Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Tuesday Triple Play

Well the time has come once again for me to sit down and review the past week...or two. About a week before Halloween I headed up to our neighborhood Blockbuster to see what they had out that I hadn't seen. To my surprise, there was one copy of 1408 that was available to be checked out. I couldn't believe it, I was lucky enough to grab the last one before the guy behind me snatched it up. In your face random guy. I hope you enjoy Herbie Fully Loaded.

I was really excied to see this show, as I love Samuel L. Jackson and worship John Cusack (If you have seen One Crazy Summer or Better Off Dead, you understand what I am saying.) The show starts out with John Cusack going around debunking local Urban Legends and ghost stories. It is all pretty tame until he gets a mysterious note from a hotel telling him to not go into Room 1408. Ok, the whole thing sounds hokey and the previews made it look like the jump-out-of-your-seat-with-a-load-in-your-pants type of movie with all the things jumping out from behind John, but this movie goes far below that...this movie appeals to your darkest fears and gets inside your head. Really an awesome show with one F'd up room. This room will eat you up, chew you to much and crap you all out only to have it happen again...over and over. What a wicked show this was, and the acting was really awesome. I gained a new level of respect for John Cusack and his versatility as an actoe. If you haven't seen this movie, what the Hell is the matter with you? Go get it right now and watch it. I have to give 1408 3.5 Bawls and the 7th Level of Hell.

This moves me to the next movie that I saw and about a week ago. I stopped in at Blockbuster yet again, and saw a whole mess of movies that I wanted to rent, but knowing that my taste in movies isn't really shared by those around me...(I'll never understand that, but whatever,) I was convinced by my sister to watch Deja Vu while she my wife and I ate dinner. I knew what the movie was about, and to be honest, I didn't really want to see ths flick because any serious movie that incorporates time travel in it makes me want to pass. Anyways I caved, grabbed myself a footlong Spicy Italian Subway Sandwich and Cold Bevarage, and sank into the sofa not really expecting much.

I love Denzel, and actually liked the story of this movie. The thing that unnerves me is any movie that deals with terrorism in any way...I don't know if it is because of 9/11, or the fact that I lived in the Middle East and witnessed terrorism first hand...I don't know, but it always unsettles me. Basically, Denzel plays and ATF agent who is called in to help with the investigation of a terrorist bombing of a ferry that kills a couple hundred men, women and children...it is pretty gruesome the depiction of it. Hmm, but the story is pretty cool and really unique in how they go about the investigation. The whole car chase while looking into the past is pretty freaking awesome.


All in all, this was not as bad as I thought it was going to be, and maybe it is just how I am wired intellectually that time travel movies just seem to leave too many questions unanswered, But again, better than I thought it would be and I left fairly satisfied. I have to give Deja Vu 2.5 Bawls and a Shot of Reality.

And now onto a film that I just watched on Sunday evening. A film that I was amped to see when I first heard about it. It is a sequel to an unbelievably wicked film that came out a couple of years ago. The first film 28 Days Later was a complete shocker to me in the sense that it was a fairly small budgeted movie and that the things they pulled off in it were nothing short of spectacular, so when I heard about 28 Weeks Later, I knew I had to partake.

Once again, the film takes place in England, where 28 have transpired since the virus has literally decimated Great Britain. The thing I love about these shows, is that it takes a new spin on zombies...they aren't the mindless, slow-ass zombies that people have gotten so used to...even the newer Land of the Dead(ish) shows have broken away from that ancient idea. Good on them I say. The virus turns regular people into super angry, blood-thirsty maniacs, and man are they scarier than shirt. Once again, they manage to pull of a London that appears to be completely void of life and make the whole movie just creepy as hell with the mood. This movie is uber-gory and really graphic in some spots...I mean about as raw as you can get without sinking into the mess of Saw and Hostel...uggh. I hate mindless torture, goregasm flicks...anyways, this movie has its share of burning bodies, headshots with high-caliber guns, and even one wicked scene involving about 2 dozen Rage-a-holics and one helicopter...to channel Ice Cube and Chris Tucker from Friday, "Daayuumn!" So if I may make a recommendation, watch both 28 Days and 28 Weeks. Two awesome films. I have to give 28 Weeks Later 3.75 Bawls and an exploding head.




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3 comments:

Allison & Noah Riley said...

Gee Ricky, I'm really sorry your mom blew up. Four Bawls (how high does the rating scale go?) for referencing the greatest 80's flick of ALL time on your blog.

JoshB. said...

Nice to see Duel Ebert is back at the helm of movie reviews. I too enjoyed the 1408 feature film. I found the colors simply delicious! And the acting was, to say the least, sublime. And the story was, well, meloncolly (however you spell it.) Good flick though, creepy when his kid is telling him he doesn't love her anymore. Gotta love Steve King. His new one looks good too--the Mist I think. Much love to the SLC!!

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