Planet Terror (2007)

January 12, 2008

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Overview

Director:

Robert Rodriguez
Writer:
Robert Rodriguez (written by)

Release Date:
9 November 2007 (UK)
Genre:
Action / Horror / Sci-Fi / Thriller

Plot Outline:
After an experimental bio-weapon is released, turning thousands into zombie-like creatures, it’s up to a rag-tag group of survivors to stop the infected and those behind its release. more

Cast
(Cast overview, first billed only)

Rose McGowan    …     Cherry Darling

Freddy Rodríguez    …     El Wray

Josh Brolin    …     Dr. William Block

Marley Shelton    …     Dr. Dakota Block
Jeff Fahey    …     J.T. Hague

Michael Biehn    …     Sheriff Hague
Rebel Rodriguez    …     Tony Block

Bruce Willis    …     Lt. Muldoon

Naveen Andrews    …     Abby
Julio Oscar Mechoso    …     Romey

Stacy Ferguson    …     Tammy

Nicky Katt    …     Joe
Hung Nguyen    …     Dr. Crane
Cecilia Conti    …     Paramedic #1
Tommy Nix    …     Paramedic #2

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This film really did start out as something really refreshing.  A tongue in cheek take on the old sci-fi horror of the 80’s.  With a modern update of course.  The incarnation I got of this included the fake adverts / trailers of the double feature that is Grindhouse, and these really were highly original and amusing, adding something to the overall experience.
Anyway, back to the film.  Like I say, original and funny.  For the first hour.  After that it does kind of become samey, and someone really needs to tell Tarantino to stay behind the camera.

The film gets kudos for being a breath of fresh air and loses them for drawing and using the same style for the whole two hours which definitely adds the Grind to this part of Grindhouse.  There is only so much over the top silliness one man finds amusing.


No Country for Old Men (2007)

January 3, 2008

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Overview

Directors:
Ethan Coen
Joel Coen

Writers (WGA):
Joel Coen (screenplay) &
Ethan Coen (screenplay) …

Release Date:
18 January 2008 (UK)

Crime / Drama / Western

Tagline:
There Are No Clean Getaways

Plot Outline:
Violence and mayhem ensue after a hunter stumbles upon some dead bodies, a stash of heroin and more than $2 million in cash near the Rio Grande.

Cast
(Cast overview, first billed only)

Tommy Lee Jones … Sheriff Ed Tom Bell

Javier Bardem … Anton Chigurh

Josh Brolin … Llewelyn Moss

Woody Harrelson … Carson Wells

Kelly Macdonald … Carla Jean Moss

Garret Dillahunt … Deputy Wendell
Tess Harper … Loretta Bell

Barry Corbin … Ellis

Stephen Root … Man Who Hires Wells

Rodger Boyce … El Paso Sheriff

Beth Grant … Agnes – Carla Jean’s Mom
Ana Reeder … Poolside Woman

Kit Gwin … Molly – Sheriff Bell’s Secretary

Zach Hopkins … Strangled Deputy
Chip Love … Man in Ford

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Weird and I suppose I can say wonderful, though I doubt that is the correct adjective. The Coen brothers deal out another slice of compulsively watchable cinema. The film scares, chills, excites, upsets and ensnares with equal measure.

Javier Bardem is the creepiest and probably the most chilling screen villain I have had the pleasure to watch.

The story is rather simple, and reading it on paper wouldn’t really inspire, however the result of the Coen brothers treatment is a film to be experienced rather than watched.

I dare you not to enjoy being held hostage by this film.