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Not as good as original, but...

Posted : 8 years, 11 months ago on 12 January 2009 03:57 (A review of Funny Games)

A nearly shot for shot, line for line remake of Michael Haneke's own 1997 original. While this movie is not like Van Sant's Psycho remake;lifeless and dull, it's not the thrill the original was either.
I admit that this is in part because I have seen the original so the shocks and twists are just not there this time. However, all involved do great jobs in their respective role, the acting and direction is superb.
Over all, if you've seen the original you've more or less seen this. Nothing new is added, and the only reason to watch is for the excellent acting of the cast, and it is worth a watch for this reason alone.


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Disturbing and thought provoking

Posted : 8 years, 11 months ago on 12 January 2009 03:56 (A review of Funny Games)

Michael Haneke's original and disturbing horror film about two young men who terrorize a family on vacation is a must see. One of a few really disturbing horror films that pulls no punches. The film also makes you think about you role as watcher of the events by involving you more directly with the film at various points. A great movie that disturbs and makes you think, a very smart horror film.


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Not as good as original, but...

Posted : 8 years, 11 months ago on 12 January 2009 03:48 (A review of Funny Games)

A nearly shot for shot, line for line remake of Michael Haneke's own 1997 original. While this movie is not like Van Sant's Psycho remake;lifeless and dull, it's not the thrill the original was either.
I admit that this is in part because I have seen the original so the shocks and twists are just not there this time. However, all involved to great jobs in their respective role, the acting and direction is superb.
Over all, if you've seen the original you've more or less seen this. Nothing new is added, and the only reason to watch is for the excellent acting of the cast, and it is worth a watch for this reason alone.


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Disturbing and thought provoking

Posted : 8 years, 11 months ago on 12 January 2009 03:36 (A review of Funny Games)

Michael Haneke's original and disturbing horror film about two young men who terrorize a family on vacation is a must see. One of a few really disturbing horror films that pulls no punches. The film also makes you think about you role as watcher of the events by involving you more directly with the film at various points. A great movie that disturbs and makes you think, a very smart horror film.


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Weird beyond belief

Posted : 9 years, 8 months ago on 29 March 2008 06:23 (A review of The Carnivals of Life and Death: My Profane Youth, 1913-1935)

I've read some weird and crazy Mason/Illuminati conspiracy books but this one takes the cake. Downard claims he has been pursued by a Mason/Illuminati cabal since a very early age, about 5yrs old. They've tried to kill him countless times, usually ending up with Downard doing the killing, he's killed well over a dozen men by the age of 10. An absurd tale involving Alexander Graham Bell, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, self circumcision, and killing KKK/Mason members with dynamite are just a few of the crazy occurrences in Downard's life. Interesting in its absurdity, but can be a bit tedious at times. After the third or fourth time he's caught in some trap and kills his way out, it starts becoming just the same story,different people. Better read in short bursts.


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Weird DVDs galore

Posted : 9 years, 8 months ago on 29 March 2008 06:22 (A review of DVD Delirium, Volume 1: Redux: The International Guide to Weird and Wonderful Films on DVD)

A great book for anyone interested in weird films. With about a 1000 films featured and over 700 pages, you're sure to find a few films you didn't know about. Genres includes cult, horror, exploitation, arthouse and more. Every entry has in-depth reviews of the movies and the DVDs themselves. DVD reviews include picture quality, letterbox/widescreen ratios, special feature and more. You can find great movies and the best versions with the help of this book. A must have for collectors.


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Great movie, good book

Posted : 9 years, 8 months ago on 29 March 2008 06:20 (A review of Witchcraft Through the Ages: The Story of Haxan, the World's Strangest Film, and the Man Who Made it (Cinema Classics))

This is a good book about the 1922 Dutch movie Hexan: Witchcraft Through The Ages. It starts out with a brief bio on it's director Benjamin Christensen. Next is a making-of... section that features quotes from many of the people involved in the film. Lastly is a section about the reaction to it's release. As this is the only book about this great and strange movie (as far as I know, at least), it's worth getting if you have seen the film.


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Snuff...or not

Posted : 9 years, 8 months ago on 29 March 2008 06:18 (A review of Killing for Culture: An Illustrated History of Death Film from Mondo to Snuff (Creation Cinema #1))

This book examines death in film and whether snuff exists or not.
It starts with fictional snuff in fiction movies, including 'Snuff'(1976), 'Peeping Tom'(1960), and 'Emanuelle In America'(1976). It moves on to death in mondo films, real and fake. Lastly is a section on death in media, snuff films, and the hysteria surrounding them.
The book is meticulous and well researched. There is a ton of info on all subjects included and it's all well written. You can tell the authors put alot of time and effort into this book.
Does this book solve the mystery of the existence of snuff? The authors seem to suggest that it is highly unlikely that it exists.
But then again, if you had seen a real, illegal snuff film would you admit it? Aside for Charlie Sheen (who reported the japanese movie 'Flower Of Flesh And Blood' to the FBI as snuff) I think very few would. And there is the real problem with any study of snuff; sure there are no confirmed snuff films, but.....
That said, this is an excellent book on death in film and media, and invaluable to anyone interested in the subject.


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Best Zombie Movie

Posted : 9 years, 8 months ago on 23 March 2008 04:08 (A review of Cemetery Man)

One of the best zombie movies ever. But it's much more then that. It's gory, humorous, philosophical (but not in a pretentious or in-your-face way). This and it's stylish cinematography make it an outstanding and refreshingly original horror film. And the ending.... it will leave you thinking about it long after it's over.


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Final Exits: The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of How We Die review

Posted : 10 years, 8 months ago on 17 April 2007 03:16 (A review of Final Exits: The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of How We Die)

An amusing and informative book on the ways people die. Covers everything from Acordynia(mercury poisoning, amusment park deaths, and autoerotic asphyxiation to wedding day deaths, work related deaths, and zoo related death. Funny and insightful.


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