Blog: Grosse Point Geek – Will’s Quick Capsule Review

Blog: Grosse Point Geek – Will’s Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Will is back with another round up of films he’s seen including two classic films (well in age sense at least).  Thanks to Netflix (not that they pay us or him but thanks for having the cool movies).

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Nymphomaniac Volume 1 and 2 (Netflix)

Actors: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jamie Bell, Shia Lebeouf, Christian Slater, Willem Dafoe, Udo Kier, Stellan Skarsgaard, Uma Thurman.

Two part film directed by the highly controversial (and somewhat self important) Lars Von Trier, his latest opus features Gainsbourg as the titular nympho who recounts her naughty life story to Skargaard’s bookish virgin. On the plus side its well acted – especially by Sharsgaard and Slater (in a career best performance) and at times has some inventive direction from Von Trier. However its hideously boring, deathly slow, over long, utterly pretentious throughout and features a laughable performance from Lebeouf who adopts the kind of crap comedy British accent that would shame even Dick Van Dyke.

One to avoid.

 

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22 Jump Street (BluRay)

Actors: Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Ice Cube.

So so sequel to the superb 2012 original. Funny in parts, with another hilarious turn from Ice Cube as Tatum and Hill’s bad tempered police captain. However its just a (admittedly deliberate) rehash of the 1st film and despite some laughs just didn’t cut the mustard for me .

Soon to be available on dvd and Blu Ray

 

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New Feature: Grosse Pointe Geek’s Retro Review Corner!

Having invested wisely in Netflix, i now have the opportunity to watch all manner of films released in the 80’s and 90’s that i never got round to seeing in the 1st place  or only watched the once. This month – Re-animator and Fright Night.

 

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Re-Animator (1985)

Directed by Stuart Gordon and starring Jeffrey Combs as mad scientist Dr Herbert West. This is blood soaked Frankenstein inspired mayhem on an epic scale and more than a bit sick in parts as well. The make up effects are also excellent and Combs has never been better. Very funny, they dont make them like this any more!

Highly recommended!

 

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Fright Night (1985)

William Ragsdale is the goofy high school kid who discovers a vampire (Chris Sarandon) has moved in next door. Obviously no one believes him so he recruits Roddy Mcdowell’s reluctant horror film actor to help him kill said Nosferatu. Back in the day this was a sizable hit and is fondly remembered by all who watched it – with the exception of me  -indeed i remember it being crap then and its still as crap now. Sarandon is good as the vampire but the sfx are terrible, the script is appalling and Ragsdale is extremely lame in the lead role.

Interestingly this was remade in 2011 with Anton Yelchin, David Tennant and Colin Farrell, and in my opinion is a hell of a lot better than the original.

 

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Author: Will Strong 

 

Blog: Grosse Point Geek – Will’s Quick Reviews

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Away from the site for a few weeks, Will returns with his latest batch of Quick Reviews.

 

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Grudge Match

Actors: Robert DeNiro and Sylvester Stallone
Available on dvd
Shameless attempt by the studio to make a few quid by basically getting Rocky to fight Jake LaMotta.
Funny in parts, with 2 good central performances from Stallone and DeNiro, however its too long, the script isnt nearly as sharp as it should be, and the climactic boxing match is just a poor man’s variation of the one in Rocky 6
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Into the Storm 

Actors: Richard Armitage, Sarah Calles
At Cinemas Now
Good sfx and inventive set pieces can’t save this Twister rip off from being – well, exactly that.
Terrible script, cheesy acting, predictable story, wooden characters, dont bother -wait for the dvd.
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Lucy 

Actors: Scarlett Johanssen, Morgan Freeman.
At Cinemas now.
Another dud from the massively overrated Luc Besson (yes i said it Hobden!). Johannsen’s foreign student accidentally ingests a shed load of pills that allow her to use 100% of her brain capacity. Freeman is the scientist who she turns to for help. This had the potential to be a crackerjack action fest but instead disappears up its own orifice, with a plot that is too far fetched for words and boring action scenes that fail to ignite even a modicum of excitement. On the plus side Scarlett is very good and ably anchors the entire affair, but is a far better actress than this film deserves.
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The Master 

Actors: Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix
Available on dvd
Superbly directed by PT Anderson, this is brilliantly acted, very well written and beautifully photographed.
However (and i’m very reluctant to say this) its all kinda pointless and doesn’t really go anywhere. Certainly worth a watch – especially to see Phillip Seymour Hoffman in one of his last roles – just dont expect it to make a whole lot of sense.
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As Above So Below 

Actors: Perdita Weeks, Ben Feldman.
At Cinemas Now
Really good found footage film this. An obsessed archaeologist leads an expedition into the Parisian Catacombs in search of the legendary Philosophers stone, but instead ends up going through a gateway to Hell itself.  Very creepy, extremely claustrophobic, well acted and damned scary in parts – a must for all horror fans and a pretty good date movie too.
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The Haunting In Connecticut 

Actors: Virginia Madsen, Martin Donovan
Watched this on the telly the other day. Apparently based on a true story, not bad, sort of a variation on Amityville, but brings nothing new to the haunted house genre – passed the time.
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Captain America: The Winter Soldier 

Actors: Chris Evans, Scarlett Johanssen, Samuel L Jackson
New to dvd and Blu Ray
Recently added to my Blu Ray Collection, sharp script, fantastic story, brilliantly directed by the Russo brothers, jam packed with action and another superb turn from Evans as Cap.
Marvel does it again – outstanding.
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The Raid 2 

Actors: Iko Uwais
New to DVD and Blu Ray
Following on from the events of the first film, Uwais’ hard as nails cop goes undercover to bring down a bunch of corrupt police officials and a family of gangsters. Not quite as mental as the original and a tad too long for my liking but the prison yard scrap and the incredible final 40 minutes are worth the price of the disc alone. Another masterclass in ass kickery from director Gareth Edwards – and a must for all action fans the world over.
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Author: Will Strong