Danny Rovira (Dannyrovira)Brooklyn, New York
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Andrew Nicci's long, boring and often unintentionally funny sci-fi adaptation of Stephenie Meyer's follow-up to her popular "Twilight" trilogy. The plot is set sometime in the near future where peaceful extraterrestrials have overtaken Earth by quiety infiltrating human bodies, leaving only one signature mark on each host, a pair of icy blue eyes. The lead character named Melanie Stryder, well played by Saoirse Ronan literally has two minds, one belongs to the teenage Melanie and the other belonging to a 1,000-year-old alien known as Wanderer or Wanda who has taken over Melanies's physical persona.
Fede Alvarez's well-crafted remake of Sam Raimi's 1981 low-budget horror cult classic retains the intense, genuinely nightmarish tone of the original. It concerns five friends who meet at a remote cabin in the woods once again, but this time its not for drink or hot sex, but rather an intervention for a young, trouble junkie named Mia, played compellingly by Jane Levy, her brother David joins estranged pal Eric and a nurse Oliiva, and David's girlfriend Natalie, they have all made a pact to help Mia quit cold turkey. These four roles are all very well played by Shiloh Fernandez, Lou Taylor Pucci, Jessica Lucas, and Elizabeth Blackmore. Mia start to complain about a foul smell coming from the basement, when they finally go down to investigate they discovers a basement full of dead rotten animals carcasses and a mysterious book made of human skin and written in blood. Eric the egghead opens the book and finds a series of strange incantations, and a serious warning on the inside first page that reads "Leave this Book Alone," so of course Eric decides not to, he begins to read aloud, it awakens a powerful demonic entity from the woods that has remain dormant for decades. What will follow is a night of pure terror and death, with lots of gore, blood, projectile vomiting, and severed limbs. Solid direction by Fede Alvarez, with some impressive CGi visual effects and special makeup. But be warned there are scenes that are truly frightening and disturbing, and the murderous violence is repulsively brutal. Recommended; Only if you can keep your eyes open!
Danny's Favorite Movies
One of the most important cinematic achievements of the 20th century, a visually sumptuous and dramatically charged movie masterpiece. Francis Ford Coppola 's brilliant and controversial Vietnam war epic, about a intelligence assassin Captain Willard, played by Martin Sheen in a haunting tour-de-force performance who is given a hazardous mission upriver into Cambodia to track down and terminate with " extreme prejudice," a renegade officer who has gone insane Colonel Kurtz, played by Marlon Brando in a superbly effective performance who leads his legion of Montaghard tribesmen on random genocide missions, the trip up river becomes a mesmerizing odyssey full of surreal encounters, this classic film has some of the most remarkable scenes ever filmed, one of them being the famous Huey helicopter gunship attack on a Vietcong village, led by Robert Duvall in a monumental Oscar-nominated performance, as Lt.. Col. Kilgore who loves to play Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries" as his fleet of helicopter gunships bombards the villagers, Kilgore's line that he "loves the smell of napalm in the morning" is one of the most oft-quoted lines in the annals of the cinema. Impeccable performances from the supporting cast that includes Frederic Forrest, Dennis Hopper, Samuel Bottoms, Albert Hall, Lawrence Fishburne, Harrison Ford and G.D. Spradlin, staggering Oscar winning cinematography by Vittorio Storaro, with a perfectly eerie and insidious score by Carmine Coppola & Francis Ford Coppola, and a magnificent production design by Dean Tavoularis. Francis Ford Coppola masterful direction captures the true hellishness and insanity of the Vietnam war, a truly unforgettable and stunning hallucinogenic movie experience, that earned 8 Academy Awards nominations including Best Picture and Best Director: Francis Ford Coppola "Apocalypse Now" is number 28, on the American Film Institute's list of the 100 greatest films ever made. Highly Recommended.
Director Don Siegel's landmark, trend-setting classic police thriller which is one of the most defining films of the 1970s. Clint Eastwood delivers a bold, charismatic performance in the iconic role that made him an international superstar as the laconic, hard-boiled, uncompromising San Francisco police inspector from the homicide division "Dirty" Harry Callahan, who's cocky cynicism and inset sense of self-justice makes his character realistic and likable despite his flaws, from the very first scene we get the impression that Callahan is the kind of guy who will go against the rules and do things his way to get the bad guys, often at the exasperation of his superiors. "I shoot the bastard, that's my policy" he tells the mayor and it sticks throughout the film, his dialogue with criminals is delivered behind the barrel of a devastatingly lethal foot-long Smith & Wesson .44 Magnum pistol, the most powerful handgun in the world, he taunts one wounded bank robber with the film's most famous line, "Do you feel lucky?," Well, do ya, punk?" Callahan is out to stop a psychopathic sniper and sadist named Scorpio, one of the most heinous villains in cinematic history, he is brilliantly played by Andy Robinson in a unforgettably chilling performance who has murdered a young women and has threatens to continue shooting innocent people, killing one a day until the city pays him the ransom of a $100,000, Callahan will stop at nothing to put an end to Scorpio murderous spree. Superlative supporting performances by Harry Guardino, Reni Santoni, John Vernon and John Larch. Brilliantly filmed on location in San Francisco, with energetic and stylish direction by Don Siegel, gritty and haunting cinematography by Bruce Surtees and a wonderful jazzy score by Lalo Schifrin. This is the original rogue cop movie and a milestone in its genre, but it is the powerful macho mystique conveyed by Eastwood's superb performance that makes this film so memorable. Highly Recommended.