Monday, October 31, 2011

Top Ten Scariest Movies

1. Psycho - 1960
2. The Exorcist - 1973
3. The Shining - 1980
4. Halloween - 1978
5. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre - 1974
6. Poltergeist - 1982
7. The Blair Witch Project - 1999
8. Night of the Living Dead - 1968
9. The Omen - 1976
10. Rosemary's Baby - 1968

Honorable Mentions: Jaws(1975), A Nightmare on Elm Street(1984), The Birds (1963), Dawn of the Dead (1978), The Silence of the Lambs (1991), Carrie (1976)

Halloween (1978)

The place is Haddonfield Illinois, the time is Halloween, 1963. Judith Myers is stabbed to death by her six year-old brother Michael. Michael is institutionalized but fifteen years later he ends up escaping and comes back to Haddonfield on Halloween to terrorize some babysitters including high-schooler Laurie Strode, who gets increasingly concerned when she keeps seeing Myers everywhere she goes. Meanwhile psychiatrist Dr. Samuel Loomis follows Michael to Haddonfield, determined to stop him from killing anymore people. John Carpenter's horror classic, with a chilling musical score; Michael Myers is one terrifying boogeyman. Jamie Lee Curtis' film debut. Starring Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasance, P.J. Soles, Nancy Loomis, Tony Moran 8/10

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Top Cult Classics

Pulp Fiction - 1994
American Psycho - 2000
Scarface - 1983
Fight Club - 1999
The Rocky Horror Picture Show - 1975
The Legend of Billie Jean - 1985
Pee-Wee's Big Adventure - 1985

Friday, October 28, 2011

Cold Creek Manor (2003)

Cooper Tilson and his family are fed up with the busy and chaotic city life so they decide to move out to the serene countryside, where they restore an old, decaying mansion. While settling in they meet Dale, who used to live on the estate and offers to fix up the swimming pool because he needs the work. So Cooper reluctantly agrees, but is suspicious of Dale. Soon after, strange and awful things start to happen; deadly snakes start popping up inside the house, then his daughter's pony ends up dead lying in the pool. And Cooper believes that Dale is the one whose behind it all, as they soon discover secrets of his violent past. So-so psychological thriller; really dull at times, the characters are uninteresting but Dorff is particularly creepy. Starring Dennis Quaid, Sharon Stone, Stephen Dorff, Juliette Lewis, Christopher Plummer, Kristen Stewart 5/10

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Worst Sequels

American Psycho 2 - 2002
Speed 2: Cruise Control - 1997
Grease 2 - 1982
The Godfather Part 3 - 1990
Caddyshack 2 - 1988
Weekend at Bernie's 2 - 1993
The Rage: Carrie 2 - 1999
Staying Alive - 1983
Beyond the Poseidon Adventure - 1979
The Next Karate Kid - 1994
Blair Witch 2: Book of Shadows - 2000
Jaws the Revenge - 1987
Jurassic Park 3 - 2001

Monday, October 24, 2011

Signs (2002)

Graham Hess is a former Reverend who lives with his family in rural Bucks County, Pennsylvania. One morning Graham wakes up, when his son Morgan discovers a five-hundred foot crop circle in the cornfield in their backyard. Not long afterward they see something or someone climbing on their roof, then they realize that the crop circles are turning up all over the world. They believe it may be some kind of extra-terrestrial life that is behind the whole thing; only question is are they are hostile or not. Spine-tingling and hauntingly frightening; big action and explosions are not necessary, for in the similar style of Hitchcock does M.Night Shymalayan slowly build up the suspense that is nothing short of heart pounding. Starring Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix, Rory Culkin, Abigail Breslin 8/10

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Most Evil Femme Fatales

Bridget Gregory - The Last Seduction
Matty Walker - Body Heat
Mona Demarkov - Romeo is Bleeding
Brigid O'Shaughnessy - The Maltese Falcon
Phyllis Dietrichson - Double Indemnity
Alex Forrest - Fatal Attraction
Catherine Tramell - Basic Instinct
Cora Smith - The Postman Always Rings Twice
Norma Desmond - Sunset Boulevard
Dolores Benedict - The Man with Two Brains

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Towelhead (2007)

Jasira Maroun is a beautiful thirteen-year-old Lebanese-American girl, who is sent to live with her father Rifat in Texas after her mother's boyfriend volunteers to shave her. But her new life isn't easy; her father won't allow her be a normal teenager, won't let her wear makeup, shave or use tampons, and she is teased in school because of her background. After she and her father meet their neighbors, The Vuoso's, Jasira babysits their son, Zach and becomes attracted to his father Travis. But she likes to be with fellow classmate Thomas Bradley and becomes sexually active with him. It isn't until her female neighbor Melina becomes concerned about Jasira hanging around with Travis does she find out that he raped her. A disturbing and controversial drama, at times funny but mostly extremely uncomfortable to watch. Everyone gives terrific performances; especially newcomer Summer Bashil who is convincingly believable, and Aaron Eckhart who in spite of his character being an absolute sleaze you still find him weirdly charming. Starring Aaron Eckhart, Toni Collette, Maria Bello, Peter MacDissi, Summer Bishil 7/10

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Worst Remakes

Psycho - 1998
The Pink Panther - 2006
Batman and Robin - 1997
Poseidon - 2006
Lolita - 1997
Prom Night - 2008
Planet of the Apes - 2001
House on Haunted Hill - 1999
The Island of Dr. Moreau - 1996
Charlie and The Chocolate Factory - 2005
The Time Machine - 2002
King Kong - 2005
The Amityville Horror - 2005

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Body Heat (1981)

Ned Racine is a cheap and tawdry Florida lawyer. In the middle of an unbearable heat wave, he has a few brief encounters with a woman named Matty Walker, chatting about the heat and the wind chimes on her porch. Not long after they have a most explicit affair, despite her already being married to Edmund, a wealthy businessman. Matty tells Ned she can't stand being with Edmund anymore, and wants a divorce but she signed a prenuptial agreement. So Ned suggests that they kill him. A sexy neo-noir thriller; the dialogue between Hurt and Turner exudes raw sensuality and the scenes with them together are so scorchingly hot it'll make your temperature rise. Starring William Hurt, Kathleen Turner, Richard Crenna, Ted Danson, J.A. Preston, Mickey Rourke 8/10

Friday, October 14, 2011

Lamest Lines in Cinema

"You complete me" - Jerry Maguire, 1996
"I'm the king of the world!" - Titanic, 1997
"Nobody puts Baby in a corner." - Dirty Dancing, 1987
"Pain don't hurt." - Road House, 1989
"Fancy that." - The Dark Knight, 2008
"Show me the money." - Jerry Maguire, 1996
"I used to fuck guys like you in prison." - Road House, 1989
"Your ass is grass." - Stand by Me, 1986
"Never leave the cave without it." - Batman and Robin, 1997
"This is why Superman works alone." - Batman and Robin, 1997
"Chicks dig the car." - Batman and Robin, 1997
"I weep for the future." - Ferris Bueller's Day Off, 1986
"I'm known as the catch of the county." - Dirty Dancing, 1987
"Have a nice trip, see you next fall." - The Dark Knight, 2008

Have a line of dialogue you think is pretty lame? Don't be afraid to share!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Risky Business (1983)

Suburban American teen Joel Goodson is having some trouble figuring out what to do with his life. His father wants for him to attend Princeton, but Joel doesn't think he'd ever get accepted. When his folks go out of town, he drives his father's Porsche 928 with his friend Barry, then his other friend Miles calls a call girl for him to come over his house but finds out that girl Jackie is really a male transvestite. So Jackie gives him a number of someone who he'll like named Lana. But after Joel spends the night with her, he doesn't have enough money to pay her, so he goes to get the money from a bond he has at the bank. When he comes back, he finds Lana gone and a priceless glass egg stolen from his house. However when Joel and Miles go to get the egg back, Lana's pimp goes after them. One of Tom Cruise's best films of the 80's; the most memorable moment being when he's dancing around in his underwear to Bob Seger's "Old Time Rock N' Roll". Starring Tom Cruise, Rebecca De Mornay, Joe Pantoliano, Bronson Pinchot, Richard Masur, Curtis Armstrong 7/10

Sunday, October 9, 2011

P2 (2007)

It is New York City on Christmas Eve, and Angela is the last one stuck in the office working late. When she finally ready to leave, she goes down to the parking garage, but her car doesn't seem to want to start. So she asks the security guard Thomas, who seems friendly for help, but he can't get it started either. He invites her to have a small Christmas dinner with him, but she is eager to just get a cab and get home. However when he locks her in, knocks her out, and ties her up in his office, he doesn't seem so nice anymore. A chillingly scary thriller; Wes Bentley is creepy in the same style as Norman Bates. Starring Rachel Nichols, Wes Bentley, Simon Reynolds 6/10

Friday, October 7, 2011

Leaves of Grass (2009)

Bill Kincaid is a classic philosophy professor living in Rhode Island. He has an identical twin brother, Brady, who is a dope dealer and lives in Oklahoma. Brady has just recently gotten out of jail. After Bill hears that his brother has been murdered, he takes a trip back to his hometown of Little Dixie, Oklahoma. But Bill soon discovers that Brady isn't really dead after all, and gets him down there so he can switch places with him; Bill pretends to be Brady to visit their mother in the nursing home, while Brady takes care of a deal he made with his business partner, a man named Pug Rothbaum, whom he owes money to. But when Brady commits a terrible crime, things can a little out of control. Edward Norton is just brilliant, playing duo roles in this crazy and funny black comedy. Starring Edward Norton, Tim Blake Nelson, Susan Sarandon, Keri Russell, Richard Dreyfuss, Ty Burrell, Melanie Lynskey 7/10

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Breathless (1983)

Jesse loves reading Comic Books (especially The Silver Surfer) and listening to Jerry Lee Lewis music. When he steals a Porsche and gets stopped by the police, he accidentally shoots a cop. Now on the run from the law, Jesse decides to drive from Las Vegas to Los Angeles to find his former French girlfriend Monica, they can go to Mexico together. But she doesn't want to leave because she's still in school, but soon she can't resist his charms and falls in love with him. Good remake of the 1960 film; Richard Gere alone makes the film worth watching. Starring Richard Gere, Valérie Kaprisky, Art Metrano 7/10

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Taken (2008)

Bryan Mills was a former highly-trained CIA officer, now retired because he wants to have a relationship with his seventeen year old daughter Kim, which because of his duty to the CIA has kept him from having a normal family life. When Kim begs him to let her go on a trip to Paris, he is hesitant to give in. But eventually he does, despite his worries even though her mother, his ex-wife insists she needs her freedom. However he soon finds out that Kim has been kidnapped by Albanians, who lure young girls and then trade them for sex. So Bryan goes to Paris and stops at nothing to find out where she is. Pulse pounding, and intensely fast-paced thriller; Liam Neeson is terrific. Starring Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Famke Janssen 8/10