Daily Archives: December 18, 2009

Moon – Movie Review

Moon – Written & Directed by Duncan Jones. Starring Sam Rockwell & Kevin Spacey.

Tagline: 250,000 miles from home, the hardest thing to face…is yourself

Duncan Jones directorial debut shows us that he has the goods to deliver a compelling story of what perils one person goes through when faced with 3 years of solitude 250,000 miles from Earth.

Without a doubt, MOON was the best movie I have seen in a while. MOON puts a relatable human touch on an intriguing and deep sci-fi story that, while it originally appears to be taking the path of 2001 Space Odyssey, is a unique adventure.

An absolute brilliant performance by Sam Rockwell, who is an extremely versatile actor in his own right and Kevin Spacey’s GERTY voice-over is eery and excellent. This movie is definitely in my list of Top Movies, and one that is a Must See for anyone who likes a good movie.

Synopsis: Sam Bell has a three year contract to work for Lunar Industries. For the contract’s entire duration, he is the sole employee based at their lunar station. His primary job responsibility is to harvest and periodically rocket back to Earth supplies of helium-3, the current clean and abundant fuel used on Earth. There is no direct communication link available between the lunar station and Earth, so his only direct real-time interaction is with GERTY, the intelligent computer whose function is to attend to his day to day needs. With such little human contact and all of it indirect, he feels that three years is far too long to be so isolated; he knows he is beginning to hallucinate as the end of his three years approaches. All he wants is to return to Earth to be with his wife Tess and their infant daughter Eve, who was born just prior to his leaving for this job. With two weeks to go, he gets into an accident at one of the mechanical harvesters and is rendered unconscious. Injured, he awakens back at the station in the infirmary, he assumes assisted by GERTY. GERTY tells him that a rescue team named Eliza will come to the station to clean up the aftermath of the accident. After his recuperation, he takes an unauthorized trip back to the broken harvester, where he makes an unexpected discovery. Because of his find, he begins to doubt his sanity, then his true identity, then the company and GERTY’s willingness to do what is best for him. Because of his resulting beliefs, his sole mission becomes how to get back to Earth on his own

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The Grudge 3 – Movie Review

The Grudge 3 – Directed by Toby Wilkins; Screenplay by Brad Keene; Written by Takashi Shimizu. Starring Matthew Knight , Shawnee Smith, and Aiko Horiuchi.

Tagline: Catboy and Croaky are at it again!

For anyone who has seen any of the previous Grudge movies, you know the plot. Catboy and Croaky kill some people, and there you have The Grudge.

While I can appreciate the never ending theory of cursed spirits wanting revenge on anyone it comes in contact with, I did find this movie rather predictable and not as scary as some reviews have pointed out. There were moments when scenes took on a different turn (like when Dr. Sullivan is killed by Kayako), but nonetheless, this film did not give me nightmares when I went to bed.

The acting and plot was good, and while it was good to see Marina Sirtis (Star Trek TNG) on screen, I think that the ever talented Shawnee Smith deserved more screen time.

But for me, I like a little less predictability in my horror movies.

There were times when I felt like giving Kayako a throat lozenge and recommending a good chiropractor (especially when she starting that annoying croaking and doing the Kayako Crawl); And as for the cat-wailing of Toshio? Please… I don’t know about you, but if a ghost boy is wailing like cat in heat the only thing that comes to my mind is neuter cat-boy, give him a tin of tuna or present him with a real cat that’s in heat 🙂

If you liked the first two installments of Grudge, then by all means watch this one. If not for anything else, it is worth checking out the further adventures of Cat-Boy and Croaky-Girl.

Synopsis: In Chicago, the boy Jake (Matthew Knight) is interned in a mental institution and his therapist Dr. Sullivan (Shawnee Smith) does not believe that he is haunted by the ghost of the boy Toshio (Shimba Tsuchiya). When Jake is killed in his cell with all his bones broken, Dr. Sullivan decides to investigate further with open-mind. Meanwhile, Lisa (Johanna Braddy), who is the sister of the super Max (Gil McKinney) of Jake’s building, steals the key of apartment 305 to have sex with her boyfriend Andy (Beau Mirchoff). When she realizes that the spot is a crime scene, she immediately returns to her apartment, where she lives with Max and their sister Rose (Jadie Hobson). In the meantime, the Japanese Naoko (Emi Ikehata) decides to travel from Tokyo to Chicago to stop the curse of her sister Kayako (Aiko Horiuchi) . She meets Lisa and tells that she needs hers and Rose’s help her to stop the fiend of her sister, but Lisa does not accept the offer. When Max is possessed by the evil spirit of Daisuke (Takatsuma Mukai), Lisa visits Naoko but it may be too late to stop the curse.

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Open Graves – Movie Review

Open Graves – Directed by Álvaro de Armiñán; Written by Bruce A. Taylor and Roderick Taylor. Starring Mike Vogel and Eliza Dushku.

Tagline: Jumanji The Final Destination version!

If you have seen this movie, then you will know what it is all about. A group of friends decide to play a cursed board game and get killed one by one until only one remains.

This movie did have some moments there, particularly when Eliza Dushku was onscreen but the rest of this movie came up very predictable to say the least.

There was some good footage of the local scenery in some parts of the movie, that was about as far as I got enthused about Open Graves. The death scenes were predictable, and the ending scene showed us that an idiot will say the darnest things to start a never ending time-loop.

While it is worth watching just to see Eliza Dushku, that is about as far as one’s interest will span.

I don’t know about anyone else, but if a mysterious dude gave me a board game several hundreds years old the first thing I would be doing is listing it on E-Bay 🙂

Synopsis: In Spain, the American surfer Jason (Mike Vogel), his best friend and photographer Tomas Escaño (Iman Nazemzadeh) and his girlfriend Lisa (Lindsay Caroline Robba) go shopping in a fair and while the couple is negotiating with a street vendor, Jason visits a dreadful store. Jason has a friction with the handicapped owner Malek (Alex O’Dogherty) and the man in a wheelchair offers an ancient board game called Mamba from the Spanish Inquisition period for free to excuse his behavior. Meanwhile, Detective Izar (Gary Piquer) is investigating the death of a man that was skinned alive. When a heavy rain falls during a party on the beach, Jason joins Tomas, Lisa, his new acquaintance Erica Vargas (Eliza Dushku), Pablo (Boris Martinez), Miguel (Ander Pardo) and Elena (Naike Rivelli) to play the game. Erica reads the rules and explains that the winner would have his wish granted while the losers would be cursed to die the way described in the cards. Pablo is the first to lose and borrows Tomas’ car to buy some beers. Miguel, Lisa, Elena and Tomas also lose, but the players stop the game when Detective Eric arrives and informs that Pablo has just died. When Miguel, Lisa and Elena also die, Jason researches the Mamba in the Internet and finds that the pieces and board had been made of skin and bones of the witch Mamba Masamba and the cards had been written with her blood and tears. Jason decides to finish the game with Erica to undo the curse.

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