Monthly Archives: January 2010

Blood Creek (2009)

My Rating: 4/5 STARS
MovieStudio Quote >> “It’s political, it’s  gory and totally inhumane!”

In 1936, the Wollners–a German family living in rural Town Creek, Maryland–are contacted by the Third Reich to host a visiting scholar, Professor Ricard Wirth (Michael Fassbender). In need of… In 1936, the Wollners–a German family living in rural Town Creek, Maryland–are contacted by the Third Reich to host a visiting scholar, Professor Ricard Wirth (Michael Fassbender). In need of money, they accept Wirth into their home.

Blood CreekWirth’s grand occult project seals the Wollners off from the rest of the world and makes them players in a horrifying game of survival. Now, in 2007, Evan Marshall’s (Henry Cavill) life has stalled at twenty-five years old. Left without answers after his older brother Victor’s (Dominic Purcell) disappearance from a camping trip near Town Creek, he has tried to move on. But when Victor returns one night, very much alive and having escaped his captors, Evan asks no questions–at his brother’s request, he loads their rifles, packs up their boat and follows him back to Town Creek on a mission of revenge that will test them in every possible way…

New York, I Love You (2009)

My Rating: 3.5/5 STARS
MovieStudio Quote >> “A collage of inspirational, creative ideas. Worth  watching!”

In the city that never sleeps, love is always on the mind. Those passions come to life in NEW YORK, I LOVE YOU – a collaboration of storytelling from some of today’s most imaginative filmmakers… In the city that never sleeps, love is always on the mind.

New York, I Love YouThose passions come to life in NEW YORK, I LOVE YOU – a collaboration of storytelling from some of today’s most imaginative filmmakers and featuring an all-star cast. Together they create a kaleidoscope of the spontaneous, surprising, electrifying human connections that pump the city’s heartbeat.

New York, I Love YouSexy, funny, haunting and revealing encounters unfold beneath the Manhattan skyline. From Tribeca to Central Park to Brooklyn the story weaves a tale of love as diverse as the very fabric of New York itself.

Couples Retreat (2009)

My Rating: 2/5 STARS
MovieStudio Quote >> “What was the great star cast for? The movie is so numb!”

Vince Vaughn, Jason Bateman, Jon Favreau, Malin Akerman, Kristin Davis, Kristen Bell and Faizon Love star in Universal Pictures’ upcoming comedy Couples Retreat. Based on an original idea of… Vince Vaughn, Jason Bateman, Jon Favreau, Malin Akerman, Kristin Davis, Kristen Bell and Faizon Love star in Universal Pictures’ upcoming comedy Couples Retreat.

Couples RetreatBased on an original idea of Vaughn’s, the comedy follows four Midwestern couples who embark on a journey to a tropical island resort. While one of the couples is there to work on their marriage, the other three set out to jet ski, spa and enjoy some fun in the sun. They soon discover that participation in the resorts couples therapy is not optional. Suddenly, their group-rate vacation comes at a price. What follows is a hilarious look at real world problems faced by all couples. The film also stars Kali Hawk and Jean Reno.

Kill Zone (2005)

My Rating: 3/5 STARS
MovieStudio Quote >> “A political gangster flick, only the climax stunt is worth watching!”

Wilson Yip’s dynamic crime thriller follows an aging cop (Simon Yam) so determined to take down the brutal gangster (Sammo Hung) responsible for the death of his god daughter that he resorts to ethically dubious tactics.

Kill ZoneHis plans are complicated by his failing health, the sudden death of an undercover agent, and the arrival of an uptight, painfully honest new detective (Donnie Yen).

An Empress & the Warriors (2008)

My Rating: 3.5/5 STARS
MovieStudio Quote >> “A scenic beauty. A Movie about love, patriotism and bravery!”

The story was set in Ancient China before it’s unification, during which countless kingdoms battle for supremacy. Yen Feier (played by Kelly Chen) is thrust on the throne when her father is killed in a battle.

An Empress & the WarriorsFeier and her loyal Murong Xuehu (played by Donnie Yen) unite to defend the kingdom. But her ambitious cousion Wu Ba (played by Guo Xiaodong) sends assasins to kill her.

An Empress & the WarriorsA mysterious man Duan Lan-Quan (played by Leon Lai) saves her. Feier falls in love with Duan who offers her another life. With the fate of her kingdom in the balance, Feier must choose between her duty and her dreams.

Whatever Works (2009)

My Rating: 3/5 STARS
MovieStudio Quote >> “A Witty and a genius love story. A hilarious family drama !”

The New York-based humor of Woody Allen and CURB YOUR ENTHUSIAM’s Larry David seems like a natural match, and the pair unite for the first time in this comedy.

Whatever WorksWHATEVER WORKS follows a rich man… The New York-based humor of Woody Allen and CURB YOUR ENTHUSIAM’s Larry David seems like a natural match, and the pair unite for the first time in this comedy. WHATEVER WORKS follows a rich man (David), who decides that he should be living a different, less-status based life.

Whatever WorksEvan Rachel Wood, Patricia Clarkson, Ed Begley Jr., and Michael McKean star in this film that marks Allen’s cinematic return to New York City.

Thirst (2009)

My Rating: 4.5/5 STARS
MovieStudio Quote >> “A surprisingly realistic vampire flick with lots of blood, gore and sex!”

Sang-hyun is a priest who cherishes life; so much so, that he selflessly volunteers for a secret vaccine development project meant to eradicate a deadly virus. But the virus takes the priest, and a blood transfusion is urgently ordered up for him. The blood he receives is infected, so Sang-hyun lives – but now exists as a vampire. Struggling with his newfound carnal desire for blood, Sang-hyun’s faith is further strained when a childhood friend’s wife, Tae-ju (Kim Ok-vin), comes to him asking for his help in escaping her life. Sang-hyun soon plunges into a world of sensual pleasures, finding himself on intimate terms with the Seven Deadly Sins.

ThirstA CJ Entertainment and Focus Features International presentation of a Moho Film production. A Park Chan-wook Film. Song Kang-ho, Kim Ok-vin. Thirst. Kim Hae-sook, Shin Ha-kyun. Music by Cho Young-uk. Sound Recordist, Jung Gun. Sound Designed by Kim Suk-won, Kim Chang-sub. Costume Designer, Cho Sang-kyung. Make-up and Hair Designer, Song Jong-hee.

ThirstProduction Designer, Ryu Seong-Hie. Edited by Kim Sang-bum, Kim Jae-bum. Visual Effects Supervisor, Lee Jeon-Hyung. Lighting by Park Hyun-won. Cinematographer, Chung Chung-hoon. Investment Executive, Sean Lee. Associate Producer, Joon H. Choi. Co-Executive Producer, Katharine Kim. Executive Producer, Miky Lee. Produced by Park Chan-wook, Ahn Soo-hyun.

ThirstInspired by Émile Zola’s Thérèse Raquin. Written by Park Chan-wook, Chung Seo-kyung. Directed by Park Chan-wook. A Focus Features Release.

The Devil’s Rejects (2005)

My Rating: 4/5 STARS
MovieStudio Quote >> “This flick is a total sadistic and nasty. But it’s a new genre!”

The follow-up to his 2003 horror hit HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES, Rob Zombie’s THE DEVIL’S REJECTS continues the story of a bizarre group of very odd people who like to torture, maim, and kill virtually everyone they come in contact with.

The Devil's RejectsWhen Sheriff Wydell (William Forsythe) pays a visit to the body-ridden lair of Mother Firefly (Leslie Easterbrook, taking over the role played by Karen Black in the first film), her children Otis (Bill Moseley) and Baby (Sheri Moon Zombie) are forced to run, eventually holing up in a roadside motel with four hostages (including Clint Eastwood regular Geoffrey Lewis and THREE’S COMPANY star Priscilla Barnes).

The Devil's RejectsSeeking help from creepy clown Captain Spaulding (Sid Haig), they continue their murderous rampage while being tracked by Wydell, who is hellbent on avenging the death of his brother, which came at the hands of this very weird and dangerous family. As Wydell tortures Mother Firefly for answers, Otis and Baby torture their hostages for kicks. Zombie, a heavy metal musician who leads the group White Zombie, infuses his exciting, funny, and terrifying gorefest with a fabulous 1970s soundtrack, using such songs as Elvin Bishop’s “Fooled Around and Fell in Love” and David Essex’s “Rock On” at inappropriately riotous moments.

The Devil's RejectsPart BONNIE AND CLYDE, part THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, part THE WILD BUNCH, Zombie’s bloody barrage is filled with unexpected plot twists and surprises unique to this genre.

Homecoming (2009)

My Rating: 3/5 STARS
MovieStudio Quote >> “A crazy ex-GF flicko, gore intensity is less and movie quite drags!”

Mike (Matt Long) was the star quarterback in a blue-collar small town where football is everything. After receiving a scholarship to Northwestern University, he returns home over Christmas break and everyone is surprised to see him with a new girlfriend, Elizabeth (Jessica Stroup), a pretty rich girl from Chicago.

Homecoming No one is more shocked than Mike’s homecoming queen ex-girlfriend, Shelby (Mischa Barton), who desperately wants Elizabeth out of the picture. After a freak car accident leaves an injured Elizabeth at the mercy of Shelby, all hell breaks loose as Shelby does everything it takes to get Mike back.

Dark Water (2005)

My Rating: 4/5 STARS
MovieStudio Quote >> “Except for the climax, everything was very scary and impulsive!”

Acclaimed director Walter Salles (“Central Station,” “The Motorcycle Diaries”) helms and Academy Award®-winner Jennifer Connelly stars in DARK WATER, a psychological thriller featuring a stellar… Acclaimed director Walter Salles (“Central Station,” “The Motorcycle Diaries”) helms and Academy Award®-winner Jennifer Connelly stars in DARK WATER, a psychological thriller featuring a stellar cast, including Academy Award®-nominees John C. Reilly, Tim Roth, and Pete Postlethwaite, as well as Dougray Scott and newcomer Ariel Gade.

Dark WaterBased on a film by the creators of the Japanese version of “The Ring” comes this haunting, chilling film about a young mother who goes to extreme lengths to solve a mystery and protect her daughter. Dahlia Williams (JENNIFER CONNELLY) is starting a new life; newly separated with a new job and a new apartment, she’s determined to put her relationship with her estranged husband behind her and devote herself to raising her daughter, Ceci. But when the strained separation disintegrates into a bitter custody battle, her situation takes a turn for the worse.

Dark WaterHer new apartment – dilapidated, cramped, and worn – seems to take on a life of its own. Mysterious noises, persistent leaks of dark water, and strange happenings cause her imagination to run wild, sending her on a puzzling and mystifying pursuit to find out who is behind the endless mind games. As Dahlia frantically searches for the links between the riddles, the dark water seems to close around her. But one thing trumps all others in Dahlia’s world: no matter what it is that’s out there, she’ll stop at nothing to find it.