Uwe Boll is notorious as being one of the worst filmmakers in the… MoreUwe Boll is notorious as being one of the worst filmmakers in the history of the medium. But with every filmmaker, he can direct a good film. He has proven himself in the past with Rampage, Seed and Tunnel Rats, three underrated films that really don't deserve the flack they have received. Boll can make a good film, and with Assault on Wall Street, he crafts his best film. This is clearly a personal film, one that Boll felt strongly about. I think that Uwe Boll is a director that can create something good when he works with his own ideas, and decides to tell his own ideas. This is a well crafted film that can surprise the most reluctant Boll hater. I enjoyed the film, thought the acting and directing were well done, and it a surprising picture by Uwe Boll. Boll has had a sketchy career, granted, but he can make a good movie that is entertaining. Assault on Wall Street is an accomplished film that makes you ask important questions and brings to light an important issue. The film works due to the strong performance of Dominic Purcell who really brings something unique to the screen. This film is Uwe Boll's finest picture, and of the films I've seen from him, he really gives this one his all and it proves to his harshest critics that he can make something watchable. The film doesn't deserve the flack it has received and with that said, Boll puts to light important issues that shouldn't be ignored. Assault on Wall Street has its flaws, but is definitely not as bad as what the mainstream critics have said. Sure there are aspects of the film that leave room for improvement, but overall Boll has crafted a highly engaging revenge drama that is worth seeing. With an effective cast, and interesting concept, Uwe Boll delivers the strongest film of his career, one that deserves to be seen.
Aftershock is a mediocre survival horror film that had the potential… MoreAftershock is a mediocre survival horror film that had the potential of being so much better. The film's biggest problem is that it is a film that has a poor cast of actor who are quite bland in their parts. The dialogue is also pretty bad and despite its interesting idea, fails to truly entertain due to an underdeveloped script that just doesn't have anything worthwhile to thrill the viewer in a manner that will keep him on the edge of his seat. This is a predictable affair that has many problems with trying to create a convenient and memorable horror disaster film. But the result is a mess of a picture leaves a lot to be desired. This film could have been great, but Eli Roth is not that great of an actor, I mean he was great in Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds because he really was the Bear Jew and the part suited him, but in other roles, he just doesn't shine, and is wasted on-screen. Just because he produced the film doesn't mean he should have convinced himself he could act, because he can't. He is a decent horror producer and director, and he should stick to that. However here, he scores his first misfire in a while, after Hostel II of course. If you're expecting a great film, you'll sadly be disappointed as this one just doesn't deliver on its concept. I thought it mediocre to poor, and left a lot to be desired. If the script would have been rewritten a few times, and its idea more thought out, then I think Aftershock could have been a memorable and entertaining addition to the horror genre. This is not a film that is worth checking out, and most of time, it's laughable, when it's not supposed to be. For a survival horror film, this one misses the mark, and it shouldn't have because it had the potential of being a great film that stood out.
Star Trek: Into the Darkness along with Iron Man 3 starts off the… MoreStar Trek: Into the Darkness along with Iron Man 3 starts off the summer blockbuster season with a bang. This is a great follow-up to J.J Abrams action packed reboot of Star Trek, which was one of the finest Sci Fi films in recent memory. This is one of those rare films that are better than the original. This is a step above Abram's original. I really enjoyed this film, and with this film in mind, we are finally getting the great films that are well acted and entertaining from start to fi9nish. Every cast member brings something to the screen. The film is a must see for fans of Star Trek new and old and it has something for everyone to enjoy. Into the Darkness is a much better take on the first Abrams film, and it expands and improves on where it was a bit lacking. What makes this such an exciting film going experience is the varied cast of actors, most notably Peter Weller, who I find to be a great actor, but one who is underrated. Fans of the remake will certainly enjoy this sequel, and for me anyways, this is easily as impressive as when The Dark Knight was released and out did Batman Begins. Abrams successfully captivates you with great direction and amazing storytelling, and Into the Darkness in many ways is a much more ambitious picture than Star Trek because now, Abrams feels more confident with the material, and he proved himself with his first Trek film. This film will appeal to common filmgoers as much as fans of the series because it is simply put an action packed ride that is highly entertaining and exciting from the first frame onwards. Although the year got off to a sketchy start with plenty of duds, now we get to see awesome and worthwhile movies that are thrilling and mind blowing. Love the series or hate it, if you want to be entertained, definitely give this follow-up a shot. This is an action film with flair and a great story to boot.
Once in a while there comes an obscured gem that is truly an exciting… MoreOnce in a while there comes an obscured gem that is truly an exciting and thrilling horror experience. The Evictors is such a gem, this is a well acted and directed horror yarn that is a must see for genre fans. This is a film that relies on the basics to tell a good story and it works. The cast is great as well and comprises underrated actor Michael Parks and actress Jessica Harper. This is a creepy an intense movie that is sure to satisfy fans who love obscured horror films. The film relies on atmosphere to set the tone of the film and it successfully builds up tension and dread in the viewer. Films like this are a rare commodity and deserve to see the light of day. The direction by director Charles B. Pierce is great, and can craft a terrific horror picture that is genuinely unnerving. The film at times could have been better, but it relies on a good cast to elevate the story and brings on the tension that fans are looking for in a traditional horror film. Films like this are far better than most films in the genre. This is a well acted, directed and told horror picture that goes for basic chills rather elaborate and poorly thought out sequences that simply don't work. The Evictors is a worthy addition to the genre and one that is a must see for horror fans looking for a well acted and genuinely eerie film. The Evictors is entertaining from start to finish and it is one of the best obscured titles that I have seen in quite some time. If you come across this one, give it a shot, you will be surprised at how good it is.
Audition is an impressive Japanese horror tale that is brilliantly… MoreAudition is an impressive Japanese horror tale that is brilliantly acted and directed. The film is a raw, gritty and tense film that has secured a place for Japanese horror in the horror genre. The story is simple, yet effective. The film has enough good gory moments to please fans of the genre, and it is a film that should be seen if you love these types of films. Japan has made quite an impression in the genre, and films like Audition will definitely make you take notice. This is not a film that is easily forgettable. The gore is great, the violence is in your face, and it is a riveting picture that is a modern classic of foreign horror. If you love horror films that push limits, then this is a must see film. Japan are wonderful filmmakers that tend to deliver some truly original horror films and the fact that they use the basics in order to create something truly intense, makes these films much better than most American mainstream horror films. The film is not for everyone, but if you love foreign horror, then give this one a shot, you're sure to enjoy it, and it definitely delivers effective gore content with scenes that are truly unnerving and horrifying. Audition is an accomplished picture, and one of the better Japanese horror films. The film boasts a strong lead character that is truly demented and unforgettable, and that's what makes this a superbly crafted horror picture. There are some flaws, and the plot at times could have been better, but for the most part, the gore and good direction overcomes its weaknesses to create a unique and terrifying horror tale that will stick with you long after you've seen it. I have a fondness for Japanese horror, and Audition is one of the finest examples of a must-see genre of horror films.
Edward Zwick's Glory is a stunning, well acted war drama about the… MoreEdward Zwick's Glory is a stunning, well acted war drama about the first all black regiment that fought in the civil war. Matthew Broderick heads a great cast of talented actors who all deliver some terrific performances. This is a well paced movie that tells a thrilling story that is a must see for cinema buffs everywhere. Now, I've never really been a fan of Broderick's work, but in Glory he really gives a stunning, immaculate performance that you simply can't ignore. Glory is a powerful picture that succeeds at telling a great story due to the fact that Edward Zwick is a great director, and all his films are wonderful, but Glory is by far one of his finest. War film fans will surely enjoy this different genre film, and it is a film that not only acts as a war picture, but one that holds a powerful message. I really enjoyed the film, and thought that it is a stunning piece of cinema that is worth checking out if you love war films. Broderick shines here, and he has come a long way since playing in Ferris Bueller's Day Off. You can clearly see him maturing as an actor and it is a stunning performance that will erase doubt in what he can accomplish as an actor. Broderick is great here, but other performances that stand out are that of Morgan Freeman and Denzel Washington. All three actors make the film that much more entertaining and with a well written script by screenwriter Kevin Jarre, this is an accomplished picture that also acts as an important history lesson. Edward Zwick is an underrated director, and he deserves more praise in terms of filmmaking as he truly has an eye for making entertaining and memorable films that stand out among others. Glory is a great film that is elevated with a powerful script, flawless acting and directing. If you love war films, you owe it to yourself to check this one out.
Empire of Dreams is a well crafted in depth documentary that… MoreEmpire of Dreams is a well crafted in depth documentary that chronicles the making of the original Star Wars Trilogy. The film features interviews from all those involved in the making of the trilogy, and features plenty of behind the scenes footage. Fans will certainly love this documentary as it is the definitive work on the trilogy. The films have changed the way films are made, and Empire of Dreams is a terrific documentary that gives you the big story of the trilogy. I really loved this documentary, and the amount of content displayed on-screen. The interviews are interesting and entertaining. Star Wars is a milestone in the cinematic medium, and this documentary is a must see for Die Hard fans of the original trilogy. In terms of a documentary, this is a flawless picture that is engaging from start to finish. As well as a making of the trilogy, the film also tells the story about how George Lucas became one of the most ambitious filmmakers in the industry. I've seen plenty of making of documentaries about Star Wars, but Empire of Dreams is the film to watch. Of course the newer trilogy is decent, and nothing compared to the original films and in this one, we get to see a bit of the prequels that are mentioned, but not elaborated upon. The original Star Wars trilogy is for me, one of the most exciting sci fi action films ever to be put on film. Even with all the touch ups that Lucas has done since the release of special edition and Blu Ray versions of the films, the appeal of Star Wars is still there for audiences to enjoy and with the bar that has been set in terms of filmmaking after the release of the original films, Star Wars has a reputation in being one of the greatest films in the genre.
Slayer's War at the Warfield is a stellar, exciting live concert from… MoreSlayer's War at the Warfield is a stellar, exciting live concert from this legendary heavy metal band. Slayer delivers a stunning concert playing all their famous tunes. The crowd is insane, the riffs are massive, and the band truly gives something unique for their fans. This live concert is worth seeing if you love Slayer's music, and as a fan of the band, I thoroughly enjoyed this show. Everything that you'd expect from a Slayer show is here, except you can enjoy a concert in the safety o0f your own living room. I had the opportunity to see Slayer in concert as they opened for Judas Priest, and they are a powerful, adrenaline inducing metal band that are among the finest bands in the genre. War at the Warfield is an exciting concert and everything you'd expect from Slayer is here. This is a great DVD and if you love this type of music, seek this one out. You will be glad you did. The songs that are played are: War Ensemble, Hell Awaits, Seasons in the Abyss, Angel of Death and of course Raining Blood. For a concert, this is a great experience to enjoy at home and if you want to see what a Slayer show is like, then watch War at the Warfield. Once you do, you soon won't forget as this is a truly exciting, thrilling and adrenaline soaked concert that will give you something truly remarkable to enjoy. A must for fans of the band, and if you're curious of seeing what it is like to enjoy a Slayer show, but don't have the courage in actually setting foot in a concert hall, then War at the Warfield is your safest bet.
RIP Jeff Hanneman 1964-2013
S.W.A.T is a film that had the potential of being a terrific, mindless… MoreS.W.A.T is a film that had the potential of being a terrific, mindless and well executed action picture that relies on every clichť to create something that is supposed to be thrilling. Well, this was a disappointing and awful film that simply didn't do anything to entertain me. The cast were not well developed and the script had poorly written dialogue that was cringe worthy. I really wanted to enjoy this one, but it was a poor attempt at creating something truly awesome. This film started off with plenty of potential, but quickly ran out of steam. The film suffers from a poorly written, underdeveloped script that simply fails to try and deliver some thrills. However this is just a typical action film that doesn't break new ground despite its concept. If you're looking for a great and fun popcorn film, you won't find it here. This is simply an awful film with bad acting and poorly written and thought out direction. This film really could have been awesome, but it just ended up being a bland, uninteresting actioner that didn't deliver. There was some pretty impressive talent involved, but it was all wasted on a clichťd script that simply didn't know how to create something worthwhile to watch. This film is really not worth seeking out even if you have nothing else better to watch. This one is just a standard action film that is predictable and ultimately laughable. This was a wasted opportunity in trying to make something special; a\and despite good actors such as Jeremy Renner and Samuel L. Jackson, this one just didn't have the ingredients necessary in making something really awesome and highly entertaining. S.W.A.T might have looked good on paper, but on-screen it is a train wreck that just fails on almost every level.