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Posted by George Snow on April 10, 2014
Carrie
Carrie I saw the original every day in the theatre for it's run. So, it's thoroughly embedded on my brain. The script for this is so close to the original, there are scenes they didn't even bother to change the dialogue. The only true difference is youtube and cell phones. Moretz (I'm going to see Moretz in her off-broadway show next Sat) and Moore are excellent. But, the direction and style of the film completely lets down the performances. Because you can watch this and the original side by side, and scene for scene everything in the original is classic and original. This version is worse than a cheap knockoff.

This is a version made for teens who refuse to watch anything made before 2000. Worst remake I've ever seen.
Posted by George Snow on April 10, 2014
Dracula
Dracula On 44th St there was a movie theatre that had a HUGE screen. Old fashioned one screen theatre, it was magnificent. The night this opened we went. The line was down 44th to 7th, down 7th and up 45th. Thankfully Karen and I walked to the front of the line and asked a nice group of young ladies if we could be their friend for a few moments. We didn't have to wait a half hour just to enter.

That was the only good thing that night. They only used a small portion of the screen, and while the cinematography and visuals are magnificent, everything else about this sucks. Ryder and Reeves trying to ACT like they're from turn of the century is beyond laughable. It's just awful.

BUT, I bought the blu ray this past week and popped it in a few nights ago. My opinion hasn't changed and I couldn't make it past their first kiss. Oldman's Lugosi impersonation is mind-crushing terrible.

I have to try to return this crap. I gave it a one because I can't give it a negative five.
Posted by George Snow on April 04, 2014
Gravity
Gravity I bought the 3D blu ray because I was able to get it half price (all three Transformer movies and Gravity 3 disc set for $40 whew hew) I had no idea what I was about to see, and I didn't think it was going to enjoy it. Like you I figured I'd watch it once and be done with it.

This is one movie that needed to be seen in the theatre. We have a home theatre (7.5' x 4.5') and this movie was absolutely incredible especially in 3D. My jaw was dropped through most of this picture.

Bullock's performance deserved the Academy Award. I saw Blue Jasmine and it did not hold a candle to Bullock. Under the proper circumstances (screen size) this would be a movie you would watch again and again. It's a stunning motion picture experience.

Unlike the fucking Wolf of Wall Street. I thought every aspect of this was great. But, 3 fucking hours on a piece of shit's life is not my idea of a pleasant viewing experience.
Posted by George Snow on March 25, 2014
Hugo
Hugo Magnificent movie.

Moretz one of my favorites is making her Off-Broadway debut tonight. I'm going when the show officially opens next month. I'm psyched.
Posted by George Snow on March 25, 2014
Alice In Wonderland
Alice In Wonderland I went into this knowing it wasn't going to be a faithful adaptation. As a hardcore Alice In Wonderland fan, and a person who doesn't particularly care for Burton, I was shocked at how much I enjoyed this. It holds it's own for me.

I was in England and I was using a Disney Alice In Wonderland small shoulder bag for my camera. I was hanging with some friends and the girl in the group gave me a list of Alice novels I should look for. The versions all had excellent drawings. Unfortunately, I lost the list.
Posted by George Snow on August 02, 2013
Freaks
Freaks A little trivia on this flick. Lon Chaney Sr (man of 1000 faces) was suppose to be in this movie. But, he died before production began. If you've seen it, you know what happens to Cleopatra at the end. That piece was made by Chaney, and there's a famous picture of him in it with Browning at his side.

Lon Chaney Sr. The MAN!

If you ever get a chance, West of Zanzibar, The Unknown are excellent features that are available. The subject matter is pretty incredible for the time. The Unknown features a really young Joan Crawford. Think of that, Chaney Sr starring above the great Ms Crawford.
Posted by George Snow on January 24, 2013
The Human Centipede (First Sequence)
The Human Centipede (First Sequence) This was one messed up movie. So disturbingly enjoyable. Everything was top notch.

Follender and Bluemeanie (I know your posts are old) but, don't think this is so over the top that it could never happen. Because it probably has. I'm guessing that's the reason you find this movie to be a piece of crap. People do fucked up things to each other all the time.
Posted by George Snow on January 13, 2013
Resident Evil: Apocalypse
Resident Evil: Apocalypse Again, just mindless fun. Plus the cop and reporter were pretty hot also. I'm looking forward to seeing the 3D movies when I get the damn glasses.
Posted by George Snow on January 13, 2013
Resident Evil
Resident Evil I like looking at Milla Jovoich. So, I enjoyed this. I forgot I saw it till I bought the blu-ray box set. I've never played the game. But, probably the reason they didn't follow the storyline of the game is for plot/characterization. This isn't so much a zombie movie as a good guy/bad guy film. Alice and co versus the Umbrella Corporation. This is just good mindless fun. Plus, Milla is just HOT.
Posted by George Snow on November 14, 2012
Pink Floyd: The Wall
Pink Floyd: The Wall I like this more now than I did when it first came out.

Roger Waters Wall tour these past few years, #1 in spectacle. The music is magnificent and Waters treated it as classical and opera is handled. It's pretty exact with some of the finest musicians recreating the album. He's touring Europe in 2013 and hopefully will do another US run. DON'T MISS IT if he does. It's like nothing you've ever seen, or will ever see again.
Posted by George Snow on November 02, 2012
Mad Monster Party
Mad Monster Party It's the Rudolph of Halloween, and way back when this and Great Pumpkin were it. But, this of course represents the horror aspect of Halloween. This wasn't aired often after 67. I saw it back then, and as a huge horror buff loved it. I bought the DVD a few years ago for a few dollars. Yeah, it's pretty bad. I don't think I made it through the entire show. I might give it another shot someday, when I've feeling sentimental.

Posted by George Snow on October 13, 2012
The Hunger Games
The Hunger Games I just saw this. I don't get why it was popular. But, I don't get Twilight either.
Posted by George Snow on September 27, 2012
Opera
Opera I enjoyed this. I saw it 1987 at a horror convention up in Albany. I sat very close to Dario as he worked the projector showing this movie. The needles taped to her face is classic.

The projector kept shutting down, and he was getting a little frustrated. He has GREASY DIRTY hair. He didn't smell to good either.
Posted by George Snow on August 28, 2012
Nothing
Nothing I think it might be a guy who has lost everything so he decides to commit suicide. Then he fades to nothingness. The little girl stood out amongst all the drones who never notice anything. At least that's how I saw it. It was very good.
Posted by George Snow on July 08, 2012
Hostel: Part III
Hostel: Part III I haven't seen this. But, I loved and own Part 2. First it starred Lauren German who is HOT. Second, it had both sides of the story which made it fascinating. The problem with both one and two is the gore just wasn't worth the wait.
Posted by George Snow on July 02, 2012
The Fly
The Fly Sorry, this movie is a classic. Completely original for its time.



Posted by George Snow on April 01, 2012
New York Dolls - Lookin' Fine On Television
New York Dolls - Lookin' Fine On Television My NY Dolls album is a promo copy that I bought at a flea market. It's still incredible. That album started a love affair that still continues. Me and Johnny Thunders. I followed this guy from the late 70s to his passing in 91. I attended the wake and funeral and still think about the great performer he was. RIP Johnny, Jerry, Arthur and lil Billy. They were the first and best... I was watching The Perfect Age of Rock and Roll and Ritter played "Lonely Planet Boy" for Taryn Manning. Ah... you just Can't Put Your Arms Around A Memory. But, how I try...
Posted by George Snow on March 19, 2012
Ian Hunter - Live At Rockpalast Featuring Mick Ronson
Ian Hunter - Live At Rockpalast Featuring Mick Ronson There are four guitarists I put in a league of their own that I love. Johnny Thunders/Jimmy Page/Mick Jones (Clash) and Mick Ronson. Mick's two solo albums are still in my top for greatest albums ever. I bought a Black Les Paul and wanted to have the paint removed from the top so I could emulate his Gibson. But, every shop I brought it to refused to defile the instrument.

Mick's never gotten the recognition he deserved. Without his talent Ziggy Stardust would not have been the success it was. Nothing Bowie did after Mick left has the ravenous hooks that made Bowie/Ronson collaborations so magnificent. Mellencamp's Jack and Diane is Mick Ronson. Lou Reed's string arrangements are Mick Ronson. There's a ton of classic music that has Ronson's fingerprints on it, yet no one knows his name.

I'd been going to concerts for a few years, and this tour Hunter/Ronson played at Hammerheads on Long Island. I was right up against the stage just a foot or so of Mick. I couldn't take my eyes off him. After the last encore he dropped his pick. I fucking jumped onto that stage and grabbed it. It's the first memento I ever got from a concert and still one my favorites.

Johnny died in 1991. Mick passed 2 years later, which was a total shock.

But, his legacy lives on. His daughter Lisa Ronson is the lead vocalist in the band The Secret History, right here out of NYC. The band's great and she looks exactly like Mick. She's carrying on the family tradition of musical excellence.

http://thesecrethistory.net/

I went a few years ago to see Ian Hunter play at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park. I snuck in my video camera and taped the show. Ian is a great performer with magnificent material. If he ever passes your way, definitely check him out.
Posted by George Snow on February 10, 2012
The Woman
The Woman I enjoyed this. I don't get why McKee is getting "woman hater" flak because all the characters are spot on. Personally, I think it's just their own publicity machine churning out the controversy.

What I didn't like about it was the scene/shot length and repetition of information. The opening which points out two plot points took 5 minutes.

This is another great character study (though not as good as MAY). Angela Bettis is magnificent as always. Sean Bridgers was great but kind of flat at points. The little daughter and son were excellent.

Posted by George Snow on October 04, 2011
Anatomy Of Hell
Anatomy Of Hell After reading this review I had to see the movie. I have to say I found Amira Caser HOT. So, I watched because I enjoyed looking at her naked.

Where I failed, the dialogue was contrived. It's lots of ten dollar sentences that might be poetic. But, I'm not good at figuring out the meaning. Metaphors on top of metaphors give me a headache. So, I found myself FFing through the dialogue. Even though she was naked, when they were talking it dragged.

What I did do for a little while was watch the director being interviewed. This is the story of the first man and woman. She spouts five dollar sentences that only other "artists" of her ilk can understand. I'm too low brow. I can talk about the "deep meaning" behind many of Us Sinners scenes. But, in the end, either it works or it doesn't. Thank God Amira is hot, or else I'd have turned it off.

I'm probably going to send back the movie before watching the whole interview. But, I don't think the shocking moments were suppose to be shocking. I think they were like the action sequences so you don't fall asleep.

Posted by George Snow on September 18, 2011
The Death Of Andy Kaufman
The Death Of Andy Kaufman He was the highlight of SNL. From the first time he did Mighty Mouse he owned that show. What a nut!
Posted by George Snow on September 18, 2011
Se7en
Se7en Love this movie. I have the DELUXE Laserdisc version.
Posted by George Snow on March 10, 2011
Let Me In
Let Me In Moretz was excellent as always. The story was fantastic. But, it was long and drawn out. I kept wanting to turn it off. Then something good would happen. The crap for five minutes, then a good piece. If they cut about 25 minutes of the useless fat, this would have been perfect. That girl is gonna be a star. She just made a guest appearance on 30 Rock last week.
Posted by George Snow on March 06, 2011
The Doom Generation
The Doom Generation I really wanted to enjoy this. But, I didn't. I started FFing about a half hour in. I'd let it run during the sex scenes and that was about it. The messed up part there's a few similarities between Doom and Us Sinners. Lots of CUs, the guy jerking off on the bed, and the Mother Mary statue going where it shouldn't. I had to check the year. But,it would have been me to rip them off, because I shot Us Sinners in 2005.

But, I think Us Sinners kicks this movie's ass. With the exception of McGowan's tits. Those are fucking nice.
Posted by George Snow on February 07, 2011
Willard
Willard Ben the two of us need look no more... Poor Michael.
Posted by George Snow on February 07, 2011
Let Me In
Let Me In I'm not going to read your review till after I see this. But, the young girl is the one from Kick-Ass and she's an excellent actress. I'm looking forward to seeing this.

I found this amusing, In Kick-Ass she's this short little child. But, in Diary of a Whimpy Kid, she looks pretty tall.
Posted by George Snow on October 14, 2010
Us Sinners
Us Sinners Thank you!
Posted by George Snow on October 12, 2010
Us Sinners
Us Sinners I'm proud to announce that Us Sinners has been picked up for worldwide distribution by Hart D. Fisher's AMERICAN HORRORS.
Posted by George Snow on May 26, 2010
Taxi Driver
Taxi Driver When this was in the theatre, I went and watched it at least twice everyday. Love this flick. Haven't seen it in years. Have to make a point to see it again.
Posted by George Snow on April 12, 2010
The Blob
The Blob The remake starred Shawnee Smith who I've always liked. It was good, but the original is a classic.

I finally met her at a convention and mentioned her band (yes another actress gone singer) and she looked at me like I was a nut and said "They were from another lifetime". Yeah, like two years earlier. They actually weren't bad.
Posted by George Snow on April 11, 2010
The Blob
The Blob I can not even count how many times I've seen this movie. It was a fixture on the afternoon movie during the 60s and 70s. I even own the VHS, which I've yet to watch.
Posted by George Snow on March 11, 2010
Paranormal Activity
Paranormal Activity Here's the thing: It wasn't the false nature of the camera that ruined the movie for me. The movie ruined the movie for me. I didn't find it scary. I thought the bedroom scenes were well done. But, they didn't make the movie enjoyable. The hype certainly was overblown. The funny thing is, the film makers didn't see any of the millions this movie made, because they sold the rights outright.

But, this was shot as a documentary. Keeping that in mind it fails on many levels (as did Blair Witch). They got too cute with themselves in editing, or the actors couldn't remember their lines. They just used too many different angles to shoot one person saying one sentence.

As for digital photography, that's cheap. But, digital camcorders like the RED CAMERA that being used all over Hollywood right now, records to Hard Drive space, not tape, and they start at about $40,000. They would have needed something like this to record all night long.

Also, you two just mentioned what they could have done to make it not just believable, but correct. A cheesy webcam camera. But, they didn't.

There are times when you suspend disbelief and times when you shouldn't. For me, this was a time that you shouldn't. Maybe if I really enjoyed this flick I could have. But, I didn't.
Posted by George Snow on March 11, 2010
Paranormal Activity
Paranormal Activity This was shot with a Sony FX-1 which uses Digital Tape (miniDV type). An hour and a half is tops on this.

Recording to hard drive is still fairly new and pretty damn expensive.

Posted by George Snow on March 10, 2010
Paranormal Activity
Paranormal Activity That wasn't hooked up to his computer. His computer was downstairs. He was recording to tape.
Posted by George Snow on March 10, 2010
Paranormal Activity
Paranormal Activity Yet another movie hyped to infamy. The bedroom scenes were neat and a little creepy, but nowhere near as good as it was hyped. The daytime dribble put me to sleep twice.

Remove the bullshit that was the marketing, and you have a movie that was put together like shit. While it was never advertised as a documentary (like Blair Witch), it was shot as a documentary. Which means they shouldn't have had different angles for the same continuous conversation. Which they did for just about every scene. More importantly, what camera can record for hours while you sleep?

The theatrical ending was far superior to the crappy alternative one.

3/10 maybe.
Posted by George Snow on February 25, 2010
Zombieland
Zombieland This film was bloody and hilarious. I especially loved when the woman went flying through the windshield and hit the ground. That was gross. The Murray part though predictable was excellent. I have no complaints about this flick. 10/10
Posted by George Snow on February 21, 2010
Serial Mom
Serial Mom My favorite John Waters flick. He got everything right on this one. I even own the laserdisc.

BTW: Laserdiscs kick DVDs ass. The only problem is, you have to flip the album. But, picture quality is far superior.
Posted by George Snow on January 21, 2010
Us Sinners
Us Sinners You didn't like it? Son of a Bitch!!! Only kidding. Sorry. The song is "Does the Mother". I wrote it for the movie, and if you ever want to hear it again, it's at the us sinners myspace page. I think you can download it from there.
Posted by George Snow on January 17, 2010
Audition
Audition I really enjoyed this movie. The gore was pretty good, for the amount there was. But, I enjoyed the love story more. The concept and execution of the individual characters is what kept me fascinated.
Posted by George Snow on December 21, 2009
A Christmas Story
A Christmas Story Classic - Classic - Classic. I saw this in the theatres way back when.
Posted by George Snow on November 10, 2009
Léon: The Professional
Léon: The Professional I LOVE THIS MOVIE. I agree about Reno, excellent under used actor. There's actually two versions of this flick, and they are completely different in their storytelling. Both are amazing. The Director's Cut really pushes the envelope on Portman and Reno's relationship.
Posted by George Snow on November 06, 2009
Good Dick
Good Dick I would love to discuss this movie with you, if you remember it vividly. This movie thoroughly confused me. While I agree with your assessment of the relationship, I found a lot of it to be so "out there" it was unbelievable. For a movie that was based in the reality of the characters, I found it disappointing.

Also, something that many reviewers didn't get was "Good Dick" is a term for getting a woman off. Which is the exact opposite of what was happening to everyone in this film. She's supposedly frigid, he's not getting any. Dad wasn't giving good dick, and the clerk couldn't find his woman's clit.



Posted by George Snow on October 30, 2009
Blitzkrieg: Escape From Stalag 69
Blitzkrieg: Escape From Stalag 69 This is in my Netflix cue, Brenda Cooney who played Louise in Us Sinners is in this. I'm looking forward to seeing it.
Posted by George Snow on August 24, 2009
The Reader
The Reader I loved this movie. Kate Winslet is one of the sexiest women in movies today. More importantly one of the most versatile and talented. Kate rocks, even though she practically fell over herself chasing Mick Jagger. That was embarrassing.
Posted by George Snow on July 25, 2009
Lake Dead
Lake Dead This movie sucked so bad I couldn't get through the first half hour.
Posted by George Snow on July 25, 2009
Penny Dreadful
Penny Dreadful I rented a pretty awful movie called HIDE and fell for Rachel Miner. So, I had to rent this, and she's good. It could have been better, nothing that shocking, but she's good.
Posted by George Snow on June 17, 2009
Gran Torino
Gran Torino I thoroughly enjoyed this. I had no problem with the kids performances. I especially liked the one he avenged.
Posted by George Snow on May 19, 2009
Run, Lola, Run
Run, Lola, Run Haven't seen this in years. It was a great movie.
Posted by George Snow on May 10, 2009
Martyrs
Martyrs I'm going to be the first to bitch about this movie. This movie was brutal, realistic, and genuinely disturbing to a point. That point being the "Look at the Eyes" defense. I've never heard anything so STUPID in any movie EVER. The entire movie was ruined after that. There was no suspense, no expectations on what might happen. I just didn't care. It was all mediocre and predictable from that point on. Martyrs could have been a 10000% classic film had they had a better excuse for an hour and a half of sheer brutal torture. But, they didn't.
Posted by George Snow on April 26, 2009
The Wrestler
The Wrestler I enjoyed this, but I didn't love it. I do have a question, what was the meaning behind all the walking from behind shots?
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