Monday, January 26, 2015

Film Review: The Interview (2014)

The Interview (Review)
United States/2014
Format Viewed For Review: Netflix Instant
Netflix Streaming: Yes
Amazon Prime: No

"...the Skylark/Jong-un segments were hilarious, some of my favorite moments in the film."

Talk show host Dave Skylark (James Franco) and his producer Aaron Rapoport (Seth Rogen) head to North Korea to interview Kim Jong-un (Randall Park)... with ulterior motives.

The Interview begins with a hilarious Skylark interview with Eminem. After some thought, Rapoport convinces Skylark to tackle bigger challenges. So, they ask North Korea for an interview with Kim Jong-un. To their surprise, the reclusive leader agrees, as long as he controls the interview. Central Intelligence catches wind of the interview and convince Skylark and Rapoport to assassinate Kim Jong-un -- they reluctantly agree. The plans shift after some humorous mishaps and a sudden change of heart. It leads to an action-packed and surprisingly violent climax and a humorous ending.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Film Review: Jeepers Creepers (2001)

Jeepers Creepers (Review)
United States/2001
Format Viewed For Review: Netflix Instant
Netflix Streaming: Yes
Amazon Prime: Yes

"...maybe we can call it 'flawed perfection?'"

Siblings Trish (Gina Philips) and Darry (Justin Long) travel through the countryside on their way home during college break. On their trip, the pair stumble upon a terrifying secret...

Jeepers Creepers follows these normal siblings as they travel home during their break. In the desolate countryside roads, the pair encounter a man in an ominous brown truck. Soon, they find the man harbors some sinister secrets in the basement of a church. Afterward, the pair are relentlessly pursued by the man, who turns out to be a beast unlike anything they've ever encountered. It's a very straightforward story, not much else to say about it. Well, the ending was also a bit strange, but I liked it.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Film Review: Identity (2003)

Identity (Review)
United States/2003
Format Viewed For Review: Netflix Instant
Netflix Streaming: Yes
Amazon Prime: No

"...offers more than enough mystery, suspense, and atmosphere to be one of my favorites."

While convicted serial killer Malcolm Rivers receives a final hearing for his crimes, a group of strangers are stranded in a secluded motel on a stormy night.

Identity features a very interesting and engaging narrative. So, while Malcolm Rivers receives his second hearing thanks to his uncovered journals, this group finds themselves stranded in a motel. This group includes limo driver Ed Dakota (John Cusack) and his celebrity client; Officer Rhodes (Ray Liotta) and the prisoner he's transporting; a prostitute named Paris; a young newlywed couple; a family of three; and Larry, the motel owner. As they are settling in, they start suffering from violent deaths. Only a room key with a number counting down from 10 connects the vicious murders. It all leads to a great ending.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Film Review: Ragnarok (2013)

Ragnarok (Review)
Norway/2013
Format Viewed For Review: Netflix Instant
Netflix Streaming: Yes
Amazon Prime: No

"...aside from its clichés and contrived moments, Ragnarok is surprisingly entertaining."

Sigurd (Pål Sverre Valheim Hagen), an archeologist, takes his family on vacation to Finnmark to find evidence of the Viking extinction known as the Ragnarok...

Ragnarok follows Sigurd and his two children, a fellow archeologist, said archeologist's assistant, and their guide as they travel to Finnmark to find the evidence. So, they find a cave system and a Viking helmet, which supports their theory. Unfortunately, the group become trap in the area and eventually find themselves facing off against a vicious creature. Not much depth or character to the story, but enough to keep you seated until the end. The ending itself is predictable.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Film Review: Neverlake (2013)

Neverlake (Review)
Italy/2013
Format Viewed For Review: Netflix Instant
Netflix Streaming: Yes
Amazon Prime: Yes

"...a dreadfully slow-pace and a lot of unnecessary filler..."

On a trip home to Italy, Jenny (Daisy Keeping) finds herself entangled in a mystery involving a lake...

Neverlake is an interesting story. The story follows Jenny, who has some annoying mood swings, as she comes home to visit her father. Her father is preoccupied, though, and she's not pleased to meet her father's assistant. Anyway, Jenny meets a group of orphans nearby and they show her the true power of the lake. From there, she follows their direction (without question) and finds that her father may be be part of the mystery. It leads to a satisfying climax and ending.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Film Review: The Chinese Connection (aka Fist of Fury) (1972)

The Chinese Connection (aka Fist of Fury) (Review)
China/1972
Format Viewed For Review: Netflix Instant
Netflix Streaming: No
Amazon Prime: No

"...a very fun experience..."

Chen Zhen (Bruce Lee) returns to Shanghai to marry his fiance, but finds his master has tragically passed.

The Chinese Connection, or Fist of Fury, follows Chen as he returns home to this tragic news. Soon after the funeral, his school is threatened by a Japanese school of martial arts. After Chen shows his exemplary skill, he begins to investigate his master's death -- Chen believes his master's death was too sudden to be caused by a natural illness. So, Chen seeks his vengeance with one epic battle after another and a fantastic climax. The ending was also surprising -- I liked it.