documentation to make it standout. This is not a film that warrants multiple viewings due to its macabre nature, but nonetheless, it may be a worthy film to see if you're interested true crime stories. This is as real as it gets, and it's a chilling account of a meticulous killer who was able to murder countless people within the walls of his "castle", and not raise suspicion for a short time, until he finally got caught and executed. This documentary plays out more as a TV episode than a film, but it does stand out as an important film in the true crime genre. H.H. Holmes was the first serial killer in American history, and possibly one of the inventive in carrying out his crimes. Overall it's a good film to watch and very engaging with interviews and archival footage throughout. Although it's well constructed, H.H. Holmes should have been a bit longer to really make a standout documentary film. As it is, it's engaging, but it's not a movie that is worth seeing again and should be viewed for research purposes or if you're interested the subject.
Shattered City is a dramatized made for TV drama about the Halifax… MoreShattered City is a dramatized made for TV drama about the Halifax Explosion that occurred in 1917. The film uses a fictionalized aspect to tell this famous Canadian tragedy, and in doing so, it's lacking in trying to tell a good story, set against the 1917 tragedy. The story is decent, but it feels formulaic, and it's the standard plotline for a made for TV affair. The cast do a good job, but overall it does leave a lot to be desired. As a big history buff, I was heavily interested in the tragedy, and was unable to find an in depth documentary on the subject, so I decided to see this instead. Although the film tries to use a made up story to tell of its factual tragedy, this is worth seeing in order to spark interest in the subject, however it only serves as that. The film is entertaining for what it is, but it should have been much better due to the fact that the subject is captivating. The Halifax Explosion was the biggest recorded explosion before the atomic bomb, and the devastation was outstanding. Half of the city was destroyed and the explosions could be heard from miles away. Shattered City is good for what it tries to accomplish, but it never is a great film, and it suffers at times. Shattered City is good for what its, but it does fall short in some areas because the filmmakers added to much fiction an already interesting subject. For a made for TV film, Shattered City is entertaining, but if you're looking for a factual film, you'll be disappointed as this one has fiction mixed with facts to make it more appealing for viewers. Enjoyable, but it is a flawed film that could be done better by staying true to the facts.
Average documentary about Tool vocalist Maynards James Keenan endeavor… MoreAverage documentary about Tool vocalist Maynards James Keenan endeavor in operating his own winery in Arizona. I really thought that this film, though interesting lacked in really giving wine enthusiasts something worthwhile to watch. This is a film more for fans of Tool, and though I really love Keenan's music, I found this film to be lacking. For fans, this film will certainly give you another aspect of Maynard's life. The process that is used in making wines is documented here, but like I said, there is something lacking here to really make this documentary stand out. I liked the documentary, but I've seen better films in the genre. If you're expecting a great documentary, you'll be sadly disappointed. This is a movie strictly for Tool fans, and even then, this may be a disappointment. For a wine making documentary, there should be a much better film than this. I felt that this one just touched the tip of the iceberg of wine making, The film doesn't go in depth into the process, which is what I wanted, and it opens a door into Keenan's other passion other than music. Overall, good, but it should have been much better. Blood Into Wine is only an average documentary on wine making, and it's one of those documentaries that needed to be more elaborate in terms of its subject, and considering that Wine making is such a passion for many people, you'd expect a great movie. Good for what it is, but it's not the definitive wine making documentary. Luckily Tool is a great band, and it's interesting to see this part of Keenan's life, but in the end, that's all this film is.
The Entity is a supernatural horror film about a woman being tormented… MoreThe Entity is a supernatural horror film about a woman being tormented by a ghost who attacks and rapes her. Director Sidney J. Furie crafts a harrowing film that is an overlooked genre film, one that delivers genuine chills and is a must see movie for genre fans. This is the strongest directorial effort from Sidney J. Furie who would later helm the Top Gun rip-off, Iron Eagle. By today's standards. The Entity is a well executed movie that has a very good story, horrifying moments that will keep you on the edge of your sea. I was pleasantly surprised with the film, but there are things that really don't hold up. First I felt that the film's story, though very good, could have been a bit more developed. At times, it feels rushed, like the filmmakers were trying to conclude the film as quickly as possible. The other is that some of the effects look dated by today's standards. With that being said, The Entity is a film that has its imperfections, but nonetheless if you enjoy supernatural horror, this is one of the best films of the genre. The film has a good cast and effective performances make this a worthwhile and highly engaging movie that is a well constructed horror film that provides memorable moments of sheer terror. This one may be imperfect in some areas, like I've said, but there are more good things going for this one to make it worth seeing. The Entity is an engaging supernatural ride that uses atmosphere, effects and good performances to tell a standout story. If you love supernatural, ghost stories, then give this film a shot. The film may look dated, but is worth seeing for its sheer sense of atmosphere and good story.