Sunday, December 2, 2012

3 Horror Film Reviews!


Hey guys!I’ve been relaxing a little more frequently lately – trying to wipe out some ofthe stress in my life hence I haven’t written in a while. Well, Sunday, October28 marks the start of my vacation from my job for nearly 2 weeks. What have Ibeen doing, you may ask? Well, I decided to forgo taking off to some exoticlocation and stayed in Gainesville, spending time with friends and family.Since my friends and family aren’t onvacation, there are some points in time where I’m bored or have nothing to doso I’ve been opening all the windows in my house and welcoming in the cold air.I woke up this morning to a 68 degree house. Hell. Yes. Now, in addition to thecold, I’ve been watching the hell out of scary movies! As I’ve stated time andtime again, I LOVE THE HORROR GENRE! I’ve watched a total of horror moviessince Wednesday, October 24 and since all of them are new in some sense, I’vedecided to do three reviews of films I had high expectations for. There are,undoubtedly, spoilers even though I try to not give too much away. Enjoy anddon’t forget to comment!
SCHOLAR, VIRGIN, ATHLETE, WHORE, & FOOL
The firstfilm I watched was The Cabin in the Woods;now depending on whom you are, that sentence will either make you happy or makeyou scoff. Honestly, I have no “formal” opinion on this film, but I will saythis – when I was about 16, I actually wrote a story called The Choices of theChildren for English class that was pretty similar to this that, in my honestopinion, would have made for a much more cohesive film that wasn’t so campy.
Have you everwondered why everything happens just soin a scary movie? For instance, “if she wouldn’t have been standing in the exactlocation, she wouldn’t have seen the ghost” or “if he wouldn’t have stopped forthose 5 seconds, he would have been able to outrun the creature.” Well, TheCabin in the Woods takes the post-modern horror film to the extreme. If 1996’s Scream asked “What?” The Cabin in theWoods asks “Why?” The film begins with the basic premise of any teen slasherfilm – five college students [the athlete, the whore, the virgin, the fool, thescholar…] gather to go to an isolated cabin for a weekend of debauchery. Drama,scares, and screams, obviously, ensue. Now, that’s fine, but this is where Iget disenchanted.
THE REASON THIS FILM FAILS
Whereas1996’s Scream and its subsequentsequels walked a very fine line of being almost brutally scary yet enjoyablyfunny as well, The Cabin in the Woodstries way too hard to be EXTREMELY funny, but without any of the actualsuspense or horror. When the “redneck incest family zombies” rise, I’m notscared of them. This movie belongs in the same section with Scary Movie instead of Friday the 13th. The part of The Cabin in the Woods that I thoroughlyenjoyed is the “make your own ending” part.
A PROMO SHOT
When the fivefriends are in the basement, each of them has an item which ranges from a necklaceto something similar to a disco ball. Now, and this is a plot point I got earlyon because of the story I had written at 16, whichever character was to bringtheir item to light first is what horrifying fate awaits them. For instance,the virgin reads the diary she found aloud before anyone else has a chance tofully investigate their item so the redneck incest family zombies from thediary are the creatures that rise. However, had the whore put the necklace onor the jock opened the crystal ball, we’d be watching an entirely differentmovie.
I understandWes Craven’s New Nightmare and Scream introduced meta-horror to today’saudiences, but horror about horror isn’t really as… well, horrifying. Whilesome people are pussies and can’t handle scary movies, I love them and I wantto be SCARED by them. The Cabin inthe Woods brings the goofiness [the stoner is the most enjoyablecharacter], the boobs, and the basic outline, but the ending is pushing it waytoo far and isn’t for everyone – I’m proof of that.
AND SUDDENLY A WILD SEX SCENE APPEARS
Basically, The Cabin in the Woods is aRubik’s-esque experience that will entertain you, but if you’re looking forscares, the CGI-ridden effects will quickly bore you. The characters arethrow-away and unmemorable [even with Jesse Williams' lickable upper body and Chris Hemsworth’s perfect ass runningaround the woods] and although this film is receiving favorable reviews [206 “5Star” ratings on Amazon with very little 4, 3, 2, or 1 stars reviews] I promiseyou it will not stand the test of time though it does seem appropriate and anOK effort for the post-modern audience.
The Cabin in the Woods gets a 9/10 forcreativity and originality, but overall, all I can give it is a 4/10… andthat’s pushing it – if Sigourney Weaver wouldn’t have made a cameo, it would be2/10.
I’ve beengetting into newer actors lately – seeing which ones are worth watching. SaraPaxton has interested me lately – I saw her in the fluff material she waspedaling for the past few years [Sleepover,Aquamarine] and almost 2 years ago,picked up a copy of The Last House on theLeft and was completely wowed by her performance and range. So, naturally,I’ve been following her career a little more. Shark Night was almost horrendous, but Sara’s involvement in thefilm was great – I cared about her character. The Innkeepers, one of her most recent efforts, falls short for me.
SARA PAXTON'S CHARACTER LISTENING FOR GHOSTS
GOOD USE OF LIGHTING AND CREATURE DEVELOPMENT
ARE ONE OF THE REASON THIS MOVIE IS DECENT.
First of all,I’m all about a good ghosty movie which I thought The Innkeepers was. The film had the premise to be pretty amazing,but due to several factors that should have been altered, it doesn’t quiteaccomplish what it set out to do. I found the characters – a painfully shy girlbordering on annoying, an alternative type guy with peacock hair, a fadingactress turned psychic, a sad old man, and a bitchy woman and her son – charmingand notable. I do have to say this is the first role that Sara Paxton hasplayed where she isn’t a bitchy ice queen or an innocent damsel in distress; Idon’t know if I really like it. You know those people who annoy you the most?The ones who are really into something you think it totally geeky and have avery outspoken [yet somehow contained] outburst about it when questioned?That’s Sara Paxton in this movie. She does it extremely well – as I’ve said, Ireally like her and she made me almost dislike her in this role yet still careenough about her character when she gets scared or is in danger.
Although thismovie is sedate for my horror taste, it is a decent effort that showed meanother character Sara Paxton can play. It is somewhat slow-paced, takingnearly 40 minutes to get to anything worthwhile, but all the characterdevelopment really pays off.
The Innkeepers gets a 5.5/10 overall.
GRAVE ENCOUNTERS: THE LOBBY CAM
By far thescariest of the films I’ve seen in the past 5 years is Grave Encounters. Why is Hollywood going balls deep in Paranormal Activity’s pussy withlackluster scares and effects that a 9-year-old could handle, but Grave Encounters was all but unheard offor years? We have FOUR ParanormalActivity films which are all mostly laughable including the first yet onlytwo Grave Encounters. I have yet tosee the sequel to Grave Encountersand honestly it may stay that way – I feel GraveEncounters not unlike Saw is bestsuited if there are no sequels. Sequels rarely capture the depth of the firstand, especially with horror movies, will never be as shocking; I feel this isno different.
SPOILER :| SORRY!
Grave Encounters is not what I thoughtit would be. I was expecting a ghost film experiment and instead got a “foundfootage” film; the whole “found footage” nonsense never intrigued me and doesn’tscare me including the ancestor The BlairWitch Project. Grave Encountershowever is a terrifying tale of a film crew’s last days locked in an insaneasylum. The film is a smart, stylish mix of about 10 different cameras [oneheld by each member of the crew as well as static cameras set up aroundparanormal hot spots]. The film takes a market that was struggling andcompletely dominates the fuck out of it. I mean, leather whips, chains,strap-ons, and S&M type dominate. The gore is done stylishly, subtly, and superbly.
ALL OF THE ACTORS IN THIS FILM AS AMAZING; LANCE
AND SASHA ARE PROBABLY THE BEST OF THE GROUP.
I reallydon’t want to give anything else away and I’m sorry that my favorite movie hasthe shortest review, but you really just have to experience it for yourself. Ido not scream, curse, or jump during 80% of scary movies… I did not STOPscreaming, cursing, or jumping throughout this entire film [excluding the first15 minutes or so, of course]. Basically, you know that unsettling feeling youget when you’re watching a scene in a horror film – not knowing what’s going tohappen or who’s coming after the characters next… I felt like that from thejump off until the very end.
Overall,Grave Encounters gets a 10/10 for realism, scare factor, the actor who plays Lanceis both likeable and sexy, and the girl who plays Sasha is an outstandingactress.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

OPEN SORE - Christoph Schmidberger - Graphite on Panel 2011

christoph schmidberger - male nude fine art - contemporary drawing - art in london - contemporary art milan - nude boy drawing - brand new gallery milan - union gallery london - christoph schmidberger - open sore - contemporary art milan - mark moore gallery - culver city - graphite drawing - male image - dandy - male model - santiago de compostela - sur le dandysme aujourd'hui 

Sunday, August 21, 2011

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