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One look at the poster of The Return of the Living Dead and it’s clear this movie is going to be a horror comedy. What else would one expect from a movie with the slogan “They’re back from the grave and ready to party”? It’s only enhanced by the fact that a movie about corpses coming to life is preceded by a statement that all events shown on screen are depicted the way they truly happened and that all characters are based upon real people. I surely hope not because if that was the case humanity is lost...
The open ending to Kick-Ass made way for a sequel, a sequel that three years later has finally arrived. Just in time since Chloë Grace Moretz can’t play Mindy/Hit-Girl forever, and since that was the original’s break-out character it’s hard to imagine a sequel without her. Here we follow Mindy’s exploits at school and how she’s trying to fit in. Dave (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) has retired as Kick-Ass but is training with Mindy to return and become a better hero. Chris D’Amico (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) is still very upset (understatement) about his father’s death, but is grounded by his mother. When he accidentally kills her he inherits his family’s money and uses his new-found wealth to become world’s first super villain: The Motherfucker.
Ah great: a nature gone wild movie from before the CG-era. A movie so heavily based upon Jaws it blatantly rips off the musical cues introducing the Shark using it here for a mutated Alligator living in the sewers under Chicago. Only Robert Forster and his receding hair line can stop this enormous beast! Of course he’s aided by a smart and sexy herpetologist (reptile expert) with a great set of brains and tits.
20 years after its original release I finally decided to watch Body of Evidence: an erotic thriller starring Madonna, Willem Dafoe and some hot candle wax. Released quickly after the successful Basic Instinct it even has a similar plot about a woman who’s suspected of killing a man during sex but instead of a detective getting involved with the suspect, it’s her lawyer which basically turns this movie into a court room drama with sex scenes as interludes.
Man of Steel takes The Dark Knight approach to the Superman franchise. First and foremost the title: like The Dark Knight it takes a more low-key nickname instead of the character's official name. In terms of production director Zack Snyder takes a lot of cues from Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy like skipping opening credits and showing the title of the movie at the end instead of the beginning. Dark Knight Trilogy writer David S. Goyer has also written the script for Man of Steel and puts a level of realism and gritty atmosphere to the story. Long gone are the days of the bright red and blue spandex of Christopher Reeve.
The Basketball Diaries: an independent movie about a heroin addicted teen, that got famous after the high school shooting of Columbine. The image of Leonardo DiCaprio in a black trench coat shooting up his class mates and teacher could have served as an inspiration to Klebold and Harris, the shooters. Since people always like to point to the media this movie was as easily targeted as Child's Play 3 was after the James Bulger murder. This movie is also notable for starring a pre-Titanic Leonardo DiCaprio, a pre-Boogie Nights Mark Wahlberg and Sweet Valley High twins Cynthia and Brittany Daniel who have a small part as a couple of sluts named Winkie and Blinkie.
Wes Craven is one of those directors whose name often comes before the title. The man is one of the most well-known and respected horror movie directors even though he has a wildly uneven track record. One of his most successful and influential movies was of course "A Nightmare On Elm Street", so I had high hopes for Shocker: a movie about a supernatural killer that can travel through electricity and take over people's bodies. Sadly, as it turns out, this is one of Craven's lesser movies.
Nowadays the richest men on earth mostly make their money in IT. Bill Gates, Steve Jobs (before his passing), Mark Zuckerberg and those guys behind Google. Before the internet the list of richest people was much more varied and so the richest man of England in the 90s did not become wealthy through some website, but with Porn. Paul Raymond, played by Steve Coogan, started out as an entertainer but went on to open the first strip club. His keen eye for generating publicity and manipulating the media through media stunts made a lot of his clubs, shows and magazines profitable eventually making him the richest man in the U.K. But as most stories about successful business men turn out: his private life was less successful.
I have seen both the movie "Deep Throat" and the documentary "Inside Deep Throat" which handles the movie, the impact it made, the government trying to ban it and the Mafia ties of the investors. Though the Linda Lovelace biopic Lovelace stands firmly on its ow feet I recommend anyone who's planning to view it to watch both Deep Throat and Inside Deep Throat first as it really adds to the experience since this movie only shows us the world from Lovelace's view and focuses mostly on her relationship with husband Chuck Traynor ignoring the whole uproar about the movie and the prosecution of the people involved.
G.I. Joe: Retaliation is one of those movies that almost completely ignores its predecessor. Like Predator 2 there is little connecting the two movies. Only a few actors reprise their role. Channing Tatum is one of them and gets killed within 15 minutes. It's understandable since the first movie was a critical failure but somehow managed to make enough money to warrant a sequel. There's a new director on board and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson gets to be the star. Lately he seems to be the go to guy when it comes to inject sequels with new blood. He's popped up in the Fast & Furious franchise as well as Journey 2.
After years of rumors about a remake another sequel is released upon the public. Curse Of Chucky is the 6th movie in a franchise that hit rock bottom twice. First there was Child's Play 3 that was generally hated and seemingly put a nail into the coffin, then it was Seed of Chucky which put in another. Though I still liked the third movie, the fifth was so far away from the original movie it felt like it belonged to an entirely different franchise. So here's Curse of Chucky which, when you look at the poster and the trailer, promises the viewer to go back to the roots of the series, and to be honest: it keeps its promise.
Just a mere two weeks after I finished watching the entire series of The Sopranos for the first time the Writers Guild of America named it the best-written show in television history. It's just another appraisal for a TV-series that has become legendary and is known to be responsible for bringing TV shows to a higher level. Without The Sopranos shows like The Wire, The Shield, Mad Men, Dexter, Breaking Bad or even 24 would probably have not existed. So let's take a look back at The Sopranos and how it changed the TV-landscape.