Luis Muniz (VOS410)

North Bergen, NJ

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The Uninvited The Uninvited PG-13
A little rough on the edges for a clever watch.

Directors Charles Guard and Thomas Guard (The Guard Brothers) mark their debut film with an exceptional plot twist starring Elizabeth Banks (Slither), Arielle Kebbel (The Grudge 2), David Strathairn (Good Night, and Good Luck) and Emily Browning (Ghost Ship) playing the roles of a Korean classic without overshadowing the original.

Synopsis: Anna Rydell (Browning) returns home to her father (Strathairn) and best friend of a sister name Alex (Kebbel) only to deal with a cruel stepmother (Banks) and a lingering ghost that wonders threw the house.

This film was short of an instant classic if given a little more effort from some of its cast and perhaps a bigger budget to support the scares. However, it did have something that could give fans of the Korean version a look at something psychologically innovative.

Like Ji-woon Kim and his remarkable tale, The Guard Brothers counteract with a unique twist poles apart from its predecessor making the ending worth the sitting. Emily Browning does what was needed for her role as [Anna] and Arielle Kebbel does [Alex] vast with her part. The score was absolutely satisfying and the cinematography seems like it was specially made specifically for Emily Browning whom looked lovable threw out the film.

A tale of two sisters i.e. the Korean version, is possibly the best psychological horror film ever made and having The Uninvited standing next to it - like Ringu to The Ring - can be more cheering then most remakes.
Chocolate Chocolate R
In the 80's women like Yukari Oshima, Cynthia Rothrock and Moon Lee had dominated the female fighting protagonist during the Bruce Lee & Jackie Chan era. With the girl-fight practically extinct in cinema, one man seems to be determined to bring it all back.

Director Prachya Pinkaew (Ong Bak) brings a new female by the name of Yanin Vismitananda (Jeeja for short) in a hardcore martial arts extravaganza that'll leave you wondering how she did it all without any wires.

One of the best things about this film is that the director takes you into a world of a person living everyday with an Autistic condition - from the beginning of infancy to childhood and teenage to adulthood - shot wonderfully by Prachya Pinkaew. The character development is a long yet interesting stretch leading up to Zen (Jeeja) combating with her mothers past rivals.

The fighting's real as you will see clips of live footage at the end of the film, but keep in mind that this one isn't just all brawls. It carries many dramatic scenes with little dialogue and some comedy elements making it indeed a fun film to view.

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