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Shadow Puppets (WARNING: Spoilers) :.

October 7, 2007

Did you hear that? That was the sound of me screaming from terror.

Okay, maybe not terror.. but extreme surprise, and not in a good way.

So I was watching Shadow Puppets, a movie I had been anticipating for a while now, because it stars two of my favourite hotties, Jolene ‘Vulcan Abs of Steel’ Blalock from ‘Enterprise’ and James ‘Sexy vampire Spike’ Marsters, of ‘Buffy The Vampire Slayer’ fame.

Shadow puppets is about 8 people who wake up in a mental institution with no memory of who they are. As if that’s not enough, there’s something mysterious in there with them trying to kill them.

Jolene does a fantastic opening scene, waking up in a padded room.. Scared, freaked out, and slightly disturbing. But as the movie progresses, she becomes a little erratic. I don’t know whether it was problems with the script or it was just her. It was almost as if her temperance switched from scene to scene, and it wasn’t because of some monster chasing either.

James, as usual, is fantastic. How did I know that he was going to be the bad guy? Because nobody does bad guy sexier than James. (Is it bad if I say that I seriously want to bed him because of his bad sides?) With his good looks and a sexy voice that reaches down into your loins and sets fire to them.. Yeah.. *sigh*

I forget who played the psycho supermodel, but she was good. I was pretty disturbed by her. I would have loved to see her go last, because she added some texture to the story. Other notable character is Tony Todd’s convict. Creepy, scary, freaky and crude but unusually a source of comic relief.

There were a couple of plotholes which I was annoyed with, mostly to do with the rules that govern the shadow creature. The FX for the shadow creature itself reminds me of those old ‘pontianak’ movies that they used to show on RTB on Saturday nights, scary if you’re a kid, but cheesy if you’re an adult. What did scare the shit out of me was the sound track, because honestly, my hairs were on end when the monster attacked. Eerie, frightening, inhuman sounds meshed together that haunts me in my dreams. If it wasn’t for such great reactions from the actors, I don’t think I would have been that freaked out. That said, there was quite a bit of ‘woodenness’ when it came to the relations between the strangers.

Final Judgement : I was originally going to give this three and a half claws out of six, three for the gratuitous shots of Marsters and Blalock in their skivvies, and half perhaps for the story.. but I minus half because of that stupid nerd boy who should never ever been seen in movies ever again, especially in his skivvies. Ew. Not a movie you would want to seek out, but if we had Netflix in Brunei, I’d put this in the queue to watch when you can’t get your first choice films.
Maybe I’m just a big ol’ scaredy cat, but I was pretty freaked out. I had to watch a good 30 minutes of ‘High School Musical’ to get that stuff out of my mind so I could get to sleep.

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The New Frontier :.

September 29, 2007

Right, I was watching the Superman : Doomsday DVD extras and I am now totally excited about Justice League : The New Frontier, another DC direct to video feature animation, which will be released in early 2008.

JL : TNF  is set in the 1950’s and bridges the gap between the Golden and Silver Ages of comics in the DC universe. There will be a variety of characters in the feature, most notably: Superman, Wonder Woman (WOOO!), Green Lantern, Batman, The Flash and Martian Manhunter. Kyle McLachlan, Lucy Lawless and David Boreanaz will be playing Superman, Wonder Woman and Hal Jordan as the Green Lantern respectively.

So far, I think the actors chosen suit the characters. I know I had a lot to say about Anne Heche as Lois Lane, my complaints were justified when I watched the DVD extras. Heche put on a layer that was absolutely not needed in the voice acting. She overthunk it. And she blew it, as far as I’m concerned. But in that short feature, I felt that McLachlan really  was suited to be the voice of 50’s Superman. Considering that era, you need a completely different, performance, and I do believe McLachlan will live up to it.

I’m not quite sure about David Boreanaz as Hal Jordan. Besides Buffy and Angel, I haven’t seen much of his work. He’s hot and he does brooding well, but we’re talking Hal Jordan here. He’s a character of so many levels. I cried when he became Parallax and I wept some more when he sacrificed himself in Final Night. I know we won’t be seeing all of this in the film, but I will be expecting a lot from Boreanaz if he’s going to do Jordan right. Yeah, especially since we’re not going to see ANY of those brooding good looks.

I saved the best for last. Lucy Lawless as Wonder Woman. Lucy effing Lawless. THANK YOU! If I had to pick anyone to voice WW, besides myself, it would be here. Lawless has proven herself as a strong warrior woman character in ‘Xena’ and I have no doubt she will ‘bring it’ for Diana. Following the disappointing news that Jessica Biel might be cast as WW in the live action film, Lawless is WW’s saving grace. I would love to see her take the mantle of WW once, in real life, but the role  in the live action film needs to go to an unknown (like me for example!). Come on Routh did it for Superman Returns, I’m sure there’s plenty of unknowns (like me), who would give the character the layers needed (like me).

Right, fanboys and fangirls, mark your calendars for January 28th, because that’s when TNF hits the stores.. I so cannot wait already..

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Doomsday is here (SPOILER ALERT) :.

September 29, 2007

Doomsday DVD cover

After searching high and low, and scouring every reputable DVD shop in Singapore, I managed to get my hands on this movie.

Let me say, the packaging is fantastic. The one that I got has this holographic Superman bursting out of his chest shield. I had this movie less than 6 hours, and I couldn’t wait anymore.. I had to watch it.

At first wash, I was disappointed with it. Maybe it’s due to the fact that I have very high expectations for this, after all, it is one of the storylines that I treasure, and have pored over a thousand times. It is one of the most beloved storylines in all Superman history.

But after putting aside my initial reaction, and looking it objectively, it holds up as a pretty solid story. It is a partial re-imagining and a film adaptation of ‘The Death of Superman’ storyline. The DC Comics version was very detailed and had a rich tapestry, with a lot of sub-plots that had to do with 4 Supermen, a red haired Lex Luthor II, Supergirl, and Jonathan Kent, the Justice League but these were all trimmed out, to get to the essence of the story itself, which is the death of our hero, and how he prevails.

I liked the fact that the animation style they used in most of the DC cartoons these days, and the animation itself was amazing. The switching camera angles, and the use of CGI simply enhanced it, instead of being the focal point, which is all too often the case these days, unfortunately. I actually wonder how much of it was hand animated, because it was just so wonderfully done. The tone of the movie is definitely dark, and a lot of animated characters met their end in carnage, this is one cartoon you shouldn’t let the kiddies watch just yet.

Adam Baldwin and James Marsters were definitely brilliant casting choices for Superman and Lex Luther respectively. Baldwin, almost has three characters to play, and switches between them with slight nuances but makes each portrayal of the character individual. In one scene, where he is doing the voices for both Superman and his clone or, Dark Superman, the careful delivery did make it seem like it was two people talking. So kudos to Baldwin.

Marsters, and I do have a soft spot for him, does justice to Luthor, and portrays him, as I always imagined his voice to be, down to the exacting smugness. He is deliciously evil. The film almost takes Luthor to a new level, one of that he exacts personal physical revenge on Superman, and had it been a lesser or a weaker portrayal, would have been disappointing, but Marsters delivered well, and perhaps should be a defining point for all prospective players of Luthor. (Okay.. maybe that sounds too biased!)

I am disturbed by Heche as Lois Lane. Was it the fact that her voice was annoyingly grating or nasal.. or is it just that Heche’s performance felt like one emotion, almost bratty. A lot could have been done with the character of Lois Lane, especially with the romantic ties she has with Superman, but it was one dimensional at best. It didn’t help that her part of the storyline was the weakest and very misguided. The way the relationship between Lois and Superman felt artificial as the writers chose to play that Lois and Superman were seeing each other romantically, but Superman had not told her about his alternate identity, until the end.

Another casting choice I was disappointed in was Swoosie Kurtz as Martha Kent. Kurtz did give some emotional element to this, but again, I felt it was downplayed. The directors should have chosen a more mature voice for her. Another point that I’m sore with is that Jonathan Kent was cut out completely from this re-imagining, when he did play a pivotal part in the entire comic storyline. I honestly would have liked to see that in there, and it would have made a good hour and a half into an excellent 2 hour movie. I have one question, What happened to Doomsday after he died? It was almost like he was forgotten altogether even though he was the other main power player in the film. It was almost that after he served his purpose, he had melted away, giving him no more purpose than Deus Ex Machina. The writers should have given him some screen time after, or have his body disposed of. Superman had his funeral, Doomsday didn’t even get reburied? Unreal. Oh yeah, and the disturbing scene in a hairdressing salon, was a little shot, a good homage to the mechanical Superman would have been if he had ripped out the damned lead thing through his eye.

Despite that. Superman : Doomsday did satisfy my inner fangirl, with a creative and well told rewrite. It did serve the purpose of a stand-alone movie in all of the Superman franchise. I am looking forward to watching all of the DVD extras when I get back, to get a glimpse of what the producers were thinking when they decided to take on this distinct storyline.

Final Judgement: This gets a four out of 6 claws, a nice storytelling that should have been longer and more thought out, but done well, that Superman fans will be happy to have in their collection.

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Johnny Got His Gun :.

September 23, 2007

Here’s one f-ed up movie I would like to watch in 2008, ‘Johnny Got His Gun.’ It’s about a young soldier who got hit by an artillery shell on the last day of the First World War. A quadruple amputee who’s lost most of his face, his eyes, ears, nose and mouth, lies in a hospital bed, remains concious and able to reason. He struggles to find a way to communicate his wish to either die, or become a living display on the horrors of war.

Ben McKenzie, of O.C fame, bitch!, plays Joe Bonham, in this film adaptation of the stage production of the same name. I think it will be really interesting to watch, as this film has so many levels to it. It’s an anti-war, pro-euthanasia, pro-soldier film… and also takes on a stance of the individual moralities between science, religion, politics and medicine.

The play is essentially a one man show that takes place on an empty stage with only a bench and a wooden chair, and I’m interested to see how it translates on to screen. Even more so, I’d like to see Ben McKenzie pull off a really multi-tiered performance, which gives him a challenge for his acting chops than the O.C ever offered. (What? All he ever did on the O.C was brood, brood, brood, sulk and brood.)

Click on the picture to go to the movie website, and to find out more about the film.

Johnny got his gun

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Imagine Me & You :.

September 7, 2007

A delightful love story of a young newlywed who falls in love with someone she met at her wedding. Except that it’s not another man, but a woman.

Piper Perabo (Coyote Ugly) and Lena Headey (300) star in the British romantic dramedy. Perabo stars as Rachel, a young woman who meets Luce (Headey) on her wedding day, which is the start of their jolting long drawn out romance. It’s a gorgeous story, with warm tones and heartbreak, never over dramatic. Perabo does a wonderful job as Rachel, playing the confused bride without overbearing dread, and her accent is deliciously spot on.

Anthony Head of Buffy fame is brilliant as Rachel’s stuffy overbearing father, and Boo Jackson is delightful as Rachel’s inquisitive sister, H. The other most notable fantastic performance is Matthew Goode as Rachel’s husband, Heck. It could have all gone wrong with the wrong amount of emotion played, but he got it just right.

The soundtrack is lush and gorgeous. I’m not usually a fan of all this composition background music.. but the music was the fourth character in the movie. I think this is my movie soundtrack of the year, with classics such as ‘D-I-S-C-O’ and ‘So Happy Together’, and the instrumental Rachel’s overture.

I give it a 4 out of 5.. Definitely a fine addition to my DVD shelf.

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Lars and the real girl trailer :.

August 21, 2007

Even more reasons to love Ryan Gosling…

He portrays a socially  inept man who finds a very unconventional love on the Internet..*ahem, ahem.*

Oh yeah, definitely can’t wait to see this one.

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Fracture & Waitress :.

August 9, 2007

The one good thing about a 19 hour flight, you get to catch up on all the recent movies that you’re missed out or are just playing back home. Especially if you’re on Singapore Airlines.

I watched ‘Waitress’ with Keri Russell and Nathan Fillion, (Captain Tight-pants!!!). My choice of the summer feel good film. I am more in love with Nathan Fillion than ever! I love the storyline, and the choices of actors (besides Mr. Fillion) are brilliant. It’s touching, funny, and sad, but also incredibly uplifting. I don’t want to give too much of the plot away, but it’s about a ‘Waitress’ who wants to run away from her husband, but gets pregnant. She gets courage by writing letters to her unborn baby.

I’ve been dying to see ‘Fracture’ because I wanted to see more of Ryan Gosling to justify his casting in ‘The Lovely Bones’ as Susie Salmon’s dad. It’s one of those twisted thrillers, and though the suspense killed me, it didn’t put me off. Gosling was up against acting legend Anthony Hopkins, and he really held his own. I’m quite confident now with the choice in his casting in ‘The Lovely Bones’ and it’s one movie I’m really looking forward to see in the future.

As for Fracture.. if you like twists and turns and watching characters pull off complicated facades.. This one is for you.