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[Posted by: Alex Miller]

The folks over at MovieWeb sat down with Mark Millar, the guy behind the “Kick-Ass” comics.  Among other things, he talks about where he’s going in the next installment.  I had a really good time watching the first one.  It was about as funny a popcorn movie as you could hope for. But “Balls to the Wall” is about the dumbest sequel name I’ve heard since “Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit”.  Anyway what really caught my attention was that it has a plot similar to the cult-classic “The Warriors”.  I wonder if he means the comics or the movie? Here’s what he had to say:

“This is a guy [Red Mist] who has had his entire family killed by Hit Girl. He heads off and develops his martial arts skills. He learns how to become a better villain. That type of thing. He is going to come back and wreck unholy vengeance on our team. But in reality, he just comes back and gets stoned, and he spends a lot of money. He can’t do anything, so he hires this bad ass girl from Russia, she comes into the story, and her plan is to kill Hit Girl. Red Mist becomes like Charles Manson. He goes on-line and influences a bunch of young villains to go against Kick-Ass and Hit Girl. The whole thing ends up as a big gang fight like you’d see in The Warriors. There is going to be a big gang fight in the middle of Times Square between all of these costumed heroes. And at the head will be the Red Mist and Hit Girl.”

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[Reviewed by: Alex Miller]

“He had everything except desire."

I own hundreds of movies. An entire wall in my extra bedroom is filled with every type of movie you can imagine. But I don’t watch any of them as much as Gattaca. Most people have seen it. It’s not like it’s some underground indie film. Most everyone remembers it as a sci-fi movie, with that chick from Kill Bill, about the dangers of genetic manipulation. Well yes, it is set in the future and indeed Uma Thurman was in it. But it was not ABOUT genetics. Not really. It was about something much more important and there was nothing futuristic about it. The same story could have been told set in the 1950’s, and in way, it kind of was. (more…)

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[Posted by: Alex Miller]

“Who’s side are you on?!? TELL ME!!!”

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Trailer Review:
[Reviewed by: Alex Miller]

UPDATE: Full Movie Review

I give the first half of this trailer a 0, and the second half a 5. Somehow that averages out into a 4, don’t ask me how. What is this movie about?! I mean, I know it’s probably something lame and stupid, but still this marketing is genius. This movie looks horrible, yet, I really want to know what happens. I mean is this chick actually dead? Is it all a big practical joke? Is this all staged? I’d bet money on it. I find it hard to believe that something genuinely bizarre (whatever it is) just “happened” to happen while they were shooting a lame documentary about finding a chick on Facebook. Movies about online-dating are nothing new. They at least go as far back as 1998 with AOL’s feature-length commercial “You’ve Got Mail”, if not further. This looks more like “The Social Network” mixed with “The Blair Witch Project”. I also don’t like this apparent trend of amateurish looking movies that pretend to be documentaries. In any case, their marketing stunt worked. I’m (cautiously) interested, but my gut tells me it’s gonna suck. Still an interesting trailer, regardless.

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[Reviewed by: Danny Moltrasi]

Stranger Than Fiction has a very interesting idea at the heart of it. What if you suddenly noticed that inside your head, your life was being narrated? And even worse, what if the narrator warned of your “imminent death”? It is a really good idea, but sadly, Stranger Than Fiction doesn’t follow through with an interesting opening, and slips into a rather average movie, when it could have been so much more. (more…)

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[Reviewed by: Eric Raymer]

"You've been living with these people all your life, and you didn't know anything about this?"

Despite the abundance of films out there in the world, there are still quite a few that for some reason or another just don’t exist on DVD. Maybe they’re too obscure, maybe they’ve just fallen out of print, or maybe they weren’t deemed commercially successful enough to warrant a re-release once the VHS format was phased out. Nothing ever really disappears on the internet though, and many of these “forgotten” films still float around as bootlegged copies or out-of-print DVDs. Some manage to maintain a small but dedicated following and some are still available outside the U.S.. What I aim to do is to bring a little more attention to some films that are overlooked simply due to their scarcity.

The first film I’ll take a look at is Brian Yuzna’s Society. Yuzna is well-known among the horror community for his role as director and producer of a number of influential horror films of the 80’s and 90’s. He was involved with the Re-animator series and some of the Return of the Living Dead sequels, both of which are known for their off-beat and often campy humor (occasionally known within the genre as “splatstick”). He often paired with Screaming Mad George – a special effects wizard who took creature effects to a new level and continually upped the ante on gore. Even the most ridiculous horror films sometimes have a tendency to be self-serious, but Yuzna never succumbed to this and always preferred to have fun with his films, despite treading into some very dark territory. (more…)

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[Posted by: Alex Miller]

I had to stop this thing halfway through, I was laughing so hard my stomach started hurting.

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