Movie Reviews, 11/1/11

Pulling John

I was very impressed with Pulling John, a documentary about the world of professional arm wrestling, the 25 year reign of it’s World Champion, John Breznk, and the young competitors gunning for him. The characters, including Breznk himself, are all pretty interesting. My favorite had to be Alexey Voyevoda (Don’t click that link if you don’t want any spoilers, btw), a massive Russian who seems to be the calmest guy in the world. The dynamic personality difference between Voeyvoda and the other main contender for Breznk’s crown, Travis Bagent, really adds to the tension and drama of the film. All in all, this movie did what any good documentary should do, and made me want to delve further into the  subject matter as soon as it was over.

4 out of 5

Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings

Wow. This movie was not good. There was some pretty terrible acting, laughable dialog, and god awful make up and prosthetics. There was one kind of interesting moment in the whole movie, and that’s seriously the only good thing I can say about this flick.

1 out of 5

Attack The Block

This movie, on the other hand, was friggin’ great. I had heard a lot of people complain about the massive use of UK slang, but I really didn’t find it that distracting. Yeah, obviously I didn’t understand every single thing that was said, but I caught the gist of it, and still found every aspect of it to be thoroughly enjoyable. It’s hella fun, with great characters, cool monsters, and enough diverging and intersecting plotlines to keep it all very engaging.

5 out of 5

StageFright: Aquarius

Check out that poster. I love old painted horror posters.

Jeremy and I have been watching a ton of Slasher movies the last few months as research for an upcoming project (more on that as it develops). This is one that, like most, Jeremy had already seen before. I, however, went into this one for the first time. I was a little disappointed that a horror movie taking place in a theater didn’t take more advantage of its surroundings, some of the prop rooms, and stage rigging did make for some cool back drops though. The only thing that really plagued this movie was some massive amounts of over-acting, however, that could be explained by the ever apparent pretentiousness of all of the characters. I liked this one, didn’t love it by any means, but it was definitely passable.

3 out of 5

Final Destination

This is another movie that Jeremy and I watched in a research capacity (not that we didn’t enjoy it, of course). While I’ve seen the first 2 Final Destinations before, I haven’t seen any of the later installments. Now, we’re marathoning through the whole series in the next week or two.

I remember the first time I saw this when it came out, and it kind of blew my mind. It was during the glut of teen horror movies that followed the success of Scream, but it really stood out from the pack for me. The high concept of the flick intrigued me right off the bat. The paranoia of an ethereal killer that’s really just a force of nature, and the fight against “the design” are pulled off pretty perfectly as far as I’m concerned. I find myself actually excited to continue, and finally finish this series.

5 out of 5